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Head Designer - Soft Home Collections – new

Williams-Sonoma Inc. San Francisco, CA

Vice President - General Manager, Merchandising Director and Buyers, develop… Williams-Sonoma Inc.


19 days ago

VP Store Design

Williams-Sonoma Inc. San Francisco, CA

Our Company Founded in 1956, Williams-Sonoma, Inc. is the premier specialty retailer of high-quality products for the kitchen and home in the United… Williams-Sonoma Inc.


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Williams-Sonoma President, CEO and Director Laura J. Alber
Laura J. Alber
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    Profits Over People

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    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee in San Francisco, CA
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee in San Francisco, CA

    I have been working at Williams-Sonoma full-time (More than 3 years)

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    Pros

    Consistently growing and profitable business. Strong executive leadership. Respected brands and rock solid products. US-based manufacturing, creating US jobs. Global expansion underway for retail and eCommerce operations. A leader in eCommerce retail. 401(k). Good employee discounts. Good work-life balance.

    Cons

    High level policy decisions promote profits for shareholders over happy employees. Old school vacation policy. San Francisco offices (high living costs or long commutes, your choice). Challenged to attract good talent away from more competitive high tech bay area companies due to limited pay, average benefits and high cost locations. Telecommuting is not permitted. Poor workplace strategy (noisy, unproductive, poorly designed open office concept in dated, poorly maintained facilities that need upgrades to support the high density worker population). Offshore staffing model for IT is not well supported by the organization leading to many failures, poor service, delays, etc... Technology systems may struggle to support global expansion: could lead to a proliferation of redundant systems. Retail culture (less professionalism than I've experienced in other science-oriented businesses). Many examples of poor middle management with high tolerance for poor performance/attendance. Many employees appear to not be pulling their weight (and not even working the prescribed hours) and there are little or no consequences.

    Advice to Management

    Put some focus on creating a productive and comfortable workplace and fostering a friendly, enjoyable and inviting culture to make employees happy. Happy employees are productive employees and productive employees produce higher profits, which makes shareholders happy. Make the tough decisions about workplace strategy, office locations and staffing models to resolve the present mismatch that makes it difficult to attract and retain the needed talent. Hold workers and managers accountable for poor performance: put some energy into standards, policies and procedures with measurements to achieve performance improvements.


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