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Great place to work.... but not to go very far up the corporate ladder.

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Former Employee - Furniture Specialist in Oklahoma City, OK
Former Employee - Furniture Specialist in Oklahoma City, OK

I worked at Williams-Sonoma

Recommends
Approves of CEO
Recommends
Approves of CEO

Pros

The best reasons to work for WS is the discount and friends made at work. I loved all the great people I worked with. The discount was great, I have a house full of stuff from all the brands. My whole kitchen is from WS. Now I am so spoiled I will accept nothing less than top quality household goods. Upper management did listen to us when we were having issues with customers. We did have a people first attitude. My customers were treated very well, I always went above and beyond to make them happy..

Cons

Even with a college degree could not move up as far as i wanted

Advice to Management

Treat everyone like humans....understand that working with some customers can be very stressful

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    Williams-Sonoma needs to remember it's roots-- people first has fallen by the wayside.

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    Former Employee - Merchandise Coordinator in San Francisco, CA
    Former Employee - Merchandise Coordinator in San Francisco, CA

    I worked at Williams-Sonoma

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

    Pros

    Great discount, amazing products and brand recognition.

    Cons

    Very top heavy, management doesn't seem to know how to manage people, people are belittled publicly starting at the very top, favorites are heavily played-- favorites are personality-wise, not related to competence or hard-working. If you are not a favorite you will never move up. Systems are beyond out of date, there are actual DOS screens that are used on a daily basis to manage the business. Company culture is not a people-friendly one-- more of a blaming one.

    Advice to Management

    Remember to communicate important information to lower levels, not be so secretive. Let people make business decisions for their departments rather than trying to control everything from the top.


  2. Run, Forest, Run!

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

    I worked at Williams-Sonoma

    Doesn't Recommend
    Disapproves of CEO
    Doesn't Recommend
    Disapproves of CEO

    Pros

    Great discount. It is a good name to put on your resume.

    Cons

    Very top heavy in management. The way upper management treats their employees is not acceptable and they will continue to loose their talent unless they change. If you can survive working here, you can work anywhere.

    Advice to Management

    Listen to your team, they may know more than you.


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