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Fear and Loathing at Williams Sonoma

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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 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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    Dumbing down of Williams-Sonoma

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    Current Employee - Casual Associate in Cambridge, MA
    Current Employee - Casual Associate in Cambridge, MA

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

    Pros

    -Hired when the associates were bright, fun, hardworking, and informed about product.
    -40% is a good discount but as an associate, there are no benefits and the hourly is not competitive

    Cons

    -Product is getting stale and dated while prices going up too much without increased quality to customer.
    -Customer service taking a huge nose-dive due in large part to all of the corporate directives
    -Cutting hours, hiring inexperienced staff with no particular interest in kitchen stuff and given no training, useless "secret shopper"
    -Slow and still antiquated computer systems
    -Sloppy new dress code - what kind of first impression does an associate make who is dressed in sloppy jeans and a motley shirt. Let's go back to a classic look or moniter the dress of your staff better.
    -Weekly scheduling is done last minute and hours are sporadic.
    -Rarely promote from within at the store level
    -Tracking individual sales does not promote team approach to selling
    -Hawking for email, zip code, VISA etc.is annoying
    -Too much favoritism and small-time power play that goes with many retail businesses

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    Go back to what Chuck thought was important - sell a great product, put your people first, and give great customer service. All else follows.

    Doesn't Recommend
    Negative Outlook
    No opinion of CEO
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    High expectations

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    Former Employee - Associate in Louisville, CO
    Former Employee - Associate in Louisville, CO

    I worked at Williams-Sonoma part-time (more than 3 years)

    Pros

    Great discount, potentially fun environment (depends on managers/staff)

    Cons

    Low pay, vast degree of product knowledge required, high-pressure to upsell

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    urge your managers to treat employees respectfully, allow them to do their job without breathing down their necks.

    Doesn't Recommend
    Negative Outlook
    No opinion of CEO
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