Saks Fifth Avenue

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Saks Fifth Avenue Reviews

Updated October 17, 2014
Updated October 17, 2014
446 Reviews
2.8
446 Reviews
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Review Highlights

Pros
  • Great discount (20% normally, 40% during double discounts), run efficiently (in 50 reviews)

  • Decent employee discount if you could afford to buy anything there based on the commission only pay (in 39 reviews)


Cons
  • The draw vs commission which is meant to be a "motivational' way to sell more, often ends up hurting sales associates (in 18 reviews)

  • Work life balance is very challenging due to the nature of the business (in 13 reviews)

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    Saks Fifth Avenue - Corporate

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    • Senior Management
    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    Former Employee - Human Resources in New York, NY
    Former Employee - Human Resources in New York, NY

    I worked at Saks Fifth Avenue full-time (more than an year)

    Pros

    The prestige of the Saks Fifth Avenue name, the discount, fashionable and trendy, luxurious, training was great, and you do make some life long friends.

    Cons

    Internal process for promotion is lacking significantly, top talent is overlooked due to bureaucracy & favoritism, and it seems there is a lack of respect if you are a young professional - they don't take you seriously.

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    Focus on the talent you do have, stop recruiting externally all the time - and pay your internal talent as much as you dish out for external candidates!

    Doesn't Recommend
    Neutral Outlook
    Approves of CEO
  2.  

    Wrapper

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    • Senior Management
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    • Career Opportunities
    Former Employee - Wrapper in Aberdeen, MD
    Former Employee - Wrapper in Aberdeen, MD

    I worked at Saks Fifth Avenue full-time (less than an year)

    Pros

    Amazing for fashion lovers: opportunity to learn about different brands and see how a big company works; great discounts in any product; gifts; nice people

    Cons

    Standing all day long, sitting is not allowed in this position; operational job; no career plan; noisy environment

    Recommends
    No opinion of CEO
  3.  

    Good place for part-time job

    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee

    I have been working at Saks Fifth Avenue

    Pros

    Great merchandise discount and great people

    Cons

    Very competitive atmosphere in terms of commission

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    Great place to work; nice environment and grey benefits but the hourly is low and the commission is very inconsistent

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    • Senior Management
    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    Current Employee - Brand Ambassador in New York, NY
    Current Employee - Brand Ambassador in New York, NY

    I have been working at Saks Fifth Avenue full-time (more than an year)

    Pros

    The people, the environment (for the most part), the benefits. There are some perks, like incentives and fun contests. You also get to meet designers and build relationships that can help you get a better job.

    Cons

    The money, the hours, the return policy. The draw versus commission really blows. Even though management is warm and friendly at the end of the day you are just number and they often don't humanize their employees. Its a great place to get experience and it looks great on your resume but not somewhere to be for the long haul.

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    Get a clue

    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    Approves of CEO
  6.  

    Great team

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

    I have been working at Saks Fifth Avenue full-time (more than 3 years)

    Pros

    You are on a set career path and must go through multiple positions until you reach buyer/planner role. It definitely makes you more well rounded and exposes you to many different areas of the company. If you have a great manager, your experience here will be amazing

    Cons

    Very corporate and set work schedule. You are expect to work from at least 9-6. Also be prepared to work late if a project landed on your desk.

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    Streamline projects, communicate, and provide employees with flexible hours. Everyone here works hard and feel most rewarded when they can leave early some days when work in complete.

    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
  7.  

    Roller Coaster

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    • Senior Management
    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    Former Employee - Visual Lead in Palm Beach Gardens, FL
    Former Employee - Visual Lead in Palm Beach Gardens, FL

    I worked at Saks Fifth Avenue full-time (more than 10 years)

    Pros

    My job in Visual, best in Retail. I was able to use what I had learned from my Fine Arts degree.
    High visual standards.
    It kept me fed, insured and active for 11 years.

    Cons

    Too many times witnessing management (of all kinds) acting badly, real turn off for me to want to pursue any management in this company. No way was I going to become like that.
    Lots of mixed messages in a field already steeped in subjective opinions.

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    Sometimes it is the employee that stands up and exclaims: 'the emperor is wearing no clothes!'...that is the one who really cares about the kingdom.

    Doesn't Recommend
    Neutral Outlook
    No opinion of CEO
  8.  

    Good company that's pushing to be even more high-end.

    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee in New York, NY
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee in New York, NY

    I have been working at Saks Fifth Avenue full-time (more than 3 years)

    Pros

    There's a good discount. And the work-life balance isn't too bad for most areas in the corporate tower. New management has pointed the company in an exciting new direction to make it a super high-end store.

    Cons

    Lots of changes at the top. As good as the discount is, the merchandise is still pretty expensive. Retail is, by its very nature, very reactive and last-minute about everything.

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    Sales

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    Current Employee - Sales in San Francisco, CA
    Current Employee - Sales in San Francisco, CA

    I have been working at Saks Fifth Avenue full-time (more than 3 years)

    Pros

    Great coworkers that keep the environment fun. Great products

    Cons

    Management not in touch with employees. No new ideas to drive new costumers into the store

    Doesn't Recommend
    Positive Outlook
    Disapproves of CEO
  10.  

    Positive experience.

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

    I have been working at Saks Fifth Avenue full-time (more than 3 years)

    Pros

    Very professional and incredible people. Work life balance can be tough depending on the supervisor. Very high demands and expectations, making everyone work hard and do a great job. A very pleasant work environment, with some of the smartest and most personable people in retail. Great Discount

    Cons

    The direction from Corporate can be confusing and contradicting. Can be quick to criticize even when no direction was given. Compensation is not what you would expect from a high line luxury retailer. There is frustration at all levels, but everyone is afraid to talk openly about it. Employee Discount can only be had with a Saks Credit Card

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    De-centralize the running of the business, trust the experience you hire. Compensate the selling staff better. Allow the employee discount with any form of payment.

    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    Disapproves of CEO
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    Sales Associate

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    • Senior Management
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    • Career Opportunities
    Former Employee - Sales Associate in Cincinnati, OH
    Former Employee - Sales Associate in Cincinnati, OH

    I worked at Saks Fifth Avenue full-time (more than an year)

    Pros

    Work-life balance, entertainment, learning superior customer service

    Cons

    Poor departmental management, no opportunity to sell enough to make commission

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    Lessen sales incentives for commission to make them more realistic in terms of being able to generate commission.

    Doesn't Recommend
    Negative Outlook
    Disapproves of CEO

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