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Saks Fifth Avenue Reviews

Updated September 25, 2018
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Helena Foulkes
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  • "But fail to implement policies to make the work place happier resulting in a poor work/life balance" (in 33 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. Helpful (1)

    "Style asvisor"

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    • Work/Life Balance
    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    • Comp & Benefits
    • Senior Management
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    Approves of CEO

    I have been working at Saks Fifth Avenue full-time

    Pros

    Great discount and fashion assortment

    Cons

    Too many events and hi goals

    Advice to Management

    Insure that associates have a balance work and life balance

  3. "Good company, Poor senior leadership"

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    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    • Comp & Benefits
    • Senior Management
    Current Employee - Selling Department Manager in New York, NY
    Current Employee - Selling Department Manager in New York, NY
    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    Approves of CEO

    I have been working at Saks Fifth Avenue full-time (More than 3 years)

    Pros

    Ok Salary, great bonus potential, a lot of PTO and earned holidays (22 days of PTO). Amazing discount and access to notable brands.

    Cons

    No transparency. Lack of support from upper management. No realistic/actionable succession plans. Need to be amond the SVP favorite to advance. Do not expect a raise if given more responsibility. Horrible insurance plan.

    Advice to Management

    Take people into consideration. You were once in our shoes.


  4. Helpful (1)

    "Sales"

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    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    • Comp & Benefits
    • Senior Management
    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Recommends
    Neutral Outlook
    No opinion of CEO

    I worked at Saks Fifth Avenue full-time

    Pros

    Fun and received great discounts

    Cons

    Pay is low and fine for someone who just wants to make spending money


  5. "Beauty/Fragrance Advisor"

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    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    • Comp & Benefits
    • Senior Management
    Current Employee - Beauty/Fragrance Advisor in Phoenix, AZ
    Current Employee - Beauty/Fragrance Advisor in Phoenix, AZ
    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    Approves of CEO

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

    Pros

    Wonderful professional staff
    Direct Supervisor is respectful and pleasant
    Located in upscale part of central city
    Great hours for retail

    Cons

    Too many events to hound clients about
    Discount varies by department
    Social media experience is a must

    Advice to Management

    Spread out some of the EGC and Triple points as to give clients to actually need/want something between events


  6. "Good place"

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    • Comp & Benefits
    • Senior Management
    Current Employee - Asset Protection in Houston, TX
    Current Employee - Asset Protection in Houston, TX
    Recommends
    Neutral Outlook
    No opinion of CEO

    I have been working at Saks Fifth Avenue full-time (More than 3 years)

    Pros

    Good discount and work culture.

    Cons

    Not to many opportunities to advance.

    Advice to Management

    Good job


  7. Helpful (2)

    "Marketing Manager"

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    • Senior Management
    Former Employee - Manager
    Former Employee - Manager
    Doesn't Recommend
    Neutral Outlook
    Disapproves of CEO

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

    Pros

    Discounts on luxury items... that’s about it.

    Cons

    Top-down dictator leadership style...micromanagement at its finest...snobbery at its worst... Think “The Devil Wears Prada”

    Advice to Management

    It’s retail... RELAX! Empower managers and encourage them to be innovative. Get on board with modern business management by taking a look at the cultures created at Amazon, Facebook, Bain & Co., etc.

  8. Helpful (1)

    "You have to like department stores"

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    • Work/Life Balance
    • Culture & Values
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    • Comp & Benefits
    • Senior Management
    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

    - Good place for networking
    - Good discount

    Cons

    - Mostly seasonal job
    - draw vs commission pay
    - They micromanage
    - Not enough training
    - Hours are scheduled so you can’t do much outside of work


  9. Helpful (1)

    "Good"

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    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee in New York, NY
    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee in New York, NY

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

    Pros

    Working in a downtown location and having the company name to drive sales.

    Cons

    Occasionally have to fight for paychecks, irresponsible HR loses sales reports, computers freeze sales totals.


  10. "Marketing Assistant"

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

    I worked at Saks Fifth Avenue full-time

    Pros

    Great store discounts and fun to work in a store

    Cons

    Growth opportunities are very limited


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