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Great Brands and Good Learning Opportunity

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Former Employee - Anonymous Employee
Former Employee - Anonymous Employee

I worked at Groupe SEB full-time

Pros

Opportunity to work with the biggest cookware and appliance brands in the world along with retailers in a global matrixed environment.

Cons

Being French owned is a Pro and a Con.

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    Run, Don't Walk Away From Groupe SEB Unless You're French

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    Current Employee - Manager in West Orange, NJ
    Current Employee - Manager in West Orange, NJ

    I have been working at Groupe SEB

    Pros

    The benefits used to be some of the best imaginable but as with everything else these too have been cut back and are now just good. The people in the US are great people to work with and most are really very good at what they do. You can get some really great products for your kitchen for very little or for free.

    Cons

    In a word - French. This is a VERY French company with all the cultural nightmares that go along with it. Corporate managment in France has little to no interest in what the US thinks about how to grow the business and basically wants everything that's done in France done in the US. Arrogance is not a cliche, it is real...French managers who visit the US once or twice a year think they know everything based on their knowledge of France.

    Getting decisions from French headquarters is the most laborious process possible. The French culture places great importance on examining all aspects of a problem before taking any decisions (the famous French preference for diplomacy), which may work in France but it is killing the business in the US, which requires speed and flexibility.

    The company has recently changed and two American presidents have left the company in the US and were replaced by French imports, so it is now all French all the time. One facility in Boston has been closed with all positions moving to West Orange, NJ or Cannonsburg, PA at the All-Clad facility.

    There is no respect for the US team by the French, who clearly look down on the US as a weak and inferior market. The French insist on doing everything the French way and then place all the blame on the US team when it doesn't work. Morale used to be fairly good when the two American presidents were in place but now people are just putting in their time and hoping to keep their jobs.

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    Stop treating the US as a French colony. There are some very talented people in the company who know what they are doing and they will leave just like several other talented people have left over the past couple of years. Get American leadership into the US companies and stop using the US president positions as career builders for French managers to get experience and improve their English.

    Let the people who know the US market best do their jobs, stop meddling, and make decisions on a timely basis instead of endlessly debating issues that need quick resolution.

    Doesn't Recommend
  2. Overall good and improving company

    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee

    I have been working at Groupe SEB

    Pros

    Friendly colleagues, respect people

    Cons

    French centric, not much organized.

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