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"A great place to work"

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  • Senior Management
Current Employee - Director in San Francisco, CA
Current Employee - Director in San Francisco, CA
Recommends
Positive Outlook
Approves of CEO

I have been working at Williams-Sonoma full-time (More than 8 years)

Pros

If you like working hard this is the place to be. Lot of opportunities and lots to get done.

Cons

This place is always trying to do too much in too short a time and half the costs. So extremely challenging environment. There is never a dull or a lull moment.

Advice to Management

No knee jerk reactions. Have a plan and stick to it

Other Employee Reviews for Williams-Sonoma

  1. Helpful (2)

    "A Roller Coaster Ride from Hell"

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    • Work/Life Balance
    • Culture & Values
    • Comp & Benefits
    • Senior Management
    Current Employee - Assistant Manager
    Current Employee - Assistant Manager
    Doesn't Recommend
    Positive Outlook
    Disapproves of CEO

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

    Pros

    Expert associates. Great challenges. Wonderful customer base. Excellent benefits.

    Cons

    Pay is low. Management is a shark tank. Misguided . Policy changes over night. Micro managed and stressful.

    Advice to Management

    Relax. Stop selling "Made in China" inferior products. Respect your associates and customers. You really do get what you pay for. The company is extremely indecisive. Make a plan and stick with the plan.


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    "You do NOT want to work here!"

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    Former Contractor - Designer in San Francisco, CA
    Former Contractor - Designer in San Francisco, CA
    Doesn't Recommend
    Negative Outlook
    Disapproves of CEO

    I worked at Williams-Sonoma as a contractor (More than a year)

    Pros

    You will be exposed to some fantastic & inspirational design when you see the merchandise the design team has culled by shopping competitor's lines. This company rips people off shamelessly- there are lawyers on staff to see how closely a design can copy another company without getting sued. At least by working there you can be inspired by the original. The design process has all the methodology & business savvy of housewives picking out drapes at the Design Center.

    There are some lovely people who work at Williams Sonoma. These people will be overlooked for promotions for years running. If you feel like you're having a uniquely bad experience, take heart! Dozens of people have suffered the same ill-treatment. Hedge your bets and get out early!

    Cons

    At least 20% of this company's staff is contract workers. These people are led to believe that they will be hired full-time at a date which never arrives. In the meantime, contract workers are not given benefits, have a low hourly wage, and are forced to take off one month every six months so that Williams Sonoma does not get sued. Who's the winner here?

    Advice to Management

    Where to begin? First, get rid of the contract employee surf-dom that's become a Williams Sonoma institution. It breeds ill will for the whole company. No one should be a contractor for more than 3 months. Second, clean house with the management, from CEO on down. The CEO should not be dropping in to micro-manage brands. She should hire genuinely talented people and trust their judgement. It should be a wake-up call for management that West Elm is by far the design superpower of this conglomerate, and being in NYC, they are a welcome distance from senior management. Second, get rid of the majority of managers. The managers at Williams Sonoma operate on fear, resorting to back biting, hiring inferior people who they can control, and generally resorting to some of the nastiest politics imaginable. San Francisco is a center of design with one of the brightest talent pools in the world to draw from. This company should be blossoming- not suffering in some backwater of design stagnation!

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