IKEA Reviews

Updated October 23, 2014
Updated October 23, 2014
581 Reviews
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Review Highlights

Pros
  • Great benefits package is the only reason I have stayed with this company for so long (in 62 reviews)

  • The work/life balance for the most part is good (in 26 reviews)


Cons
  • work life balance is not always at the forfront for coworkers (in 18 reviews)

  • coming from a part time you will not choose to do a full time job or work more hours (in 20 reviews)

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  1.  

    Great company culture

    • Comp & Benefits
    • Work/Life Balance
    • Senior Management
    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    Current Employee - Frontline Cashier in Bloomington, MN
    Current Employee - Frontline Cashier in Bloomington, MN

    I have been working at IKEA part-time (less than an year)

    Pros

    The company really takes care of its employees. Break rooms are awesome, including a quiet room with books that people can take or leave as they wish and a room with games and a jukebox. On the busiest days, every employee got free food. Requesting time off was easy. For the most part, everybody I worked with was great.

    Cons

    I would have liked being able to see my coworkers on a more consistent basis, but the nature of the job meant that people always had different schedules.

    Recommends
    No opinion of CEO
  2.  

    Great

    • Comp & Benefits
    • Work/Life Balance
    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee

    I have been working at IKEA part-time (more than 3 years)

    Pros

    Great for students
    Flexible schedule
    Great benefits

    Cons

    Relatively low salary, long hours, advancement on a who you know basis

    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
  3. 1 person found this helpful  

    Flexible hours in exchange for being underemployed. It's a good 2nd job but not a primary job.

    • Comp & Benefits
    • Work/Life Balance
    • Senior Management
    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee in Atlanta, GA
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee in Atlanta, GA

    I have been working at IKEA part-time (more than an year)

    Pros

    You get a Christmas gift every year. They also host an annual employee picnic.

    Cons

    They lure a lot of college students in the door with the promise of tuition reimbursement. They won't tell you that all non-management employees are not eligible under new rules. Tuition cost are covered if it directly relates to the position above you & that you are trying to get. Only upper level management, HR, and IT require a degree so if you're not already a team lead and just a regular coworker, you're automatically disqualified.

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    I regret my time working for Ikea because I accepted the low hours, in hope of the benefits that were offered.

    Doesn't Recommend
    Positive Outlook
    Approves of CEO
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  5.  

    Great Company, Bad Pay.

    • Comp & Benefits
    • Work/Life Balance
    • Senior Management
    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    Current Employee - Sales Associate in San Diego, CA
    Current Employee - Sales Associate in San Diego, CA

    I have been working at IKEA full-time (more than an year)

    Pros

    Paid time off is AWESOME, it accumulates pretty quickly and they let you use it pretty much whenever you want. Medical insurance is very affordable. Everyone that works here is very friendly. I've met some of my closest friends at this job.

    Cons

    I work 40 hours a week and don't make enough money to feed myself or even rent a bedroom when the managers are making $100,000 a year. If they can afford to pay the managers that much, they can afford to pay the hard working employees more than $10/hr. There aren't any opportunities to move up in the company, at least at this store.

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    Fight for your employees to get paid fairly.

    Recommends
    Neutral Outlook
    No opinion of CEO
  6.  

    Management is a good ol' boys club

    • Comp & Benefits
    • Work/Life Balance
    • Senior Management
    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee in Baltimore, MD
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee in Baltimore, MD

    I have been working at IKEA full-time (more than 3 years)

    Pros

    Decent Medical / Dental / Life
    I used to think there were a lot more when I started 3 years ago, crazy how i can only think of this one now.

    Cons

    The IKEA Values are just corporate rhetoric, used on official documents to tell you how to do your job better but nobody actually lives by them, at least not at this location.
    Management says they care about employee issues but actions speak otherwise
    The location GM and Service Office are spoon fed lies, inaccurate statistics and nobody does anything about it when it is brought to their attention. Nobody wants to hear that truth.
    Way behind on technology hardware/applications - painfully so
    Worse scheduling I have ever experienced in a corporation of this magnitude. Expect to have no evenings and weekends to yourself.

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    Stop trading each other's jobs without even posting an opening.
    Actually listen to people in positions that have the pulse of the store. Get out of your cocoon of obliviousness and talk to others outside your inner circle regarding the real challenges facing coworkers
    Learn what your subordinates actually do, so you don't look moronic when you tell them they should be doing something they already excel at doing or have been doing for some time.
    Read your emails and empty your inboxes, it is completely unacceptable that a senior level manager cannot get back to coworkers for weeks because "Sorry, i have 400+ emails in my box" . This goes to show that either you are not organized or just don't care.

    Doesn't Recommend
    Neutral Outlook
    No opinion of CEO
  7.  

    its a okay experience , a lot of work sometimes!

    • Comp & Benefits
    • Work/Life Balance
    • Senior Management
    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    Current Employee - Logistics Co- Worker in Brooklyn, NY
    Current Employee - Logistics Co- Worker in Brooklyn, NY

    I have been working at IKEA part-time (more than an year)

    Pros

    customers are cool, they all love ikea.the 401k is good

    Cons

    some times they give you the run around...i hate that

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    don't try to play us like we are fools

    Recommends
  8.  

    Ikea

    • Comp & Benefits
    • Work/Life Balance
    • Senior Management
    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    Current Employee - Receiving/Replenishment Coworker in Elizabeth, NJ
    Current Employee - Receiving/Replenishment Coworker in Elizabeth, NJ

    I have been working at IKEA part-time (more than an year)

    Pros

    Friendly work environment; Friendly employees

    Cons

    Too much work; Technological inefficiencies.

    Neutral Outlook
    No opinion of CEO
  9.  

    Good but also frustrating

    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee

    I have been working at IKEA

    Pros

    The pay is good, the benefits are pretty good and the vacation time is superb. I enjoy working with everyone in my department.

    Cons

    A lot of coworkers don't take pride in their daily routines and accomplish tasks so it makes everyone else's job just a little harder.

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    More growth opportunities

  10.  

    Multi-cultural and creative retail sales environment.

    • Comp & Benefits
    • Work/Life Balance
    • Senior Management
    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    Former Employee - Anonymous
    Former Employee - Anonymous

    I worked at IKEA

    Pros

    Diverse multi-cultural environment. Ability to use creative strategies for sales promotion.

    Cons

    Out dated computer software equipment-logistics, cash registers, etc.
    Inventory counts were not very accurate.
    Managers didn't provide a good training environment for new hires.

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    Provide better training programs to your employees.
    Perform inventory audits to ensure inventory has accurate counts for customers.
    Purchase new technology/computer systems within your stores.

    Doesn't Recommend
    Neutral Outlook
    No opinion of CEO
  11. 2 people found this helpful  

    Great thoughts bad execution

    • Comp & Benefits
    • Work/Life Balance
    • Senior Management
    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    Former Employee - Customer Service Manager in Round Rock, TX
    Former Employee - Customer Service Manager in Round Rock, TX

    I worked at IKEA full-time (more than 5 years)

    Pros

    The benefits and pay are good, but heard it has changed.

    Cons

    They don't follow through with the concepts of the company. They say "create a better everyday life for the many", yet they prey on every mistake you make and fire you for not conforming to their way of thinking. They brain wash you and entice you with good pay and benefits and make you believe no one can match it.

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    Fire yourself and read and follow Ingvar's dream.

    Doesn't Recommend
    Positive Outlook
    Disapproves of CEO

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