Saks Fifth Avenue

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Saks Fifth Avenue Reviews in Santa Barbara, CA

Updated August 18, 2014
Updated August 18, 2014
478 Reviews
2.9
478 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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  1. 2 people found this helpful  

    Relatively easy sales job with fun perks & awful management.

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    Former Employee - Sales Associate in Santa Barbara, CA
    Former Employee - Sales Associate in Santa Barbara, CA

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

    Pros

    Gorgeous work environment where playing dress-up is encouraged (what better way to study the merch?) Freedom to sell throughout the store at whatever pace you wish, as long as sales goals are being met, which are very reasonable. Store events are lots of fun.

    Cons

    Catty women stealing clients from each other like sharks, sales girls crying in the bathroom à la Mad Men, drama, gossip, and more drama. If you can tune that out, though, there are some truly great women working here - gems among jerks.

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    There needs to be more consistency in policy execution, and perhaps some personal coaching beyond the rote computer training software. Saks had the single most impersonal management I've ever experienced; a GM should not live 2+ hours away from their store.

    Doesn't Recommend
    No opinion of CEO
  2. 1 person found this helpful  

    Expect too much for low wages

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    Former Employee - Sales Associate in Santa Barbara, CA
    Former Employee - Sales Associate in Santa Barbara, CA

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

    Pros

    Discount is a great way to boost your closet

    Cons

    Bad Pay and no weekends off

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    Do your own marketing unless you're willing to up your base pay

    Doesn't Recommend
    Negative Outlook
    Disapproves of CEO
  3. 1 person found this helpful  

    A very SLOW store!

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    • Career Opportunities
    Current Employee - Sales Associate in Santa Barbara, CA
    Current Employee - Sales Associate in Santa Barbara, CA

    I have been working at Saks Fifth Avenue full-time

    Pros

    You are encouraged to create a "book of clients"and "run your own business." You are fairly autonomous and you are able to run your business the way you see fit. Management is easily approachable and will assist you.

    Cons

    It takes a while to be an accepted to the sales team. There is a double standard between the sales staff and the management team. The CEO is under a lot of pressure to perform, and is raising the bar on a daily basis. To succeed you need to open Credit Accounts and do end of the sale Surveys.

    Recommends
    Neutral Outlook
    Approves of CEO
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    • Comp & Benefits
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    Former Employee - Sales Associate in Santa Barbara, CA
    Former Employee - Sales Associate in Santa Barbara, CA

    I worked at Saks Fifth Avenue

    Pros

    Great place to see fashion trends that are on the higher end. Possibility to make decent money (for students) if you are an avid seller.

    Cons

    I was extremely shocked at the poor level of communication between management and employee. A simple conflict could have been resolved has management kept their word in that they would deal with it however it was never attended to and resulted in an escalated conflict. It is unfortunate for them that they fail to stand up for their dedicated employees in fear of what terrible employees can do to the company reputation.

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    Keep your word, if you are going to deal with an issue, do it. Also, communicate between yourselves so that you can all be cohesive in approaching situations.

    Approves of CEO

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