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Knoll Reviews

Updated January 13, 2015
Updated January 13, 2015
28 Reviews
3.5
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  1. 3 people found this helpful  

    Great company with a lot of opportunity for career growth

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    • Senior Management
    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee

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

    Pros

    Knoll is a strong design and manufacturing brand that offers a lot of opportunities to grow - in your own department or moving to different areas. It's a small big company where you can feel like you know most people. Knoll is committed to introducing great products which makes it a fantastic place to work for those who care about product.

    Cons

    The company has been modernizing its processes and systems which can lead to bumps along the way. There is definitely work to do in keeping what is great about Knoll while bringing in fresh ideas.

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    Make sure we are practicing and living our research - communicate, incentivize people, preserve work-life balance and ensure all employees have a great work environment.

    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    Approves of CEO
  2. 1 person found this helpful  

    Entrepreneurial and filled with passionate people driven to make a difference

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

    I have been working at Knoll

    Pros

    -Incredibly smart and innovative thinkers that care about design and the company's future
    -Strong brand and exceptional product
    -Foster and encourage an entrepreneurial spirit—self-motivation, risk-taking and the need to follow your passion
    -Promote women at all levels of the organization

    Cons

    -Career advancement can be limited based on location
    -People are supportive, but you must take it upon yourself to reach out for help. Don’t wait for someone to tell you what to do. Knoll hires people that take initiative
    -Some processes and operating systems are dated, but they are currently being reviewed and modernized

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    Continue to actively engage and develop associates through training and mentorship programs, support internal communication and transparency, ensure work-life balance and provide equal benefits across locations

    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    Approves of CEO
  3. 2 people found this helpful  

    Great Exposure

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    • Senior Management
    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    Former Intern - Anonymous Intern in New York, NY
    Former Intern - Anonymous Intern in New York, NY

    I worked at Knoll as an intern

    Pros

    Being exposed to the greatest furniture/textile brands in the industry

    Cons

    Quiet office, can be intimidating at times.

    Recommends
    Neutral Outlook
    No opinion of CEO
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  5. 2 people found this helpful  

    Love hate relationship...

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    • Senior Management
    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    Current Employee - Technical Resources in East Greenville, PA
    Current Employee - Technical Resources in East Greenville, PA

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

    Pros

    Lot's of passionate people and a great product.

    Cons

    It is a very lean organization with limited resources.

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    sites are very dated and need updating, showrooms are static - invest in the people and the culture.

    Recommends
    Neutral Outlook
    No opinion of CEO
  6. 3 people found this helpful  

    Could Be So Much More

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    • Senior Management
    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee in East Greenville, PA
    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee in East Greenville, PA

    I worked at Knoll full-time (more than 10 years)

    Pros

    Great product design and some great people. Usually pay more than comparable companies in the area, but money isn't everything. No support to do your job properly...in every department.

    Cons

    Upper management is only concerned about themselves. Work life balance? Forget about it...they don't practice what they preach. How about changing the office furniture (you know, the stuff you make all day long) more than once every 10 years.

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    Stop trying to save your way into profitability and put money back into the company and your people.

    Doesn't Recommend
    Negative Outlook
    Disapproves of CEO
  7. 3 people found this helpful  

    Lack of support, CEO doesn't give crap about employees

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    Former Employee - Professional in East Greenville, PA
    Former Employee - Professional in East Greenville, PA

    I worked at Knoll full-time (more than 5 years)

    Pros

    Design tradition, some good dedicated people

    Cons

    CEO is a psycho. It's a daily question to see what his mood is and how the financial winds are blowing. No long term thinking.

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    The CFO cared about employees and he retired. Someone needs to keep employee morale on the radar.

    Doesn't Recommend
    Neutral Outlook
    Disapproves of CEO
  8.  

    Ever Changing!

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

    I have been working at Knoll

    Pros

    The Manufacturing of Quality Products

    Cons

    Lack of employee recognition & rewards.

    Doesn't Recommend
    Neutral Outlook
    No opinion of CEO
  9. 2 people found this helpful  

    fairly satisfied employee

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    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    Current Employee - Sales Representative in New York, NY
    Current Employee - Sales Representative in New York, NY

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

    Pros

    Beautiful products with great brand recognition

    Cons

    compensation plan can causing fighting among regions
    management does not understand what happens out in the field

    Recommends
    Neutral Outlook
    Approves of CEO
  10. 1 person found this helpful  

    excellent product, passionate people.

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

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

    Pros

    strong brand and product; passionate, driven people; lean (access to leadership) and entrepreneurial (you can make your own success and find/create new opportunity), but you have to take initiative

    Cons

    lean (you have to be creative to find resources) and entrepreneurial (little help in way-finding if you don't have a great manager as an advocate and a mentor); senior leadership can seem out-of-touch with realities in the factory and field

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    provide better training to managers and new associates; improve internal communication (including seeking input/feedback from employees)

    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    Approves of CEO
  11. 3 people found this helpful  

    No Leadership

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    • Career Opportunities
    Current Employee - Sales Representative
    Current Employee - Sales Representative

    I have been working at Knoll full-time

    Pros

    The aggressive commission structure is quite attractive.

    Cons

    Dealer Principals think they manage Knoll employees and management won't get involved and stand up for their people. Sales people are constantly fighting over commission credit to the detriment of the customer, and management shrugs this off.

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    Be an employee advocate. Reward and recognize sales growth, not just sales dollars. Why are people winning awards for sales at Knoll when their sales declined YOY?

    Doesn't Recommend
    Negative Outlook
    Approves of CEO

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