Saks Fifth Avenue

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Saks Fifth Avenue Reviews

Updated February 24, 2015
Updated February 24, 2015
510 Reviews
2.8
510 Reviews
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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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Employee Reviews

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  1.  

    Great Mentors and Support System

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    • Senior Management
    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    Current Employee - Brand Ambassador in Washington, DC
    Current Employee - Brand Ambassador in Washington, DC

    I have been working at Saks Fifth Avenue

    Pros

    Work-life balance is very good. This is retail so expect to work holidays and weekends. Saks will give you 1.5 hourly for working holidays, which is unique in retail from what I understand. That being said, you will have days off and vacations.

    The leadership on the Men's team is extraordinary. Curtis, Kevin, and Bonnie are seasoned vets. They will teach you to be very competent and successful at luxury retail sales if you take their advice and apply it.

    Cons

    This is a sales-commissioned environment. If you aren't comfortable with that type of structure, this will not be a good fit for you. If you are comfortable with the stress of generating sales, you will enjoy the freedom to do so.

    Foot traffic in the store can be slow. It's important to build loyal clients to ride out the slow seasons (February, August).

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    Keep it up.

    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    Approves of CEO
  2.  

    Worst company

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    • Work/Life Balance
    • Senior Management
    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    Former Employee - Cosmetics Sales Associate
    Former Employee - Cosmetics Sales Associate

    I worked at Saks Fifth Avenue full-time (more than 8 years)

    Pros

    I have absolutley nothing good to say.

    Cons

    Management plays favorites, unprofessional management in both departments as well as the executive team, too much grey areas when it comes to the rules, witnessed theft, time fraud, harassment, inappropriate behavior and when I brought it to the attention of management, I was terminated....basically I should have kept my mouth shut if I wanted to keep my job...but really they did me a favor. I am free from this crooked company. I am sure the are some stores that are run professionally, but not the one I worked at. I will be taking this to a higher level.

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    Shame on you!

    Doesn't Recommend
    Negative Outlook
    Disapproves of CEO
  3.  

    Love it

    • Comp & Benefits
    • Work/Life Balance
    • Senior Management
    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    Current Employee - Sales Associate in Los Angeles, CA
    Current Employee - Sales Associate in Los Angeles, CA

    I have been working at Saks Fifth Avenue

    Pros

    Nice salary good environment

    Cons

    Management to many sales no higher positions

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    No advice

    Doesn't Recommend
    Negative Outlook
    Approves of CEO
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  5.  

    Beauty Specialist

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    • Work/Life Balance
    • Senior Management
    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    Current Employee - Beauty Advisor in Naples, FL
    Current Employee - Beauty Advisor in Naples, FL

    I have been working at Saks Fifth Avenue

    Pros

    Discount (20% off beauty, 40% off everything else) , if you're full time you always work 37 hours, great company

    Cons

    Inventory , work / life balance wasn't ideal

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    Management was good

    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    Approves of CEO
  6. 2 people found this helpful  

    Not much of a chance to advance within the company

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    • Work/Life Balance
    • Senior Management
    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    Former Employee - Stock Associate in New York, NY
    Former Employee - Stock Associate in New York, NY

    I worked at Saks Fifth Avenue

    Pros

    Very flexible with the schedule

    Cons

    Expect to much for what they pay, If they see you work hard they'll just take advantage of you and put way more on your plate compared to others, Lack respect towards employee's very bad way of talking to them , and you have to keep an eye on your hours, pay, and p.t.o ( paid time off ) as they tend to mess a lot with these.

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    A great leader is one that is respected by others not feared or resented, Try building relationships with your employees and that will make people want to work hard for you and do you favors, it doesn't hurt to get along with your coworkers. Also try giving the people at the bottom level more of a chance to step up, those who have proven themselves and are overlooked might have potential to be better managers then a lot of people there.

    Negative Outlook
    Disapproves of CEO
  7.  

    For the most part, it was fun

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    • Work/Life Balance
    • Senior Management
    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    Current Employee - Loss Prevention in Houston, TX
    Current Employee - Loss Prevention in Houston, TX

    I have been working at Saks Fifth Avenue

    Pros

    Good pay, and people are fun to work with.

    Cons

    Some of the management is under qualified.. Hours are always different.

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    Listen to your employees

    Doesn't Recommend
    Positive Outlook
    Approves of CEO
  8.  

    No leadership skills

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    • Senior Management
    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    Former Employee - Asset Protection Investigator in Arlington, VA
    Former Employee - Asset Protection Investigator in Arlington, VA

    I worked at Saks Fifth Avenue

    Pros

    Saks has great health benefits..

    Cons

    No room for growing with company. Some of the managers have no leadership skills. They don't train employees. You take all your training online.

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    Learn to work with your team and train them One on one.

    Doesn't Recommend
    Negative Outlook
    No opinion of CEO
  9.  

    Working at Saks

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    • Senior Management
    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    Former Employee - Sales Associate in New York, NY
    Former Employee - Sales Associate in New York, NY

    I worked at Saks Fifth Avenue

    Pros

    Great co-workers great discounts and name recognition

    Cons

    Salary sucks, to much be in human resource department, and no holiday bonuses

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    Share the love with money, up the salaries, stop the power play on people and start to promote

    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    No opinion of CEO
  10. 1 person found this helpful  

    Ups and downs, too much office politics to deal with daily

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    • Senior Management
    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee in New York, NY
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee in New York, NY

    I have been working at Saks Fifth Avenue

    Pros

    Good benefits, company offers trial for fitness classes in high end health clubs and other perks.

    Cons

    Lot of politics, management do not show their appreciation for the hard working employees, the ones who do nothing all day are the ones that receive more praise and opportunities.

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    Pay attention and show appreciations for the hard working and loyal employees. ..do not get surprised if they leave to seek better opportunities with others companies.

  11. 1 person found this helpful  

    It's definitely a learning experience that you that you can apply in any other career.

    • Comp & Benefits
    • Work/Life Balance
    • Senior Management
    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    Current Employee - Sales Associate in New York, NY
    Current Employee - Sales Associate in New York, NY

    I have been working at Saks Fifth Avenue

    Pros

    The freedom to sell to a client anyware in the building and make up to 10% on commission, depending on what you sell.

    Cons

    The return policy needs to change, because you could spend hours with client s! and weeks later you get hit with a crazy amount of returns and that gets deducted out of the commission .

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    Managemant needs to get more involved on the floor with clients and associates

    Doesn't Recommend
    Negative Outlook

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