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"An excellent workplace for those with good retail skills."

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  • Senior Management
Former Employee - Seasonal Sales Associate in Seattle, WA
Former Employee - Seasonal Sales Associate in Seattle, WA
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Neutral Outlook
No opinion of CEO

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

Pros

Staff and managers are friendly, helpful, knowledgeable, and a pleasure to work with. The environment itself is comfortable. Company offers a generous 40% discount to employees, including temps.

Cons

The pay in retail is low; Williams-Sonoma is no exception. The opportunities to advance into cooking demos are not as open as I was led to believe.

Advice to Management

The cash registers could use an upgrade.

Other Employee Reviews for Williams-Sonoma

  1. Helpful (2)

    "Great company. No succession planning. Terrible training programs."

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    • Culture & Values
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    • Senior Management
    Current Employee - Manager in Memphis, TN
    Current Employee - Manager in Memphis, TN

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

    Pros

    Good salary and benefits. Strong financial performance, and job stability. Good company discount.

    Cons

    Poor training and development. HR is like the mafia. They make, change, and enforce rules with huge levels of subjectivity, and hire individuals based on relationships and affiliations moreso than proven skill, experience, education, and ROI. History has shown that these practices have backfired in many instances, in which they ended up eliminating roles or layers to right the ship.

    Advice to Management

    Provide individuals with a clear succession plan. Offer relevant, high-level training to your managers and associates. Identify and develop your talent. Hire executives and senior managers who. An not only run the business, but both lead and mentor effectively. Monitor HR and ensure that they are both creating and executing rules and policy in a fair and unbiased manner. Take a real interest in your associates and their work-life balance.


  2. Helpful (1)

    "Great place to work overall"

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    Current Employee - Inventory Control Manager in San Francisco, CA
    Current Employee - Inventory Control Manager in San Francisco, CA
    Recommends
    Neutral Outlook
    Approves of CEO

    I have been working at Williams-Sonoma full-time (More than 3 years)

    Pros

    It's a very strong brand with great stores, great products, and a very strong culture. It is the leader in its categories.

    Cons

    Management controls are held too tightly, so there is not enough delegation and ownership, especially at lower levels. It needs to evolve its management style.

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