Kimball International Reviews

Updated December 8, 2014
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  1. Not a bad company.

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    • Career Opportunities
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee in Post Falls, ID
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee in Post Falls, ID

    I have been working at Kimball International full-time (More than 5 years)

    Recommends
    Negative Outlook
    Recommends
    Negative Outlook

    Pros

    This company has been great working with me to allow me to be the mom I needed to be and setting my hours where I needed them. I have been given opportunities to grow and advance with in the company. When announcing their closure this year that have given many of us a year to two years to figure out what we are doing and find employment. It's sad, but I'm grateful for the time to adjust.

    Cons

    For what I do I am paid horribly low, but was willing to endure such to balance me family life. If you are looking for advancement and pay that matches this may not be a fit for you. If you are willing to make a trade off for the sake of family life then it'll be a good fit.

    Advice to Management

    I have always said this company needs to do better in training those that are looking to advance, especially your leads.

  2. Great experience

    • Comp & Benefits
    • Work/Life Balance
    • Senior Management
    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee

    I have been working at Kimball International

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

    Pros

    Great learning environment, the other employees are amazing and help is always available to those who ask for it!

    Cons

    Sitting in a chair all day is the only con I can think of

  3. Helpful (3)

    several different ones

    • Comp & Benefits
    • Work/Life Balance
    • Senior Management
    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee

    I have been working at Kimball International full-time (More than 10 years)

    Recommends
    Neutral Outlook
    No opinion of CEO
    Recommends
    Neutral Outlook
    No opinion of CEO

    Pros

    mostly the personal are very easy to get along with and they have an HR department that is very understanding of any issues that you might have emotionally or physically

    Cons

    $$$ they do not give yearly raises and some of the older employees are left with lesser pay than the new hires coming in.

    Advice to Management

    don't forget the persons that are loyal.

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  5. Helpful (2)

    Covering their Assets

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    • Career Opportunities
    Current Employee - Can't Say in Jasper, IN
    Current Employee - Can't Say in Jasper, IN

    I have been working at Kimball International full-time (More than 8 years)

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

    Pros

    Not to much possitive to say about the company. They really seem more about the inside group then about the company or the people.

    Cons

    Young people with little experience are often hired over people of real experience. It creates an atmosphere where incompetent management can gain suporters. Young inexperienced people tend to go along with the program and are moldable. Experienced people won't put up with it.

    Advice to Management

    If the departments are hiring inexperienced people, it's a red flag. Consider the risk in these departments to be very high!

  6. Helpful (2)

    The frequent changes in strategies and tactics will give you whiplash!

    • Comp & Benefits
    • Work/Life Balance
    • Senior Management
    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee in Jasper, IN
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee in Jasper, IN

    I have been working at Kimball International full-time (More than a year)

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

    Pros

    You will be recruited with a competitive salary
    It's located in a small town that can be great for young families
    The parent company has a good financial position

    Cons

    The business units act independently and some are forced to compete head-to-head against each other.
    In spite of commitments you receive at hiring as a manager, you will not likely receive the financial or personnel resources needed to even accomplish the work at a rudimentary level - so forget trying to do great work. For example, one business unit is working with 8-9 year old computers (this is not hyperbole) that cannot use current basic software like Microsoft Office.
    Strategy and budget changes are frequent at some business units - strategy can change quarterly and budgets can change weekly.
    For one business unit, corporate leadership freaks over one day changes in sales even though this is not a consumer nor a consumable business. It creates ongoing fear among leaders that quickly impacts employees.
    Raises are non-existent. In some divisions, bonuses have not been paid for 4+ years.
    While the small town of Jasper is like Mayberry, it is also difficult to be accepted as an out sider. This also applies within the company, If you are a geographic outsider, don't expect to even be asked to lunch.
    There's lots of talk about balancing personal and work life. It's all talk. There are not enough human resources to achieve the required tasks in less that 50+ hours a week at any professional level.

    Advice to Management

    Get an outside evaluation of the company culture, the provision of resources to achieve the work, and the approach to strategy development and execution.

  7. Kimball Office has an opportunity for you.

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    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee in Jasper, IN
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee in Jasper, IN

    I have been working at Kimball International

    Pros

    If you want to roll-up your sleeves and get to work there is opportunity for growth. There are a great number of resources to assist you in your everyday workload.

    Cons

    A non-positive attitude will not get the necessary work done.

    Advice to Management

    Additional support is necessary beyond people.

  8. Helpful (2)

    Kimball has been a stable company that has provided long term employment for me.

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    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee in Jasper, IN
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee in Jasper, IN

    I have been working at Kimball International

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

    Pros

    Kimball International is a financially stable company that is now focused in their established business segments. There are many great employees that make it a better place to work.

    Cons

    The company is not a dominate player in any of its segments which makes it a struggle to compete. Frequently changing priorities disengage employees and erodes productivity. They talk about developing employees, but there is little effort to fulfill that. Processes are very cumbersome and not customer-friendly which makes Kimball difficult to do business with. Creativity and innovation are discouraged as a result of corporate structure.

    Advice to Management

    Create a cultue of encouragement and trust with your employees, but with accountability at all levels - beginning with senior management. There are a lot of good people who could do a much better job if they were not discouraged by leadership.

  9. You will enjoy working for Kimball

    • Comp & Benefits
    • Senior Management
    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee in Jasper, IN
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee in Jasper, IN

    I have been working at Kimball International

    Doesn't Recommend
    Approves of CEO
    Doesn't Recommend
    Approves of CEO

    Pros

    Kimball is a good place to work.

    Cons

    Downsides are best not discussed openly

    Advice to Management

    None

  10. Helpful (1)

    Great working environment

    • Comp & Benefits
    • Senior Management
    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    Current Employee - Organizational Effectiveness in Jasper, IN
    Current Employee - Organizational Effectiveness in Jasper, IN

    I have been working at Kimball International

    Recommends
    Approves of CEO
    Recommends
    Approves of CEO

    Pros

    Great company culture that fosters honesty, integrity, flexibility, teamwork, autonomy, open communication, family environment, work life balance and continious improvement mentality

    Cons

    The corporate headquaters is located in small town and there is not as much to do for entertainment. Accordingly, HQ lacks age diversity (average employee age is in early 40's).

    Advice to Management

    Kimball needs to improve its recruiting efforts to a more age and ethnicly diverse workforce and do a little bragging as far as PR initiatives go because they are a wonderful company but not too many people know it

  11. Kimball is a company that truly lives out its vision and guiding principles

    • Comp & Benefits
    • Work/Life Balance
    • Senior Management
    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee

    I have been working at Kimball International full-time (More than 10 years)

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

    Pros

    Kimball is very focused on acheiving its goals, while not forgeting its people.

    Cons

    Kimball is a mid-size company with a very flat organizational structure and low turnover, which make advancement opportunities slower to come.

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