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IKEA – Why Work For Us?

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Hint: Traveling first class isn’t one of them

1. We hire the right people

IKEA co-workers tend to be down-to-earth, hard workers with a genuine willingness to work together. While there are many reasons to join IKEA, if you ask co-workers why they stay, their number one response is “because of the people”. 
 

2. They’re inspired!

When a company has a vision and clear values you can believe in, it’s not hard to get inspired. More than 90% of IKEA co-workers know what we’re here for. Almost 80% feel inspired at work (and we’re working on the other 20%). 
 

3. Making mistakes is okay – really

There’s a saying at IKEA companies that it’s okay to make mistakes - everyone does it. In fact, we think it’s a healthy way to learn and improve. 
 

4. An up, down and sideways career

IKEA has more different types of jobs than any other company in the world. If co-workers get tired of what they’re doing or just want to try something else, they can move to a new role within IKEA, not outside IKEA. 
 

5. Sweden today, China tomorrow

Since IKEA has stores and offices in more than 44 countries, with the same values and business idea worldwide, moving from country to country is not uncommon. And if you do move, there’s always another friendly IKEA person to help you adjust. 
 

6. Egos parked at the door

We’re not big on fancy titles, corner offices or private jets, and we ask co-workers to leave their egos at the door. Why? Because it means you get to work as a team member, have fun and get on with the job. 
 

7. The rewards of a never-ending job

People like working for a company they can be proud of. So far IKEA Social Initiative has benefited 100 million children in need. And we are working on the never-ending job of being kinder to the environment. 
 

8. Learning by the seat of your pants

What other company trusts you with a €30 million budget? At the age of 22? If you are the right person for the job, learning with support and coaching is a way of life at IKEA. 
 

9. A parent-friendly environment

IKEA is a business, without a doubt, but it is our policy to put people first. And people have lives outside work that include families. That means we believe in a parent-friendly environment. 
 

10. The original social network

The people you work with are also your friends. You know there’s someone to turn to in every major city around the world. And you instantly have something to talk about with 127,000 people a lot like yourself. That's a big social network. 
 

 
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Communication and interior design

As a home furnishing company, IKEA needs interior design competence in different areas, including every IKEA store, and in marketing and communication areas such as catalogue production.

 

 

 
 
 
 
 
Customer Relations

   Customer relations at IKEA includes roles inside and outside our    stores – from reception and children’s play areas to check out,        exchange and returns and contact centres.

 

 
 
 
 
 
 
 
Design and product development
 
IKEA designers and product developers work with the IKEA product range. Their focus in developing products is on low price and quality, design and function, environment concerns and safety.

 
 
 
 
 
 
 
  Finance and Business navigation

  Finance co-workers look after IKEA financial requirements and       follow-up. Business navigators help make strategic business           decisions using their entrepreneurial skills and management           information.

 

 


 
 
Human Resources

Our human resources teams work throughout the IKEA organisation and lead the work of attracting, developing and inspiring IKEA co-workers. They handle recruitment and training, benefits and succession planning, and safeguarding the IKEA culture.

 

 

 
 
 
 
 
  Information technology (IT)

  IKEA IT is a global organisation that supports IKEA with business   solutions and services. IT supplies quick, lean and user-friendly       services rather than just technology.

 

 

 
 
 
 
Logistics

IKEA logistics see to it that goods flow from supplier to customer is as direct and costeffective as possible, and with the least harm to the environment. This applies to both transport and goods handling in distribution centres and stores.

 


 
 
Marketing and Communication

Marketing and communication specialists work in all countries with IKEA stores, and at IKEA Communications in Älmhult, Sweden. Our marketing channels include the IKEA Catalogue, IKEA websites, brochures, advertising and PR.

 

 


 
 
  Purchasing

  Purchasing teams are located around the world and work with         suppliers in more than 50 countries. Besides getting the best           value for money for IKEA, they support suppliers in improving         working conditions and assuring sustainability.

 

 
 
 
 
 
 
 
Restaurant (IKEA Food)

  IKEA FOOD offers many challenging positions within four areas –   the restaurant, the Bistro, the Swedish Food Market specialty   shop and the staff restaurant.

 

 

 
 
  Sales

  Our sales co-workers communicate the IKEA range and self-           serve concept with our customers on a daily basis. This requires     a passion for retail combined with knowledge of IKEA customers,   the IKEA concept and the IKEA product range.

 

 

 
 
 
 
 
  Sustainability and TQE

  Specialists within Technique, Quality and Environment improve       all aspects of product quality at IKEA while they minimize costs       and contribute to social and environmental sustainability. Roles       include legal compliance, environmental engineering and product   engineering.

 

 

 
 

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"IKEA has given me tremendous responsiblities at a young age."

Anton Axholt,
Sales manager, IKEA store, UK

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"I am responsible, but not the centre of the universe."

Pär Sundqvist,
Distribution services manager, Sweden



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"My work inspires me in my private life, making me feel strong and energised."
 
 
 
 
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"I don’t know what the next step will be, but I am confident that it will be interesting."




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"There is not much hierarchy. Everyone is approachable."





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"IKEA doesn’t put you in a pigeonhole."






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"IKEA doesn’t put you in a pigeonhole."

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• Holidays • Co-Worker Discount • End Of Year Present • Tertials 

• Long Service Award • The IKEA Support Line • Life Insurance 

• Pension Scheme • Family Friendly Policies • Childcare Vouchers 

• Marriage Day • Civil Partnership Day • First Day Of School Leave 

• Payroll Giving To Charity • Subsidised Staff Restaurant 

• Company Sick Pay • Bereavement Leave • Uniform 

• Compensation Leave • Interest Free Loans

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IKEA Awards & Accolades

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Top 200 World's Most Reputable Companies (#2) , Forbes, 2009
Best Places to Work in Orange County (Large) , Best Companies Group, 2009
Employees' Choice -50 Best Places to work , Glassdoor, 2013
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Website www.ikea.com
Headquarters Conshohocken, PA
Size 5000+ Employees
Type Unknown
Industry Retail
Revenue $10+ billion (USD) per year

How Swede it is. One of the world's top furniture retailers, IKEA sells Scandinavian-style home furnishings and other housewares in about 330 stores in some 40 countries. To cut transportation costs, IKEA uses flat packaging; customers assemble the products at home. The company designs its own furniture, which is made by about 1,075 suppliers in some 55 countries. IKEA's stores feature playrooms for children and Swedish cuisine restaurants. It mails more than 200 million catalogs a year and sells goods online. An acronym for founder Ingvar Kamprad and his boyhood ... More

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