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I love working for Williams-Sonoma, but Corporate has very odd ideas of what is "best" for the company.

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Current Employee - Sales Associate
Current Employee - Sales Associate

I have been working at Williams-Sonoma part-time (More than 3 years)

Recommends
Negative Outlook
Disapproves of CEO
Recommends
Negative Outlook
Disapproves of CEO

Pros

Great discount!, love working with the people at the store level! I think that you would really like to work at williams-sonoma if you like fast pace environments as well as somewhat often slow times.

Cons

Corporate, Corporate, Corporate. There vision for the company is to simply lose the power of the brand (although Pottery Barn and other companies within Williams-Sonoma, Inc. are doing fine) They are neglecting what this company was built upon.

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  1. Incredible sales training and positive management.

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    Current Employee - Sales Associate in Annapolis, MD
    Current Employee - Sales Associate in Annapolis, MD

    I have been working at Williams-Sonoma part-time (More than 10 years)

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

    Pros

    Challenges and sales competitions between sales associates within your store, region and company with fantastic prizes and incentives. Great team of employees and management. Fantastic company discount. Flexible hours.

    Cons

    Stress and demand of holiday season and retail. This goes without saying with any retailer.

    Advice to Management

    Fantastic work environment, exciting opportunity to grow within company.

  2. Helpful (9)

    You do NOT want to work here!

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    Former Contractor - Designer in San Francisco, CA
    Former Contractor - Designer in San Francisco, CA

    I worked at Williams-Sonoma as a contractor (More than a year)

    Doesn't Recommend
    Negative Outlook
    Disapproves of CEO
    Doesn't Recommend
    Negative Outlook
    Disapproves of CEO

    Pros

    You will be exposed to some fantastic & inspirational design when you see the merchandise the design team has culled by shopping competitor's lines. This company rips people off shamelessly- there are lawyers on staff to see how closely a design can copy another company without getting sued. At least by working there you can be inspired by the original. The design process has all the methodology & business savvy of housewives picking out drapes at the Design Center.

    There are some lovely people who work at Williams Sonoma. These people will be overlooked for promotions for years running. If you feel like you're having a uniquely bad experience, take heart! Dozens of people have suffered the same ill-treatment. Hedge your bets and get out early!

    Cons

    At least 20% of this company's staff is contract workers. These people are led to believe that they will be hired full-time at a date which never arrives. In the meantime, contract workers are not given benefits, have a low hourly wage, and are forced to take off one month every six months so that Williams Sonoma does not get sued. Who's the winner here?

    Advice to Management

    Where to begin? First, get rid of the contract employee surf-dom that's become a Williams Sonoma institution. It breeds ill will for the whole company. No one should be a contractor for more than 3 months. Second, clean house with the management, from CEO on down. The CEO should not be dropping in to micro-manage brands. She should hire genuinely talented people and trust their judgement. It should be a wake-up call for management that West Elm is by far the design superpower of this conglomerate, and being in NYC, they are a welcome distance from senior management. Second, get rid of the majority of managers. The managers at Williams Sonoma operate on fear, resorting to back biting, hiring inferior people who they can control, and generally resorting to some of the nastiest politics imaginable. San Francisco is a center of design with one of the brightest talent pools in the world to draw from. This company should be blossoming- not suffering in some backwater of design stagnation!

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