Saks Fifth Avenue

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Saks Fifth Avenue Reviews

Updated October 31, 2014
Updated October 31, 2014
459 Reviews
2.9
459 Reviews
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Review Highlights

Pros
  • Great discount (20% normally, 40% during double discounts), run efficiently (in 52 reviews)

  • Decent employee discount if you could afford to buy anything there based on the commission only pay (in 40 reviews)


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

  • The draw vs commission which is meant to be a "motivational' way to sell more, often ends up hurting sales associates (in 12 reviews)

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Employee Reviews

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    S5A Review

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

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

    Pros

    Access to great brands. Encouraged to be entrepreneurial.

    Cons

    Smaller locations struggle with getting the full benefit or attention from NYC corporate

  2.  

    a good solid 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 10 years)

    Pros

    Good company values , discount perks

    Cons

    the hours, would like training in other areas

    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    Approves of CEO
  3.  

    Temporary Associate

    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee

    I have been working at Saks Fifth Avenue

    Pros

    It has been a great place to start out as a young professional. The upper level executives have reached out after company milestones to let the associates involved know that their contributions were appreciated. The Saks brand continues to grow, and new store openings have created optimism within the company.

    Cons

    Now that the Saks family of stores falls under the umbrella of Hudson's Bay Company, there has been some restructuring. Sometimes it is difficult to know how business will go forward because you, as an associate, or the team with which you work might be turned over to a new boss at any time.

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    Luxury Retail at the very best

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    • Senior Management
    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    Current Employee - Administrative Assistant
    Current Employee - Administrative Assistant

    I have been working at Saks Fifth Avenue full-time (more than 10 years)

    Pros

    Great employee discounts, ability to have a work/life balance, straight from runway looks, great autonomous business opportunity with guidance and support.

    Cons

    Corporate directive and initiatives. Many times I felt as though 'corporate' had no clue what it is like in the stores.

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    Have the buying team work in the stores on black Friday. Ask the support center to help out on Dec. 26th. This is where you will meet our customers and understand their needs.

    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    Approves of CEO
  6.  

    Retail beginnings

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    • Career Opportunities
    Former Employee - Retail Associate in Clinton, CT
    Former Employee - Retail Associate in Clinton, CT

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

    Pros

    Great discount, decent pay, enjoyable coworkers

    Cons

    Picky customers. Long hours, tough break schedule.

    Recommends
    Neutral Outlook
    No opinion of CEO
  7.  

    Incredible! Lots to learn about high end couture.

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    • Work/Life Balance
    • Senior Management
    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    Former Employee - Retail Sales in New York, NY
    Former Employee - Retail Sales in New York, NY

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

    Pros

    I worked with really understanding managers and great co workers plus the discount was great as well.

    Cons

    Base pay was a bit low for such a big company

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    Keep doing what your doing

    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    Approves of CEO
  8.  

    Rewarding yet incredibly frustrating

    Current Employee - Anonymous
    Current Employee - Anonymous

    I have been working at Saks Fifth Avenue

    Pros

    Fabulous product, fabulous people. Fun

    Cons

    Terrible pay structure. Returns. Returns.

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    Know how hard your people work

  9.  

    Luxury at its best.

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    • Senior Management
    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee

    I have been working at Saks Fifth Avenue

    Pros

    Commission environment so your salary depends on your client building skills! Build a great client book and you can make a lot of money.

    Cons

    Commission environment leads itself to people being rather cutthroat.

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    Continue to promote a great selling culture that leads people to success... For everyone.

    Approves of CEO
  10.  

    Sales

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

    I worked at Saks Fifth Avenue

    Pros

    You are basically your own boss you determine how and what kind of money you going to make

    Cons

    Very competitive...u are your own boss but u have to hustle to get every dime

    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    Approves of CEO
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    Saks Fifth Avenue - Corporate

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    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

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