Williams-Sonoma

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Williams-Sonoma Reviews in San Francisco, CA

Updated 20 January 2015
Updated 20 January 2015
678 Reviews
2.8
678 Reviews
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Williams-Sonoma President, CEO and Director Laura J. Alber
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Review Highlights

Pros
  • Great discount for to enable everyone to spend their salary in store (in 87 reviews)

  • Work life balance - is great as long as you get what you need done (in 26 reviews)


Cons
  • Work/life balance is often unbalanced especially during the holiday seasons (in 31 reviews)

  • Upper management never visits the stores- causing a complete disconnect from stores to corporate (in 39 reviews)

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  1.  

    Internship

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    Former Employee - Distribution Intern in San Francisco, CA (US)
    Former Employee - Distribution Intern in San Francisco, CA (US)

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

    Pros

    Great experience working at the store and learning about the corporate life. Lots of meetings and it is very frantic work environment. Beautiful office and flag ship store is amazing to work at.

    Cons

    Pay was low
    Department was not prepared to have an intern so not much for me to do. (Though other interns were more active some were hired on immediately)

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    Create a more structured internship program that can be applied throughout the company and make it more unified. Overall great program.

    Recommends
    Neutral Outlook
    Approves of CEO
  2.  

    Control Buyer

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    Former Employee - Control Buyer in San Francisco, CA (US)
    Former Employee - Control Buyer in San Francisco, CA (US)

    I worked at Williams-Sonoma full-time (more than 5 years)

    Pros

    The experience and discount are amazing. It's a great place to climb the corporate ladder.

    Cons

    The culture has changed since Howard passed away. Finding the right supervisor is the key to advancement. Easy to burn out if you let yourself.

    Recommends
    Neutral Outlook
    No opinion of CEO
  3.  

    Good Culture, Desire to Change, but does require patience

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    Current Employee - Solutions Architect in San Francisco, CA (US)
    Current Employee - Solutions Architect in San Francisco, CA (US)

    I have been working at Williams-Sonoma full-time (more than an year)

    Pros

    Nice place to work if you want to improve business processes in the DevOps space

    Cons

    Hard to teach old dogs new tricks

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    CIO needs to embrace DevOps to foster adoption across organizations

    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
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    Worst corporate company ever!!

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    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee in San Francisco, CA (US)
    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee in San Francisco, CA (US)

    I worked at Williams-Sonoma full-time (more than an year)

    Pros

    There are no pros. Worst decision of my life to work here. Finance team is dreadful and lacks friendliness. Now that I have left, I see how bad I had it.

    Cons

    Promotions are far and few in between. People can have the same title for 10 years before they get promoted. Most people don't get a bonus structure, and they have no care about your personal work life balance.

    Even on salary, my managers would NOT let me take a lunch when it was busy. Wtf? The micromanagement here is disgusting. Thank God I am out.

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    Nothing can be said to help. Management is pompous, and they act like they are doing you a favor to keep you employed here.

    Doesn't Recommend
    Neutral Outlook
    Disapproves of CEO
  6. 1 person found this helpful  

    Retail-Associate

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    Current Employee - Sales Associate in Walnut Creek, CA (US)
    Current Employee - Sales Associate in Walnut Creek, CA (US)

    I have been working at Williams-Sonoma part-time (less than an year)

    Pros

    Co-workers( associates) were very supportive and friendly. Great employee discount. Great location. Good clientele. Nice merchandise.

    Cons

    Assistant managers have terrible Nazi management skills. Very negative. Random criticism in front of customers. Plenty of negative reinforcement and no time for training nor positive learning.
    Store is in violation of Labor Laws. Current Lawsuit for not paying employees on time and not allowing for breaks.
    No room for employees to take breaks. Employees were required to use dirty aprons.
    Clearly, store has violated Health Codes. No training for food handlers. The back kitchen is horrific-unclean. Refrigerator was broken for weeks and so was the plumbing. The one toilet was broken.
    Shocking as this Company prides itself on high end merchandise. No quality for employees-retail associates.

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    Hire consultants to review training for retail store management. Managers need more support and training. Zero tolerance of Nazi commando tactics. Fire assistant managers who yell and belittle associates. Focus on treating Associates "high-end" like the merchandise you sell. Major store restoration...kitchen, clean it up! Allow for decent space for breaks. I was very disappointed working for store 104 as I Williams-Sonoma has a very good perception.

    Doesn't Recommend
    Neutral Outlook
    No opinion of CEO
  7. 5 people found this helpful  

    Too much politics with no recognition

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    Former Employee - Product Manager in San Francisco, CA (US)
    Former Employee - Product Manager in San Francisco, CA (US)

    I worked at Williams-Sonoma full-time (more than 3 years)

    Pros

    Work life balance - is great as long as you get what you need done.
    Discount - not only with discount, but sample sales are nice, sometimes they have special extra discounts during the holidays
    People - the people is what makes it worth coming to work
    Open environment - it's not all cubed up

    Cons

    Too many cooks - you want IT to go run with projects, but yet CEO is too hands on with projects and always want changes.
    Benefits and pay - way too low, with the long commute, only work life makes it worth it. Everyone is super underpaid, especially being in IT.
    Lack of growth - having 360 feedback is all BS because the people who suck up to higher ups will always move up and get promoted, where the people who work hard, have great business relationships get nothing
    Too much red tape - sometimes we'll work on projects and next thing you know, we either stop, or there are major changes
    Indecisive - People can't make up their minds what they want in a project, and often times takes too long to figure it out
    Not IT driven - it's all business driven and whatever IT's input is with projects, it generally gets trumped by business

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    Recognize the people who work on projects, stop focusing on negatives, but the positive, move people up the ladder for growth and pay people better. OR just have even work remotely because the pay is unjustifiable.

    You have this huge 'DREAM' theme, but it doesn't mean anything if executives don't follow it.

    Doesn't Recommend
    Neutral Outlook
    Disapproves of CEO
  8. 8 people found this helpful  

    Not for the technologically inclined

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    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee in San Francisco, CA (US)
    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee in San Francisco, CA (US)

    I worked at Williams-Sonoma full-time (less than an year)

    Pros

    Great people, good chances for movement within the company

    Cons

    They do not value technology at all. Computers that are barely held together with tape are given to new employees. Industrial printers for the design team break on an almost daily basis. They have just enough equipment to go around and no spares if things break which is all the time.

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    invest in your company. it's hard to attract good talent when they will not get the tools to do their jobs.

    Recommends
    Neutral Outlook
    Approves of CEO
  9. 4 people found this helpful  

    Very engaging company, motivating and authentic. Listens to individuals and their goals and encourages teams.

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    Current Employee - Senior Vice President in San Francisco, CA (US)
    Current Employee - Senior Vice President in San Francisco, CA (US)

    I have been working at Williams-Sonoma full-time (more than 5 years)

    Pros

    Very inspiring company, you can contribute and bring your ideas. Room to dream and grow. Honest candid feedback for your future development. You are encouraged to drive your business and are rewarded. Working here is inspiring and challenging and cutting edge for retail and ecom. You get to run your part of the business with support.

    Cons

    Moving faster than we can develop leaders. All teams must ramp up to bring along future leaders the company is young and thriving and needs innovative thinkers.

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    Continue to seek out and ask for innovative ideas. Great company for women very supportive. Love the people first culture. Continue to push for diversity and inclusion it is a great match with company goals.

    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    Approves of CEO
  10. 1 person found this helpful  

    Human Resources

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    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee in San Francisco, CA (US)
    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee in San Francisco, CA (US)

    I worked at Williams-Sonoma full-time (more than an year)

    Pros

    Great brands and products so the discount is worthwhile. Good associates. Women in upper management and not just young talent.

    Cons

    There is a disconnect between associates and upper management. High turnover.

    No opinion of CEO

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