Kärcher Reviews

Updated March 18, 2015
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  1. Good company with great people.

    • Comp & Benefits
    • Work/Life Balance
    • Senior Management
    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    Current Employee - Sales Manager in Denver, CO
    Current Employee - Sales Manager in Denver, CO

    I have been working at Kärcher full-time (More than 5 years)

    Recommends
    Neutral Outlook
    Approves of CEO
    Recommends
    Neutral Outlook
    Approves of CEO

    Pros

    Very experienced and knowledgeable staff. Part of the German parent company that is the world leader in power washers. Many recognized brands makes the company the market leader in the United States in professional equipment.

    Cons

    The different departments don't communicate well and often have conflicting goals. This makes it difficult for the organization to fully realize the potential of the talent.

    Advice to Management

    Work on improving the synergies between work groups and the company can go great places.

  2. Account Manager

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

    I have been working at Kärcher

    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    Approves of CEO
    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    Approves of CEO

    Pros

    Good People. Great Culture.

    Cons

    Communication could be much better.

    Advice to Management

    Communicate better.

  3. Some good things; abusive senior leadership

    • Comp & Benefits
    • Work/Life Balance
    • Senior Management
    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    Former Contractor - Anonymous Contractor in Englewood, CO
    Former Contractor - Anonymous Contractor in Englewood, CO

    I worked at Kärcher as a contractor

    Doesn't Recommend
    Positive Outlook
    Disapproves of CEO
    Doesn't Recommend
    Positive Outlook
    Disapproves of CEO

    Pros

    Decent pay, good benefits, good work/life balance

    Cons

    Senior leadership in the corporate office is verbally abusive and there is a culture of bullying. Not enough diversity in the workforce.

    Advice to Management

    Berating employees is not a perk of your job.

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  5. Bad middle management

    • Comp & Benefits
    • Work/Life Balance
    • Senior Management
    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    Current Employee - Marketing Communications Manager in Camas, WA
    Current Employee - Marketing Communications Manager in Camas, WA

    I have been working at Kärcher full-time (Less than a year)

    Doesn't Recommend
    Neutral Outlook
    Disapproves of CEO
    Doesn't Recommend
    Neutral Outlook
    Disapproves of CEO

    Pros

    The over-all vibe from colleagues within the Camas location is pleasant and helpful.

    Cons

    Due to it being a large conglomerate, many of the complaints from lower end jobs are left unheard, or brushed under the rug. Like many Corporate America companies, you are over-worked and underpaid, and not given much consideration. People who have been there for many years with higher up positions get away with harassment and unprofessional behavior due to favoritism with upper management. Their corporate environment of every office needing to be "standard", look the same, and policies and procedures with every single task, take away from having any personality. It's a very rigid environment, you either comply, or you wont fit in.

    Advice to Management

    Listen to your employees, stop brushing situations under the rug. Make your employees feel heard and stop letting harassment happen in the work place.

  6. Good Company, Bad Managment

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

    I worked at Kärcher full-time (More than 3 years)

    Doesn't Recommend
    Positive Outlook
    No opinion of CEO
    Doesn't Recommend
    Positive Outlook
    No opinion of CEO

    Pros

    There are a lot of great people and customers. The company is strong and stable and lay offs don't really happen.

    Cons

    No advancement opportunities, Some of the managers are jokes but upper management does nothing to stop them.The new CEO is making some changes but still allows many department heads to get away with treating staff like garbage. Some departments seem better than others. H-R has a lot of turnover.

    Advice to Management

    Hire and promote leaders. Don't reward bad behavior.

  7. Helpful (1)

    I don't feel management cares about employees in the US.

    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee in Englewood, CO
    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee in Englewood, CO

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

    Pros

    Employee benefits are good. The people I worked with I enjoyed working with and the communications between locations in the states were improving.

    Cons

    There were too many persons in management and not enough workers to do the actual work. Management I felt worried too much about their own bonuses.

  8. Financial Analyst at Karcher North America

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

    I worked at Kärcher full-time (More than a year)

    Doesn't Recommend
    Neutral Outlook
    Approves of CEO
    Doesn't Recommend
    Neutral Outlook
    Approves of CEO

    Pros

    Good team with lots of support.

    Cons

    Limited opportunities for career development and advancement.

  9. Can be a roller-coaster under the wrong manager

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

    I worked at Kärcher full-time (More than 8 years)

    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    No opinion of CEO
    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    No opinion of CEO

    Pros

    Kärcher is a family owned business headquartered in Germany. They are dedicated to quality, and have a high regard for employees, education and sound business principles. This combination results in high profits and a secure work environment.

    Cons

    Perhaps their subsidiaries are too far away from the heart of the company, and the remote leaders do not always understand and/or conform to the culture at the top. It appears at times that there are some who are only interested in their own success, or in the success of their location, which can be harmful to outlying plants and personnel.

    Advice to Management

    Talk to the lower level employees, sometimes the surveys do not address what is really happening. Some long time middle management are hanging onto poor practices.

  10. Staff Accountant

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

    I have been working at Kärcher full-time

    Pros

    Great work-life balance, flexible hours.

    Cons

    Not a diverse company, hard to minority workers to fit in because of the "good ole boy" culture the company has.

    Advice to Management

    Bring some diversity to the company.

  11. Great People, Fun Work Environment

    • Comp & Benefits
    • Work/Life Balance
    • Senior Management
    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    Current Employee - Office Employee in Englewood, CO
    Current Employee - Office Employee in Englewood, CO

    I have been working at Kärcher full-time (More than 5 years)

    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    Approves of CEO
    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    Approves of CEO

    Pros

    The people are great and there is a type of a family feel at the company. Most employees have pride in the company and the products we produce. Benefits are also very good and company promotes a healthy lifestyle.

    Cons

    Pay is marginal and some managers micro manage, but definitely more pros than cons.

    Advice to Management

    Better communication between departments would help. It's not horrible now, but could use improvement.

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