Wolverine World Wide

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Wolverine World Wide Reviews

Updated January 22, 2015
Updated January 22, 2015
53 Reviews
3.2
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Wolverine World Wide President, CEO, and Director Blake W. Krueger
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29 Ratings

Review Highlights

Pros
  • Some great product to work on, and some great people to work with (in 4 reviews)

  • good benefits, paid holidays, paid vacation after a year, 401 k, eduaction reimbursement with good grades company related feild (in 3 reviews)


Cons
  • No work-life balance, you are expected to work late and show it, (in 3 reviews)

  • Not employees and not the growth of the brands (in 3 reviews)

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  1.  

    Overall, a good company to work for. Great benefits and work environment, but very rigid upper management.

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    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    Current Employee - Key Holder
    Current Employee - Key Holder

    I have been working at Wolverine World Wide part-time (more than a year)

    Pros

    The pay is pretty competitive, company discounts are great, and co-workers making working at Wolverine a fantastic experience.

    Cons

    Upper management is not able to relate to and motive teams and stores. Communications with upper management feels artificial. Limited upward mobility.

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    Consider taking time to understand the habits and routines of individual store locations.

    Doesn't Recommend
    Neutral Outlook
    No opinion of CEO
  2. 3 people found this helpful  

    Be happy to just have a job or be ready to FIGHT for advancement

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

    I have been working at Wolverine World Wide full-time (more than 5 years)

    Pros

    Good benefits package
    company seems stable for the most part
    95% of all of the people are good people, kind people, nice people, that want to work hard and make the company successful.
    lots of promotion from within in the lower level corporate positions
    some great managers that really care about their employees, standing up for them and helping them

    Cons

    Extreme lack of true leaders in management and executive positions.
    Human resources is reactive vs being proactive
    very erratic behavior in terms of letting bad/unqualified employees go but somehow keeping other equally bad employees
    Internal talent or employees who start their career for the company get paid much less than outside talent that comes in later, even with the same skill level. the company pays based on need and not skill since nobody wants to come to rockford. also due to this same reason you can have someone come in from college or an outside company working next to an employee in the same position that worked in the mailroom or was someones assistant without any relevant degree, experience or education, in this case the pay will reflect it but its really strange and not how industry leading companies put teams together.
    Managers are hit and miss... some really bad managers that will throw their employees under the bus and put all the blame on their team and not step up and lead or mentor employees that need it.
    If you dont somehow seem to be getting selected for promotions you will have to build your case and have professional, respectful, but real conversations with your manager or HR every year to make sure that your hard work is getting noticed and rewarded, if you dont you will always get the minimum and nobody will care about helping you further your career, dont think that your actions and hard work speak louder than words, they dont.
    Its really not in the companies culture to cultivate or develop their internal talent, you may get a promotion but then at the same time it may be a job you are completely unqualified for (given to you because there were no qualified candidates that applied or they didnt want to relocate) and didnt get proper mentorship or training for, then when the next restructure comes around you might be out.

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    be better management

    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
  3.  

    Stores need more help and communication from leaders

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    • Senior Management
    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    Current Employee - Store Manager
    Current Employee - Store Manager

    I have been working at Wolverine World Wide full-time (more than 5 years)

    Pros

    Its a fairly easy job, fun people to work with, got to travel a lot, decent product (Merrell) and great discounts for employees.

    Cons

    Lots of standing when its slow, pay is not competitive, corporate does not see (or doesnt care to see) what life is like in the retail stores. They ask what can we do better but then they don't listen. Communication from corporate levels are also terrible and needs a lot of work.

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    Work on your communication and help your stores drive traffic to them. Do some advertising, nationally or locally, even some easy flyers or a pdf program for the stores to do their own advertising.

    Doesn't Recommend
    Negative Outlook
    No opinion of CEO
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  5.  

    Not walking their walk

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    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee

    I worked at Wolverine World Wide as a contractor (more than a year)

    Pros

    Some great product to work on, and some great people to work with.

    Cons

    Very corporate. Not a lot of participation in the sports surrounding the product they sell.

    Doesn't Recommend
    No opinion of CEO
  6.  

    Depends on your position

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    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee in Rockford, MI
    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee in Rockford, MI

    I worked at Wolverine World Wide full-time (more than 5 years)

    Pros

    Good benefits.
    Some really great people there.
    Don't cheap out on you when you have to travel.
    Good discounts on their variety of footwear.

    Cons

    Pay is not very competitive.
    A lot of politics that seem to get worse as the years go on.
    Top execs are greatly rewarded before or at expense of employees.
    Let people go and simply spread the workload onto others with already full loads.
    Say they promote from within, but go outside for majority of management and higher positions.

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    Remember that your people are your biggest asset and you should treat them as such.

    Doesn't Recommend
    Neutral Outlook
    Disapproves of CEO
  7.  

    Growth through acquisition

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    • Senior Management
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    • Career Opportunities
    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee in Rockford, MI
    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee in Rockford, MI

    I worked at Wolverine World Wide full-time (more than 10 years)

    Pros

    Received stick options upon hire

    Cons

    Position eliminated due to acquisition

    Recommends
    Neutral Outlook
    Approves of CEO
  8. 1 person found this helpful  

    Long Term Executive

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    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee

    I worked at Wolverine World Wide

    Pros

    Strong historical results. Portfolio of good brands. Corporate office is located in an are at that provides a good quality of life. Income opportunities are reasonable at senior levels.

    Cons

    Over the last 5 to 8 years, leadership has dramatically weakened. The company has become over weight with attorneys and accountants in senior roles. Lack of merchants and experiences shoe industry professionals will likely impact the growth in the long-run.

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    Don't forget about the shoes, the people that know about them and the customers that buy them.

    Recommends
    Neutral Outlook
    Disapproves of CEO
  9.  

    Store Manager

    • Comp & Benefits
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    • Senior Management
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    • Career Opportunities
    Former Employee - Store Manager in Los Angeles, CA
    Former Employee - Store Manager in Los Angeles, CA

    I worked at Wolverine World Wide full-time (more than a year)

    Pros

    Work is easy... 90% of the day is standing around and selling. No one really checks up on you so I always took 2 hours lunch breaks and got paid for it.

    Cons

    I had the most dysfunctional district manager in my entire career. She was an absolute mess. she would dress unprofessional.She never showed up to my store. She always relied on other managers to do her work because she was incompetent in her position. You have no say so in your business. You have to ask permission for everything you do, its absolutely ridiculous. My team is the only reason I stayed as long as I did. I wanted to make sure those that deserved the promotions actually received them. I am so glad I got out.

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    Get some structure into the company. Your outlet business is a joke. You have managers making 50k a year and doing nothing for it but working 6 hours a day and taking 2 hour lunch breaks. Get involved!

    Doesn't Recommend
    Negative Outlook
    Disapproves of CEO
  10. 1 person found this helpful  

    David bought Goliath and runs things David's way.

    • Comp & Benefits
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    • Senior Management
    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee

    I worked at Wolverine World Wide full-time

    Pros

    A very friendly work environment. Rockford MI office has a legacy of managing brands like Hush Puppies and Merrill.

    Cons

    Lexington office has most successful brands like Sperry Top-Sider, Stride Rite and Saucony but Rockford wants to run things their way. Blake Krueger, like most CEOs, cares most about cutting costs and stock price. There has been yearly visits by the suits to hand out lay-offs-- bad for morale. There seems to be no commitment to building brands and growing business.

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    I have two words for management "Brand Equity". If you keep running things this way you are going turn the Sperry Top-Sider and Saucony brands into Hush Puppies and Merrill.

    Doesn't Recommend
    Neutral Outlook
    Disapproves of CEO
  11.  

    Not all change is good

    • Comp & Benefits
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    • Senior Management
    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee

    I worked at Wolverine World Wide full-time (more than 8 years)

    Pros

    I imagine that there are still great jobs at WWW, but only if you can work in areas that are not customer related. Benefits are decent and wages are better than some places in the area.

    Cons

    It's not a horrible company to work for, but they've lost focus on what built the company. There is no loyalty to their employees. The most important thing is to look good on paper.

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    Don't step over that dollar to pick up that dime any longer. Your employees cared, and to most of us it wasn't just a job.

    Doesn't Recommend
    Negative Outlook
    Disapproves of CEO

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