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Pottery Barn Overview

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San Francisco, CA
5001 to 10000 employees
1986
Subsidiary or Business Segment
Home Furniture & Housewares Stores
$500 million to $1 billion (USD) per year
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Working at Pottery Barn

The Pottery Barn family of brands has everything you need to make a house into a home, through every life stage. Pottery Barn was founded on the idea that home furnishings should be exceptional in comfort, quality, style, and value. Pottery Barn Kids offers exclusive ... Read more

Pottery Barn Reviews

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    Current Employee - Designer in West Des Moines, IA
    Current Employee - Designer in West Des Moines, IA
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    I have been working at Pottery Barn full-time (More than a year)

    Pros

    It is awesome! Great people!

    Cons

    The pay is low and discounts minimal.

    Advice to Management

    Raise pay to keep excellent staff, allow the associate discount

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Pottery Barn Photos

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Pottery Barn Interviews

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    Senior Global Designer Interview

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    Easy Interview

    Application

    I applied through a recruiter. I interviewed at Pottery Barn.

    Interview

    There were two phone interviews before the in-person: one with human resources and one with the hiring manager.

    All was going well until I was asked to do a design test. I was sent professional photography, copy on sales for the current season, an email template and a homepage template. The team seemed a little too anxious to get my layered files before my in-person interview . This sent up a huge red flag for me.

    I was being asked to do free work. I found this unethical as a company of this size should have no problem bringing talent on-site for a trial period –PAID– rather than asking for free layered work that could possibly be used without paying the candidate.

    I stopped the interview process abruptly when I realized the full weight of the situation. If you're assessing a candidate's ability to design, you shouldn't need layered files. A jpg reviewed during the in-person interview should be just fine.

    Interview Questions

    • Do you have knowledge/interest for other cultures? (Colors/symbols can change in meaning for cultures outside of the US.)   Answer Question
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