Sur La Table
2.6 of 5 173 reviews
www.surlatable.com Seattle, WA 1000 to 5000 Employees

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Looking backwards and big growing pains

Senior Business Analyst (Current Employee)
Seattle, WA

ProsThere's certainly enough work! You're never not busy and everyone tries to get things done. You get to do your tasks independently and for the most part what you accomplish is appreciated. And you don't have to think too much, just do what you're doing.

ConsEverything is Priority 1! There is no chance you'll focus on something you want to do. The systems (I use this term loosely) are barely functional for this size of company. Maybe they worked 20 or 30 years ago, but they're basically useless now. Program management is missing because the executive team has no idea where they want to go. But they sure are happy and comfortable doing the same thing over and over again. You know why there's plenty to do? Because there isn't enough headcount to get things done. There's no investment in the future, only spending to maintain old systems. And you know why you don't have to think too much? Because the execs really believe they're smart enough for everyone so they think for you. Turn your brain off at the door.

Advice to Senior ManagementStop what you're doing, the status quo won't help anymore. You really aren't that smart, and you have no idea what's going on because your systems are broken. Determine your priorities, set a strategy and stick with it. Wake up one morning in this century and start building systems to support up to date retail operations. If you even know what those are. You're looking in the rearview mirror and you're lost. Your competitors are so far ahead of you they don't even see you in their rearview mirror. You are not moving fast because you are disorganized and dysfunctional.

No, I would not recommend this company to a friend – I'm not optimistic about the outlook for this company

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    Kinda cool, kinda weird, kinda dumb and a hot mess -

    Store Manager (Former Employee)
    New York, NY

    I worked at Sur La Table for more than 3 years


    Pros: Fantastic product selection. If you are a self starter and curious about cooking, technique, tools, etc..it's a great place to be. The average… Cons: Day to day store operations are micro managed from corporate. Executive management seems to have little confidence in the abilities of store managers. Like most… Advice to Senior Management: Every day is a new chance to do the right thing. In the meantime the clock is… No, I would not recommend this company to a friend – I'm not optimistic about the outlook for this company… More
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    Chef Overload Makes a Half-Baked Company

    Planner (Former Employee)
    Seattle, WA

    I worked at Sur La Table full-time for more than 3 years


    Pros: One of the friendliest places you'll ever work; wonderful people who are truly passionate about what they do. Everyone tries as hard as they… Cons: You read about companies like this in school, but never think they still exist. Too many people with their own opinions, everyone thinks their idea… Advice to Senior Management: Destroy the seemingly infinite hardened silos, open up, modernize, talk to your customers, think about customers, think about how things are changing, stop standing still.… No, I would not recommend this company to a friend – I'm not optimistic about the outlook for this company… More
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