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Saks Fifth Avenue Reviews

Updated November 20, 2018
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  • "But fail to implement policies to make the work place happier resulting in a poor work/life balance" (in 35 reviews)

  • "The draw vs commission pay structure is an absolute nightmare unless you sell over 1 million a year you will make nothing" (in 29 reviews)

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  1. Helpful (1)

    "Previous Fifth Avenue Cub Associate, currently BA Brunello Cucinelli"

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    • Work/Life Balance
    • Culture & Values
    • Comp & Benefits
    • Senior Management
    Current Employee - Sales Associate in Boston, MA
    Current Employee - Sales Associate in Boston, MA
    Neutral Outlook
    Approves of CEO

    I have been working at Saks Fifth Avenue full-time (More than 8 years)

    Pros

    Amazing Fashion, Independence,Running your own business

    Cons

    Company is not consistent with rules,they make decisions based on who is asking them.

    Advice to Management

    Fairness, Favorites , not addressing inappropriate behaviors of staff,


  2. "Its a Ok place to work"

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    • Senior Management
    Former Employee - Asset Protection Associate in Phoenix, AZ
    Former Employee - Asset Protection Associate in Phoenix, AZ
    Doesn't Recommend
    Positive Outlook
    No opinion of CEO

    I worked at Saks Fifth Avenue full-time (Less than a year)

    Pros

    Work Life Balance, Apprehensions can be fun when you get them, Ok team to work with.

    Cons

    Pay, Politics, and little room for advancement.

  3. "Cool Job (At a Cost)"

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    Current Employee - Sales Associate - Stylist in Birmingham, AL
    Current Employee - Sales Associate - Stylist in Birmingham, AL
    Recommends
    Neutral Outlook
    No opinion of CEO

    I have been working at Saks Fifth Avenue full-time (More than a year)

    Pros

    - Good pay for a student
    - 40% discount at Saks Fifth and 25% at Off Fifth
    - Gorgeous selection of merchandise, getting to work with name brands like Gucci, YSL, Prada, etc.
    - Develops major clientele and sales skills

    Cons

    - Upper management has a very "holier than thou" attitude.
    - Incredibly dead location. Many shifts where you can count on both hands the customers you see.
    - Ridiculous sales goals for the very small amount of traffic
    - VERY competitive and cut-throat on the sales floor
    - Sales bonus is borderline impossible to make

    Advice to Management

    Get over yourselves.


  4. "Former Assistant Buyer"

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    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee in New York, NY
    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee in New York, NY
    Doesn't Recommend
    Neutral Outlook
    No opinion of CEO

    I worked at Saks Fifth Avenue full-time

    Pros

    As an assistant buyer, you get to have ownership over your businesses and grow professionally. You get great exposure to a huge brand portfolio and the chance to work with strong, established buyers who are well-respected throughout the industry. Working as an assistant buyer allows many opportunities to be creative and drive the assortment for each respective business. Finally, this role is great in terms of opportunities to build relationships internally at Saks and externally throughout the industry.

    Cons

    Extremely grueling work culture depending on your team. Complete lack of work/life balance and no alignment between expectations and compensation/benefits. Sometimes (more often than not) felt like I had to sacrifice my personal well-being and mental health to live up to expectations. Also, very cliquey and gossipy work environment, which serves as a distraction from day-to-day business and makes it hard for new team members to feel welcome. Also, regardless of how quickly you excel in your role and how well you perform, you will likely be stagnated by the company's antiquated promotion process that is based largely on politics rather than performance. If you don't want to work 12+ hour days for extremely mediocre pay in a workplace where you are undervalued, I would not recommend working here.

    Advice to Management

    Management absolutely needs to improve workplace culture and morale. Also needs to get work expectations aligned with compensation packages in order to retain talent.


  5. "Personal shopping assistant"

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    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Doesn't Recommend
    Neutral Outlook
    No opinion of CEO

    I have been working at Saks Fifth Avenue full-time

    Pros

    Fun, get to work with cool clients, always busy

    Cons

    No commission for all the sales you are generating


  6. "Style Advisor"

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    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee

    I have been working at Saks Fifth Avenue part-time

    Pros

    With the Contingent/floater position I was really pick when I want to work, great for when you have another job

    Cons

    None really, I don't work very often because of the type of position.


  7. Helpful (1)

    "Corporate Merchadising Assistant"

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    • Senior Management
    Current Employee - Merchandise Assistant in New York, NY
    Current Employee - Merchandise Assistant in New York, NY
    Doesn't Recommend
    Neutral Outlook
    No opinion of CEO

    I have been working at Saks Fifth Avenue full-time (More than a year)

    Pros

    Generous Discount. Beautiful Offices.

    Cons

    Poor company culture. Very competitive Buying program.

    Advice to Management

    Better communication.

  8. "Positive Experience"

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    Former Employee - Sales Associate in New York, NY
    Former Employee - Sales Associate in New York, NY
    Recommends
    Neutral Outlook
    No opinion of CEO

    I worked at Saks Fifth Avenue part-time (Less than a year)

    Pros

    Potential to earn, room for growth, and fantastic training.

    Cons

    Weekly schedules were delivered sometimes only one day in advance.


  9. "Sales professional"

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    Former Employee - Sales Professional in Sarasota, FL
    Former Employee - Sales Professional in Sarasota, FL

    I worked at Saks Fifth Avenue full-time (More than 8 years)

    Pros

    Pay is good the inventory was high end and excellent quality.

    Cons

    Management in the past was horrible

    Advice to Management

    They were bought out and the management has sence been gone a lot of changes


  10. "Jewelry sales"

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    • Senior Management
    Former Employee - Part Time Sales Associate in Richmond, VA
    Former Employee - Part Time Sales Associate in Richmond, VA
    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    Approves of CEO

    I worked at Saks Fifth Avenue part-time (More than 5 years)

    Pros

    Upscale Environment, luxury product, considerable discount

    Cons

    Not a lot of foot traffic


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