Williams-Sonoma Reviews

Updated June 26, 2015
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Williams-Sonoma President, CEO and Director Laura J. Alber
Laura J. Alber
13 Ratings

Pros
  • Great Product Great discount Great contests (in 87 reviews)

  • Work life balance - is great as long as you get what you need done (in 26 reviews)

Cons
  • Do not work for this company if you value a work life balance (in 31 reviews)

  • Upper management always want more but don't pay more (in 39 reviews)

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  1. Sales Associate

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    • Comp & Benefits
    • Senior Management
    Former Employee - Sales Associate in Short Hills, NJ
    Former Employee - Sales Associate in Short Hills, NJ

    I worked at Williams-Sonoma

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

    Pros

    Lovely work environment. Amazing store discount.

    Cons

    Never let me work 40 hours per week. Always kept me at 35 hours.


  2. Great Company

    Former Employee - Sales Associate in Teaneck, NJ
    Former Employee - Sales Associate in Teaneck, NJ

    I worked at Williams-Sonoma part-time (More than a year)

    Pros

    Great environment, managers are very friendly and willing to coach their associated effectively.

    Cons

    As every retail, part-time job the hours were not guaranteed.

    Advice to Management

    Keep up the good work, it was a great experience to work for West Elm I learned a lot.


  3. Helpful (1)

    Good team and experience!

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    • Career Opportunities
    • Comp & Benefits
    • Senior Management
    Current Contractor - Anonymous Contractor in Brooklyn, NY
    Current Contractor - Anonymous Contractor in Brooklyn, NY

    I have been working at Williams-Sonoma as a contractor (Less than a year)

    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    Recommends
    Positive Outlook

    Pros

    Lots of knowledgeable people within each department who are always willing to help out when they can or when time permits. Great company culture, the focus on products that are sourced locally, that are fair trade, and partnering with companies that have good labor practices is something I felt good to be apart of.

    Cons

    At times, micromanagement can be an issue that interferes with getting work done although that depends on the department and not a reflection on the company as a whole.


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  5. Helpful (1)

    Great opportunities across all WSI brands but lacks cross channel structure

    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee in New York, NY
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee in New York, NY

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

    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    Recommends
    Positive Outlook

    Pros

    Good Benefits, good discounts, and cross brand opportunities

    Cons

    Lack Of Structure leads to high turnover

    Advice to Management

    Share Information Cross Channel


  6. Helpful (1)

    Great co-workers, but the company needs to find direction

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    • Career Opportunities
    • Comp & Benefits
    • Senior Management
    Current Employee - Sales Associate in New York, NY
    Current Employee - Sales Associate in New York, NY

    I have been working at Williams-Sonoma part-time (More than 5 years)

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

    Pros

    Great co-workers, educational experience, good starter job to move on from.

    Cons

    no part-time benefits, no full-time position unless you're management, company loosing sight of it's market.


  7. Helpful (2)

    If you don't invest in yourself nobody else will here.

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    • 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 Williams-Sonoma full-time (More than a year)

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

    Pros

    If you excel at brown nosing, being a yes man/woman, or throwing people under the bus the sky's the limit for you.

    Cons

    Never get your hopes up.

    Advice to Management

    Listen to what other people have to say and not just the sound of your own voice. Invest in people instead of making them feel interchangeable and disposable. Invest back into the company advancements me to be made to further company goals technology is your friend!


  8. Helpful (1)

    Reconstruct William Sonoma/Pottery Barn

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

    I have been working at Williams-Sonoma part-time (More than a year)

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

    Pros

    Discount off of still very expensive product

    Cons

    Mostly Everything. Hypocrisy. Bureaucracy. No Upward movement. No appreciation. No meaningful compensation for the work executed. Greedy.


  9. Great

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

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

    Pros

    Great people to work with

    Cons

    I haven't worked there long enough to say


  10. the best place to work

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

    I worked at Williams-Sonoma part-time (More than a year)

    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    No opinion of CEO
    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    No opinion of CEO

    Pros

    no pressure, family atmosphere, no commission

    Cons

    holidays can get pretty hectic, wrapping gifts are in high demand. I almost cut my finger off.

    Advice to Management

    keep looking out for the employees and being a part of the family and you can never go wrong.


  11. It was a great company to work for part-time and full-time.

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

    I worked at Williams-Sonoma full-time (More than a year)

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

    Pros

    Benefits were a great asset to my salary.

    Cons

    I did not experience anything negative working for the company.



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