National Business Furniture
3.7 of 5 10 reviews
www.nationalbusinessfurniture.com Milwaukee, WI 150 to 499 Employees

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Updated May 16, 2014

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Rick Wachowiak

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56% of employees recommend this company to a friend
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    Anonymous Employee (Former Employee)

    ProsPeople first culture in a team oriented environment. Everyone is important. Above average pay for above average work.

    ConsMonotony of work can sometimes be boring. Call Center environment is a bit restrictive.

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    Yes, I would recommend this company to a friend

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    ProsGood pay and under old owner a real sense of concern about the employee

    Consgerman owned, slow to react to changes, president pushes political views

    Advice to Senior Managementyou need to try to get ahead of the curve and not follow the pack.

    No, I would not recommend this company to a friend – I'm not optimistic about the outlook for this company

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    Outdated culture & restrictive atmosphere

    Anonymous Employee (Former Employee)
    Milwaukee, WI

    ProsThe employees are very serious about their work, and the company is extremely stable. Average pay, benefits and amenities. Best suited to those who like steady, unchanging work and don't mind micromanaging.

    ConsVery old school - you're measured by the hours you clock vs. results achieved - exempt employees are expected to work 50+ hours per week whether they need to or not to get the job done. No flexibility or ability to work from home as management does not trust employees, so don't expect any concessions to work/life balance. In the past year, many of their best people have left, leaving lots of mediocre "lifers" who are vested in seeing that things don't change. FYI, the positive reviews here are posted by employees who were "strongly encouraged" to do so by upper management in an effort to keep ratings high.

    Advice to Senior ManagementIf you can't trust someone to do their job without micromanaging, then don't hire them. Don't assume every employee is out to slack or take advantage of the company.

    No, I would not recommend this company to a friend – I'm not optimistic about the outlook for this company

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    Great company, predictable work environment, organized leadership provides stable growth.

    Account Executive (Current Employee)
    Milwaukee, WI

    ProsExcellent income potential, available resources, great benefits and investment opportunities. Established structure allows employees to focus on core task at hand. Good overall attitude and people to work with.

    ConsA focused corporate structure does not allow for social activities/engagements.

    Advice to Senior ManagementContinue to focus on profits, future industry innovations & creating the best possible work environment.

    Yes, I would recommend this company to a friend

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    The most stable company I have ever worked at.

    Administration (Current Employee)
    Milwaukee, WI

    ProsStability, profitability, solid leadership and nice people to work with. Clean well kept facility and a very strong 401k and Profit Sharing benefit. A great place to work a long time. Business casual dress.

    ConsIt is a quiet place. If you like lots of chatter with coworkers, this isn't for you. Requires focus and attention to detail.

    Advice to Senior ManagementKeep up the good work at maintaining profit and growth.

    Yes, I would recommend this company to a friend – I'm optimistic about the outlook for this company

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    A good place to work, and great people to work with.

    Anonymous Employee (Current Employee)
    Milwaukee, WI

    ProsA very consistent environment, where you don't have to deal with a lot of drama. People know what to expect each day. Quiet, respectful environment. Fair pay and above average benefits. Good PTO program. Offers the security of being with a well run, profitable organization.

    ConsNo real cons, except it is not an environment that everyone would appreciate. It is pretty much a very task focused place, that doesn't like much banter between employees. Nose to the grindstone kind of place.

    Advice to Senior ManagementKeep working on being better, and maybe you will get there. Nice strides forward in 2011, keep it going!

    Yes, I would recommend this company to a friend

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    Lots of turnover so do not give up a job to work there.

    Sales (Former Employee)
    Milwaukee, WI

    ProsA paycheck and health insurance.

    ConsThere is lots of turnover in sales and there is a draw against commission which is normal but you are charged every expense they can think of.
    Poor support from management,. There is lots of sales training but thats it.
    Management only looks out for themselves.
    Immediate managers can be annoying.
    There is a non compete agreement.

    Advice to Senior ManagementLearn some respect.

    No, I would not recommend this company to a friend

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    If you work hard like a robot, this company is great. If you have a real life and family, not so great.

    Anonymous Employee (Former Employee)
    Richmond Hill, ON (Canada)

    ProsInteresting sales work. Decent training. Excellent information sources for employees to access and long-time employees are very welcoming to new staff.

    ConsSecretive management. Unreasonable expectations. Very poor HR skills. Expansion into Canada seriously hampered by inexperienced management. Too small a staff to absorb changes or challenges. Unwilling to accept constructive criticism.

    Advice to Senior ManagementBeware of showing favouritism when dealing with employees. Given the responsibility, workload and stressful environment, don't be so parsimonious with the wages and benefits you offer.

    No, I would not recommend this company to a friend

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    Great place to work, exciting atmosphere, and fun people.

    OUTSIDE SALES (Current Employee)

    ProsGood benefits; good pay structure; lots of leads generated

    ConsThe office furniture business is hard work.

    Advice to Senior ManagementKeep progressing in the direction of outside sales and trying new things.

    Yes, I would recommend this company to a friend – I'm optimistic about the outlook for this company

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    Good employer

    Anonymous Employee (Former Employee)

    ProsNormal working house and good conditions. All tools necessary to perform your job are provided. Communication through out the company is GREAT!

    ConsVery little "real" recognition for top performers. Some members of management leave something to be desired. Schedules are NOT flexible.

    Advice to Senior ManagementManagement should hold themselves accountable to the same set of rules that they expect of their workers. Overall though, doing a good job.

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