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Saks Fifth Avenue Reviews

Updated April 24, 2017
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Pros
  • you get a great discount of between 20-40% (in 93 reviews)

  • Work-life balance is encouraged (in 35 reviews)

Cons
  • But fail to implement policies to make the work place happier resulting in a poor work/life balance (in 30 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 24 reviews)

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  1. Helpful (1)

    "Over staffed at times"

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    • Senior Management
    Current Employee - Sales Associate in San Francisco, CA
    Current Employee - Sales Associate in San Francisco, CA
    Doesn't Recommend
    Negative Outlook
    No opinion of CEO

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

    Pros

    Lots of flexibility, work autonomously, not a lot of micro managing

    Cons

    Over staffed at times, making it hard to sell. Floors are typically not over merched, like a Nordstrom or Bloomingdales, so being over staffed just looks like people are standing around and doing nothing.


  2. Helpful (1)

    "It is very cut throat"

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    • Senior Management
    Current Employee - Brand Ambassador in Bal Harbour, FL
    Current Employee - Brand Ambassador in Bal Harbour, FL
    Doesn't Recommend
    Negative Outlook
    Disapproves of CEO

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

    Pros

    does not micro manage and good manage,ent

    Cons

    comission based and employees can be sharks


  3. "Great company but going through consolidation"

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    • Senior Management
    Former Employee - Marketing in New York, NY
    Former Employee - Marketing in New York, NY
    Recommends
    Neutral Outlook
    No opinion of CEO

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

    Pros

    good pay and talented coworkers

    Cons

    poor direction from company leaders

    Advice to Management

    ecommerce is the future


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  5. Helpful (1)

    "I wouldn't recommend working for this company."

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    Former Employee - Asset Protection Investigator in Aberdeen, MD
    Former Employee - Asset Protection Investigator in Aberdeen, MD
    Doesn't Recommend
    Negative Outlook
    No opinion of CEO

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

    Pros

    The pay isn't bad, the benefits are great and you get paid every week!

    Cons

    There was no type of management and they have no problem getting rid of you without giving you any warning or time to look for another job.


  6. Helpful (3)

    "Stylist-Modern Collections"

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    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee in Chicago, IL
    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee in Chicago, IL
    Doesn't Recommend
    Negative Outlook
    No opinion of CEO

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

    Pros

    Discount
    Celebrity customers
    cross-selling ability
    comprehensive employee database

    Cons

    Management
    Sales goals
    comepensation
    draw rate
    competitive atmosphere
    politics and drama

    Advice to Management

    Have an actual relationship with your clients, numbers are important I get it but how can you expect numbers when you don't treat your employees with respect.


  7. "Supervisor"

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    Former Employee - Operations Supervisor in West Palm Beach, FL
    Former Employee - Operations Supervisor in West Palm Beach, FL
    Doesn't Recommend
    Negative Outlook
    Disapproves of CEO

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

    Pros

    unstructured company leaving freedom to come up with your own ideas and creativity (also kind of a con at times)

    Cons

    Very unorganized company, no company vision in place, hiring methods are antiquated, upper management is unprofessional, stock levels are crazy, either way way wayyy too much or not enough at all, benefits are horrible, do yourself a favor..look elsewhere for employment


  8. Helpful (2)

    "Cosmetic Business Manager"

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    • Senior Management
    Former Employee - Cosmetic Counter Manager in Tyson's Corner, Fairfax, VA
    Former Employee - Cosmetic Counter Manager in Tyson's Corner, Fairfax, VA
    Doesn't Recommend
    Positive Outlook
    No opinion of CEO

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

    Pros

    Worked with great clients and coworkers. My manager arranged a variety of vendor training and cosmetic sales coaching. She was also a great mentor with years of experience in the cosmetics industry.

    Cons

    New executive management did not lead or inspire confidence. They appeared to show little respect for managers with years of industry experience and know how.


  9. Helpful (1)

    "Sales Associate"

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    • Senior Management
    Current Employee - Style Advisor in Columbus, OH
    Current Employee - Style Advisor in Columbus, OH
    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    No opinion of CEO

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

    Pros

    Good discount, make decent money for my first job if you have enough clients through social media.

    Cons

    Super slow in store, very strict about the policy. Terrible health care


  10. "Sales"

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    • Senior Management
    Current Employee - Sales Associate in Indianapolis, IN
    Current Employee - Sales Associate in Indianapolis, IN
    Recommends
    Neutral Outlook
    Approves of CEO

    I have been working at Saks Fifth Avenue full-time

    Pros

    Great place to work. Weekends off.

    Cons

    Rules are always changing dally

    Advice to Management

    Be consistent


  11. Helpful (4)

    "Good place to start a career, but not much room for growth"

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    • Comp & Benefits
    • Senior Management
    Former Employee - Digital Photography Technician in New York, NY
    Former Employee - Digital Photography Technician in New York, NY
    Doesn't Recommend
    Negative Outlook
    Disapproves of CEO

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

    Pros

    - great people
    - potential for learning if willing and eager

    Cons

    - weak management
    - low staff morale
    - not encouraged to grow, they prefer you to stay in your lane and do your job for as long as possible
    - management makes up rules as they go along to meet their needs, making exceptions as they see fit
    - those who work the hardest are only rewarded by being given more work while those who brown nose seem to get the farthest

    Advice to Management

    Advice to Saks' corporate team, invest in educating your middle managers on how to manage their teams. Real managers lead by example, with clear communication and by creating trust and comradery. Bullying, manipulating, favoritism, and intimidation will always result in a fast turn over of employees. Weak management is a waste of time and money, and it makes everyone miserable. Invest in training your managers.


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