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"Overall, a pretty great place to work"

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Current Employee - Merchandise Planner in Brooklyn, NY
Current Employee - Merchandise Planner in Brooklyn, NY
Recommends
Approves of CEO

Pros

Given that it's 3,000 miles away from the main WSI HQ, the Brooklyn office (for West Elm) has a very entrepreneurial feel. The company really values new ideas and just about everyone has a 'voice' and can help make change

Relatively small office of just over 100 people. Everyone knows everyone.

You work with some really smart, really great people - the teamwork is amazing. And everyone is given full responsibility to really 'own' their area with little micromanaging on the managers' parts. You celebrate your successes but you also have to talk responsibilities for failure.

Offices are really cool - lots of windows and natural light - converted loft spaces in a great part of Brooklyn

Employee discount is amazing (and good at all WSI brands: williams-sonoma, pottery barn, west elm) and we have sample sales! Other benefits are pretty much standard with the industry

Cons

Senior Management demonstrates little respect for the people actually doing the work - they say they respect us and couldn't accomplish what we've accomplished without us...but they don't even bother to make eye contact or say hello when walking past you in the lobby. At all of the meetings, they segregate themselves and only talk to each other - not very motivating.

Systems in place for doing the day-to-day work could use an upgrade. They're not necessarily bad, but they don't really speak to each other, which translates into a lot of double work (and creates likelihood of making mistakes)

Management is really good about letting you take time off, but the overall amount of vacation time allotted seriously needs a revisit (just 2 weeks - every other employer I've worked for has given 4).

Ironically enough, the HR team is the most uninvolved, passionless group of the bunch. They have no personality, don't know anyone's name - definitely does not feel like an environment where you can just go talk to them.

Other Employee Reviews for Williams-Sonoma

  1. "Williams-Sonoma is a top notch employer!"

    Star Star Star Star Star
    • Work/Life Balance
    • Career Opportunities
    • Comp & Benefits
    • Senior Management
    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Recommends
    No opinion of CEO

    Pros

    Great work environment! Friendly, helpful team members. Great rewards and recognition programs. Great benefits. Fantastic leadership team!

    Cons

    In all honesty, I don't have anything negative to say about the company!


  2. Helpful (2)

    "A frustrating environment, but a great place to learn the business of retail."

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    • Work/Life Balance
    • Career Opportunities
    • Comp & Benefits
    • Senior Management
    Former Employee - Merchandising/Inventory Management in San Francisco, CA
    Former Employee - Merchandising/Inventory Management in San Francisco, CA
    Doesn't Recommend
    Approves of CEO

    Pros

    My peers at WS are extremely talented, driven people. The product is top-notch, and the brands are here for the long-haul. Laura Alber is an exciting exec committee addition. If you can survive here, you can work at any retailer.

    Cons

    Merchandising management flippantly changes their vision often without considering the ramifications to Merchandising, Control Buying, Distribution Planning, Visual, Signage, the DC, etc. Employees in the non-management levels seem to be in a constant state of frustration and confusion.


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