Saks Fifth Avenue

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Saks Fifth Avenue Reviews

Updated Jul 31, 2014
All Employees Current Employees Only

2.9 407 reviews

60% Approve of the CEO

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Marigay McKee

(5 ratings)

48% of employees recommend this company to a friend

Review Highlights

Pros
  • Great discount (20% normally, 40% during double discounts), run efficiently (in 47 reviews)

  • Decent employee discount if you could afford to buy anything there based on the commission only pay (in 35 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 11 reviews)

More Highlights
407 Employee Reviews
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    Love Job, Management is terrible.

    Anonymous Employee (Current Employee)

    ProsTime Off Policies, Fashion, Styling.

    ConsManagement in clueless. They aren't good at their job.

    Advice to Senior ManagementBe more present. Listen to employees.

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    Sales Associate

    Anonymous Employee (Former Employee) Orlando, FL

    ProsLearning about different merchandise.

    ConsThe management was never satisfied. They always asked for more and more.

    Advice to Senior ManagementPlease be mindful of all the hard work employees are pouring in.

     

    Great company

    Anonymous Employee (Former Employee)

    ProsInnovative company with great fashion sense. Definitely fashion leaders. Great opportunity for growth.

    ConsAll is contingent upon which store you work as each store seems to be ran differently.

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    Luxury - but it's still "sales."

    Anonymous (Former Employee)

    ProsIn the two stores I worked in my experience was mostly in cosmetics. I also worked for MAC inside a Saks. I would rate it as an overall typical corporate sales job. The economic downturn was not nice to Saks & they closed many stores.

    ConsIf you've worked big corporate retail, then mostly no surprises here. Yes, it's luxury retail; therefore, the question of the customer spending is higher level and so your service is expected to be. If you're not a fan of being on the phone constantly to generate sales, then this won't be the place for you. Foot traffic isn't high in most Saks, so you will be calling on your customers frequently.

    Advice to Senior ManagementDon't try to polish a turd, then sell it to your underlings....Many of us are previous managers that know that pony trick.

    No, I would not recommend this company to a friend

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    Feels like more than just a sales job

    Sales Associate (Current Employee) New York, NY

    ProsSeniors are very approachable and easy to communicate with, have ability to control and develop your own business, learn a great deal about fashion and the ins and outs of retail aside from just sales

    Consmust make weekly draw before receiving any commission-- usually easy to do, but some weeks can result in a very low paycheck out of your control

    Advice to Senior Managementmake an associate handbook of all functions/possible encounters available at each register to refer to, as there is a lot to memorize

    Yes, I would recommend this company to a friend – I'm optimistic about the outlook for this company

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    • Disapproves of CEO

     

    Womens Shoes Sales associate

    Sales Associate (Current Employee) New York, NY

    ProsDiscount, location, cafeteria in store

    ConsToo many sales associates on one floor.

    No, I would not recommend this company to a friend

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    Looks good on the resume

    Anonymous Employee (Current Employee)

    ProsGreat vacation benefits, at one location i had a great management team experience

    ConsVERY differnt culture from store to store

    No, I would not recommend this company to a friend – I'm not optimistic about the outlook for this company

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    Long history of being a good place to work.

    Buying (Current Employee) New York, NY

    ProsLong history as premiere luxury retailer. Historically known for developing people and promoting from within. May product categories and opportunity for movement to different roles. Respected amongst the industry as a great place to learn retail and merchandising.

    ConsLots of "red tape" making decision making a lengthy process. Currently going through many changes with receipt HBC buy out.

    Advice to Senior ManagementMake decisions faster so teams can execute quickly. This is essential in retail to be fast and first.

    Yes, I would recommend this company to a friend

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    The commission-based environment is akin to a battlefield.

    Sales Associate (Current Employee)

    Pros-Monthly recognition ceremonies
    -Good holiday commission checks
    -Weekly pay

    Cons-Backstabbing coworkers
    -Lackadaisical management
    -Draw vs. commission structure - Heaven help you if you get into a deficit.

    Advice to Senior ManagementAppreciate the people, not just the sales.

    Yes, I would recommend this company to a friend – I'm optimistic about the outlook for this company

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    N/A

    N/A (Current Employee) New York, NY

    ProsWhen it is busy is very good

    ConsWhen it is slow, it is painful.

    Advice to Senior ManagementN/A

    No, I would not recommend this company to a friend

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