Kimball International
2.8 of 5 21 reviews
www.kimball.com Jasper, IN 5000+ Employees

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Updated Apr 1, 2014

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Kimball International President, CEO, and Director Jim Thyen

Jim Thyen

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41% of employees recommend this company to a friend
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    Kimball Office has an opportunity for you.

    Anonymous Employee (Current Employee)
    Jasper, IN

    ProsIf you want to roll-up your sleeves and get to work there is opportunity for growth. There are a great number of resources to assist you in your everyday workload.

    ConsA non-positive attitude will not get the necessary work done.

    Advice to Senior ManagementAdditional support is necessary beyond people.

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    Kimball has been a stable company that has provided long term employment for me.

    Anonymous Employee (Current Employee)
    Jasper, IN

    ProsKimball International is a financially stable company that is now focused in their established business segments. There are many great employees that make it a better place to work.

    ConsThe company is not a dominate player in any of its segments which makes it a struggle to compete. Frequently changing priorities disengage employees and erodes productivity. They talk about developing employees, but there is little effort to fulfill that. Processes are very cumbersome and not customer-friendly which makes Kimball difficult to do business with. Creativity and innovation are discouraged as a result of corporate structure.

    Advice to Senior ManagementCreate a cultue of encouragement and trust with your employees, but with accountability at all levels - beginning with senior management. There are a lot of good people who could do a much better job if they were not discouraged by leadership.

    No, I would not recommend this company to a friend

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    You will enjoy working for Kimball

    Anonymous Employee (Current Employee)
    Jasper, IN

    ProsKimball is a good place to work.

    ConsDownsides are best not discussed openly

    Advice to Senior ManagementNone

    No, I would not recommend this company to a friend

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    Great working environment

    Organizational Effectiveness (Current Employee)
    Jasper, IN

    ProsGreat company culture that fosters honesty, integrity, flexibility, teamwork, autonomy, open communication, family environment, work life balance and continious improvement mentality

    ConsThe corporate headquaters is located in small town and there is not as much to do for entertainment. Accordingly, HQ lacks age diversity (average employee age is in early 40's).

    Advice to Senior ManagementKimball needs to improve its recruiting efforts to a more age and ethnicly diverse workforce and do a little bragging as far as PR initiatives go because they are a wonderful company but not too many people know it

    Yes, I would recommend this company to a friend

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    Kimball struggles to keep pace with competition.

    Product Manager (Former Employee)
    Jasper, IN

    ProsKimball does offer flexibility to get time off for family. Kimball has a yearly Christmas party and Christmas gifts for kids.

    ConsKimball's executive management is very conservative and delivers consistent poor results. Kimball continues to go through lay-offs (both furniture and electronics) and just announced an across-the-board pay cut for all employees. Employees can expect little to no job performance feedback and if you are waiting for a raise, you may be waiting indefinitely. Kimball does not reward execptional performance, nor does the company recruit top talent. Many positions are filled with people who do not have a college education.

    Advice to Senior ManagementKimball can certainly use a refresh in terms of executive management. Jim needs to retire and then someone outside of the Thyen/Habig faimly needs to try and get the company back on track. Dan Miller has certainly lasted longer than anyone thought, so a change would certainly help there too.

    No, I would not recommend this company to a friend

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    There one day, gone the next.

    Had Many Different Titles. (Former Employee)
    Borden, IN

    ProsI don't think at this time they could give job security to anybody. Before this economic situation we are in now they were cutting pay and benefits. I know of one plant shutting down now and 80 or so getting laid off.

    ConsThey do what they want with out letting the employees know what is going on. Several times they flat out lie and then blind side the people with pay cuts and dismissals. Imagine working at a place for 30 years and then one day at lunch your having a good time with coworkers and, with police escort, you are asked to leave and have to come back on the weekend to get your personal items. I seen this happen several times. No job security at all. Plant I worked is shutting down in March 2009.

    Advice to Senior ManagementTry being honest and after giving pay cuts to employees don't give yourselves an over 100% pay raises like you did in 2006. I took a $3.00 an hour pay cut and the new vacation / holiday pay scale took over another $1200.00 away from me a year. Then I read in the paper the huge raises the board gave themselves, biggest in history, I just wanted to get out.

    No, I would not recommend this company to a friend

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    Kimball is a company that truly lives out its vision and guiding principles

    Anonymous Employee (Current Employee)

    ProsKimball is very focused on acheiving its goals, while not forgeting its people.

    ConsKimball is a mid-size company with a very flat organizational structure and low turnover, which make advancement opportunities slower to come.

    Yes, I would recommend this company to a friend – I'm optimistic about the outlook for this company

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    Demanding yet caring

    Anonymous Employee (Current Employee)

    ProsThe corporate culture is that of low rules enabling flexibility to meet customer needs and employee needs. The work is demanding, yet the company cares about its people. Employees can map out their own career path including support to move between functional areas and business units.

    ConsFor those who want structure and defined career paths, the corporate culture may be challenging.

    Yes, I would recommend this company to a friend – I'm optimistic about the outlook for this company

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    Kimball Office used to be a big family with nuturing qualities - it is no longer like that unfortunately.

    District Account Manager (Former Employee)

    ProsIn field sales position, there is flexibility and the ability to be your own boss for the most part. Many different responsibilities so every day is different. The Kimball Office product offering is good and the company always puts the customer first.

    ConsNew sales management is from another industry and has replaced over 40% of the sales staff (which they are proud of). People that were with the company for many years were let go without notice nor fair severance packages. While the customer is always put first, employees no longer are. It may be different at the corporate office in Jasper Indiana, but the company is no longer a good place to work.

    Advice to Senior ManagementRealize that you have quality people who know more about the furniture industry than you do. Treat your employees well and it will be returned to you ten fold.

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    Antiquated equipment, sub-standard pay and benefits, and non-existant career advancement opportunities.

    Anonymous Employee (Current Employee)

    ProsThe main reason that most people stay at Kimball Electronics in Tampa, Florida is that it pays better than unemployment.

    ConsWeak benefits package.

    No raises for over 5 years, and when a raise is finally given it is in the range of 2%.

    When work is slow on the production floor, people are sent home and are given the choice of unpaid or use a vacation day.

    Advice to Senior ManagementThe company is making money. Share some of the profit with the average worker. The direct labor force in your employ deserve it for all they've endured. A raise of less than 2% is a slap in the face.

    No, I would not recommend this company to a friend

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