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Saks Fifth Avenue Reviews

Updated December 14, 2017
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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)

  • Draw vs commission rule for pay, if you're in arrears you won't get commission till you make enough to pay the company back (in 25 reviews)

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  1. "Must adapt to survive."

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    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    • Comp & Benefits
    • Senior Management
    Current Employee - Selling Manager in Chevy Chase, MD
    Current Employee - Selling Manager in Chevy Chase, MD
    Recommends
    Neutral Outlook
    No opinion of CEO

    I have been working at Saks Fifth Avenue (More than 5 years)

    Pros

    Opportunity to manage your own personal business. They really do believe in fostering a culture of an owner operator.

    Amazing merchandise and fun customers.

    Great salary potential if you are hungry and passionate about luxury. There are multiple advisors that earn $80-90k a year. Can’t wait for customers or you won’t make any money.

    Cons

    There isn’t enough time for advisors or managers to strategically think about their business. No formal on-going educational opportunities for advisors. Too much time in the weeds.

    Technology is almost older than some employees.

    Advice to Management

    Slow down. Think. Plan. Execute.


  2. Helpful (3)

    "Assistant buyer"

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    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Doesn't Recommend
    Positive Outlook
    Disapproves of CEO

    I have been working at Saks Fifth Avenue full-time

    Pros

    Ability to buy for luxury retailer , vendor and coworker relationships are great

    Cons

    All work and no pay. No recognition. They only celebrate a certain type of employee and if you're a minority's you're barely noticed for the work you do even if you work twice as hard as your counterparts. Take the job if offered but get out after a year.

    Advice to Management

    Diversify your top management and hire more people and pay people what they deserve.

  3. "bitter sweet"

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    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee

    I worked at Saks Fifth Avenue full-time

    Pros

    Reasonable pay and good benefits.

    Cons

    corporate should back their associates more.

    Advice to Management

    Give more training


  4. "Contingent Sales Person"

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    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee in Detroit, MI
    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee in Detroit, MI
    Doesn't Recommend
    Positive Outlook
    No opinion of CEO

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

    Pros

    Fashion Forward work environment, some really cool customers, potential for great commision

    Cons

    Draw salary for full-time employees, competing with online,


  5. "Fashion Meets Awesomeness"

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

    I worked at Saks Fifth Avenue full-time (More than 3 years)

    Pros

    Great colleagues and product, and such a fun environment.

    Cons

    Same challenges as other retailers competing against ecommerce giants.

    Advice to Management

    Keep it a great place to work.


  6. Helpful (1)

    "PURCHASE ORDER/INVOICE COORDINATOR (IT)"

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    • Senior Management
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee in Jackson, MS
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee in Jackson, MS
    Doesn't Recommend
    Neutral Outlook
    Approves of CEO

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

    Pros

    Love the job and the location. It is not far from my home. It is a hectic and repetitive job but I like that kind of work. I like that I know what is expected of me during the workday. I am self-motivated and work on my on.

    Cons

    Saks is outsourcing a lot of jobs to India. A lot of the people I work with, including me, will lose their jobs soon. It is hard for people to focus and care about doing their best when they know it will be over soon.

    Advice to Management

    Management is wonderful and caring but the rules do not apply to everyone. It is difficult to advise managment because I do not deal with management on a daily basis. I think everyone is trying to do everything they can to keep us going.


  7. "Manage"

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    • Senior Management
    Current Employee - Sales Manager in Beverly Hills, CA
    Current Employee - Sales Manager in Beverly Hills, CA
    Recommends
    Neutral Outlook
    Approves of CEO

    I have been working at Saks Fifth Avenue full-time (More than 10 years)

    Pros

    Great discount . Great environment. Elevated experience for the sellers & customers. Great clothing selection. First at fashion.

    Cons

    Buildings are old. Registers are old. Because nothing has been updated, it makes it had for the sellers to maintain an elevated experience.

  8. "Fun place to work"

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    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee in Beverly Hills, CA
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee in Beverly Hills, CA
    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    No opinion of CEO

    I have been working at Saks Fifth Avenue full-time (More than 5 years)

    Pros

    Good money if you know what you’re doing, get paid weekly.

    Cons

    Extremely competitive, customers always returning shoes

    Advice to Management

    Stop hiring so many employees per department


  9. "Saks Fifth Avenue"

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    Former Employee - Client Sales Representative in Saint Louis, MO
    Former Employee - Client Sales Representative in Saint Louis, MO
    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    Approves of CEO

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

    Pros

    Good company to work for and benefits

    Cons

    Work life balance can be hard

    Advice to Management

    Give employees more incentives


  10. Helpful (1)

    "This location is too slow"

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    • Senior Management
    Former Employee - Sales Associate in Las Vegas, NV
    Former Employee - Sales Associate in Las Vegas, NV
    Doesn't Recommend
    Neutral Outlook
    No opinion of CEO

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

    Pros

    Get the sense of trending fashions, short hours, get to work with lots of different brands. Get to sell whatever you want such as handbags, clothing, shoes, cosmetics.

    Cons

    They’re putting more high end luxury merchandise online instead of in store so traffic is horribly slow and it’s difficult to achieve goals.


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