Wolverine World Wide Reviews

Updated July 14, 2015
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Wolverine World Wide President, CEO, and Director Blake W. Krueger
Blake W. Krueger
9 Ratings

Pros
  • Some great product to work on, and some great people to work with (in 4 reviews)

  • good benefits, paid holidays, paid vacation after a year, 401 k, eduaction reimbursement with good grades company related feild (in 3 reviews)

Cons
  • At this level, work life balance is not possible (in 3 reviews)

  • Not employees and not the growth of the brands (in 3 reviews)

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  1. 10 yr + employee (sales)

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    • Senior Management
    Current Employee - Sales Representative
    Current Employee - Sales Representative
    Doesn't Recommend
    Negative Outlook
    No opinion of CEO

    I have been working at Wolverine World Wide full-time (More than 10 years)

    Pros

    Benefits are competitive, good discount on footwear. Top quality products in the market, can be innovative.

    Cons

    Stock price #1, lower level non management salaries first (and only) to be cut. Short sighted, culture continues to go downhill. Stock price #1. Cheap in almost every aspect except for management expenses. Did I mention stock price #1?

    Advice to Management

    Focus on growing, not wringing every last nickel from employees


  2. Helpful (1)

    Care about money, not employees.

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    Former Employee - Marketing
    Former Employee - Marketing
    Doesn't Recommend
    Neutral Outlook
    Disapproves of CEO

    Pros

    Great discounts on products. Nice grounds with walking trails.

    Cons

    Terrible "boys club" environment. Executive management cares far more about money than employees. Zero work/life balance. Low pay compared to other large employers in the area. Incredibly reactive company. Terrible development for mid management and absolutely no development for non-manager level employees. Directors and VPs openly (and proudly) walk around talking vocally about "junior" employees, making a total power play. The company is lead by managers, not leaders. Very limited opportunity for advancement except for a select few. I was with WWW for over 5 years, it started out great and very fun, but the company lost it's focus around caring for it's employees and shifted to only caring about money. There's a fine line that Blake and Co can't seem to manage. A very competitive environment, not a team centric focus.

    Advice to Management

    Think about your people. They're the ones that actually do the work that get you your fat bonuses.


  3. Human Resources

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    • Comp & Benefits
    • Senior Management
    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Doesn't Recommend
    Disapproves of CEO

    I worked at Wolverine World Wide full-time

    Pros

    Nice physical surroundings - walking trails, pond, wooded areas and fields; nice discount on footwear and benefits are competitive including 401k match.

    Cons

    Poor work/life balance - expected to work long hours including early mornings, late evenings and weekends. Very high pressure "reactive environment".

    Advice to Management

    Develop leadership training program for middle management - not just executives. Learn to value diversity and appreciate how different perspectives can build a well-rounded team. Culture and values look great on paper but are rarely put into practice within the HR team.


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  5. Not worth it

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    • Comp & Benefits
    • Senior Management
    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Doesn't Recommend
    Neutral Outlook
    Disapproves of CEO

    Pros

    Great products, Nice campus, great discount on products.

    Cons

    Can't get out of their own way. From the CEO on down, they love their job titles. The old school Men's club is alive and well in this corporate environment. Terrible culture. Terrible.

    Advice to Management

    Develop your internal talent.


  6. field level is a great place to work

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    • Senior Management
    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Doesn't Recommend
    Neutral Outlook
    No opinion of CEO

    Pros

    individual store level is fine- fosters teams to work independently without a lot of supervision and to be accountable for business. Good opportunity for ownership and driving business.

    Cons

    Upper management not held as accountable as field level. Pattern of hiring based on the buddy system not on merit or accomplishments.

    Advice to Management

    Get out of the corporate office building and into the field.


  7. Helpful (1)

    Walk the Talk "People Are Our Greatest Asset"

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    • Senior Management
    Current Employee - Marketing in Rockford, MI
    Current Employee - Marketing in Rockford, MI
    Doesn't Recommend
    Positive Outlook
    Disapproves of CEO

    I have been working at Wolverine World Wide full-time (More than 8 years)

    Pros

    -Stable company given its portfolio of brands. When one brand is lagging, another picks up the slack -Solid benefits (401k match, tuition reimbursement, health insurance) -Work Life Balance: WWW is starting to see the value of the flexible work environment and allowing you to work where you need to. This mindset definitely isn't the norm but it is practiced within some brands -Compelling brands that resonate with the consumer

    Cons

    -Leadership: Managers are hit or miss. Most are not keen to grow and mentor their employees. -Training: There is little resource aimed at training future management. Most management and executive management positions are hired from the outside. There is little training for growth. If you want specific training, you need to request it from your manager. -Compensation: If you've been there a long time, you are often underpaid. WWW seems to pay based on need vs what you are worth. Example: If you started 8 years ago at an entry-level base pay, with getting an annual 3% raise plus the occasional promotion, you would still make less than someone coming in from the outside with same/less experience. -Office Culture: There are great people who make the office enjoyable. That said, many employees have a feeling of unrest given the layoffs that have occurred over the past 6 years and the ever increasing cost-cutting measures that have taken place (Example 1: T&E budgets are continually reduced every year and throughout the year, Example 2: WWW had a tradition of giving employees turkeys for Thanksgiving which ended in 2014). Company loyalty no longer seems appreciated. -WWW as a Retailer: WWW is deeply rooted in the wholesale business model and isn't organized to succeed in global retail across all brands.

    Advice to Management

    -Focus on employee growth and retention efforts. Practice what you preach, "people are our greatest asset". -Regain employee confidence by compensating fairly and offering a stable work environment -Encourage communication across brands beyond executive management


  8. Business users just have to cope.

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    • Senior Management
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Doesn't Recommend
    Negative Outlook
    No opinion of CEO

    I have been working at Wolverine World Wide full-time (More than 3 years)

    Pros

    Nice office, free parking, discount on good quality shoes, no major skimping on software or computers for employees

    Cons

    WWW is a wholesaler now running retail businesses as if they are the same thing. There's a cultural lack of communication both within teams and between different teams. It's somehow considered no one else's business what you do all day, which leads to a lot of running in circles trying to find someone responsible for whatever's not working. IT runs the show, ignoring actual business needs in favor of what is easier for them to do. Somehow they also don't believe in project managers or testing code in a test environment. Both of which obviously cause huge problems for everyone.


  9. Helpful (2)

    David bought Goliath and runs things David's way.

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    • Comp & Benefits
    • Senior Management
    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Doesn't Recommend
    Neutral Outlook
    Disapproves of CEO

    I worked at Wolverine World Wide full-time

    Pros

    A very friendly work environment. Rockford MI office has a legacy of managing brands like Hush Puppies and Merrill.

    Cons

    Lexington office has most successful brands like Sperry Top-Sider, Stride Rite and Saucony but Rockford wants to run things their way. Blake Krueger, like most CEOs, cares most about cutting costs and stock price. There has been yearly visits by the suits to hand out lay-offs-- bad for morale. There seems to be no commitment to building brands and growing business.

    Advice to Management

    I have two words for management "Brand Equity". If you keep running things this way you are going turn the Sperry Top-Sider and Saucony brands into Hush Puppies and Merrill.


  10. Helpful (1)

    Not all change is good

    • Work/Life Balance
    • Culture & Values
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    • Comp & Benefits
    • Senior Management
    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Doesn't Recommend
    Negative Outlook
    Disapproves of CEO

    I worked at Wolverine World Wide full-time (More than 8 years)

    Pros

    I imagine that there are still great jobs at WWW, but only if you can work in areas that are not customer related. Benefits are decent and wages are better than some places in the area.

    Cons

    It's not a horrible company to work for, but they've lost focus on what built the company. There is no loyalty to their employees. The most important thing is to look good on paper.

    Advice to Management

    Don't step over that dollar to pick up that dime any longer. Your employees cared, and to most of us it wasn't just a job.


  11. District Manager Retail Group

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    • Comp & Benefits
    • Senior Management
    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Doesn't Recommend
    Neutral Outlook
    Approves of CEO

    Pros

    Great products. Some excellent people to work with in the brands. Potential for growth as a company and stock holder very good.

    Cons

    I can only speak to the Retail Group for the most part. You will be worked very long and hard with little concern for your family life. Pay is average. Advancement requires waiting a long time and constantly proving yourself in order to get noticed. The company is big on nepotism in every division but Retail. You will have a hard time beating someones son or daughter out for a position. Training is low on the totem pole. You will be expected to hit the ground running and learn quick on your own. Leadership often played favorites and it was never hard to see. The people in the field are the best I have ever worked with. The Corporate office another animal completely. I wish I would have found a way to move from Retail to manufacturing. If you like retail and I did I would be very sure I wanted to dedicate my life to WWW or it will be a long road.

    Advice to Management

    None. They can't live by the Vision, MIssion, Values statement they developed a short few years ago. I spent a lot of time telling my supervisor what was needed to raise morale and it didn't help. It just caused more issues to come up.



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