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IKEA Reviews

Updated November 20, 2014
Updated November 20, 2014
604 Reviews
3.5
604 Reviews
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IKEA CEO Peter Agnefjall
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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 19 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. 1 person found this helpful  

    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 (more than an 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
  2.  

    I have had a great 5 plus years

    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee

    I have been working at IKEA part-time (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.

  3.  

    Good culture an opportunities for people with initiative.

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    • Work/Life Balance
    • Senior Management
    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    Current Employee - Replenishment in Conshohocken, PA
    Current Employee - Replenishment in Conshohocken, PA

    I have been working at IKEA full-time (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
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  5.  

    What a Swede Deal!

    • Comp & Benefits
    • Work/Life Balance
    • Senior Management
    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    Current Employee - Logistics Manager
    Current Employee - Logistics Manager

    I have been working at IKEA full-time (less than an 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
  6. 1 person found this helpful  

    Awesome place to work.

    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee

    I have been working at IKEA

    Pros

    Great environment to work.
    They really take care of their employees.

    Cons

    There is nothing negative about Ikea.

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    No advice.

  7.  

    Awesome Place to work

    • Comp & Benefits
    • Work/Life Balance
    • Senior Management
    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    Current Employee - Team Leader in Cincinnati, OH
    Current Employee - Team Leader in Cincinnati, OH

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

    Pros

    Great company who have great values. Not your typical corporate culture.

    Cons

    None so far. A great place to work!

    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    Approves of CEO
  8.  

    Overall great, solid company

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

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

    Pros

    Fun, fast-paced, flexible schedule, awesome benefits and vacation time. Lots of change going on all of the time. Focus on sustainability and being environmentally conscious.

    Cons

    The enjoyment, or lack thereof, your job all depends on your department manager. Rules can be followed or ignored depending on who yoy report to. Favortism runs rampant. Voice survey isn't taken seriously even though you are forced to give feedback annually.

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    Ensure rules/policies are fairly applied across all areas. Listen to those voice results and weed out poor managers! Employees don't leave bad jobs, they leave bad managers!

    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    Approves of CEO
  9.  

    Bad, bad, very bad.

    • Comp & Benefits
    • Work/Life Balance
    • Senior Management
    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    Former Employee - Coworker in Woodbridge, VA
    Former Employee - Coworker in Woodbridge, VA

    I worked at IKEA full-time (more than an year)

    Pros

    I advice not to take job here. It is just vaste of your money and time.

    Cons

    No weekends off, low hourly comp, low hours available, schedule sucks you work till 10PM. No respect for workers. You cannot develop there. Intelctual degradation. You start with very low pay and after ten years you get promotion to low pay. All positions are same. Zero responsibility but also no money. Everybody are moving back to parents. It is just disaster.

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    Hire competent mngment. You should stop with obey and you will get promoted policy. You provide no trainings at all.

    Doesn't Recommend
    Negative Outlook
    No opinion of CEO
  10. 4 people found this helpful  

    Good company and good values when they practiced...

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    • Work/Life Balance
    • Senior Management
    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    Current Employee - Front Line Team Lead
    Current Employee - Front Line Team Lead

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

    Pros

    The benefits and pay are by far way better then I've had elsewhere. The work/life balance for the most part is good. Everyone is friendly and always okay with answering your questions. The values when actually practiced make Ikea a very good company to work for. Depending on the type of position you have within the company your opportunities for growth can be endless.

    Cons

    Depending on the type of management you have and what your position is within the company your development in the company will probably result in no actual development at all. Upper management or "steering" tends to act like they are above everyone. Not all the stores are the same when it comes to how they are managed and how managers are allowed to act/get away with. If you are wanting a part time coworker position you'll be fine because you don't have to deal with upper management constantly but being a manager at Ikea is like being in the twilight zone or being back in high school.

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    Stop judging everyone and speaking badly about them, if you are a manager but literally lack ALL management skills and don't care you that you have no idea how to be a manager or run your department, just leave and stop making everyone else miserable also. Just because you offer better pay and benefits doesn't mean you get to walk all over people and expect the world of them especially if you never try to help or develop them along the way. If you are going to push the values down the coworkers throats make sure you are practicing them yourself, and please please PLEASE STOP putting people into positions that in no way are qualified for them and then expect them to know everything without the proper training.

    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    No opinion of CEO
  11. 1 person found this helpful  

    Decent

    • Comp & Benefits
    • Work/Life Balance
    • Senior Management
    • 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

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