Wheels Reviews

Updated January 10, 2015
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  1. Family-owned, industry leading company that has a high retention rate of customers and employees

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

    I have been working at Wheels full-time (more than 8 years)

    Pros

    Industry leader with a diverse portfolio of Fortune 500 clients,Family-owned culture with corporate principles that are demonstrated by the majority of employees, accessible senior management

    Cons

    No formal career mentorship program, Performance based bonuses are generally reserved for management only, employee facing technology and processes often make tasks circuitous.

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    Family owned corporate culture makes Wheels a positive place to work, Developing a formal career mentorship program will increase objectivity to internal hiring, Compensating sub-manager level employees with performance based bonuses will increase productivity and customer experience satisfaction

    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    Approves of CEO
  2. a great company and department to work for

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    • Senior Management
    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    Current Employee - Accountant in Des Plaines, IL
    Current Employee - Accountant in Des Plaines, IL

    I have been working at Wheels full-time (less than a year)

    Pros

    smart leadership and management style at Finance department
    efficient team with friendly team members, nice and easy to work with
    great career opportunities
    good training process
    good work-life balance

    Cons

    can't think of any so far

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

    Outstanding Company - Insightful Leadership, Combined with Caring Attitude Toward Staff

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

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

    Pros

    Wheels is a company that has values their employees, and as an industry leader, remains a very positive work environment in a sometimes challenging industry. The family values that this company was built on, remain in pleace, and the management team clearly follow this philosophy.

    Cons

    Very limited negatives about this organization. Compensation is competitive, and hard work is appreciated and rewarded. Challenges that do occur given a changing fleet industry environment and increasing expectations are sometimes difficult, but success is acknowledged and rewarded.

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    Keep on the same track - success has been there, and will continue.

    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    Approves of CEO
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  5. 1 person found this helpful

    Great place to develop and grow a rewarding career.

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    • Work/Life Balance
    • Senior Management
    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee in Des Plaines, IL
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee in Des Plaines, IL

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

    Pros

    Pros:
    - Hard work is recognized and rewarded
    - You can learn about many areas of the company and work with management on a career path.
    - Great mentoring program
    - Industry is always changing, which makes the work interesting and provide opportunities to learn and create solutions
    - Love the shuttle bus from the train station. It is only a ten minute walk, but nice to have available in the rain and snow!
    - People that I work with a very supportive and nice.
    - Great culture and values
    - They meet with all the staffs on a regular basis to communicate plans, focus, vision. I really appreciate understanding what is going on.

    Cons

    Cons:
    - More options for healthy lunches in the cafe.
    - It would be great to have volunteer options available to do as a company/teams

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    - Expand career path/mentorship programs
    - Don't stop with the Thanksgiving turkey's, Valentine's gifts, Family Days, Free lunch on bad snow days, Award ceremonies, etc.! They are all great and something you just don't find much anymore in corporate America.

    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    Approves of CEO
  6. Different Industry, Amazing Company

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    • Work/Life Balance
    • Senior Management
    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    Current Employee - Technical Billing/Pricing Analyst in Des Plaines, IL
    Current Employee - Technical Billing/Pricing Analyst in Des Plaines, IL

    I have been working at Wheels full-time (less than a year)

    Pros

    At Wheels Inc, there is an amazing work-life balance. Your co-workers become your friends and not just your co-worker. The pay is okay for the hours worked! This place actually has supervisors that care about you and not just for the work you complete. They are willing to jump right in the trenches and work with you. Upper management also has an open door policy.

    Cons

    There are no casual days here! Kind of unfortunate that we can't keep it casual on Fridays or holidays. Not in chicago, so for some that would be a con, but it is just off the interstate.

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    Keep up the amazing work!

    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    Approves of CEO
  7. 1 person found this helpful

    Unfortunately, values seem to be changing

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    • Career Opportunities
    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee

    I worked at Wheels full-time

    Pros

    For most of my several years, Wheels was an organization who first and most importantly, owned the market. Very financially stable and recognized the value and effort of all levels of employees. Jim Frank took the time to get to know everyone's name and in my opinion, people work harder and more
    effectively because they truly felt valued. Wheels was a blue chip company while also being generous to the community and the employees.

    Cons

    Over the past year or so, the culture appears to be changing towards more of the GE model where people are 'head count' and 'resources' with very little public demonstration of increased value to the market or generating increased customer satisfaction. Is the company being prepped to be taken public or sold?

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    No advice as these people are brilliant business folks. However if you value more than just the bottom line, I recommend taking a deep look at the value system that brought you through these 75 years.

    Positive Outlook
    Approves of CEO
  8. 3 people found this helpful

    Need serious changes in IT leadership especially Quality Department.

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    • Senior Management
    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    Current Employee - CSTA in Des Plaines, IL
    Current Employee - CSTA in Des Plaines, IL

    I have been working at Wheels full-time (more than 8 years)

    Pros

    Great company to work for as the company owners really care about their people but have the wrong people in IT leadership.

    Cons

    Problem is with some IT directors as someone mentioned earlier they run it as dictators. Recent changes in Quality Department are ridiculous and leadership hires people who are not qualified for the job and only from vendors who they have personal relationships with. I feel like many of us are given hard time as we do not share the same culture.

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    Owners need to get involved in their IT onshore and offshore resources.

    Doesn't Recommend
    Positive Outlook
    Approves of CEO
  9. Great Family Owned Comapny

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    • Work/Life Balance
    • Senior Management
    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee in Des Plaines, IL
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee in Des Plaines, IL

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

    Pros

    Good work life balance
    Understanding Management
    Decent Pay for the work hours
    Pays for training that helps employee job skills
    Stable

    Cons

    Job growth in IT is Minimal
    Worst benefits

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    Keep up the good work
    Find ways for employee growth
    Improve facilities

    Neutral Outlook
    Approves of CEO
  10. A nice place to work

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    • Senior Management
    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    Former Employee - Anonymous in Des Plaines, IL
    Former Employee - Anonymous in Des Plaines, IL

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

    Pros

    Great, stable company, the best employees, they really care for their clients, longevity with the company is commonplace.

    Cons

    Hard to get ahead, promotions are often based on who you know, you can work there for thirty years, and people just starting in your group earn more than you. The pay is laughable.

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    Promote people based on merit and experience, not who you like.

    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    Approves of CEO
  11. A very unique and caring place to work, unheard of in todays workplace

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

    I have been working at Wheels full-time

    Pros

    Ethical organization, true care for customers and good service, leadership that cares

    Cons

    sometimes there isn't a job open to move up into

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    Keep doing what you are doing and invest in technology, employee tools are hard to use

    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    Approves of CEO

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