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Great Company, Lacks Innovation

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  • Senior Management
Former Employee - Human Resources Manager in Menomonee Falls, WI
Former Employee - Human Resources Manager in Menomonee Falls, WI

I worked at Kohl's full-time (More than 3 years)

Recommends
Neutral Outlook
Approves of CEO
Recommends
Neutral Outlook
Approves of CEO

Pros

fair compensation
lots of responsibility
organizationally established
Excellent Benefits Package
Vacation program was one of the best in the industry
Very Family Oriented

Cons

Kohls runs very lean, so expect to be worked extremely hard
Very traditional in organization structure
Executives struggle with new ideas and innovation in most areas

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  1. Helpful (1)

    Great place to work

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    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    • Comp & Benefits
    • Senior Management
    Current Employee - Point of Sale Associate in Germantown, MD
    Current Employee - Point of Sale Associate in Germantown, MD

    I have been working at Kohl's part-time (More than 5 years)

    Pros

    Friendly associates. We are one big family at kohl's. Managers have a group of there favorite associates. Always giving them more opportunities to work.

    Cons

    Wish the pay was a bit more. With all the customers we have to deal with. Some of them are very rude and degrade us.

    Advice to Management

    Just tell us what's happening. We are not children.


  2. Helpful (3)

    Better History Than Future

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    Former Employee - Manager in Menomonee Falls, WI
    Former Employee - Manager in Menomonee Falls, WI

    I worked at Kohl's full-time (More than 10 years)

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

    Pros

    Kohl's was the darling of the retail industry for many years and rightly so. While other retail companies looked to get into businesses outside their core competency, Kohl's remained focused on it's core retail business. Good benefits, but increases for good performance are pitiful.

    Cons

    Kohl's always prided itself on empowering it's people to make decisions and running a lean ship, but in recent years, no one below senior management is truly empowered and the lean machine has become fat, as each pyramid head builds their kingdom. Decisions are made by committees, dictated by upper management or not made at all because one mistake will get you fired. How can you run a fashion business without taking risks? Look at today's merchandise assortments; boring, lacking fashion, poor quality and the proprietary brands lack distinction from each other. This is what happens when the lowest price versus the best value for the customer drives the decision making.

    Hard work, results and company loyalty no longer advances you through this company. Politics, having the right look and allegiance to your hiring manager, not the company, are the route for promotion today. Many positions are now filled by political lackeys, rather than professional retailers. The true merchants have all been killed off.

    Advice to Management

    Management has lost it's way trying to please Wall Street. Needs to refocus on the customer and product. Do this and the business will improve and Wall Street will get the results it needs through increased sales.

    Senior management has made some serious hiring mistakes and looked the other way until situations got to the point that allowing these people to continue would unveil senior management's hiring failures and embarrass them. Senior management needs to set an example for the culture and values of the company.


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