Häfele Reviews

Updated September 12, 2014
Updated September 12, 2014
12 Reviews
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12 Reviews
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  1.  

    Its all about communication

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    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee

    I have been working at Häfele full-time

    Pros

    Hafele is well known and respected in the industry for quality products and service. Dealing with clientele is a pleasure. Company is patient and loyal to employees. Compensation package is fair to generous. Managers are competent, even talented, and decent human beings.

    Cons

    There are gaps in communication within the company. Performance reviews come only occasionally. Goals and expectations are not made clear. Also communication from the company to customers/prospects needs improvement.

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    Make an effort to eliminate information silos. A defined structure of reports to management, and feedback from management will help make goals clear. Expand marketing to include information about changes, challenges and improvements within Hafele and its products.

    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
  2.  

    Oppressive

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    Current Employee - Sales Representative  in  Los Angeles, CA
    Current Employee - Sales Representative in Los Angeles, CA

    I have been working at Häfele full-time for more than 8 years

    Pros

    Nice co-workers, good products, decent vacation policy.

    Cons

    Terrible communication, no vision, unwarranted pressure and treat of losing job. Condescending management. Un-flexible, insincere, terrible leadership from the top down. An absolute follower that thinks they are the leader. Arrogant!

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    Open your minds. De-sterilize the environment. Bring in new blood from the industry whom have vision. Expand risk profile a little bit.

    Positive Outlook
    Disapproves of CEO
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    Not a Good Place to Work

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    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee

    I worked at Häfele full-time for more than 5 years

    Pros

    Liberal Vacation policy. Few lay-offs during economy slow-down. High number of long-time employees who are highly experienced. Global player in their industry. Matching 401K.

    Cons

    Very outdated management style - threats and intimidation are the norm and moral is low in the workforce. Company is owned/managed by a German family and favoritism toward some employees is common and glaring. Employees stay because there are few jobs in the area. Almost no opportunities for advancement unless you know the right person. No annual cost of living or pay increases. (They don't tell you that when you are hired.)

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    Bring in consultants and practice modern management. Learn to treat employees with dignity and respect. Improve training programs to reflect employee experience. Listen to your employees and visit your customers.(Not just the ones you know.) Restructure employee compensation - if you don;t know how hire a consultant. Encourage your managers to work together and not be "Yes men" because they are afraid to speak-out.

    Doesn't Recommend
    Neutral Outlook
    Disapproves of CEO
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  5.  

    Family owned company changed dramatically over time, orientation from customers and employees to bottom line profits.

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    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee

    I worked at Häfele full-time

    Pros

    Private co, generally high quality products, decent benefits, diverse mix of employees, keeps up with technology, invests in sales training programs

    Cons

    Toxic employees and management, "balkanized" office staff, salary freezes, hardly any instruction from supervisors or management when tasks are given, it's who you are in good with, not how good you are.

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    Be careful who you put your trust in, a few with the highest level of trust are the ones with the highest level of abuse and have duplicitous natures. The red flags you have seen alert to real problems.

    Doesn't Recommend
  6.  

    It was a good learning experience

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    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee  in  Chicago, IL
    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee in Chicago, IL

    I worked at Häfele

    Pros

    Innovative company with quality products.

    Cons

    Hierarchical with poor top-down communication.

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    Improve top-down and regional communication for efficiency and morale.

  7.  

    Good company if they can simply make some changes at the senior management level, and adapt to changes in the market.

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    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee  in  Archdale, NC
    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee in Archdale, NC

    I worked at Häfele

    Pros

    Great people. Good training programs focused on making the employees more competent at their core jobs. Quality products and an efficient distribution system.

    Cons

    Senior management has their head in the sand, and does not see what is going on in the market. Way too dependent upon their IT systems to dictate how they interact with their customers. Not customer focused. Culture of fear for your job.

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    Replace top management with effective leadership and forward-thinking managers that are customer focused. Look at new ways to do business instead of looking at how you've always done things. Reward people for thinking outside the Hafele box.

    Doesn't Recommend
  8.  

    A wasted time, unfortunately...

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    Current Employee - IT Project Manager  in  Nagold (Germany)
    Current Employee - IT Project Manager in Nagold (Germany)

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

    Pros

    Some supervisors have faith in their subordinates and help them to become better.

    Cons

    Sometimes very narrow-minded views on global projects.

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    Think global!

    Doesn't Recommend
    Positive Outlook
    Disapproves of CEO
  9.  

    Awsome but too much presure

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    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee

    I have been working at Häfele full-time

    Pros

    Huge range of products and employee is goven oppertinity for educatoion

    Cons

    Lack of trainning and appreciation

    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    No opinion of CEO
  10.  

    Highly professional company

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    Former Employee - Designer  in  Hyderābād (India)
    Former Employee - Designer in Hyderābād (India)

    I worked at Häfele full-time for more than a year

    Pros

    good experience & learnt new things with this company

    Cons

    no comments, salary for back end is a bit less compare to sales team..

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    salary should more for back end also....

    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
  11.  

    good line of products & best support from training team & product managers.

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    Former Employee - Sales Executive  in  Mumbai (India)
    Former Employee - Sales Executive in Mumbai (India)

    I worked at Häfele full-time for more than a year

    Pros

    vast range of products best staff to work with except few.

    Cons

    no downsides only few people in the higher level should change their attitude towards the executives.

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    please try to discuss the problems which executives are facing with their managers specially in sales team. should discussed by the HR team without managers interference hope it happens atleast now.

    Doesn't Recommend
    Neutral Outlook

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