Kimball International Reviews

Updated December 8, 2014
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  1. 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 (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
  2. 1 person found this helpful

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

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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 full-time (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
  3. 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.

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  5. 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
  6. 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

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    None

    Doesn't Recommend
    Approves of CEO
  7. 1 person found this helpful

    Great working environment

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    • Senior Management
    • Career Opportunities
    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
  8. 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
  9. 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
  10. Kimball is a company that truly lives out its vision and guiding principles

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    • Senior Management
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    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee

    I have been working at Kimball International full-time (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
    Approves of CEO
  11. Demanding yet caring

    • Comp & Benefits
    • Work/Life Balance
    • Senior Management
    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    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
    Positive Outlook
    Approves of CEO

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