Williams-Sonoma

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Overall, a pretty great place to work

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  • Work/Life Balance
  • Senior Management
  • Career Opportunities
Current Employee - Merchandise Planner in Brooklyn, NY
Current Employee - Merchandise Planner in Brooklyn, NY

I have been working at Williams-Sonoma

Pros

Given that it's 3,000 miles away from the main WSI HQ, the Brooklyn office (for West Elm) has a very entrepreneurial feel. The company really values new ideas and just about everyone has a 'voice' and can help make change

Relatively small office of just over 100 people. Everyone knows everyone.

You work with some really smart, really great people - the teamwork is amazing. And everyone is given full responsibility to really 'own' their area with little micromanaging on the managers' parts. You celebrate your successes but you also have to talk responsibilities for failure.

Offices are really cool - lots of windows and natural light - converted loft spaces in a great part of Brooklyn

Employee discount is amazing (and good at all WSI brands: williams-sonoma, pottery barn, west elm) and we have sample sales! Other benefits are pretty much standard with the industry

Cons

Senior Management demonstrates little respect for the people actually doing the work - they say they respect us and couldn't accomplish what we've accomplished without us...but they don't even bother to make eye contact or say hello when walking past you in the lobby. At all of the meetings, they segregate themselves and only talk to each other - not very motivating.

Systems in place for doing the day-to-day work could use an upgrade. They're not necessarily bad, but they don't really speak to each other, which translates into a lot of double work (and creates likelihood of making mistakes)

Management is really good about letting you take time off, but the overall amount of vacation time allotted seriously needs a revisit (just 2 weeks - every other employer I've worked for has given 4).

Ironically enough, the HR team is the most uninvolved, passionless group of the bunch. They have no personality, don't know anyone's name - definitely does not feel like an environment where you can just go talk to them.

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  1. 2 people found this helpful  

    Stressful

    • Comp & Benefits
    • Work/Life Balance
    • Senior Management
    • Career Opportunities
    Current Employee - Visual Merchandiser in New York, NY
    Current Employee - Visual Merchandiser in New York, NY

    I have been working at Williams-Sonoma

    Pros

    Be around beautiful merchandise. Get a great discount at williams sonoma pottery barn and west elm. Flexible schedule, easy to request off.

    Cons

    Over worked and underpaid, treated like you make 60,000 when you barely make over minimum wage. hard to move up, low turnover in management

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    Get it together

    Doesn't Recommend
    No opinion of CEO
  2. 1 person found this helpful  

    Senior Management lacks integrity and honesty

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

    I worked at Williams-Sonoma

    Pros

    Exposure to multiple markets and foreign vendors. Some skilled employees that are not in survival mode however they need to be sought out.

    Cons

    Senior management is inconsistent and unrealistic in goal setting and deliverables. Major inconsistencies with vendor treatment. HR department does not treat employees information confidentially, less shared the better. If you speak out and push for improvements to increase value to customers you are dismissed.

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    Be honest and concise in your deliverables. Cascade information freely within the organization. Communicate between brands more effectively. Be honest with what you have asked for and take credit for mistakes as well as success. Quite kicking it down the line on the people that work so very hard for the success of the company.

    Doesn't Recommend
    No opinion of CEO
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