Pampered Chef Reviews

Updated July 3, 2015
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  • I also liked the benefits of trips and free products (in 9 reviews)

  • I started because of the flexible schedule when my children were young, and stayed (in 7 reviews)

Cons
  • It can be hard to find new contacts, especially since we have moved around quite a bit (in 3 reviews)

  • Senior management is very hands on, worried more about today than the future (in 4 reviews)

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  1. Work in Finance

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    Current Employee - Finance in Addison, IL
    Current Employee - Finance in Addison, IL

    I have been working at Pampered Chef full-time (More than 8 years)

    Recommends
    Neutral Outlook
    Approves of CEO
    Recommends
    Neutral Outlook
    Approves of CEO

    Pros

    Friendly environment, great staff, work/life balance has come along way, great products and perks, and beautiful building

    Cons

    Pay is less than average, bonus/merit increases are minimal, not a lot of room for growth or advancement, and can not work from home


  2. pros and cons

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    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee

    I worked at Pampered Chef

    Pros

    Enjoyed cool kitchen products in Pampered Chef

    Cons

    Management team changed a lot


  3. Good for first month or two

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    Former Freelancer - Anonymous Freelancer
    Former Freelancer - Anonymous Freelancer

    I worked at Pampered Chef

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

    Pros

    Got me out of the house Worked my own hours Helped me overcome insecurities Good "fun" money for first month or two, before contacts run dry

    Cons

    The market is oversaturated with reps Hard to book parties Very difficult to keep the business going once you run through your friends

    Advice to Management

    Be more forthcoming on promotions and incentives. Too many loopholes that are not clearly disclosed


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  5. Helpful (2)

    Transitional

    Former Employee - IT Manager
    Former Employee - IT Manager

    I worked at Pampered Chef

    Pros

    Great product, some good people in the organization trying to make an impact

    Cons

    Company in transition - need to reward the employees who make a difference and not overlook those who contribute


  6. As long as your o.k. pushing your friends you'll be just fine.

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    Former Employee - Consultant
    Former Employee - Consultant

    I worked at Pampered Chef

    Pros

    Getting discount on the products

    Cons

    Having to be pushy with friends to book parties.

    Advice to Management

    None


  7. Helpful (7)

    Big layoffs 2nd year in a row - Bleak future

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    Former Employee - Buyer in Addison, IL
    Former Employee - Buyer in Addison, IL

    I worked at Pampered Chef full-time (More than 5 years)

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

    Pros

    Company had a good reputation and offers discontinued products at a discounted rate.

    Cons

    For 7 years I walked the hallways feeling proud of working there. They promoted "core values" and "coworker appreciation". Overall it gave a sense of comfort for being there. There were even posters of a hotline to help people with emotional problems. What about losing your job? Pampered Chef is just another ugly version of what corporate America has become today. After the CEO "quit" earlier this year, it should have been an indication. Yesterday morning I experienced the most degrading 10mins of the 7yrs that I was there. The manager called me and said "Can you come into the conference room for a sec?". She was in there with a "HR rep". Soon after I sat down she read what she called a "new policy" off a sheet of paper. "Due to the sales not being....terminated". I thought "I just lost my job, what will I do about the insurance for my 3 kids". Then she asked me if there was anything I needed from my desk besides my phone, purse and jacket. I asked "I can't go back to my desk?" She said "no". So while she grabbed my belongings, the HR guy gave me the "package" and walked me out. This was the 2nd years this happened. I was not one to go last year. I guess it would not surprise me if I come across a headline in the near future "Pampered Chef closes its doors".

    Advice to Management

    Layoff are necessary and need to happen, but need not be so degrading


  8. Helpful (1)

    IT Mgmt Disaster. Total IT department turnover.

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    Former Employee - Programmer Analyst
    Former Employee - Programmer Analyst

    I worked at Pampered Chef full-time (More than 8 years)

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

    Pros

    Use to be a great place to work when Doris was still running her own company. She built a great place to work with good people.

    Cons

    The IT department fell apart shortly after ERP upgrade. New IT mgmt hired with bad people skills, got rid of current mgmt team, brought in new CIO. Wanted to do 180 degree with systems that turned out to be business disaster.


  9. IT Turn-around in the works??????

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    Former Employee - Web Developer in Addison, IL
    Former Employee - Web Developer in Addison, IL

    I worked at Pampered Chef full-time (More than 3 years)

    Recommends
    Neutral Outlook
    Disapproves of CEO
    Recommends
    Neutral Outlook
    Disapproves of CEO

    Pros

    Overall the people that work at Home Office are great. Everyone cares about the field and how to make sure they are successful.

    Cons

    Too many broken promises from the IT department especially the Web/Mobile team. Director makes incorrect statements and thinks leadership believes. Moral is low, director has no leadership skills and picks on everyone. Needs to go...

    Advice to Management

    Stay focused on the field. They are the ones that make good things happen for Pampered Chef


  10. A lot of potential benefits if you're pushy.

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    Former Employee - Independent Consultant in Chesapeake, VA
    Former Employee - Independent Consultant in Chesapeake, VA

    I worked at Pampered Chef part-time (More than a year)

    Neutral Outlook
    Approves of CEO
    Neutral Outlook
    Approves of CEO

    Pros

    There are a lot of people to turn to if you have questions about the business. The products you're selling are of good quality. People will sometimes buy products without having seen them demonstrated simply because they know their kitchen needs.

    Cons

    Unless you're pushy, it's hard to get shows booked. People often told me they would have shows, and then never followed through with the commitment. How good your experience is depends a lot on the people that you're a consultant under (this could be a pro too).

    Advice to Management

    Make sure that you answer questions if they're asked of you.


  11. It was all go at first, but then finding people to have a party and order was extremely difficult.

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    Former Contractor - Sales Consultant in Las Vegas, NV
    Former Contractor - Sales Consultant in Las Vegas, NV

    I worked at Pampered Chef as a contractor (Less than a year)

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

    Pros

    There is freedom as you work your own hours.

    Cons

    Difficult to get people to order the products as they are somewhat pricey.

    Advice to Management

    Lower the minimum order requirement.



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