Kimball Midwest

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Kimball Midwest Reviews

Updated October 18, 2014
Updated October 18, 2014
53 Reviews
3.7
53 Reviews
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Pat McCurdy
22 Ratings

Review Highlights

Pros
  • Superior american made products (in 5 reviews)

  • family owned so owners were really involved in the day to day operations of the business (in 6 reviews)


Cons
  • To many sales rep in the same territory (in 5 reviews)

  • Non Compete they will sue anyone (in 4 reviews)

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  1.  

    Great people and high standards has created a top tier work environment, where you can truly earn what you're worth.

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

    I have been working at Kimball Midwest full-time (more than 3 years)

    Pros

    Family owned and operated. An unbelievable ability to respond to the Sales field feedback. The consistency of Kimball Midwest is extremely reassuring and well welcomed after bouncing around different companies who have eliminated the sale force or have sold out. Have continuously been amazed since I came on board with the amount of wonderful people, both inside and outside, I've had the pleasure of meeting.

    Cons

    First six-eight months. Building your territory isn't easy, nor should it be. Stick with it and it'll pay off handsomely.

    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    Approves of CEO
  2.  

    A company that supports American values and American people.

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    • Work/Life Balance
    • Senior Management
    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    Current Employee - Key Account Executive in Vancouver, WA
    Current Employee - Key Account Executive in Vancouver, WA

    I have been working at Kimball Midwest full-time (less than an year)

    Pros

    Challenging work environment. Honest-to-God-great people to work with. It feels like you're working with a real family: these people seem to really care about my well-being and my success. This is something foreign to me as I have never experienced this at another company. This goes for my direct manager all the way to the top. Hard work does equal success at this company, unlike so many other companies. Great pay, good benefits, and great programs setup to help people succeed. Supports American-made products as much as possible. Awesome promotions and giveaways to help motivate the sales people.

    Cons

    Challenging work environment. Company doesn't give out handouts as charity. Company asks you to pay half of hotel accommodations at sales meetings. They do expect work out of the pay they give you, which is fair. Benefits could be better, but again this is due to the bad economy and rising health care costs. Need to get American-made products to 100% of the product offering. Not all employees are diehard American patriots!

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    The upper management should maintain their heading. Keep the company values true. Stay honest. Protect these values that bring so many great employees to the company. A company with integrity and character is hard to find, and Kimball Midwest has something special here. Keep supporting high quality, American manufacturers by carrying more and more of their products. Keep polishing the company to an even higher quality.

    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    Approves of CEO
  3.  

    Couldn't imagine a career anywhere else!

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    • Senior Management
    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    Current Employee - Sales/Service Representative in Thomasville, GA
    Current Employee - Sales/Service Representative in Thomasville, GA

    I have been working at Kimball Midwest full-time (more than 10 years)

    Pros

    Superior products. Excellent training and support. Continued communication between management and sales force for YOUR growth and success. This company wants you to succeed and goes above and beyond to give you the tools.

    Cons

    You've got to take the initiative. It's all there to be successful.

    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    Approves of CEO
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    "The best company in the MRO field to partner with for any professional looking to have a secure future."-Gene Chase

    • Comp & Benefits
    • Work/Life Balance
    • Senior Management
    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    Current Employee - District Sales Manager in Los Angeles, CA
    Current Employee - District Sales Manager in Los Angeles, CA

    I have been working at Kimball Midwest full-time (more than an year)

    Pros

    Being family owned, and with a culture of "think BIG and act small" that exists in every facet of KM, this company allows individuals with a desire for growth to pursue their dreams with real support systems that help them achieve anything possible. Product quality, excellent service, and innovation are just three measurable areas that KM continues to provide their employees and customers with to create a positive experience.

    Cons

    Quite honestly, I can not think of any that come to mind.

    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    Approves of CEO
  6. 1 person found this helpful  

    Smit

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

    I have been working at Kimball Midwest full-time (less than an year)

    Pros

    Good honest company, good training

    Cons

    High prices, hard to justify

    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    Approves of CEO
  7.  

    Great Company

    • Comp & Benefits
    • Work/Life Balance
    • Senior Management
    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    Current Employee - Corporate in Columbus, OH
    Current Employee - Corporate in Columbus, OH

    I have been working at Kimball Midwest full-time (more than 5 years)

    Pros

    Working from the office side of things is different than our Sales Force, who work from their own homes and cars in locations across 49 states, so I can only comment on that from a first-hand perspective. People care about people here, co-workers and about the Sales Force. I love the feeling of customer service that goes with the two-customer philosophy they hold - both the end-user customer and our Sales Force. There are plenty of training opportunities and they are willing to create a job for you to fit your skills if it meets with a need they have. It's a growing company so the opportunities are almost limitless if you are willing to stay with the company long-term. You build relationships with the Sales Force and coworkers alike and large meetings feel like family gatherings at times. It's important to like the people you work with as well as liking the job you're doing. I've been happy here, for the most part.

    Cons

    Depending on the department, the management changes and not everyone follows the review process the company sets, which can make it frustrating when it comes time for a review (every 6 months). Benefits can be expensive - especially for a family.

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    Consider rating management and keeping everyone to the same standards.

    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    Approves of CEO
  8.  

    Great company to work for, looks out for employees best interests

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    • Work/Life Balance
    • Senior Management
    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    Current Employee - Outside Sales Representative in Columbus, OH
    Current Employee - Outside Sales Representative in Columbus, OH

    I have been working at Kimball Midwest full-time (less than an year)

    Pros

    Great company with great people who all care about moving the company forward while also enjoying their work. You get rewarded for your worth, so if you're a hard worker, you'll be rewarded well

    Cons

    Confusing progression of of Howard mobility, but nothing bad

    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    Approves of CEO
  9. 1 person found this helpful  

    lesson learned

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

    I worked at Kimball Midwest

    Pros

    I had a very flexible schedule. They have company lunches often.

    Cons

    It depends on the department you are in. Some managers & departments are ok and others are not. My department wasn't an issue but the manager was. Upper management (including owners) unwilling to do anything about the department manager despite high turn over in that department.
    I learned my lesson here. Shady manager, wrongful termination, always keep proof of the work are you doing at home.

    Doesn't Recommend
    No opinion of CEO
  10. 1 person found this helpful  

    The best company I've ever worked for!

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

    I have been working at Kimball Midwest full-time (more than 3 years)

    Pros

    I've been a sales professional for practically my entire career (25+ years), and all I can say about Kimball Midwest is that I wish I'd found them sooner. When the McCurdys (the four brothers who own the company) talk about their "two customer philosophy"--i.e., the end users of their products and their sales force--they really mean it. Not only is the support we get out of the head office exceptional, but a good salesperson's income potential here is truly UNLIMITED. On top of all that, the company culture is both a CUSTOMER-FOCUSED culture and a HAPPY CULTURE. Family is important here and the comradery one feels at the company meetings is like nothing else I've ever experienced. And the McCurdys know every salesperson's name...over 800 of us nationwide! Granted, Kimball Midwest (just like every other company on this planet, including Google where EVERYBODY wants to work it seems) is not going to be a good fit for everybody, and please think about that when you see negative comments about us here at glassdoor.com. I'll just close with this: if you truly enjoy selling (REAL selling...not just "schmoozing" and taking orders), if you CAN sell, and (most important) if you crave a sales position where you can focus on your CUSTOMERS vs. the typical corporate bunk that so many companies dish out--you'll be very happy and very successful at Kimball Midwest.

    Cons

    I can't really think of anything negative to say. We're not perfect...nobody is...but for a true sales pro, we're darned close!

    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    Approves of CEO
  11.  

    Great place to work

    • Comp & Benefits
    • Work/Life Balance
    • Senior Management
    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    Current Employee - Outside Sales Representative in Cincinnati, OH
    Current Employee - Outside Sales Representative in Cincinnati, OH

    I have been working at Kimball Midwest full-time (more than 8 years)

    Pros

    I've been at kimball going on 8 years. It is a great place to work. Like any sales job it takes hard work to get established. Once you have done that the sky is the limit with no capping incomes. I've been with other related industrial supply companies with big names. The difference is at kimball they allow you to be your own boss without micro managing your every move. They assist you when you ask on any area needing support.
    This is a company that value your family which is rare today. They also value the American work force carrying American made products.

    Cons

    They allow you to take off work whenever you desire. The down side you don't get paid for it. Not really a big deal because if you are doing your job you make enough money to afford taking time off.

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    Keep up with your commitment to making kimball a great place to work

    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    Approves of CEO

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