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Updated February 10, 2015
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Wolverine World Wide President, CEO, and Director Blake W. Krueger
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  1. field level is a great place to work

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    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee

    I worked at Wolverine World Wide

    Doesn't Recommend
    Neutral Outlook
    No opinion of CEO
    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.

  2. Walk the Talk "People Are Our Greatest Asset"

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    Current Employee - Marketing in Rockford, MI
    Current Employee - Marketing in Rockford, MI

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

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

    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

  3. Business users just have to cope.

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    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee

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

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

    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.

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    David bought Goliath and runs things David's way.

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    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee

    I worked at Wolverine World Wide full-time

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

    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.

  6. Not all change is good

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    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee

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

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

    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.

  7. District Manager Retail Group

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    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee

    I worked at Wolverine World Wide

    Doesn't Recommend
    Neutral Outlook
    Approves of CEO
    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.

  8. Culture is Changing

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    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee in Rockford, MI
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee in Rockford, MI

    I have been working at Wolverine World Wide full-time (more than 5 years)

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

    Pros

    The only real opportunity to work on global consumer brands in Grand Rapids area.
    Lots of good people.

    Cons

    Lots of good people, but they are not provided training or direction from the top.
    Pace of the business is too fast for the provided infrastructure. Not enough people to do the work and not enough budget to support those people.
    Stock price is #1 priority. Not employees and not the growth of the brands. If your brand is successful, but others are not, your budget and plans suffer.
    Very little work life balance

    Advice to Management

    Bring in a CMO and someone who knows about brand strategy. A company with this many consumer brands needs to understand that the emotional connection that brands can create with customers can generate sales and profits as effectively as great product.

  9. Stable and profitable company

    • Comp & Benefits
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    • Senior Management
    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee

    I have been working at Wolverine World Wide

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

    Pros

    Employee stock purchase plan. 6% 401K match.

    Cons

    Performance incentives for non executive leadership team are slim to none.

  10. Store Manager

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    • Career Opportunities
    Current Employee - Store Manager in San Francisco, CA
    Current Employee - Store Manager in San Francisco, CA

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

    Doesn't Recommend
    Doesn't Recommend

    Pros

    Good benefits for FT employees
    Great discounts
    Flexible hours

    Cons

    HR is a joke
    New corporate management is horrible and out of touch with reality
    No benefits for PT, even if they are part of management
    Low pay compared to other companies with the same volume
    Excessive contradictory changes

    Advice to Management

    Please hire a real HR staff, the current one never listens to employees

  11. Opportunity for advancement, poor pay for non-executives, horrible work environment, unfriendly exec mgmt (upstairs).

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    • Work/Life Balance
    • Senior Management
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    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee in Rockford, MI
    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee in Rockford, MI

    I worked at Wolverine World Wide

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

    Pros

    Very large company that does a great job of promoting from within. Tremendous opportunity for those that are patient (5 year minimum). Some very sharp group and brand managers. Good place to learn. Grand Rapids (20 minutes away) is an up-and-coming town - safe, family friendly, great schools, etc.

    Cons

    Terrible pay unless you are a director or above. Limits on how large of a pay increase an individual can receive when promoted or changing jobs. Office environment is horrible, very boring. Plan to work (in office) from before 8 to 6 at least, unless you are part of "the club" and then you come and g as you please. Sr. executive team is not approachable and on the attack in meetings. A lot of dinosaurs that resist change. Very very political.

    Advice to Management

    Easy opportunity to improve employee experience. Find something that sets WWW apart as far as perks for employees or the office environment. Certain competitors offer paid time off for volunteering, team building trips, 3:00 Fridays, work from home, etc. Do something to make the work experience fun.

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