Kimball International

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Kimball International Reviews

Updated April 1, 2014
Updated April 1, 2014
21 Reviews
2.8
21 Reviews
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Kimball International President, CEO, and Director Jim Thyen
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  1.  

    Great career choice!

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    • Career Opportunities
    Former Employee - Sander  in  Danville, KY
    Former Employee - Sander in Danville, KY

    I worked at Kimball International full-time for more than a year

    Pros

    Great work days, hours, benefits, and retirement. The people were great to work with.

    Cons

    You would find sometimes that some employees would slack off in your department so you would have to pick up the slack.

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    Make sure all employees are not slacking and supervisors are keeping up with their departments.

    Recommends
    Neutral Outlook
    No opinion of CEO
  2.  

    The Culture is Dysfunctional

    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee

    I worked at Kimball International

    Pros

    Strong heritage, strong community and good dealer relationships

    Cons

    They allows bad behaving and dysfunctional leaders to stay in place for too long

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    Get out of the bubble and deal with bad behavior

  3.  

    Professional people, dedicated to improving processes, serving customers, and developing their people.

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    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee  in  Jasper, IN
    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee in Jasper, IN

    I worked at Kimball International full-time for more than 5 years

    Pros

    Offered lots of growth and development professionally though internal and corporate trainings. Given opportunities to grow into new roles. Good group of people overall.

    Cons

    While there may be development and professional growth, the advancement into new roles didn't always reap the proportional salary adjustments. To be successful, it really depends on who your manager is and if they have your back. Otherwise, good luck with raises or advancement. Work/life balance wasn't always there, again, depends on your direct manager.

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    Take time to understand internal processes and have better communication between departments. Seek to really listen to employees when concerns are brought to your attention.

    Positive Outlook
    Approves of CEO
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  5. 2 people found this helpful  

    several different ones

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    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee

    I have been working at Kimball International full-time for more than 10 years

    Pros

    mostly the personal are very easy to get along with and they have an HR department that is very understanding of any issues that you might have emotionally or physically

    Cons

    $$$ they do not give yearly raises and some of the older employees are left with lesser pay than the new hires coming in.

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    don't forget the persons that are loyal.

    Recommends
    Neutral Outlook
    No opinion of CEO
  6.  

    Great experience

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    • Career Opportunities
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee

    I have been working at Kimball International

    Pros

    Great learning environment, the other employees are amazing and help is always available to those who ask for it!

    Cons

    Sitting in a chair all day is the only con I can think of

    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    Approves of CEO
  7. 1 person found this helpful  

    Covering their Assets

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    Current Employee - Can't Say  in  Jasper, IN
    Current Employee - Can't Say in Jasper, IN

    I have been working at Kimball International full-time for more than 8 years

    Pros

    Not to much possitive to say about the company. They really seem more about the inside group then about the company or the people.

    Cons

    Young people with little experience are often hired over people of real experience. It creates an atmosphere where incompetent management can gain suporters. Young inexperienced people tend to go along with the program and are moldable. Experienced people won't put up with it.

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    If the departments are hiring inexperienced people, it's a red flag. Consider the risk in these departments to be very high!

    Doesn't Recommend
    Negative Outlook
    Disapproves of CEO
  8.  

    Oppressive

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    Former Employee - Senior Manufacturing Engineer  in  Tampa, FL
    Former Employee - Senior Manufacturing Engineer in Tampa, FL

    I worked at Kimball International full-time for more than 3 years

    Pros

    Job is in Florida which has no State income taxes. That does not come close to compensating for low salaries at this company

    Cons

    Very weak salaries and benefits package. Promise of bonuses do not come true due to cost structure caused when Kimball purchased Reptron. Long hours required of salaried staff. Equipment is old and outdated and provides difficulty when trying to meet quality requirements of the customer. This company wants to compete with the big boys (e.g. Flex, celestica, plexus, jabil, foxconn), but they never will. They can't provide the service level of the larger EMS providers so they have to work their employees like dogs to meet a lower price level. Customer base is the scraps the big players in the industry do not want.

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    Sell out to larger company

    Doesn't Recommend
    Negative Outlook
    Disapproves of CEO
  9.  

    Popularity Contest

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    Former Employee - Travel  in  French Lick, IN
    Former Employee - Travel in French Lick, IN

    I worked at Kimball International full-time for more than 5 years

    Pros

    If your charming and mindless with minimal skills you will fit right in. Smile and nod with every thing they say.

    Cons

    The company is a popularity contest with managers who could not tie their shoes and employees who are let go if they say anything. Perfect place if you want to live a lie and have a brown nose.

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    Take the golden parachute. I am not sure this company can be saved from what is inevitable at this point.

    Doesn't Recommend
    Negative Outlook
    Disapproves of CEO
  10. 1 person found this helpful  

    Rock Bottom Morale

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    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee  in  Tampa, FL
    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee in Tampa, FL

    I worked at Kimball International full-time for more than a year

    Pros

    Dont really have any Pros.

    Cons

    Morale at this facility is at rock bottom. They haven't given raises in years, not even small cost of living raises. They give out evaluations without giving raises. Which doesnt make a whole lot of since. Employees are constantly being asked to take on more and more work without compensation to match. When it comes to Holidays they make thier empoyees who are on second shift work New Years Eve, and not let them spend time with thier families or significant other.Before Kimball Inc. took over this company, we had free coffee, now replaced by a machine that doesn't work half the time and have Ants in them some times. Ants are every where. They Dont have very good machinary to build their product. No Room for avancement. That too has been eliminated by management and HR's attitude towards employees are poor. Layoffs happen every year. They will fire you for any Reason.

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    To many chiefs and not enough Indians

    Doesn't Recommend
    Negative Outlook
    No opinion of CEO
  11. 1 person found this helpful  

    The frequent changes in strategies and tactics will give you whiplash!

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    • Senior Management
    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee  in  Jasper, IN
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee in Jasper, IN

    I have been working at Kimball International full-time for more than a year

    Pros

    You will be recruited with a competitive salary
    It's located in a small town that can be great for young families
    The parent company has a good financial position

    Cons

    The business units act independently and some are forced to compete head-to-head against each other.
    In spite of commitments you receive at hiring as a manager, you will not likely receive the financial or personnel resources needed to even accomplish the work at a rudimentary level - so forget trying to do great work. For example, one business unit is working with 8-9 year old computers (this is not hyperbole) that cannot use current basic software like Microsoft Office.
    Strategy and budget changes are frequent at some business units - strategy can change quarterly and budgets can change weekly.
    For one business unit, corporate leadership freaks over one day changes in sales even though this is not a consumer nor a consumable business. It creates ongoing fear among leaders that quickly impacts employees.
    Raises are non-existent. In some divisions, bonuses have not been paid for 4+ years.
    While the small town of Jasper is like Mayberry, it is also difficult to be accepted as an out sider. This also applies within the company, If you are a geographic outsider, don't expect to even be asked to lunch.
    There's lots of talk about balancing personal and work life. It's all talk. There are not enough human resources to achieve the required tasks in less that 50+ hours a week at any professional level.

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    Get an outside evaluation of the company culture, the provision of resources to achieve the work, and the approach to strategy development and execution.

    Doesn't Recommend
    Neutral Outlook
    Disapproves of CEO

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