Stonewall Kitchen Reviews

Updated July 27, 2015
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  1. Great stuff....too small

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    Former Employee - Key Holder in Oxon Hill, MD
    Former Employee - Key Holder in Oxon Hill, MD
    Doesn't Recommend
    Positive Outlook

    I worked at Stonewall Kitchen full-time (More than a year)

    Pros

    A great company to purchase from with wonderfully tasty creations.

    Cons

    It's a small family owned company which leaves room for people to make biased decisions.

    Advice to Management

    The Maine office should be more physically involved in the national harbor store to insure fair practices.


  2. Café

    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee

    Pros

    Little experience needed, sometimes you get free food

    Cons

    On your feet all day, busy, stressful


  3. Helpful (2)

    Do yourself a favor, and stay away!

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    Former Employee - Production in York, ME
    Former Employee - Production in York, ME
    Doesn't Recommend
    Negative Outlook

    Pros

    Free rejects. Monday - Friday

    Cons

    Management. No appreciation. High expectations, low pay.

    Advice to Management

    This company looks like a happy family on the outside... But let me tell ya... Working in manufacturing has been the most stressful, misserable job of not only my career but (speaking on behalf my coworkers) everyone else working in manufacturing. They need to get their priorities straight. Time to upgrade ancient machinery. Invest in your hard working employees (significantly under the national average salary). We Need better management (A head of manufacturing who will stop saying what you want to hear and actually start taking action. some appreciation now and then would be nice too) Otherwise i forsee this company heading in a very dangerous path (worse than it is already) I can only speak on behalf of manufacturing. The offices/stores may be some magical fairytale land to work in... Dont let this company try and suck the soul out of you.


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  5. Helpful (2)

    Great brand, poorly managed. Low-wages reflect overall, "Me" feeling of executive team.

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    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee in York, ME
    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee in York, ME
    Doesn't Recommend
    Neutral Outlook

    I worked at Stonewall Kitchen full-time (More than 3 years)

    Pros

    Super creative and hands-on working environment. The owners' creativity and strong sense of design comes through in every aspect, from the beautiful home offices, to the retail stores, merchandising and overall presentation. Daily food tastings and great exposure to the specialty food industry.

    Cons

    The low-pay is almost (but only for the first year) excused by the above creative-pros of the company. However, if you are an experienced and talented individual just coming into SWK, do not expect raises and advancements to come, you will be reminded daily that you are "lucky" to be working here at all. Free samples are a nice touch, but feeling a sense of "ownership" for the brand and appreciated for your contributions to the success of the company would be even better.

    Advice to Management

    Reevaluate where the real talent lies in your company and eliminate those that are a hindrance to achieving even more success (and share that success with your employees who are helping you get there ie: company shares). The high school clique-like atmosphere and attitude is not conducive to producing the best work possible nor is it a professional way to conduct business. Then again, we are reminded that the business success comes from the owners and their family members only. How about creating an environment of collaboration and being more thankful to your employees for all their hard work ( there are plenty of companies out there that are even more successful due to a strong company moral). The executive-only retreats, outings and secret, late-night parties do no good to the overall moral of the majority of your employees.


  6. Helpful (2)

    Dead-end job if you aren't one of the chosen ones.

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    Former Employee - Distribution in Rochester, NH
    Former Employee - Distribution in Rochester, NH
    Doesn't Recommend
    Neutral Outlook

    I worked at Stonewall Kitchen full-time (More than 5 years)

    Pros

    Good place to work if you are looking for experience at an entry level job. Free imperfect products. Benefits are OK. Corporate offices have lovely gardens and a nice Cafe'.

    Cons

    If you aren't one of the chosen few there isn't much room for advancement. Low wages. Top management is out of touch with the 'worker bees'. The way to move up in the company is to get in the right clique or be related to someone at the top.

    Advice to Management

    Be more supportive of the employees that do the physical work. If it wasn't for them you wouldn't need the corporate employees at the home office because there would be nothing to sell and nobody to move the product.


  7. Helpful (1)

    Room for advancement, fun, family atmosphere

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    • Senior Management
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee in York, ME
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee in York, ME
    Recommends
    Positive Outlook

    I have been working at Stonewall Kitchen full-time (More than 8 years)

    Pros

    Stonewall Kitchen has many entities that keep each day interesting. The high quality specialty food and goods that we make and sell leaves you with a fantastic feeling of accomplishment. The company's focus on Core Values is an important part of the culture. In most facets, if you work hard there is room for advancement. I have been promoted two times since I started. The people I work with in the many department I interact with make working fun. Benefits are pretty decent. Stonewall is a smoke free campus. Tons of good food all around :)

    Cons

    Depending on your position you may work additional hours.

    Advice to Management

    Profit sharing or stock options would be a valuable benefit in addition to promoting ownership. Having the correct people in proper positions is always a challenge, don't hold on to individuals that are not a good fit just because it is easy.


  8. Helpful (2)

    No sense of community, passion, integrity or respect.

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    Former Employee - Management in Rochester, NH
    Former Employee - Management in Rochester, NH
    Doesn't Recommend
    Negative Outlook

    I worked at Stonewall Kitchen full-time (More than a year)

    Pros

    Employee discounts on company products.

    Cons

    Human resources needs to be more involved and proactive in hiring and employee education, especially at retail locations. Hiring process involves lots of inflated promises that ultimately end with excuses. Company has a complete disconnect with employees who do not work in the corporate offices. Appalling lack of management connection and accountability, despite the touchy, feel-y "Core Values".

    Advice to Management

    Stop being so arrogant and superior. Shake it up a bit - time to make some serious changes with management and get "Back to Basics". Get out from behind the computers and smart phones. Talk to real customers and employees - not just at the York location. Manage from the bottom - UP, not top down. A great company is only as great as it's lowest paid employee. Time to recognize that in this time of omnipresent social media - a disgruntled former employee can do much more harm to a company than a disgruntled customer.


  9. Great Environment

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    • Senior Management
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee in York, ME
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee in York, ME
    Recommends
    Positive Outlook

    I have been working at Stonewall Kitchen full-time (More than 5 years)

    Pros

    The people are great to work with

    Cons

    Generally pay is below industry standards


  10. Helpful (2)

    Great Place For a Dead End Career

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    Current Employee - Employee in York, ME
    Current Employee - Employee in York, ME
    Doesn't Recommend
    Neutral Outlook

    I have been working at Stonewall Kitchen full-time (More than a year)

    Pros

    You get free jam, that is about it. People are generally nice, they occasionally have company parties but tend to cancel them when company sales don't meet quotas - even when the company knowingly cut 15% of business and still thought they could beat last years sales.

    Cons

    Low pay, bad working conditions. People are always trying to make the company's problems your problems. Also the company likes to reject proven business practices that would help the bottom line. They think they are a big company, they are a small company who has no idea what it takes to become big.

    Advice to Management

    Get some people with real experience, stop hiring family


  11. Helpful (1)

    Corporate espoused core values completely inconsistent with actual employee experience.

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    Former Employee - Store Associate in Avon, CT
    Former Employee - Store Associate in Avon, CT
    Doesn't Recommend
    Neutral Outlook

    I worked at Stonewall Kitchen part-time (More than a year)

    Pros

    Superior products with generous employee discount.

    Cons

    Compensation below average and career advancement is non-existent for "outsiders". The company management seems to include only relatives and friends - difficult for anyone to be promoted from within.

    Advice to Management

    Don't start employee input programs, if you're not willing to listen or act upon employee viewpoints. Senior management should spend more time actually working in company stores in locations other than at the corporate facility and listening to associates. Be honest during the interview process. Associates would positively contribute to sales increases if they were effectively and completely trained - especially in product knowledge. Excessive company store turnover would be reduced by increasing hourly compensation; guaranteeing a minimum amount of hours in off season; including a provision for medical benefits for employees working less than 30 hours; allowing part-time employees to actually work more than 30 hours per week when necessary.



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