Saks Fifth Avenue

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Saks Fifth Avenue Reviews

Updated October 23, 2014
Updated October 23, 2014
453 Reviews
2.9
453 Reviews
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Review Highlights

Pros
  • Great discount (20% normally, 40% during double discounts), run efficiently (in 51 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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  1.  

    Incredible! Lots to learn about high end couture.

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    • 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
  2.  

    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

  3. 1 person found this helpful  

    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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  5.  

    Luxury at its best.

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    • Senior Management
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    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
  6.  

    Sales

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    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
  7.  

    Wrapper

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    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
  8.  

    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

  9.  

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

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    • 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
  10.  

    Great team

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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 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
  11.  

    Roller Coaster

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    • 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

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