Saks Reviews

Updated June 23, 2015
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  1. Helpful (1)

    Empty Promises

    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee

    I have been working at Saks

    Doesn't Recommend
    Neutral Outlook
    Doesn't Recommend
    Neutral Outlook

    Pros

    discount, meeting so many people

    Cons

    because of the draw vs. commission pay structure, it sound like a good payoff at first right? 10$ vs. your commission 6-10% on what you sell depending what category it is....BUT! Saks will always win. They don't tell you that they get to hire as many people as they want to because, technically they are not paying you at all! You will be forced to act like a shark in order to make a dollar.


  2. Helpful (2)

    Worst company

    • Work/Life Balance
    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    • Comp & Benefits
    • Senior Management
    Current Employee - Sales Associate
    Current Employee - Sales Associate

    I have been working at Saks

    Doesn't Recommend
    Negative Outlook
    Disapproves of CEO
    Doesn't Recommend
    Negative Outlook
    Disapproves of CEO

    Pros

    The discount is not too bad

    Cons

    Worst job ever! The managers are very unprofessional! Clients return the merchandise all the time! The only people that make money are the ones who work on The Club! Bad training, they don't provide product knowledges

    Advice to Management

    Don't waist your time


  3. sales consultant

    • Work/Life Balance
    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    • Comp & Benefits
    • Senior Management
    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee

    I worked at Saks part-time

    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    Recommends
    Positive Outlook

    Pros

    Great people, weekly pay, and never a dull moment.

    Cons

    Atlanta is always behind in product


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  5. Helpful (1)

    Relaxed, Fun Environment, Great Benefits, Poorly Trained Managers

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

    I have been working at Saks full-time (More than a year)

    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    Recommends
    Positive Outlook

    Pros

    I am directly underneath my manager, so I do feel that I get direct answers and quickly, however those answers can be frustrating. I have ended up doing a lot of babysitting instead of innovating. A common problem in workplaces, I assume.
    The benefits are great, the pay is skimpy. You can dress like you get paid more than you do...
    I always always get to leave at 6. We promptly close the studio then. I am lucky to not have the complaints of overtime like my friends.

    Cons

    When I try to help and fix a lingering inefficiency issue, or bring it to my managers attention, I get met with "Not my problem". Also been promised there is no future for me beyond my current position. Manager admittedly told me he thought I would surely leave after being here for 6 months. My direct coworker was hired explicitly due to nepotism (she and my manager have admitted to that fact)

    Advice to Management

    More solution based-conversations. Do we really have to stick to the old adage of "too much red-tape?" Why can't we think positively instead of insisting that problem solving would "diminish my job here"?


  6. Helpful (1)

    Good luxury retail experience, poor management

    • Work/Life Balance
    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    • Comp & Benefits
    • Senior Management
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee

    I have been working at Saks

    Doesn't Recommend
    Neutral Outlook
    No opinion of CEO
    Doesn't Recommend
    Neutral Outlook
    No opinion of CEO

    Pros

    Great experience in selling luxury brands

    Cons

    Poor management help, expectations are high while support is low. Also they don't believe in promoting great employees

    Advice to Management

    Support the ideas and initiatives of your employees


  7. sales

    • Work/Life Balance
    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    • Comp & Benefits
    • Senior Management
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee

    I have been working at Saks

    Positive Outlook
    Approves of CEO
    Positive Outlook
    Approves of CEO

    Pros

    discounts for employees is good

    Cons

    scheduling confliction can be complex


  8. Helpful (1)

    So far so good.

    • Work/Life Balance
    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    • Comp & Benefits
    • Senior Management
    Current Employee - Sales Associate in Short Hills, NJ
    Current Employee - Sales Associate in Short Hills, NJ

    I have been working at Saks full-time (Less than a year)

    Recommends
    Neutral Outlook
    Approves of CEO
    Recommends
    Neutral Outlook
    Approves of CEO

    Pros

    Management is great. When the store does well, so do you. My coworkers are amazing as well. It's a fun place to work.

    Cons

    Not knowing how much you are going to make every week can be really tough and very stressful.

    Advice to Management

    It would be great if compensation was hourly plus commission. Turnover rate is high and you lose great staff when times are slow.


  9. Well paid and enjoyable

    • Work/Life Balance
    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    • Comp & Benefits
    • Senior Management
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee

    I have been working at Saks

    Recommends
    Neutral Outlook
    No opinion of CEO
    Recommends
    Neutral Outlook
    No opinion of CEO

    Pros

    Compensation is above average .

    Cons

    High stress due to corporate politics

    Advice to Management

    Connect With team more


  10. Helpful (1)

    A nice company to work for and great discounts!

    • Work/Life Balance
    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    • Comp & Benefits
    • Senior Management
    Current Employee - Sales Associate in Tyson's Corner, Fairfax, VA
    Current Employee - Sales Associate in Tyson's Corner, Fairfax, VA

    I have been working at Saks

    Recommends
    Neutral Outlook
    Recommends
    Neutral Outlook

    Pros

    Great company if you love luxury fashion! If you are patient and do your work with CCA+ you will be successful. For the most part great managers.

    Cons

    Pay structure needs to change. Being in a draw is only beneficial to a small handful of associates. Very stressful and this takes your mind away from your job.


  11. I worked there for over 15 years, and was always treated with respect.

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    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    • Comp & Benefits
    • Senior Management
    Former Employee - Trainer in New York, NY
    Former Employee - Trainer in New York, NY

    I worked at Saks full-time (More than 10 years)

    Recommends
    Neutral Outlook
    Approves of CEO
    Recommends
    Neutral Outlook
    Approves of CEO

    Pros

    Challenging work - great leaders (most are no longer there).

    Cons

    Mixed messages - too many focus areas. People did not know which metric to work towards from month to month.

    Advice to Management

    Corporate leadership should spend real time in the stores with real customers - not just on contrived visits. They do no understand the real challenges front line associates face.



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