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Luxury - but it's still "sales."

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Former Employee - Anonymous
Former Employee - Anonymous

I worked at Saks Fifth Avenue full-time (more than 5 years)

Doesn't Recommend
Neutral Outlook
No opinion of CEO
Doesn't Recommend
Neutral Outlook
No opinion of CEO

Pros

In the two stores I worked in my experience was mostly in cosmetics. I also worked for MAC inside a Saks. I would rate it as an overall typical corporate sales job. The economic downturn was not nice to Saks & they closed many stores.

Cons

If you've worked big corporate retail, then mostly no surprises here. Yes, it's luxury retail; therefore, the question of the customer spending is higher level and so your service is expected to be. If you're not a fan of being on the phone constantly to generate sales, then this won't be the place for you. Foot traffic isn't high in most Saks, so you will be calling on your customers frequently.

Advice to Management

Don't try to polish a turd, then sell it to your underlings....Many of us are previous managers that know that pony trick.

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  1. Helpful (1)

    Long history of being a good place to work.

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    Current Employee - Buying in New York, NY
    Current Employee - Buying in New York, NY

    I have been working at Saks Fifth Avenue full-time (more than 5 years)

    Recommends
    Neutral Outlook
    No opinion of CEO
    Recommends
    Neutral Outlook
    No opinion of CEO

    Pros

    Long history as premiere luxury retailer. Historically known for developing people and promoting from within. May product categories and opportunity for movement to different roles. Respected amongst the industry as a great place to learn retail and merchandising.

    Cons

    Lots of "red tape" making decision making a lengthy process. Currently going through many changes with receipt HBC buy out.

    Advice to Management

    Make decisions faster so teams can execute quickly. This is essential in retail to be fast and first.

  2. Helpful (1)

    The commission-based environment is akin to a battlefield.

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    Current Employee - Sales Associate
    Current Employee - Sales Associate

    I have been working at Saks Fifth Avenue full-time (less than a year)

    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    Approves of CEO
    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    Approves of CEO

    Pros

    -Monthly recognition ceremonies
    -Good holiday commission checks
    -Weekly pay

    Cons

    -Backstabbing coworkers
    -Lackadaisical management
    -Draw vs. commission structure - Heaven help you if you get into a deficit.

    Advice to Management

    Appreciate the people, not just the sales.

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