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Kimball Midwest Reviews

Updated August 7, 2014
Updated August 7, 2014
59 Reviews

3.3
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  1. 1 person found this helpful  

    Stuck in the nineties...working for the family...good luck with that...

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    • Senior Management
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    • Career Opportunities
    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee

    Pros

    Some good products, a recognized name in most markets...some capable support staff...that's about all

    Cons

    Poor management at all levels, inept outdated IT support, bumbling corporate accounts support, naive marketing and product development department and a business model reminiscent of a company stuck in the 1990's. Feckless local management that gives little or no support to the salespeople managed. You get no ongoing training. If you fall out of favor with management you are left to languish. HR does many tasks that should be done by local managers, so you are managed to some extent by frequent snarky emails from young "managers-in-training" sitting at a desk at corporate.

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    Well, first of all, many at various levels of management should be fired. The company really only exists to serve the family ownership. (Higher level managers who curry favor with family to get and stay ahead). Many lower level managers have no where to go and they only do the bidding of those above. Also, lose the fixation on "Made in the USA"! While you bask in your pride of American made, the competition slides in and takes the business because price matters more that quality to most customers.

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

    Sales Rep

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    • Career Opportunities
    Current Employee - Sales Representative  in  San Diego, CA
    Current Employee - Sales Representative in San Diego, CA

    Pros

    If you have no other choice, Just don't give them your customer list once you do it is theirs!

    Cons

    Everything, they sign you up only if you have a list of customers you want to bring over, then when you leave they sue you for going. Beware worst contract in the industry. Non Compete they will sue anyone. Never seen a company who goes after there own employees as much as KMW. If you are with them currently your are singed up for life if you leave you better have deep pockets to fight them. They are the bullies of the industry. Very shady. Don't believe the "great company review" they are all lies or have never worked in the real world. The Family is everywhere, they own other business that KMW buys from, their attorney's are family. No matter what the family will benefit at your expense.

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    Get rid of your old managers that should of retired 20 years ago. No one wants to work with them and I hope your solution works get rid of up and coming reps to hang on to old out dated managers who can't hack it!

    Doesn't Recommend
    Negative Outlook
    Disapproves of CEO
  3. 1 person found this helpful  

    A compensation program is not the same as a salary!

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    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    Former Employee - Outside Sales Representative  in  Virginia Beach, VA
    Former Employee - Outside Sales Representative in Virginia Beach, VA

    Pros

    Good products, and a good selection.

    Cons

    They will tell you that you will receive a salary, but if you don't hit their numbers be prepared for a cut in pay! That is not a salary, but rather a compensation program!

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    Stop telling people you are offering them a salary. You are offering them a compinsation program, which is different because if a person dosen't hit their numbers you dock their pay. A salary means you get the same amount of money per week no matter what your numbers are. You are being dishonest by representing your program this way. I know because you did it to me!

    Negative Outlook
    Disapproves of CEO
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  5.  

    Good entry level sales position

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    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee

    Pros

    Good outside sales experience and decent training

    Cons

    Over saturation of reps in area

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    Offer better benefits

    Recommends
    Approves of CEO
  6.  

    Enjoyed while I was there

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    • Career Opportunities
    Former Employee - Help Desk  in  Columbus, OH
    Former Employee - Help Desk in Columbus, OH

    Pros

    friendly, helpful front desk, fed us a lot, very concerned about health for insurance reasons, employee of the month

    Cons

    constant change, poor management training, unable to express needs, had no voice in company, unable to help with changes

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    Listening to your employee can go a long way

    Recommends
    Neutral Outlook
    Approves of CEO
  7. 3 people found this helpful  

    The absolute worst aspects of working for a small family company combined with worst aspects of a large public company

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    • Senior Management
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    • Career Opportunities
    Former Employee - Sales Representative  in  San Diego, CA
    Former Employee - Sales Representative in San Diego, CA

    Pros

    They will hire anybody who already has local business relationships they can take advantage of.

    Cons

    Vastly overpriced commodity products, loads of sales pressure from micromanaging old school sales managers. Top heavy management structure. Sales reports for every aspect of the sales prospects (call reports etc). Dozens of family members placed througout the entire organization (all levels) and even some vendors. Worse are the family members chosen "friends" who have been their for decades. You can get ahead in this organization if you're connect to the family. Management has a very short term focuse...sales today, no value given to long term relationship building. The reality of this company is 180 degress opposite of what they are marketing. They don't care that it's not the truth...they have everyone locked into non-competes, by the time you find out the truth it's too late.

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    Lose your greediness, you can't take it with you.

    Doesn't Recommend
    Negative Outlook
    Disapproves of CEO
  8. 3 people found this helpful  

    Very Disappointing

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    • Career Opportunities
    Current Employee - Sales Representative  in  Austin, TX
    Current Employee - Sales Representative in Austin, TX

    Pros

    Order fill rate is great. No minimum order. Easy to open accounts.

    Cons

    Goals are not realistic. Need to have a book of business to bring with you.

    Doesn't Recommend
    Negative Outlook
    No opinion of CEO
  9. 4 people found this helpful  

    Extremely shady at the top

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    • Career Opportunities
    Former Employee - Employee  in  Springdale, AR
    Former Employee - Employee in Springdale, AR

    Pros

    Friendly employees & stay busy. Paid every 2 weeks with some benefits. No problem taking off work when needed.

    Cons

    Corporate is a joke. Filling their pockets with truck leasing. Employees are 2 faced along with management. Very underpaid for the stressful job at hand. Benefits are too expensive to afford on low wages. Products fall to pieces in front of customers.

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    Better wages to those that earn it. Stronger products. Incentives for more work completed under time allowed. All employees should act like adults, no need in acting like kids in kindergarten to tattle on everybody else.

    Doesn't Recommend
    Negative Outlook
    Disapproves of CEO
  10. 4 people found this helpful  

    Phenomenal company with amazing culture, products and management.

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    • Senior Management
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    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee  in  Columbus, OH
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee in Columbus, OH

    Pros

    Excellent culture, they truly put their people first. Offer an atmosphere of autonomy both internally and externally. Incredible growth, doing the right things to ensure successful growth in the future. Solid mission, vision and values to help ensure and continue success.

    Cons

    Atmosphere can be too casual at time. Work to maintain professionalism at all times both with internal and external employees and events.

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    Keep doing what you are doing. Work to ensure A Players are in the correct positions.

    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    Approves of CEO
  11. 2 people found this helpful  

    With great sales opportunities come great responsibilities.

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

    Pros

    Flexible schedule with great products. Like the buy American attitude. We keep increasing the percentage of American made products on the shelf as well as innovative products. Extremely knowledgeable staff all around. You decide if you're making enough. If your sales are low, some managers step in to help without ridicule. If your account doesn't pay up, you are responsible for a portion of it. Not all by any means.
    The only ones I've seen that quit sales are the ones that just don't care enough to make the calls and provide the service we need to offer.
    I've been there 12+ years and see lots of competitors come and go. and go. and go.

    Cons

    Old manager style that was there is fading quick. Oops. That's good. Tough to get in for sales position. But that does leave an elite sales force in place and not afraid to compete.
    Should probably communicate better with reps in area where manager has quit/retired to get full story of situation.

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    Cut back or change the percentage of money going to equipment fund or offer options. Maybe help with tech purchases that can only benefit sales ordering after proven to be long term employee? Stay family owned. That's very important.

    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    Approves of CEO

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