Saks Fifth Avenue

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Saks Fifth Avenue Reviews

Updated November 24, 2014
Updated November 24, 2014
469 Reviews
2.9
469 Reviews
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33 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.  

    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
  2.  

    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
  3.  

    Web Designer

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    Former Employee - Web Designer in New York, NY
    Former Employee - Web Designer in New York, NY

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

    Pros

    The people were very nice, and there was good training. Management pays close attention to detail so It keeps you on your toes.

    Cons

    The salary was extremely extremely low, and well below market average

    corporate rules / culture was strict

    Internal politics were excessive, and created strained relationships between upper and lower management and between departments

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    Show more employee appreciation.

    Doesn't Recommend
    Neutral Outlook
    Approves of CEO
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  5.  

    Great to be around the fashion.

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    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee

    I have been working at Saks Fifth Avenue

    Pros

    You are in the know of the latest trends.

    Cons

    Draw vs. Commission sucks. You won't make money if you have a slow day.

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    Take a second look at which brands to clump together.

    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    Approves of CEO
  6. 1 person found this helpful  

    great place to work

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    • Career Opportunities
    Current Employee - Sales Associate in San Francisco, CA
    Current Employee - Sales Associate in San Francisco, CA

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

    Pros

    Great training, managers are great.

    Cons

    none yet. I have nothing negative to say

    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    No opinion of CEO
  7.  

    Great

    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee

    I have been working at Saks Fifth Avenue

    Pros

    Awesome discount, normal retail job, everyone you work with becomes family. Comfortable environment

    Cons

    Dealing with some rude people

  8.  

    Frustrating

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    Current Employee - Sales Associate in Indianapolis, IN
    Current Employee - Sales Associate in Indianapolis, IN

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

    Pros

    Great tools to succed, training and managers, beautiful store, great user friendly software and mostly helpful associates with lots of experience

    Cons

    I just started 2 weeks ago and I've only sold two things. How in the world do they expect you to live on commission only when there are no customers that come in as far as walk ins and the other people in my department who are very competitive already have their clients from their own client lists...

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    give new employees the option of a higher base rate for the first 90 days until they build up their client base

    Doesn't Recommend
    Negative Outlook
    Approves of CEO
  9.  

    Started out as great experience, then came micro-management.

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    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee

    I worked at Saks Fifth Avenue (more than 5 years)

    Pros

    You have access to great clothing lines. Meet people who are movers and shakers. Learn about the latest trends and fashions.

    Cons

    Working weekends and Holidays. Micromanagement. Too much stress for opening store charge accounts. Puts the company first, and doesn't care about employees. Very selfish company that only cares about the store managers goals.

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    Consider the sales people who make Saks Fifth what it is and quit putting personal goals ahead of associates who work hard and take pride in what they do.

    Doesn't Recommend
    Negative Outlook
    Disapproves of CEO
  10.  

    S5A Review

    • Comp & Benefits
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    • 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

  11. 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.

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