Saks Fifth Avenue

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Saks Fifth Avenue Reviews

Updated August 17, 2014
Updated August 17, 2014
418 Reviews

2.8
418 Reviews
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Marigay McKee
9 Ratings

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)

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Employee Reviews

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  1.  

    Great

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    Current Employee - Buyer  in  Chicago, IL
    Current Employee - Buyer in Chicago, IL

    Pros

    Great atmosphere. Nice Clothes. Exceptional People to work with. Great Location

    Cons

    Nothing really. Just a good place overall to work at.

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    Have multiple Buyers and Fashion Stylists at the stores.

    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    No opinion of CEO
  2. 1 person found this helpful  

    A company that truly invests in their employees!

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

    Pros

    I've always been a fan of working for smaller companies and Saks is not necessarily the type of store that I would be drawn to but I was treated so well that I returned multiple times. Their HR department and training program are excellent and it's very impressive how much they invest in their employees. I'm not saying any company is perfect, but Saks made me feel valued which really encouraged and motivated me to do my absolute best. Saks also has such a warm work environment. I've never worked at such a large company where almost everyone was so friendly, always smiled and said hello, even when I didn't know them or work in the same department. There are definitely your typical catty, superficial retail types with attitude but it was totally overshadowed by the overwhelming number of truly authentic and down to earth employees that it was honestly a pleasure to come to work every day.

    Cons

    There is a lot of "passing the buck" on the management level. When I worked as a sales associate, it was much easier than when I was dealing with the management politics. On that level, it was hard to get much accomplished. No one wanted to take responsibility for making decisions. Also the branding of Saks has really gone down hill, although Marigay McKee seems to be doing a good job bringing the luxury branding back.

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    Sales and department managers need to lead by example, support their staff, drop the attitude and treat the sales and support staff with respect.

    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    No opinion of CEO
  3.  

    Great Internship!

    Current Employee - Executive Excellence Program  in  New York, NY
    Current Employee - Executive Excellence Program in New York, NY

    Pros

    This internship program is great at corporate, really able to see into what buyers do!

    Cons

    Personally, wasn't the biggest number cruncher!

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  5.  

    Nice place

    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee

    Pros

    People are very very friendly

    Cons

    I really cant think of any. Everything went very well. I must say. Very good communication with everyone from day one.

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    Keep up the good work

  6.  

    A great company to work for..

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    Former Employee - Processor  in  Ontario, CA
    Former Employee - Processor in Ontario, CA

    Pros

    The best reason is that it was a very easy job and i love to learn different things in the company.

    Cons

    I did not have any

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    That i love working for saks fifth avenue

    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    Approves of CEO
  7.  

    Management

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    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee

    Pros

    great company to work for nothing bad to say

    Cons

    Nothing to at this time thats bad

    No opinion of CEO
  8.  

    Loved working here

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    Former Employee - Sales Associate
    Former Employee - Sales Associate

    Pros

    Great managers, coworkers. Beautiful merchandise. Great events.

    Cons

    Takes time to get clients. Commission pay structure so can be very competitive for clients.

    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    Approves of CEO
  9.  

    Sales Associate

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    Current Employee - Sales Associate
    Current Employee - Sales Associate

    Pros

    Easy, fun, outgoing, personable, benefits

    Cons

    Leadership, not very good at hiring new workers

    Approves of CEO
  10.  

    Great company to work for

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    Former Employee - Sales Specialist  in  Atlanta, GA
    Former Employee - Sales Specialist in Atlanta, GA

    Pros

    Professional sales associates only. Specialist shop customers throughout the store great commission and base pay

    Cons

    none they were very good to me

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    none

    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    Approves of CEO
  11.  

    Great company

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    • Career Opportunities
    Current Employee - Sales Associate  in  Boca Raton, FL
    Current Employee - Sales Associate in Boca Raton, FL

    Pros

    Very concerned about making work and personal life cohesive

    Cons

    There are really no cons

    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    Approves of CEO

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