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Williams-Sonoma Great Stores/Unrealistic Expectations

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Former Employee - Management
Former Employee - Management

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

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

Pros

Great product you can stand behind
Great teams in the stores
Great discount

Cons

Little to no training to sell high end products
Unrealistic workload
No longer the People First company they claim to be
Disconnect between reality in the stores and what upper management thinks/dreams
Out with the old in with the new

Advice to Management

So much unhappiness and discontent in the stores. Invest some $$ in your people and payroll. Do some undercover visits to see the reality in your stores (ala Undercover Boss) Or work in a store on a normal day and see what it is like

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  1. It was a great company to work for part-time and full-time.

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    Former Employee - Sales Associate in New York, NY
    Former Employee - Sales Associate in New York, NY

    I worked at Williams-Sonoma full-time (more than a year)

    Recommends
    Neutral Outlook
    No opinion of CEO
    Recommends
    Neutral Outlook
    No opinion of CEO

    Pros

    Benefits were a great asset to my salary.

    Cons

    I did not experience anything negative working for the company.

  2. Helpful (1)

    Not easy to be a part- time associate

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    Former Contractor - Seasonal Sales Associate in Emeryville, CA
    Former Contractor - Seasonal Sales Associate in Emeryville, CA

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

    No opinion of CEO
    No opinion of CEO

    Pros

    amazing suite of businesses ( william - sonoma, potter barn , pb kids , elm street)
    nice store to work in

    Cons

    from an employee perspective it feels like a large disjointed company
    scheduling for employees is a nightmare ( on call , hours cut, etc)

    Advice to Management

    Come on management use sales forecasts to staff. Employees can not have a life if you expect them to work on an on-call schedule, cut their hours and have unrealistic expectations of them ..

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