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Saks Fifth Avenue Reviews

Updated June 20, 2018
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Richard Baker
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  • "But fail to implement policies to make the work place happier resulting in a poor work/life balance" (in 34 reviews)

  • "Associates are allowed to run roughshod over each other, since it is a draw vs commission structure" (in 25 reviews)

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  1. "Great Experience"

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    • Work/Life Balance
    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    • Comp & Benefits
    • Senior Management
    Former Employee - Digital Marketing Manager in New York, NY
    Former Employee - Digital Marketing Manager in New York, NY
    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    Approves of CEO

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

    Pros

    Experience, team, events, networking, high standards

    Cons

    stress, some corporate restrictions for visuals don't make sense

    Advice to Management

    Reduce corporate restrictions for visuals


  2. "Sales Associate"

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    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee

    I worked at Saks Fifth Avenue full-time

    Pros

    Very lucrative margins, commission is a good percentage.

    Cons

    Very seasonal and locality is an issue if you are looking for longevity.

  3. "S5a"

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    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee

    I have been working at Saks Fifth Avenue full-time

    Pros

    Fair Pay, beautiful store, good location, nice cowoekers

    Cons

    Must Work nights, weekend and holidays

    Advice to Management

    Advance from within


  4. Helpful (3)

    "Poor Pay to Work With Affluent Clientele"

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    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    • Comp & Benefits
    • Senior Management
    Former Employee - Retail Sales Associate in Naples, FL
    Former Employee - Retail Sales Associate in Naples, FL

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

    Pros

    Great educational programs relating to designers and products. Beautiful work environment. Valuable learning experience with many different product lines.

    Cons

    Strange and complex commission program. Structure of sales and commissions promoted backstabbing rather than cooperation. Very poor pay for high expectations and working with high net worth clientele.

    Advice to Management

    Restructure sales and commissions to promote cooperation between sales associates.


  5. "Sales Advisor"

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    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    • Comp & Benefits
    • Senior Management
    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee

    I worked at Saks Fifth Avenue full-time

    Pros

    Loved everyone, great environment, management is fantastic.

    Cons

    Everyone is easily replaceable, unfortunately.


  6. "Decent company"

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    • Comp & Benefits
    • Senior Management
    Current Employee - Sales Associate in Buckhead, GA
    Current Employee - Sales Associate in Buckhead, GA
    Neutral Outlook
    No opinion of CEO

    I have been working at Saks Fifth Avenue part-time (Less than a year)

    Pros

    Paid weekly, Not micromanaged, Building clientele

    Cons

    NO EMPLOYEE DISCOUNT UNLESS YOU OPEN CREDIT CARD!!!!

    Advice to Management

    Find a way to give discount to employees without them having to get a line of credit and a hard inquiry... we dont make enough for it to even be worth it


  7. Helpful (1)

    "I made my sales goals because I’m self motivated"

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    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    • Comp & Benefits
    • Senior Management
    Current Employee - Sales Associate in Tulsa, OK
    Current Employee - Sales Associate in Tulsa, OK
    Doesn't Recommend
    Positive Outlook
    Approves of CEO

    I have been working at Saks Fifth Avenue part-time (Less than a year)

    Pros

    Gratis
    Location
    Co-workers were great we worked together as a team

    Cons

    Management turn over, higher management is alright, lower department managers are the problem to not making sales goals
    Requests for product not being taken seriously

    Advice to Management

    Listen to your associates, they are the one selling they know what they need to succeed and if they succeed you succeed.

  8. "Customer Service"

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    • Senior Management
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee in Greenwich, CT
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee in Greenwich, CT
    Doesn't Recommend
    Negative Outlook
    Disapproves of CEO

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

    Pros

    Employee discount. But you must open a credit card. So that’s not really a true pro.

    Cons

    Worst working enonvirment I’ve ever been in. From sernior management to associates. Everyone is constantally in survival mode. Not anyone is set up for success. You receive NO training what so ever at all. In 3 weeks 6 people have quit (2 being managers). Dead end for your career. Low pay!!! And heath insurance isn’t good.


  9. "Great People, Hard Work - Corporate Offices"

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    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee

    I worked at Saks Fifth Avenue full-time

    Pros

    The people are great--I count many as friends and mentors. Good discount.

    Cons

    Lack of transparency and communication between associates and upper management.


  10. "Merchandising Associate"

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    • Culture & Values
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    • Comp & Benefits
    • Senior Management
    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    Approves of CEO

    I worked at Saks Fifth Avenue full-time

    Pros

    Great comany culture and benefits, lots of product presentations and one can learn and meet buyers for luxury brands.

    Cons

    quick turn around for shipments. Little time to put on the floor.

    Advice to Management

    Better training on the operating system, it is super efficient but the demand for work limits time to train and read on it to master it.


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