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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)

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 ManagementAdvice

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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  1. 2 people found this helpful

    Small workforce, not inclusive

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    Former Employee - Sales Associate in Hingham, MA
    Former Employee - Sales Associate in Hingham, MA

    I worked at Williams-Sonoma part-time (more than 5 years)

    Pros

    The discount can be great if you don't need your paycheck.

    Cons

    No room for advancement within the company.

    Doesn't Recommend
    Negative Outlook
    No opinion of CEO
  2. 6 people found this helpful

    If you are considering working for this Company please run for the door!

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    Former Employee - Management
    Former Employee - Management

    I worked at Williams-Sonoma full-time (more than 5 years)

    Pros

    -great co-workers, this is one of the only saving graces for this Company, but as they continue to devalue their employees and bleed talent this pro will fade into the sunset
    -discount

    Cons

    -kiss your life and family goodbye
    -compensation not in line with expectations
    -promotion and pay based on favoritism not competence
    -micro management at levels not known to exist at any other Company
    -Executives so far out of touch with reality it borders on insanity
    -Company conducted management survey last year to test climate and the results were horrendous, Company response? On conference call with corp execs we were basically told "thank you for sharing, for those of you who make through the coming holiday season we plan changes next year"

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    This is no longer the Company Chuck and Howard created. Get back to what made this such a great place to work and shop, great associates, great service and great products. You treat your associates so poorly anymore you can no longer reasonably expect them to care. Unless you turn things around completely the Company will continue to bleed talent at an alarming rate and will be unrecognizable in five years! Your field management are afraid for their jobs and treat managers horrendously.

    Doesn't Recommend
    Negative Outlook
    Disapproves of CEO
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