Saks Fifth Avenue

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Saks Fifth Avenue Reviews

Updated December 17, 2014
Updated December 17, 2014
477 Reviews
2.9
477 Reviews
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36 Ratings

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 43 reviews)


Cons
  • The draw vs commission which is meant to be a "motivational' way to sell more, often ends up hurting sales associates (in 13 reviews)

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

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  1.  

    Classic American Luxury

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    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee

    I worked at Saks Fifth Avenue

    Pros

    great culture and work life balance

    Cons

    follows trends. shy of the unknown.

    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    Approves of CEO
  2.  

    Good company to work for, cant complain

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    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee

    I worked at Saks Fifth Avenue

    Pros

    Discount is amazing !
    Great exposure to different vendors in the fashion world, the amount of networking is amazing

    Cons

    Some people get ahead of themselves, they forget that the only reason they can afford this stuff is because of their discount.

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    Be considerate to your employees, we are all human beings

  3.  

    Enjoyable.

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    • Senior Management
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    • Career Opportunities
    Former Employee - Sales Associate
    Former Employee - Sales Associate

    I worked at Saks Fifth Avenue

    Pros

    Company really cares about it's employees.
    Great benefits

    Cons

    Straight commission environment
    Cut throat and very competitive

    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    Approves of CEO
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  5.  

    Great environment to learn about the retail business

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    • Career Opportunities
    Former Employee - Sales Associate in New York, NY
    Former Employee - Sales Associate in New York, NY

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

    Pros

    Great merchandise, interesting (sometimes famous) customers, generous employee discount especially when doubled (or tripled!)

    Cons

    commission-based wages mean everyone is hustling, many employees are very aggressive, you definitely have to come to work prepared to swim with sharks every day

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    all of the managers i worked with were fair and dependable. they supported their employees

    Recommends
    Neutral Outlook
    No opinion of CEO
  6.  

    Shark tank

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    Current Employee - Sales Associate in Atlanta, GA
    Current Employee - Sales Associate in Atlanta, GA

    I have been working at Saks Fifth Avenue

    Pros

    Saks has the the most luxurious merchandise in the world.

    Cons

    If you are new to retail or new to the city, it will be difficult to build a new book a business without very hard, diligent work.

    Doesn't Recommend
    Negative Outlook
    No opinion of CEO
  7. 1 person found this helpful  

    Horrible

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

    I worked at Saks Fifth Avenue

    Pros

    When it's busy, you make good money.

    Cons

    Don't get paid if you don't sell. People steal sales every day. Management not supportive, only critical. They are on your back asking you to cc your emails to clients to them to make sure you are sending them! C'mon! Barely any vacation days. I can go on and on.

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    Be more understanding about sales goals, we are people, not magicians or robots. We are trying to make $$$.

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

    Not Pleasant

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    Former Employee - Merchandise Planner in New York, NY
    Former Employee - Merchandise Planner in New York, NY

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

    Pros

    Good pay and benefits.

    Cons

    Lack of work -life balance for Planners.

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    Less irrelevant meetings and reports.
    Less revisions of monthly forecasts and Plans

    Doesn't Recommend
    Positive Outlook
    Disapproves of CEO
  9. 4 people found this helpful  

    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.

  10. 1 person found this helpful  

    standards of a company are ok

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    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee

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

    Pros

    good structure company that's all

    Cons

    a bit bias not all are treated equal

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    treat all employees equal

    Recommends
    Neutral Outlook
  11.  

    AWESOME!!

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    Former Employee - Stylist in Chevy Chase, MD
    Former Employee - Stylist in Chevy Chase, MD

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

    Pros

    Meeting the Clients!, you never know who's going come through that door.

    Cons

    Location was the only issue.

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    Great Job

    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    Approves of CEO

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