IKEA Reviews

Updated August 27, 2014
Updated August 27, 2014
551 Reviews

3.6
551 Reviews
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IKEA CEO Peter Agnefjall
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Review Highlights

Pros
  • Great benefits, Store Manager who really cares about everyone, fun place to work (in 55 reviews)

  • Great team, good benefits, great work-life balance, opportunities for development & growth (in 24 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 18 reviews)

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Employee Reviews

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  1.  

    Great company to work for, learned so much and met so many different people. Very diverse.

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    • Career Opportunities
    Former Employee - Customer Service Associate  in  Charlotte, NC
    Former Employee - Customer Service Associate in Charlotte, NC

    I worked at IKEA part-time for more than 3 years

    Pros

    Pay is great. Very flexible. Oppurtunities to travel.

    Cons

    Lack of hours. Lack of ownership and trust within departments.

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    Management needs to be more interested in what is going on within their departments. Oppurtunities for adequate training in order to advance is also needed. Also, more hours should be avaliable for coworkers. Even with the pay is great...it doesn't really mean muchb if your workinf 15-20 hrs a week.

    Recommends
    Neutral Outlook
    Approves of CEO
  2.  

    Careful of the Kool-Aid!

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    • Senior Management
    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    Current Employee - Receptionist  in  Tempe, AZ
    Current Employee - Receptionist in Tempe, AZ

    I have been working at IKEA part-time for more than a year

    Pros

    Great benefits for those working over 21 hours. 401K plan. Reduced rates on meals. Culture among coworkers is wonderful. Hire 50+ year olds.

    Cons

    Micro-managed. Upper management in need of a system of checks and balances and accountabliltiy. HR is the governing body and that needs to be addressed—no part of a business should be granted that carte blanche. My advice to anyone looking at pursuing a job/career with IKEA is to look at the turn-around of the particular store and make an informed decision, I also recommend a person talk with coworkers on the floor and gain insight to the particular stores culture. There is a huge pay difference between managment and hourly coworkers—considering IKEAs profit margin, I would have preferred to see it spread a bit more fairly! IKEA also needs to reconsider the once-a-year pay increases which are meager at best, increases should be based upon contributions to the company, efforts and advancement.

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    Look around you and realize you're being rewarded financially by the efforts of your staff. A college degree should stand for something and a career cannot be based upon nepotism, it has to be earned fairly. Stores need to present themselves to potential hires in a fair light and discuss wages.

    Doesn't Recommend
    Negative Outlook
    No opinion of CEO
  3.  

    Incredible company to work for

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    • Senior Management
    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee  in  Miami, FL
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee in Miami, FL

    I have been working at IKEA part-time for less than a year

    Pros

    Here is a company who not only cares about its community, but knows that in order to do so they need to take care of their employees. I have never seen a better group of individuals in one place than at IKEA. The best benefit package I have seen bar none.

    Cons

    The pay is low, great for recent grads and individuals with no family. Otherwise, Their pay is the highest in the retail industry and you can live off it, just turn in your Hummer and buy a Corolla.

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    Stay on task. If they continue to execute their culture, it will hands down be the best place I have ever worked for.

    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    Approves of CEO
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  5.  

    I have had a great 5 plus years

    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee

    I have been working at IKEA part-time for more than 5 years

    Pros

    Company gives you a chance to become a leader in whatever area you are working in. Easy to get along with most coworkers and managers

    Cons

    Much like any job the pay could always be better. Dont have enough coworkers at certain departments when there is a need for them.

  6.  

    Good till the new GM came.

    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee

    I worked at IKEA

    Pros

    Company overall has lots of perks and benefits.

    Cons

    Poor GM's that come in after having no applicable experience and presume to know or not care enough to know what you truly do.
    Favotism in some respects to tenured managers.

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    Be fair and impartial.
    Hire or place GM's that know what their job is.

  7.  

    Good work place for mothers.

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    • Senior Management
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    • Career Opportunities
    Former Employee - General Ledger Accountant  in  Shanghai, Shanghai (China)
    Former Employee - General Ledger Accountant in Shanghai, Shanghai (China)

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

    Pros

    The compensation is good and don't need to work overtime.

    Cons

    Less training, not good for new graduates to grow.

    Recommends
    Neutral Outlook
    No opinion of CEO
  8.  

    Good culture an opportunities for people with initiative.

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    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    Current Employee - Replenishment  in  Conshohocken, PA
    Current Employee - Replenishment in Conshohocken, PA

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

    Pros

    Strong culture and values
    People are generally positive about their jobs
    Opportunities for advancement
    Decent pay
    Great benefits

    Cons

    Not all management has the values as top priority.
    If you aren't familiar with company culture, practical advice and mentoring can be hard to come by.
    Despite the promise of company's values, some in leadership prefer safer (mediocre) ways of doing things.

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    Get back to Ingvar's way of doing things. Short-term thinking will never yield the long term results you're seeking.

    Recommends
    Neutral Outlook
    No opinion of CEO
  9.  

    Decent

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    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee

    I have been working at IKEA

    Pros

    Flexible schedules, friendly staff, solid management

    Cons

    Not enough hours, no advancement

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    Pay more, offer advancement,

    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    Approves of CEO
  10.  

    Great place to work for life time experience

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    • Senior Management
    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    Current Employee - Anonymous  in  Sakai, Osaka (Japan)
    Current Employee - Anonymous in Sakai, Osaka (Japan)

    I have been working at IKEA part-time for more than a year

    Pros

    Even though pay is not good but offers lot of knowledge in many areas,

    Cons

    You work all your hours with out stoping

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    Be friendly and greet your co workers with smile and looking at them. Ikea is a international company with a friendly atmosphere.

    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    Approves of CEO
  11.  

    What a Swede Deal!

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    • Senior Management
    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    Current Employee - Logistics Manager
    Current Employee - Logistics Manager

    I have been working at IKEA full-time for less than a year

    Pros

    First and foremost, the majority of the employees are happy to work at IKEA, you can tell in their attitudes and actions. There is a great sense of equality, the senior leadership in a store sits at a group of desks and wears the same casual uniforms as everyone else without coming off as being better than the rest of the team. There is a great sense of inclusion in decision making processes, and the company goes way above and beyond to provide a pleasant work environment for its employees. Gotta love the Swedishness! Employees get a great deal on meals which goes easy on the wallet. There is a lot of opportunity for promotion/movement between departments, stores, and countries. IKEA is a growing company with a lot of potential in the US, the brand is becoming stronger and stronger and it is exciting to be a part of a unique shopping experience.

    Cons

    There are no Cons to mention other than it is different. There is almost some culture shock, but in a good way.

    Recommends
    Approves of CEO

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