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Williams-Sonoma San Francisco Reviews

Updated July 16, 2017
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Pros
  • Great discount 40% off of most merchandise 20%off electrics (in 175 reviews)

  • decent work/life balance, depending on the time of year (in 47 reviews)

Cons
  • Tuff work life balance for entry-level employees (in 60 reviews)

  • A lot of work, the pay doesn't cover how much the upper management requires of you (in 77 reviews)

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  1. Helpful (3)

    "Tasker"

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    • Senior Management
    Former Employee - Forklift Operator in Richmond, CA
    Former Employee - Forklift Operator in Richmond, CA
    Doesn't Recommend
    Negative Outlook
    No opinion of CEO

    I worked at Williams-Sonoma (Less than a year)

    Pros

    Discounts on the funiture 30-40% off
    Cafeteria

    Cons

    Horrible mangers and last minute changes with your schedule

    Advice to Management

    If you don't have experience in warehouse or production jobs, this is not for you


  2. "Intern"

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    Former Intern - Anonymous Intern in Moraga, CA
    Former Intern - Anonymous Intern in Moraga, CA
    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    Approves of CEO

    I worked at Williams-Sonoma as an intern (Less than a year)

    Pros

    Great company to work for. Good collaboration across teams and business lines. Would recommend for a young professional.

    Cons

    Management is funny. Sometimes a little too funny. But hey now your an all star go play. Hey now.

    Advice to Management

    Just live it. If you can dream it then live it. You go girl. Thanks for everything sistah!!!

  3. Helpful (29)

    "Very stressful"

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    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee in San Francisco, CA
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee in San Francisco, CA
    Doesn't Recommend
    Negative Outlook
    Disapproves of CEO

    I have been working at Williams-Sonoma full-time

    Pros

    Dedicated and committed people to work with. Compensation for most positions is very good.

    Cons

    Unhealthy corporate culture due to unrealistic workload. Management unintentionally creates atmosphere of fearfulness. Very inefficient processes at almost every level.

    Advice to Management

    It is unrealistic and unfair to reduce the number of people while maintaining or (in some cases) even increasing the workload. I recommend hiring an outside consulting firm to do an audit of the processes of the company and re-engineer many of them so that the company can run more efficiently. The company burns out employees at an alarming rate and I don't think that's the intent. Executives need to get sincere opinions from employees and reassess how the company operates internally. If that does not happen I fear the company will begin to collapse from within.


  4. Helpful (12)

    "IT chaos"

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    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee in San Francisco, CA
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee in San Francisco, CA
    Doesn't Recommend
    Neutral Outlook

    Pros

    super nice tech team. diligent, dedicated.

    Cons

    Projects are badly run, chaotic. Program managers do not function at the program level, but as ordinary project managers and some don't know what they are doing, creating chaos and stress for the project team, and poor implementations that are in elongated cleanup after the fact.

    One "program manager" is constantly changing directions, continually starting and abandoning approaches. The development team just puts their heads down and works tries to get the job done but with constantly being pulled into useless "stand up" meetings that run overtime and don't achieve anything. She is also constantly blaming others for the state of the project. Very demoralizing. One contract project manager walked off the job one day a few months ago and replacement that was decent and treated people well just left probably sick of being micromanaged. Management is oblivious.

    Advice to Management

    follow the SDLC and make project managers follow it. don't allow bad managers to drive the good ones away. do you even know whats going on in IT?


  5. Helpful (2)

    "Corporate world with some benefits"

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    • Senior Management
    Current Employee - Manager in San Francisco, CA
    Current Employee - Manager in San Francisco, CA
    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    Approves of CEO

    I have been working at Williams-Sonoma (More than a year)

    Pros

    Management values work-life balance, great office location, good benefits, progressive (upper management takes a stand on liberal rights and equality)

    Cons

    Work is siloed (not super collaborative), software programs are out-dated


  6. "GREATS Company"

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    Current Employee - Customer Service in Richmond, CA
    Current Employee - Customer Service in Richmond, CA
    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    Approves of CEO

    I have been working at Williams-Sonoma (Less than a year)

    Pros

    Great benefits and perks , great management, nice co-workers , and just an overall wonderful company

    Cons

    None that I can think of.

    Advice to Management

    Keep up the great work


  7. Helpful (1)

    "Easy breezy work"

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    Former Employee - Senior Financial Analyst in San Francisco, CA
    Former Employee - Senior Financial Analyst in San Francisco, CA
    Recommends

    I worked at Williams-Sonoma full-time (More than a year)

    Pros

    Great work-life balance
    You barely have to work overtime
    Exciting feeling to work for a retailer with great products
    They have awesome employee discounts

    Cons

    If you are looking for a fast paced start up environment, this is not it!
    Lots of office politics

    Advice to Management

    Management is very top heavy

  8. Helpful (18)

    "Delusional leadership"

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    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee in San Francisco, CA
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee in San Francisco, CA
    Doesn't Recommend
    Negative Outlook
    Disapproves of CEO

    I have been working at Williams-Sonoma full-time (More than a year)

    Pros

    The people who actually do the work are amazing. The benefits are average at best and the discount is ok if you have a ton of money to spend

    Cons

    IT leadership needs an overhaul. Very bloated at the top and they don't seem to care when good people leave. Most of the time they seem to be throwing the good people out the door like garbage. Someone needs to toss a few of them out!

    Advice to Management

    CEO needs to clean out the real garbage if the company is going to survive and stop letting the lousy (IT) leadership be around to continue to sink the already sinking ship!!! Take a good close look and you'll see who the major offenders are.


  9. Helpful (15)

    "One of the worst I've worked at"

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    Current Employee - Manager In IT in San Francisco, CA
    Current Employee - Manager In IT in San Francisco, CA
    Doesn't Recommend
    Negative Outlook
    Disapproves of CEO

    Pros

    discount if you are a kitchen person. people are nice personably

    Cons

    One of the most top-heavy management places I've ever worked. No budget to do quality work. They routinely take away your vacation days even though they only give you 10 days as it is. Highly political environment with people jockeying for people. Throwing people under the bus is routine.

    Advice to Management

    Take a hard look at your management and get rid of the excess


  10. Helpful (11)

    "Disconnected management, Ok benefits"

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    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee in San Francisco, CA
    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee in San Francisco, CA
    Doesn't Recommend
    Disapproves of CEO

    I worked at Williams-Sonoma full-time (More than a year)

    Pros

    An employee discount and employee-only warehouse sales, and opportunity to work with some major brands including Williams Sonoma, Pottery Barn, West Elm and Rejuvenation

    Cons

    Too much competition encouraged between brands, a real lack of co-operation and collaboration which meant that information was hard to get and very cut-throat attitude, lots of self-serving executives and middle-management, little focus on customers, low salaries

    Advice to Management

    Foster a more inclusive and collaborative environment, encourage people to share best practices, vendor knowledge, marketing plans across internal brands and be focused on the whole team


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