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It has been very interesting.

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Current Employee - Anonymous Employee in Palo Alto, CA
Current Employee - Anonymous Employee in Palo Alto, CA

I have been working at IKEA

Pros

The start off pay is great compared to other jobs. I enjoy the discount and having a customer restaurant, employee restaurant and bistro.

Cons

It is really far especially if you want to move to another company. You have to wait a while before switching to another department.

Advice to ManagementAdvice

You are doing a great job but I don't feel that it is fair to keep people in certain areas because the complain a lot.

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  1. 5 people found this helpful  

    Good Intentions, but some serious morale issues

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    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee in Pittsburgh, PA
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee in Pittsburgh, PA

    I have been working at IKEA

    Pros

    - Benefits are pretty good for retail, but not as competitive as they used to be for people just starting
      out. Coverage gets better the longer you work there.
    - Company overall is very pro-coworker in theory, but this varies among stores. Pittsburgh seems to
      be depending on who your manager is and who likes you.
    - Casual environment
    - Lots of training if you want it
    - Nice locker rooms, free uniforms, subsidized meals (meatballs or store special for 3 bucks a day)

    Cons

    - Managers are VERY cliquey (sp?) and some of them gossip too much about each other and some co-workers, even though IKEA has a gossip policy.
    - HR does not apply rules fairly - it depends on who management likes. If you are liked (or upper management), you can get extended leaves of absence, flexible work schedules, come in late or not at all, and basically not worry about following any of the 1000 nitpicky rules and regulations at this store. If you're not one of those people, expect to have every little infraction mentioned to your manager and written up.
    - Store is never staffed with enough people, and you will be expected to help out in understaffed areas no matter what your actual job is. This is pretty common in retail though, but they seem to purposely staff low.
    - IKEA expects everyone to want to be there for life. If you tell your manager you are not interested in sticking around for a career, or developing into management, they kind of forget about you or seem to think less of you. They don't seem aware that most of their jobs are entry level and pay very low to mid range at best. Even if you do want to stay here long term - there is almost NO movement in management, so opportunities are slim. Many of the managers have been in Pittsburgh 10 years or more - they're not going anywhere. Which means co-workers buy into all the hype of a development plan, and then can wait around for years before a job opens up.
    - Technology is way behind the times. This store will cut costs any way that they can.

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    Pretty sure they don't care anyway, but the treatment of co-workers should be a big priority. This store has already lost some really great coworkers and will continue to do so as long as co-workers feel undervalued and unappreciated. HR should NEVER tell a coworker looking for advice or trying to voice a concern that they should feel lucky they have a job. Managers, especially upper managers should follow the same rules as everyone else and stop bad-mouthing each other. It makes the management look weak. Realize that the co-workers who come in and do their job consistently each day with NO intention of moving up, are just as important as the Superstars that get all the attention. Try to get to know something about the co-workers and how they do their jobs instead of just assuming they are standing around, wasting time. Respect co-workers who don't live in the suburbs and have different experiences, ideas and viewpoints (since that is what IKEA says it stands for).

    Doesn't Recommend
  2. 1 person found this helpful  

    Eh.. Depends on the day

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    Current Employee - Bistro Cashier in Canton, MI
    Current Employee - Bistro Cashier in Canton, MI

    I have been working at IKEA

    Pros

    Sometimes you get a good manager
    Flexible with college school schedule
    Paid Time Off
    Tuition Assistance
    Co worker meal deal

    Cons

    Nothing is done about co worker issues
    "paddle your own canoe"
    cross training never happens
    changes with in department are rarely implemented

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    if you dont stop the petty bull crap between employees, people will want to leave. make it easier to switch departments and actually follow through with cross training promises

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