Williams-Sonoma Reviews

Updated 24 April 2015
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  1. Do your research

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    Former Employee - Associate Manager in Framingham, MA (US)
    Former Employee - Associate Manager in Framingham, MA (US)

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

    Doesn't Recommend
    Neutral Outlook
    No opinion of CEO
    Doesn't Recommend
    Neutral Outlook
    No opinion of CEO

    Pros

    Discount was probably the best part and great associates

    Cons

    No ownership of business at WS

  2. Fast Paced for Seasonal but Fun

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    Current Employee - Seasonal Sales Associate in Thousand Oaks, CA (US)
    Current Employee - Seasonal Sales Associate in Thousand Oaks, CA (US)

    I have been working at Williams-Sonoma

    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    No opinion of CEO
    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    No opinion of CEO

    Pros

    Fun and fast paced for the most part and my mangers were always willing to teach

    Cons

    No cons at all

  3. Overall a very positive experience.

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    • Senior Management
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    • Career Opportunities
    Former Employee - Sales Associate/Cashier in Palm Desert, CA (US)
    Former Employee - Sales Associate/Cashier in Palm Desert, CA (US)

    I worked at Williams-Sonoma

    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    Recommends
    Positive Outlook

    Pros

    Company discount and exceptional fellow employees.

    Cons

    Wages and unpredictable amount of hours each week

    Advice to Management

    Release work schedule farther in advance, communicate more with employees about work performance and goals

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  5. Helpful (1)

    Get to work in a fun environment for a great brand that sells high quality product. Focus on teamwork.

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    Current Employee - Inventory Planner in San Francisco, CA (US)
    Current Employee - Inventory Planner in San Francisco, CA (US)

    I have been working at Williams-Sonoma

    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    Approves of CEO
    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    Approves of CEO

    Pros

    Love the people I work with. Proud of the brand. Beautiful stores, product, and marketing.

    Cons

    Systems, efficiencies around process, calender, salary.

    Advice to Management

    Make salaries more competitive to attract top talent. Push for more training, development, and promotions.

  6. Helpful (3)

    Sales Associate, Culinary Specialist/Instructor

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    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee

    I worked at Williams-Sonoma part-time (More than 3 years)

    Doesn't Recommend
    Neutral Outlook
    Doesn't Recommend
    Neutral Outlook

    Pros

    Discount, working with customers, somewhat flexible hours, some merchandise.

    Cons

    Employees not valued, low pay and incentives, unstructured, upper management has unrealistic goals based upon reduced hours, training spotty at best, products are of lesser quality

    Advice to Management

    Get back to basics of high quality merchandise and fabulous customer service, which can't be well-done with reduced hours.

  7. Holidays at Williams-Sonoma

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    • Senior Management
    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    Current Employee - Seasonal Sales Associate
    Current Employee - Seasonal Sales Associate

    I have been working at Williams-Sonoma

    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    Approves of CEO
    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    Approves of CEO

    Pros

    It was a great experience. I enjoyed the customers and my colleagues. Very nice benefits

    Cons

    I did not any downsides to working at Williams-Sonoma

    Advice to Management

    Continue to treat your employees as well as you do

  8. Helpful (2)

    Assistant store manager

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    • Career Opportunities
    Current Employee - Associate Manager in DFW, TX (US)
    Current Employee - Associate Manager in DFW, TX (US)

    I have been working at Williams-Sonoma full-time (More than 8 years)

    Doesn't Recommend
    Positive Outlook
    Disapproves of CEO
    Doesn't Recommend
    Positive Outlook
    Disapproves of CEO

    Pros

    Good discount at all sister brands 40%

    Cons

    Management work load is unreasonable. Almost all of every day is running sales floor and no side time to do basic manager functions like weekly schedules, to forecasting sales but expected to deliver regardless

    Advice to Management

    Count the hours in a day and realize a manager actually needs a payroll to have a staff to manage.

  9. Pleasant work environment, friendly coworkers, hard working people that have appreciate a work life balance.

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    • Senior Management
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    • Career Opportunities
    Former Employee - Visual Coordinator in San Francisco, CA (US)
    Former Employee - Visual Coordinator in San Francisco, CA (US)

    I worked at Williams-Sonoma

    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    Approves of CEO
    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    Approves of CEO

    Pros

    Great exposure to upper level management even at a lower level. Very close knit company.

    Cons

    Retail level pay at corporate and slow to move up even when with the company for a long period of time.

    Advice to Management

    Reward those who work hard and they'll be more willing to stay longer!

  10. Not. What it use to be

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    • Career Opportunities
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee

    I have been working at Williams-Sonoma

    Doesn't Recommend
    Neutral Outlook
    Disapproves of CEO
    Doesn't Recommend
    Neutral Outlook
    Disapproves of CEO

    Pros

    None
    Not any more at all

    Cons

    Work life balance
    Terrible vp
    No

    Advice to Management

    Walk the talk

  11. Great opportunities across all WSI brands but lacks cross channel structure

    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee in New York, NY (US)
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee in New York, NY (US)

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

    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    Recommends
    Positive Outlook

    Pros

    Good Benefits, good discounts, and cross brand opportunities

    Cons

    Lack Of Structure leads to high turnover

    Advice to Management

    Share Information Cross Channel

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