Groupe SEB Reviews

Updated June 26, 2014
Updated June 26, 2014
12 Reviews

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  1.  

    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.

    Recommends
    Neutral Outlook
    Approves of CEO
  2.  

    Be Cautious...

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    • Career Opportunities
    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee  in  West Orange, NJ
    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee in West Orange, NJ

    I worked at Groupe SEB full-time for more than 8 years

    Pros

    Benefits package is tremendous for medical, dental, other insurance, 401 and PTO. Being in the consumer goods industry allowed for a nice discount on cookware and small domestic appliances. There are also some very talented staff on the team.

    Cons

    Leadership is lacking and in dictator form, not a good environment to be creative and produce results. Unfortunately, only the lucky few were developed with training at HQ. Turnover is extremely high, both voluntary and by Company decision (job elimination). The environment is not positive and morale continues to deteriorate. Although there is some flexibility you pay for that as the job demands excessive hours and workload due to job cuts. Corporate just keeps ignoring the situation the US, which continues to decline. Company values are on paper, not in practice.

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    Lead, don't dictate, you have many very intelligent talented people that can creatively achieve the goals if you allow them. Reduce the non-valued added and duplicate reporting, as your people are wasting time instead or producing results. You keep talking about this but no action. Open your eyes to what's happening in the US, not good, the turnover is happening for good reason.

    Doesn't Recommend
    No opinion of CEO
  3.  

    Toxic Workplace

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    Current Employee - Vice President Sales  in  West Orange, NJ
    Current Employee - Vice President Sales in West Orange, NJ

    I have been working at Groupe SEB full-time for more than 5 years

    Pros

    Pay and benefits are mediocre

    Cons

    Leadership is non existent. Treat people terribly with no respect. Constant pressure to make a monthly number at the expense of any cohesive strategy or regard for the customer.

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    Reorganize with help from outside consultants/professionals.

    Doesn't Recommend
    Negative Outlook
    Disapproves of CEO
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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
  6.  

    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.

  7.  

    Innovative products, exciting market, friendly people

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    • Career Opportunities
    Current Employee - Product Manager
    Current Employee - Product Manager

    I have been working at Groupe SEB full-time for more than a year

    Pros

    There is a very friendly environment at Groupe Seb. You get to work with smart and fun people. Marketing at the Consumer Goods sector is challenging and exciting.

    Cons

    Sometimes the systems and processes do not work well and it makes you lose a lot of time struggling. International work opportunities are limited.

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    Systematize processes and give more attention to career opportunities.

    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    Approves of CEO
  8.  

    quite free and nice people

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    Current Employee - Engineering Trainee  in  Kowloon (Hong Kong)
    Current Employee - Engineering Trainee in Kowloon (Hong Kong)

    I have been working at Groupe SEB as an intern for less than a year

    Pros

    quite free environment and nice people
    the location is convenient just near the MTR station
    international include hk and france people

    Cons

    the company so far is not the top one and really famous in their field in Hong Kong
    but in Europe is a quite popular brand
    Hong Kong people may not know about your working experience and the company brand name is not popular.

    Recommends
    Neutral Outlook
  9. 1 person found this helpful  

    The perfect place to start a carrier in marketing, if you don't mind working for free

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    Current Employee - Manager  in  Vilnius (Lithuania)
    Current Employee - Manager in Vilnius (Lithuania)

    I have been working at Groupe SEB as an intern for less than a year

    Pros

    Very friendly co-workers, some interesting tasks, good taste for food, when going to lunch (if you have money). In a nutshell, if you want to find a job in marketing, this is the place to go. No surprise, as SEB has been voted the best employer in Lithuania for 4 years running now.

    Cons

    I guess the only con I could think of is that from time to time you get some generic tasks, that don't require any mental knowledge. But I guess this is expected in internships

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    The concept that an internship is unpaid is flawed. I mean you come in everyday, do all the tasks you are given and at the end, you not only don't get paid but also lose money. In a new job you always try to fit in and going to restaurants for lunch is essential. This is especially vital in an internship, as you try to make new connections. How is an intern supposed to pay for his food? Better yet, how is he to get to work with no money. A symbolic 500Lt/month is, i think, not too much to ask.

    Recommends
    Neutral Outlook
    No opinion of CEO
  10.  

    Good employer to work with

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    • Senior Management
    • Career Opportunities
    Current Employee - Financial Advisor  in  Dubai (United Arab Emirates)
    Current Employee - Financial Advisor in Dubai (United Arab Emirates)

    I have been working at Groupe SEB

    Pros

    Good employer to work with

    Cons

    More international participation for the group

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    to be more internationalised

    Approves of CEO
  11.  

    Great experience in the company

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    Current Employee - Marketing Assistant
    Current Employee - Marketing Assistant

    I have been working at Groupe SEB

    Pros

    good environment
    good salary for an internship
    ability to evolve in the company
    Big company and global too. Opportunity to work abroad

    Cons

    Some communication issues.
    Need to emphasize more on the technical side of things in order for some things to be better resolves

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    I think that there should be more flexibilty and rise of new ideas from the people in the company.
    The company should think about allowing change.

    Approves of CEO

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