IKEA Reviews

Updated July 21, 2015
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IKEA CEO Peter Agnefjall
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Pros
  • The work/life balance for the most part is good (in 29 reviews)

  • Great benefits for those working over 21 hours (in 65 reviews)

Cons
  • Also there is 0 I repeat 0 work life balance (in 20 reviews)

  • Even if you're a part-time worker you will have to work most weekends and might find it difficult to days off (in 20 reviews)

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  1. Hourly sales co-worker

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    • Career Opportunities
    • Comp & Benefits
    • Senior Management
    Former Employee - Sales Co-Worker in Chicago, IL
    Former Employee - Sales Co-Worker in Chicago, IL

    I worked at IKEA

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

    Pros

    Flexible schedule, some interesting designs, and free food on days when they believe they will sell more than one million dollars worth of products

    Cons

    All I can say is that there is way too much DRAMA. It is worse than high school (even grad school).

    Advice to Management

    It'd be nice to see management out on the sales floor instead of sitting behind a desk. Also it looks like a flock of sheep when a group of five managers try to run to lunch together. Your hourly employees notice how you try to avoid customer contact.


  2. Sales

    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee

    I worked at IKEA

    Pros

    Company can have better management

    Cons

    Company has ok work life balance


  3. Sales Specialist

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    • Career Opportunities
    • Comp & Benefits
    • Senior Management
    Former Employee - Sales Specialist in Bayamon, PR
    Former Employee - Sales Specialist in Bayamon, PR

    I worked at IKEA

    Doesn't Recommend
    Positive Outlook
    Doesn't Recommend
    Positive Outlook

    Pros

    You are in evolve in a lot of thing

    Cons

    Is the first time they do business in PR

    Advice to Management

    New people


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    International management

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    • Comp & Benefits
    • Senior Management
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee in Renton, WA
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee in Renton, WA

    I have been working at IKEA (More than 8 years)

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

    Pros

    They have good benefits for full time employees

    Cons

    Their is no family here!! They sure don't practice what they preach!! Every promotion has to do with who likes you. Not your qualifications!! They brag about how multi-cultural they are..where are these people on their management team!! Look around next time you are there!!


  6. Dysfunctional and sexist

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    • Career Opportunities
    • Comp & Benefits
    • Senior Management
    Current Employee - Coworker in San Jose, CA
    Current Employee - Coworker in San Jose, CA

    I have been working at IKEA part-time (More than a year)

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

    Pros

    Decent benefits even for part time employees and a 15% discount if you like their stuff.

    Cons

    I have been a part time coworker for several years and I have seen hardworking, smart, motivated, women consistently passed over for promotions. It's very political and there are clear favorites. Also, there is very little training and new coworkers are put in roles where they are expected to learn fast - basically a trial by fire which results in annoyed customers and frustrated coworkers.

    Advice to Management

    Stop saying one thing and doing another! If you really want to promote Ikea values, start behaving accordingly.


  7. Don't recommend if you are a student.

    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee

    I worked at IKEA

    Pros

    3 dollar coworker meal, always busy

    Cons

    No flexibility in schedule, it changes every week and the cash register is so primitive, sometimes you have customers that are beyond sensitive, gossip, and so many more cons

    Advice to Management

    You say there is work and life balance but that is a lie. I got a warning because I got into an awful car accident and manager didn't want to listen to my school schedule. Everyone I worked with is a lifer and management doesn't want to deal with students even when they said they did during the interview.


  8. Production Worker

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    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    • Comp & Benefits
    • Senior Management
    Current Employee - Production in Danville, VA
    Current Employee - Production in Danville, VA

    I have been working at IKEA

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

    Pros

    I have a job in this economy. 10 vacation days a year. Other than that not a lot of pros.

    Cons

    Upper management is always looking for ways to harass the employees. If you aren't salary you are second class. Salary people call us blue shirts. They give you verbal warning after 3 days absent in a year. Docor's note is still unexcused. You are written up for being one minute late from break. Middle management will cuss you out.

    Advice to Management

    Instead of keep firing one particular position and we are up to 6 now get rid of all upper management. These people think they are not at fault for not makind a profit and blame it on production.


  9. Company doesn't care about customers

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    • Career Opportunities
    • Comp & Benefits
    • Senior Management
    Current Employee - General Warehouse Co-Worker in Brooklyn, NY
    Current Employee - General Warehouse Co-Worker in Brooklyn, NY

    I have been working at IKEA part-time (More than a year)

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

    Pros

    Other associates are cool people to work with but everyone wishes they were somewhere better. Employee discount but products really are garbage made of particleboard contaminated with formaldehyde that causes cancer.

    Cons

    Low number of hours, out of the way location. Management is poor or non-existent. They don't want to hire even though there is not enough staff to assist customers. Typical Ikea has 20 checkout lanes but 4 lanes open at peak periods like weekends.

    Advice to Management

    Hire more people. You are the most profitable Ikea in the country but so worried about the bottom line and know people will put up with 1 hour lines on weekends.


  10. WAS a good place to start out of high school....just don't get stuck

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    • Career Opportunities
    • Comp & Benefits
    • Senior Management
    Current Employee - Recovery Co-Worker in Costa Mesa, CA
    Current Employee - Recovery Co-Worker in Costa Mesa, CA

    I have been working at IKEA

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

    Pros

    At the time, a college reimbursement program (not anymore) Great discounts from display model furniture and returned furniture Work with a diverse group of people (people from all walks of life, IKEA promotes diversity) Loose management and structure (pro or con?) if you're good at your job you get special treatment, no late write ups, flexible schedules (weekends off in retail is normally unheard of) From what I heard, great benefits for people with families and kids. Was one of the top places for working mothers, not sure about recently

    Cons

    USED to have a great college reimbursement program that paid around $2500 Loose management and structure (pro or con?) if you're good at your job you get special treatment - because they want to keep you there. My experience with management was that once they found out that you didn't want to have a career there for life, they would treat you as a seasonal employee. There are lifers here and they get offended if you don't embrace the culture to their standards.

    Advice to Management

    To upper management - work a week or two with the floor staff before making demands in changes to procedures- I'm sure that article you read on that online blog has some merit, but one size does not fit all. To middle management - your floor staff determines the success of your department. Don't fold so easily to higher management and make a stand if you feel something does not make sense.


  11. could be better

    • Work/Life Balance
    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    • Comp & Benefits
    • Senior Management
    Current Employee - Sales Associate/Full Serve Employee in Houston, TX
    Current Employee - Sales Associate/Full Serve Employee in Houston, TX

    I have been working at IKEA

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

    Pros

    Good Employees that work on the lower levels

    Cons

    Lack of management/ lack of training

    Advice to Management

    Better efficiency for training employees



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