Stonewall Kitchen Reviews

Updated March 2, 2015
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  1. Great brand, poorly managed. Low-wages reflect overall, "Me" feeling of executive team.

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    • Career Opportunities
    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee in York, ME
    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee in York, ME

    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 ManagementAdvice

    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.

    Doesn't Recommend
    Neutral Outlook
  2. Holy nightmare!

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    Current Employee - Production in York, ME
    Current Employee - Production in York, ME

    I have been working at Stonewall Kitchen

    Pros

    Free stonewall product rejects. most employees are friendly.

    Cons

    Insulting pay scale. expected to do more than your entitled position, and not compensated for it. It's an American sweat shop.

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    I believe management is way over their heads on trying to ramp up prodution. they are building a second location currently, and can't even successfully run this location. You need to invest in old falling apart equipment. invest in your few good hard working employees before they start leaving.

    Doesn't Recommend
    Negative Outlook
  3. 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

    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 ManagementAdvice

    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.

    Doesn't Recommend
    Neutral Outlook
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  5. Room for advancement, fun, family atmosphere

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    • Senior Management
    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee in York, ME
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee in York, ME

    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 ManagementAdvice

    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.

    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
  6. 1 person found this helpful

    No sense of community, passion, integrity or respect.

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    • Career Opportunities
    Former Employee - Management in Rochester, NH
    Former Employee - Management in Rochester, NH

    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 ManagementAdvice

    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.

    Doesn't Recommend
    Negative Outlook
  7. Great Environment

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    • Career Opportunities
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee in York, ME
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee in York, ME

    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

    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
  8. 1 person found this helpful

    Great Place For a Dead End Career

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    • Career Opportunities
    Current Employee - Employee in York, ME
    Current Employee - Employee in York, ME

    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 ManagementAdvice

    Get some people with real experience, stop hiring family

    Doesn't Recommend
    Neutral Outlook
  9. 1 person found this helpful

    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

    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 ManagementAdvice

    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.

    Doesn't Recommend
    Neutral Outlook
  10. 1 person found this helpful

    Not a great place to work

    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee

    I have been working at Stonewall Kitchen part-time (less than a year)

    Pros

    Good discounts on sale products

    Cons

    Management does not communicate well with employees or with each other. The pay is not great and not worth the hassle.

  11. Amazing Internship Experience.

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    Former Intern - Marketing Intern in York, ME
    Former Intern - Marketing Intern in York, ME

    I worked at Stonewall Kitchen as an intern (less than a year)

    Pros

    Really Integrated team with a lot of unique experiences.

    Cons

    Not always something to do - bad at delegating an appropriate amount of tasks during manager absence.

    Recommends
    Neutral Outlook

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