IKEA Reviews

Updated August 16, 2015
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IKEA CEO Peter Agnefjall
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Pros
  • The work/life balance for the most part is good (in 29 reviews)

  • Great benefits for those working over 21 hours (in 65 reviews)

Cons
  • Also there is 0 I repeat 0 work life balance (in 20 reviews)

  • Even if you're a part-time worker you will have to work most weekends and might find it difficult to days off (in 20 reviews)

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  1. Helpful (1)

    Sales Associate

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    Current Employee - Sales Coworker in Paramus, NJ
    Current Employee - Sales Coworker in Paramus, NJ
    Doesn't Recommend
    Negative Outlook
    No opinion of CEO

    Pros

    The managing staff can be a little subliminally racist.

    Cons

    Good hourly pay/benefits. Decent employee meals.


  2. not good

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    • Senior Management
    Current Employee - Warehouse Specialist in Perryville, MD
    Current Employee - Warehouse Specialist in Perryville, MD
    Doesn't Recommend
    Negative Outlook

    I have been working at IKEA (More than a year)

    Pros

    4 day work week and good coworkers

    Cons

    Work every weekend and get no time with kids

    Advice to Management

    Just quit


  3. Pay is good however not flexible, also do not care about employees needs

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    Current Employee - Ikea Cashier in Hicksville, NY
    Current Employee - Ikea Cashier in Hicksville, NY
    Doesn't Recommend
    Positive Outlook
    Disapproves of CEO

    I have been working at IKEA (More than a year)

    Pros

    Pay is good. Pay is good. Pay is good. Work cloths is comfortable

    Cons

    Don't care about their employees. Not flexible. Very strict.


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  5. Horrible Company, stay away. Management will stab you in the back any chance they get.

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    Former Employee - Construction Manager
    Former Employee - Construction Manager
    Doesn't Recommend
    Negative Outlook
    Disapproves of CEO

    Pros

    There were pros working for IKEA

    Cons

    Management in Australia two faced. No support provided from service office. There are way better companies to work with. Management all from England and you just get treated like a number.

    Advice to Management

    Go Home to England


  6. They treat contractors like garbage

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    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Doesn't Recommend

    Pros

    Most of the rank and file employees are decent, hardworking, down-to-earth people who are easy to get along with. Internal culture seems pretty good......as long as you're an employee.

    Cons

    If you're a contractor, management and administrative office staff see you as "beneath them," and they constantly hold your job over your head by reminding you how easily you can be replaced by a phone call. I was pulled after a manager made a series of false and defamatory statements against me.

    Advice to Management

    Reiterate that your IWAY policy extends to the ethical and fair treatment of vendors and contractors as well.


  7. It's retail ! I stayed to long at this job .Its not a career.

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    Former Employee - Visual Merchandiser
    Former Employee - Visual Merchandiser
    Doesn't Recommend
    Positive Outlook
    Disapproves of CEO

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

    Pros

    Benefits are good. I worked in the Communications and interiors dept and the hours are regular.

    Cons

    Bad visual merchandising management, very inexperienced. Sales management is no better. Management takes no responsibility .The HR dept is there for management not the coworker. Ikea is a bureaucratic nightmare. Retail should be a last resort you can do better than Ikea. REMEMBER IT'S A BIG BOX HIGH VOLUME STORE,Its not about people its about numbers. I Never drank the cool aid .

    Advice to Management

    It would be nice if most managers did there job. And don't throw innocent sales coworkers under the bus.Take responsibility for your own work.


  8. Helpful (1)

    50/50 EXPERIENCE

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    • Senior Management
    Current Employee - Front End Cashier in Atlanta, GA
    Current Employee - Front End Cashier in Atlanta, GA
    Doesn't Recommend
    Neutral Outlook

    I have been working at IKEA full-time (More than a year)

    Pros

    Gained amazing friendships with people throughout the store while employed. Ample amount of trainings and certifications available for free. Paid vacation and scheduling flexible $3 meal deals Free Incentives and giveaways

    Cons

    Beware of M.A.S.T. doesn't help you get to where you need to be. Outside hires at the wrong times. (ie management) Poor Management selection ( biased selection) Poor Advancement Disconnect between coworkers on the sales floor and employees who work on the top level New attendance rule sucks!

    Advice to Management

    Def needs to wipe out most of Mangement at IKEA ATLANTA and start over.


  9. Helpful (2)

    Don't expect much working in retail.

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    Former Employee - Team Leader in Paramus, NJ
    Former Employee - Team Leader in Paramus, NJ
    Doesn't Recommend
    Negative Outlook
    Disapproves of CEO

    Pros

    Not much to speak of other than management tends to stick together when it comes to dealing with staff and their incompetancies.

    Cons

    No overtime, company avoiding unionization, HR is anti-management, low pay, seldom recognition, a slave to productivity and no reward.

    Advice to Management

    Practice what you preach. This is the USA not Sweden. We are not your "Mexico". Bonuses are non-existant, unobtainable, and Igvar is a tight, cheap SOB hiding in his tax havens. Share the wealth!


  10. Low pay but lots of room to grow

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    Former Employee - Customer Service Representative in Portland, OR
    Former Employee - Customer Service Representative in Portland, OR
    Doesn't Recommend
    Neutral Outlook
    No opinion of CEO

    Pros

    Health Insurance - That is the main reason why people work there. You get lots of education whether its on the history of the company to your benefits. Actually they encourage you to take as many classes you want. Most of the manager have been with the companies over many years and have a lot of growth opportunities . In fact when new stores open then encourage employees to apply for those jobs and I think they help you transfer to those cities. Three dollar lunches even if you chose to get something from there restaurant

    Cons

    Low Pay (Basically you start out a bit higher then minimal wage) High Turn Over Rate (Over 70 %) 15% discount

    Advice to Management

    Don't play favorites for raises and only reward the people who kiss up to you


  11. Hate working there. Horrible managers

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    Former Employee - Restaurant in East Palo Alto, CA
    Former Employee - Restaurant in East Palo Alto, CA
    Doesn't Recommend
    Negative Outlook

    I worked at IKEA full-time (Less than a year)

    Pros

    Good pay rate that's it

    Cons

    Team leaders were always talking about each other. Manager did not know what he was doing. Hours were cut.



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