Saks Fifth Avenue Reviews

Updated June 30, 2015
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Pros
  • great discount nice people good hours (in 52 reviews)

  • Decent employee discount if you could afford to buy anything there based on the commission only pay (in 43 reviews)

Cons
  • The draw vs commission structure is very difficult (in 13 reviews)

  • There is absolutely no work/life balance (in 13 reviews)

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  1. Saks

    • Work/Life Balance
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee

    I have been working at Saks Fifth Avenue

    Pros

    They move you around to multiple buying offices and your career path is always clearly mapped out. Summer Friday's are also great.

    Cons

    At times the hours can be long, the company is rapidly growing so along with it comes growing pains and lots of changing.


  2. Helpful (1)

    Sucks Fifth Avenue

    • Work/Life Balance
    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    • Comp & Benefits
    • Senior Management
    Current Employee - Sales Associate in New York, NY
    Current Employee - Sales Associate in New York, NY

    I have been working at Saks Fifth Avenue

    Recommends
    Negative Outlook
    Approves of CEO
    Recommends
    Negative Outlook
    Approves of CEO

    Pros

    Anonymity, privacy, autonomy. That's about it. A great place to start but definitely not finish.

    Cons

    The management team are complete imbeciles. The level of stress is

    Advice to Management

    Go get jobs at McDonalds


  3. Sales Associate

    • Work/Life Balance
    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    • Comp & Benefits
    • Senior Management
    Current Employee - Sales Associate in Stamford, CT
    Current Employee - Sales Associate in Stamford, CT

    I have been working at Saks Fifth Avenue part-time (More than 3 years)

    Recommends
    Recommends

    Pros

    Great managerial/management team. They motivate you, inspire.

    Cons

    There is no chance to grow in the company for part-time workers

    Advice to Management

    They need to create new career opportunities for part-time associates


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  5. not paid enough

    • Work/Life Balance
    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    • Comp & Benefits
    • Senior Management
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee

    I have been working at Saks Fifth Avenue

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

    Pros

    great discounts on merchandise, always seeing the latest fashion

    Cons

    work all saturdays, horrible hours, work lots of holidays, not paid enough

    Advice to Management

    rotate saturdays or hire more people to make that possible. pay associates more money.


  6. Saks Fifth Avenue closing in Santa Barbara, Ca

    • Work/Life Balance
    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    • Comp & Benefits
    • Senior Management
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee in Carpinteria, CA
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee in Carpinteria, CA

    I have been working at Saks Fifth Avenue full-time (More than a year)

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

    Pros

    There Is a good discount 20 % in cosmetics and 40% on most other items--- several times a years cosmetics Is 36% and twice a year Is 48%

    Cons

    Store in Santa Barbara Is closing 7/31----discount in sale items Is only 20 to 25%, this changed when new management Canadian HBC recently changed it

    Advice to Management

    Be honest in the coming days about the closure of the store. Stay focused on keeping open door policy


  7. sales audit

    • Work/Life Balance
    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    • Comp & Benefits
    • Senior Management
    Current Employee - Supervisor Sales Audit in New York, NY
    Current Employee - Supervisor Sales Audit in New York, NY

    I have been working at Saks Fifth Avenue (Less than a year)

    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    No opinion of CEO
    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    No opinion of CEO

    Pros

    perks, team work, good enviroment

    Cons

    hours, travel, need more of discount for staff


  8. cosmetic counter mgr

    • Work/Life Balance
    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    • Comp & Benefits
    • Senior Management
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee in Metairie, LA
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee in Metairie, LA

    I have been working at Saks Fifth Avenue (Less than a year)

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

    Pros

    good for first time sales associates to establish themselves

    Cons

    Saks does not tell you when you are hired that there are no raises. Your hire amount will never change.
    The company does not have free parking in certain cities and they do not let you know that until your first day of work then an additional $30 per week is taken out of your paycheck
    They will give you lines sales to base your commission on and let the applicant assume it is per month line sales when it is Seasonal 6mths therefore do not base your earnings on the amount they tell you.

    Advice to Management

    Stop deceiving your employees. Let them know what they are getting into financially before you hire them instead of putting them in a financial bind. Value your associates this is not a sweat shop.


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    Sales associate

    • Work/Life Balance
    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    • Comp & Benefits
    • Senior Management
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee in Houston, TX
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee in Houston, TX

    I have been working at Saks Fifth Avenue full-time

    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    No opinion of CEO
    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    No opinion of CEO

    Pros

    Good benefits, minimal hours, low pressure atmosphere with lots of opportunity for high earnings.

    Cons

    Personally I find little wrong with this position. It offers a lot for what is expected. However the fact that sales associates are 100% commission can make it very difficult and stressful for those that are not comfortable or used to this. If you pay attention and actually use sales skills with your customer you can make very good money. You do not need to be in the club as another user said. My location has many associates earning over 6 figures that are not in the club. For selling clothes in a department store 38 hrs a week that is awesome!

    Advice to Management

    HR and executive mgmt need to make sure their managers skills are more in people than being worried about their experience with clothing. Managers need to keep associates productive and off their smart phones. Also hard to move into management without relocating.


  10. Helpful (1)

    Handbag Sales

    • Work/Life Balance
    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    • Comp & Benefits
    • Senior Management
    Current Employee - Sales Associate in Chicago, IL
    Current Employee - Sales Associate in Chicago, IL

    I have been working at Saks Fifth Avenue (More than a year)

    Negative Outlook
    Negative Outlook

    Pros

    Good company good products, well respected department store

    Cons

    Not enough traffic in the store. Times are changing. Need more window space for walk by to view as high end store.

    Advice to Management

    Listen to your employees, employees are NOT friendly to new hires.


  11. Helpful (1)

    Sales

    • Work/Life Balance
    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    • Comp & Benefits
    • Senior Management
    Current Employee - Sales Associate
    Current Employee - Sales Associate

    I have been working at Saks Fifth Avenue full-time (More than 5 years)

    Doesn't Recommend
    Negative Outlook
    Doesn't Recommend
    Negative Outlook

    Pros

    Great company great merchandise lots of great product knowledge

    Cons

    Not much room for growth hr dept is not readily available

    Advice to Management

    Keep employees happy



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