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I would love to go back

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Former Employee - Sales Associate/Cashier and Unloading Truck in Flower Mound, TX
Former Employee - Sales Associate/Cashier and Unloading Truck in Flower Mound, TX

I worked at Kohl's part-time (more than 3 years)

Pros

flexible hours
great ppl to work with
and understanding managers

Cons

they pay minimum pay
some times a little pushy to get credit
your only part time unless you become supervisor or manager

Recommends
Positive Outlook
Approves of CEO

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    Great place to meet good people

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    Former Employee - POS Associate in Lake Worth, TX
    Former Employee - POS Associate in Lake Worth, TX

    I worked at Kohl's part-time (more than an year)

    Pros

    Friendly people, great discount, great customers

    Cons

    not enough people working most of the time to cover all area's, cut backs on hours, pay raises are not enough,

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    stop using random ranger for the schedule, take care of your employees and they will take care of you

    Recommends
    Neutral Outlook
    No opinion of CEO
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    Kohl's Corporate: Outsourcing Machine

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    Current Employee - RESOURCE in Menomonee Falls, WI
    Current Employee - RESOURCE in Menomonee Falls, WI

    I have been working at Kohl's full-time (more than 3 years)

    Pros

    I think the biggest pro at Kohl's corporate is that there are a lot of very talented, hard-working people that you'd be very happy to work with on a daily basis. I've been in a few positions within the company, so I've had the opportunity to see how people operate in a number of different areas.

    Other pros include two onsite cafeterias with decent food; fresh-baked cookie Thursday's; Starbucks location in one of the cafeterias (actual baristas, not coffee pots) for the high-end coffee lovers (but you must pay); free regular brand coffee all day long; onsite daycare (if you need it); dry-cleaning services; personal package mailing and delivery (so you don't need to worry about leaving something valuable on your doorstep); telecommuting; employee discounts not just at Kohl's, but at other businesses, like Dell, Apple, AT&T, nearby restaurants, and many others; and the benefits themselves aren't all too bad.

    Depending on your passions, role, and location at Kohl's, there is a lot in terms of career advancement, direction, and job placement.

    Cons

    Life at Kohl's in the corporate office can be extremely hard, depending on where you work. This is definitely not the place to seek employment if you're unwilling to sacrifice your personal life, in part or whole, and give up evenings and weekends. We're constantly expected work harder, put in longer hours, deliver faster, deliver more, and do it all without question. Married, single, or otherwise, don't expect work/life balance. Kohl's full-time employees are exempt from being paid overtime, so the overall compensation definitely isn't the greatest after putting in extremely long hours.

    Although Kohl's can offer a lot in terms of career advancement, direction, and job placement, if you're unwilling to put in long hours, late nights, weekends, and schmooze the right people in management, you're likely to be stuck in neutral.

    Kohl's IT employees and contractors are considered "resources", so the person who is your "manager" really isn't. Managers are really "resource managers", which means they are in charge of placing resources on projects, and can shift them around as demand or circumstances change. It has become an annual practice of reorganizing, so there's no potential to develop a strong working relationship with your manager, like would happen with a typical manager and typical organization.

    One of the newest trends at Kohl's is the outsourcing of IT jobs, particularly in the web development area, and related jobs, to third-party companies and India. Over the past 6 months, we've lost two key internal teams to outsourcing: Performance Analysis, and QA. The main Kohl's website development team has been shifted from the corporate office in Menomonee Falls, WI, to Santa Clara, CA, where they head up the management, but much of the development work has shifted to India. While the work has shifted physical location, no employees were transferred, and no new jobs are being created at the corporate office. The new mobile website and app development team has been quickly outsourced as well over the past year, and that work will continue to move to India as well. The IT project management (PM) and business analyst (BA) areas won't be unscathed, either, and I expect many of those jobs to be outsourced as well.

    There will still be a few available positions internally, just not as many, and I don't think the roles and responsibilities will be typical, leading along the lines of support rather than development. As outsourcing continues, and as employees leave the company on their own, many of the existing positions are not likely to be filled.

    To round up the cons: if you're looking for an IT-related job at Kohl's, my advice is to look elsewhere, unless you feel comfortable playing a support-only role, and are comfortable with the high likelihood of your job being outsourced in the future.

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    Quit looking at short-term profits and your bonuses. Hire managers that know how, or have the potential, to run a world-class IT organization, not muck it up. Become innovators and leaders, not followers. Learn how to be transparent with your employees, and we'll learn to trust you, not fear you. Learn how to listen to your employees and their ideas and concerns, the ones who do the daily work that make the company run, not simply run on your ideas alone; otherwise, you don't know if someone might have a brilliant idea, or if something's falling apart.

    The internal Kohl's e-commerce business was set up for huge success until recently. The biggest growth area for the company is its e-commerce platform, not the brick-and-mortar stores. Shifting jobs away from those that have the skills, abilities, and passion to do what it takes, know the company, and know the customers, to companies and locations that don't have the resources, skills, or capabilities, let alone know the company or its customers, to run a multibillion-dollar e-commerce platform only sets up the company for future failure. Outsourcing doesn't have to be a dirty word, especially if it makes you better and more efficient at what you do, all the while making the customer happy, not worse and happy to shop elsewhere.

    Doesn't Recommend
    Neutral Outlook
    Disapproves of CEO
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