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Overall a Great Company

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  • Work/Life Balance
  • Senior Management
  • Culture & Values
  • Career Opportunities
Former Employee - Financial Analyst  in  Englewood, CO
Former Employee - Financial Analyst in Englewood, CO

I worked at Kärcher full-time for more than 3 years

Pros

At the time I was employed, the company was going through the transitional pains of being purchased and combined with multiple other newly acquired companies. This takes years and is stressful for all. Overall executive management did the best they could especially once the economy started to take a turn for the worse.

Your experience depends on which brand or "sister-company" you work for. Certain ones had much better management or performance, so they were easier and nicer to work for.

Benefits were pretty nice. Health benefits were average coverage, but cost to employees was quite low (1/2 of what I pay now for same coverage). 401k is average, but nice. Company also offers continuing education reimbursement. Employee purchase program was a nice extra as well.

Most everyone was very nice and easy to work with. I thought the corporate headquarter office environment, although stressful at times, was very camaraderie. There were many office happy hours or lunches and everyone got along very nicely.

Executive management had a very good idea of where the company was heading and handled it the best they could...which is to say better than most. Of course the transitional circumstances certainly made things hard and like all companies, nothing happens over night.

Cons

Company not willing to adjust salary to market expectations in general. If you're hired on at a good place, then you're set. Otherwise you'll be forced to look elsewhere for opportunities. Even trying to be promoted or change positions made it difficult to receive market compensation.

Some managers had a "people come and go" outlook towards employee retention. While sometimes necessary for high turnover positions, it was disconcerting when adapted to other positions.

HR was lacking while I was there, but the company was still going through the pains of being purchased and combined with multiple corporations.

Advice to ManagementAdvice

Hold onto your good people! Great people make great companies and you really need to embrace that. Adjusting compensation or promoting personnel can be small price to pay in order to keep excellent staff.

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    Incompetent and Unprofessional Management

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    • Work/Life Balance
    • Senior Management
    • Career Opportunities
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee  in  Englewood, CO
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee in Englewood, CO

    I have been working at Kärcher

    Pros

    -Pay and Benefits are ok.

    Cons

    -The HR department does not look out for the employee. Most of HR is unapproachable.
    -I was told once by management that "people are replaceable"...
    -Middle level management is incompetent and adds no value while executive management is blind to see that.
    -Morale was always an issue, no one was ever happy.
    -There was no career potential/growth.
    -Managements answer to the recession is increasing workload until people break. Any request for help is ignored.
    -Turnover is high. People leave becuase they are miserable.

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    If Executive Management truly understood what was going on with the Middle Managers and acted on it by replacing the incompetent Middle Management with a functional and effective Manager/Director, it might make the work envoirnment a better place to be. Until then, KNA will remain to be a horrible place to work.

    Doesn't Recommend
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    Room for improvement

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    • Work/Life Balance
    • Senior Management
    • Career Opportunities
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee  in  Englewood, CO
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee in Englewood, CO

    I have been working at Kärcher

    Pros

    The people are great
    Able to flex your problem solving skills
    Challenging - never a boring day

    Cons

    Somewhat difficult to procure the tools/training needed to perform optimally
    Misalignment - M&A's brought companies in various evolution/revolution stages (Greiner, L)
    Systems could be more integrated/standardized - all business systems as well as technologies
    Excessive time closing the gap between 'what is' & 'what could be' can be frustrating for all

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    Thrilled to see a unifying mission and vision on the website, just wish it was communicated as well internally. High employee productivity may be reaching its limit - starting to see quality of work suffer and significant non-value add activity that could be automated.

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