Kimball International Reviews

Updated April 1, 2014
Updated April 1, 2014
21 Reviews

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Kimball International President, CEO, and Director Jim Thyen
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  1.  

    Kimball Office has an opportunity for you.

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    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee  in  Jasper, IN
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee in Jasper, IN

    I have been working at Kimball International

    Pros

    If 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.

    Cons

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

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    Additional support is necessary beyond people.

  2. 2 people found this helpful  

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

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    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee  in  Jasper, IN
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee in Jasper, IN

    I have been working at Kimball International

    Pros

    Kimball 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.

    Cons

    The 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 ManagementAdvice

    Create 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.

    Doesn't Recommend
    No opinion of CEO
  3.  

    You will enjoy working for Kimball

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    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee  in  Jasper, IN
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee in Jasper, IN

    I have been working at Kimball International

    Pros

    Kimball is a good place to work.

    Cons

    Downsides are best not discussed openly

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    None

    Doesn't Recommend
    Approves of CEO
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  5. 1 person found this helpful  

    Great working environment

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    Current Employee - Organizational Effectiveness  in  Jasper, IN
    Current Employee - Organizational Effectiveness in Jasper, IN

    I have been working at Kimball International

    Pros

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

    Cons

    The 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 ManagementAdvice

    Kimball 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

    Recommends
    Approves of CEO
  6. 2 people found this helpful  

    Kimball struggles to keep pace with competition.

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    Former Employee - Product Manager  in  Jasper, IN
    Former Employee - Product Manager in Jasper, IN

    I worked at Kimball International

    Pros

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

    Cons

    Kimball'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 ManagementAdvice

    Kimball 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.

    Doesn't Recommend
    Disapproves of CEO
  7. 2 people found this helpful  

    There one day, gone the next.

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    Former Employee - Had Many Different Titles.  in  Borden, IN
    Former Employee - Had Many Different Titles. in Borden, IN

    I worked at Kimball International

    Pros

    I 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.

    Cons

    They 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 ManagementAdvice

    Try 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.

    Doesn't Recommend
    No opinion of CEO
  8.  

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

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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

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

    Cons

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

    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
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  9.  

    Demanding yet caring

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    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee

    I have been working at Kimball International full-time

    Pros

    The 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.

    Cons

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

    Recommends
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  10. 3 people found this helpful  

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

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    Former Employee - District Account Manager
    Former Employee - District Account Manager

    I worked at Kimball International

    Pros

    In 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.

    Cons

    New 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 ManagementAdvice

    Realize 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.

    Disapproves of CEO
  11. 3 people found this helpful  

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

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    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee

    I have been working at Kimball International

    Pros

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

    Cons

    Weak 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 ManagementAdvice

    The 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.

    Doesn't Recommend
    No opinion of CEO

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