WD-40
4.6 of 5 9 reviews
www.wd40company.com San Diego, CA 150 to 499 Employees

WD-40 Reviews

Updated Jan 28, 2014
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4.6 9 reviews

                             

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WD-40 President, CEO, and Director Garry O. Ridge

Garry O. Ridge

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Great People make you feel like family.

Anonymous Employee (Former Employee)
San Diego, CA

I worked at WD-40 full-time

ProsWD-40 is a great place to work, the people collaborate well and are very flexible. They have excellent values and don't play politics as much as other companies. I liked the straighforward culture.

Consits a smaller company so there are less opportunities to move up in the organization.

Yes, I would recommend this company to a friend

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A good place to start or finish your career

Anonymous Employee (Current Employee)
San Diego, CA

I have been working at WD-40 full-time for more than 3 years

Pros3:00 Fridays, work/life balance, "learning moments" and not mistakes, relaxed company culture, generous profit sharing/401k plan, all employees eligible for annual bonus payout

Conslow turnover means less room for career advancement and an old way of thinking, not a young, fast-paced, or innovative company, outdated office space

Advice to Senior ManagementTake the younger generations and those with less company experience seriously.

Yes, I would recommend this company to a friend

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The Best Company I have Worked For

Anonymous Employee (Current Employee)
San Diego, CA

I have been working at WD-40 full-time for more than 3 years

ProsBig brands but essentially a small company, leaders are very approachable, co-workers are great to work with, great company values that each member of the tribe lives by on a daily basis

ConsNone that I can think of

Advice to Senior ManagementKeep up the good work

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

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A fulfilling professional journey...still in progress.

Director (Current Employee)

I have been working at WD-40 full-time for more than 10 years

ProsGreat brands and great people drive enthusiasm and commitment to team success. Opportunities to grow and learn and thrive.

ConsLimited opportunities to "telecommute." Lean machine that can contribute to increased stress levels in terms of workload.

Advice to Senior ManagementEncourage more people to challenge the status quo. Enhance "formal" tactical job training or loudly promote "learn by doing."

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

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People Driven & Opportunity Rich

Administrator (Current Employee)
San Diego, CA

I have been working at WD-40 full-time for less than a year

ProsWD-40 Company, a gem in today's rough economy where I have been fortunate enough to obtain a wonderful position that I love. This is the first company I have been to where you can tell everyone is interested in protecting the product AND each other. I feel very valued and equally value my team.

Great things about working here:

- All are willing to teach you if you're open to learn.
- Bright minds are a plenty.
- TEAM is not just stated, it is practiced.
- If you show your commitment you will be openly appreciated.

ConsThere are stress hurdles, but what new position doesn't hold some of those?

Advice to Senior ManagementManagement here is wonderful so far. I really enjoy being here. It's a great fit.

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

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Enough wrong to give you plenty to do, but enough right to keep you there.

Analyst (Former Employee)
San Diego, CA

I worked at WD-40 full-time for more than 3 years

ProsGreat work/life balance
Genuinely good people.
The office closes at 3:00pm on Fridays to start the weekend off early
Recognizable product makes your job easy to explain to others
Great location - go to the beach in San Diego for your lunch break!
Offices for most employees. Not many cubes.
Very small company means access to anyone up the chain of command.
Very friendly atmosphere. Drop in on the CEO whenever you want.
No layoffs through recession.

ConsAverage age is pretty high.
Fairly high resistance to change. IT systems need major overhauls. Marketing strategy needs redo.
Sub-par office space. Departments are broken up into suites which hinder communication.
Not a particularly eco friendly product.
Outside of WD-40, other brands are generally sub-par.

Advice to Senior ManagementKeep hiring great people to keep the friendly atmosphere.
Invest in updated IT systems.
Move to a new office space.
Change marketing strategy to educate public on new uses.

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

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Great company, wonderful people, outstanding products

Human Resources (Former Employee)
San Diego, CA

I worked at WD-40 full-time for more than 10 years

ProsI worked there many years, and through the course of it saw many positive changes and adaptations as needed to grow the business. The management personnel were generally people-oriented, and yet always set a high bar for standards of performance. Compensation and benefits package was generous, as was the encouragement to grow and develop.

ConsNew blood is sometimes more valued than company experience, especially during times of evolution/change. Of course, this is not uncommon when trying to overcome sacred cows and institutionalized obstacles.

Advice to Senior ManagementI would encourage them to continue supporting and developing their people and and to be careful not to surround themselves with too many "yes" people - I suppose not very groundbreaking as this is generally good advice to most CEOs.

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

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WD-40 is an ideal supportive, learning environment that promotes team work and expects accountability.

Anonymous Employee (Current Employee)
San Diego, CA

I have been working at WD-40

ProsWD-40's culture is amazing! It has a small family feel with a global presence. The people are visionaries in their field. Leaders are required to empower and support their teams to ensure success. We have a strong sense of community and are individually responsible for the company's success. It is a pleasure going to work everyday. It is a very respectful, fun and productive environment. Short day Fridays and amazing benefits and profit sharing helps too!

ConsThere are very few cons to working at WD-40. We have a very collegial environment that requires loads of meetings... which is probably a con in the eyes of most people.

Yes, I would recommend this company to a friend

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No Squeaks at WD-40 Company

Anonymous Employee (Current Employee)
San Diego, CA

I have been working at WD-40

ProsGenerally, all employees at all levels are committed towards the Company's success. Most are accountable and hold others to accountability, creating a working environment that fosters more effort and teamwork than many other organizations. Corporate values are clearly articulated and flow down through the Company as its lifeblood, supported fully throughout. A "get-it-done" attitude permeates most business functional areas, adding to the unique atmosphere. There is freedom to communicate with respect for fresh ideas and review. Because of the fairly low staff count (+/- 300 employees globally), traditional hierarchical boundaries are minimized, facilitating action.

That the flagship brand has created its own sub-culture among customers, instantly bringing recognition, is an added bonus.

ConsIn some areas, traditional beliefs seem to overpower modern facts, subverting attempts to create efficiencies where they could be beneficial. Frustration results from a team of incredibly smart and focused people who are unable to accomplish the tasks and projects they see as making real difference.

Advice to Senior ManagementOur CEO guided us recently to a book titled "What Got You Here Won't Get You There" (Marshall Goldsmith with Mark Reiter), and two concepts presented could be minimized. 1 - Stop "Winning too Much". 2 - Stop "Adding Too Much Value".

Yes, I would recommend this company to a friend

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