Williams-Sonoma

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Great entry level job, but the higher you go the more disillusioned you become

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  • Work/Life Balance
  • Senior Management
  • Culture & Values
  • Career Opportunities
Former Employee - Varied in Las Vegas, NV
Former Employee - Varied in Las Vegas, NV

I worked at Williams-Sonoma full-time (more than 10 years)

Pros

*Great people to work with who are passionate about products and people.
*Products are excellent and their quality makes it easy to sell. Ethics in production are high.
*Chuck Williams, the founder, is an absolutely amazing and inspiring man who treats everyone like family.

Cons

*Time off was hard to come by, work/life balance very difficult to achieve
*Too much favoritism shown by some managers
*Mistakes are very hard to overcome, even simple ones. It becomes a roadblock if you ever desire a transfer, promotion, merit increase, etc.

Advice to ManagementAdvice

*Trust individual locations to do the right thing.
*Too many metrics, streamline employee evaluations so that they are more meaningful
*More support of employee decisions would be nice

Recommends
Neutral Outlook
No opinion of CEO

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    Sets a higher standard for retail employment experience

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    • Work/Life Balance
    • Senior Management
    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    Current Employee - Stock Associate in Miami, FL
    Current Employee - Stock Associate in Miami, FL

    I have been working at Williams-Sonoma part-time (more than 5 years)

    Pros

    There are plenty of growth opportunities available, and the company has a great focus on both the customer experience and employee needs.

    Cons

    There are huge opportunities around internals systems, particularly inventory management. On the note of inventory, more attention needs to be directed towards stockroom operations. Without accurate inventory levels, the company will lose out on sales and profits.

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    Treat everyone equally. The stock guy you staffed by himself to load furniture in vehicles deserves just as much recognition as the sales associate that generated the sale.

    Recommends
    Neutral Outlook
    No opinion of CEO
  2. 3 people found this helpful  

    Fear and Loathing at Williams Sonoma

    • Comp & Benefits
    • Work/Life Balance
    • Senior Management
    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee in San Francisco, CA
    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee in San Francisco, CA

    I worked at Williams-Sonoma full-time

    Pros

    Great views from the Cafe

    Cons

    Company is run by fear of dictatorial President, who is actively closed to conversation
    Arthritic processes
    Conspiratorial environment
    Detest change and risk averse
    Competing visions of future between CEO and Pres
    People last
    Dollar is first, last and everything
    Slashed budgets and headcount from 2008 never reinstated with huge increase in workloads

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    BoD needs to kick out Pres before any change for the better can be realized

    Doesn't Recommend
    Neutral Outlook
    Disapproves of CEO
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