Wolverine World Wide Reviews

Updated August 31, 2015
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Wolverine World Wide President, CEO, and Director Blake W. Krueger
Blake W. Krueger
44 Ratings

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
  • At this level, work life balance is not possible (in 3 reviews)

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

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  1. fun company

    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee

    I have been working at Wolverine World Wide part-time

    Pros

    great company, very laid back and never feel pressure. They want the best of their people and they know how to get it by treating them well

    Cons

    its retail, the hours take a toll on you and your life outside of work


  2. Manager

    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee

    Pros

    Great benefits and time off. 3% Retire match and then 50% of an additional 3%

    Cons

    Pay is lousy! Typical retail....closer you get to the customer the less they pay. Farther away from customer the more clueless they are.


  3. A Company With Much Potentional is Held Back By The Old Boys Club

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    • Career Opportunities
    • Comp & Benefits
    • Senior Management
    Former Employee - Marketing Manager
    Former Employee - Marketing Manager
    Doesn't Recommend
    Neutral Outlook
    Disapproves of CEO

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

    Pros

    - Reliable benefits including vision and dental - Employee 401K match - Significant discount on company product - Fantastic brands in the portfolio.

    Cons

    - Little growth opportunity for new/entry level managers - Few women in senior leadership roles (I can think of 2) - The "old boys club" mentality is rampant. Leaders hire and promote their friends even when the job is out of their hire's scope/experience level - Difficult to receive the marketing budget needed to take the brands to the next level or compete with the competitive set - Biggest opportunity is in the global markets but the company won't invest in the marketing infrastructure to support the tactics necessary for growth and promote leadership with no global business to lead parts of the market - While change is constant, there has been so much change at WWW since 2009 that employees feel unstable about their roles and position in the company. Slow down the constant restructuring.

    Advice to Management

    - Become an equal opportunity employer and see potential in women - Change the talent acquisition mentality of allowing leadership to hire their b school buddies - Develop employee growth plans so they feel valued as an employee and don't feel like there will be more layoffs, restructuring, firings


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  5. Large and Powerful Company with Great Brand Managers

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    • Comp & Benefits
    • Senior Management
    Current Employee - Territory Manager in Little Rock, AR
    Current Employee - Territory Manager in Little Rock, AR
    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    No opinion of CEO

    I have been working at Wolverine World Wide (More than a year)

    Pros

    Wolverine World Wide is the largest non-athletic shoe companies in the world. While it is very large and holds 15 brands, each brand is allowed to operate with their own unique cultures and mostly operates under its own management. I have been very happy as my brands culture fits my personality and my management is awesome.

    Cons

    Publicly traded corporation so there's always that pressure on the company to view things in the short term so often as quarter end approaches.


  6. After the wolverine buyout, Striderite was never the same

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    • Culture & Values
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    • Comp & Benefits
    • Senior Management
    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee in Lexington, MA
    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee in Lexington, MA
    Doesn't Recommend
    Neutral Outlook
    Disapproves of CEO

    I worked at Wolverine World Wide full-time (More than 3 years)

    Pros

    location, flexible hours, good coworkers

    Cons

    Bad upper management. new owners came in touting 'we bought you because you know what you're doing' then managed in 2 years to pulverize moral with constant layoffs and shifting responsibilities. So sad.

    Advice to Management

    Let the experts in their jobs do just that - their jobs!


  7. 10 yr + employee (sales)

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    • Comp & Benefits
    • Senior Management
    Current Employee - Sales Representative
    Current Employee - Sales Representative
    Doesn't Recommend
    Negative Outlook
    No opinion of CEO

    I have been working at Wolverine World Wide full-time (More than 10 years)

    Pros

    Benefits are competitive, good discount on footwear. Top quality products in the market, can be innovative.

    Cons

    Stock price #1, lower level non management salaries first (and only) to be cut. Short sighted, culture continues to go downhill. Stock price #1. Cheap in almost every aspect except for management expenses. Did I mention stock price #1?

    Advice to Management

    Focus on growing, not wringing every last nickel from employees


  8. Helpful (1)

    Care about money, not employees.

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    • Career Opportunities
    • Comp & Benefits
    • Senior Management
    Former Employee - Marketing
    Former Employee - Marketing
    Doesn't Recommend
    Neutral Outlook
    Disapproves of CEO

    Pros

    Great discounts on products. Nice grounds with walking trails.

    Cons

    Terrible "boys club" environment. Executive management cares far more about money than employees. Zero work/life balance. Low pay compared to other large employers in the area. Incredibly reactive company. Terrible development for mid management and absolutely no development for non-manager level employees. Directors and VPs openly (and proudly) walk around talking vocally about "junior" employees, making a total power play. The company is lead by managers, not leaders. Very limited opportunity for advancement except for a select few. I was with WWW for over 5 years, it started out great and very fun, but the company lost it's focus around caring for it's employees and shifted to only caring about money. There's a fine line that Blake and Co can't seem to manage. A very competitive environment, not a team centric focus.

    Advice to Management

    Think about your people. They're the ones that actually do the work that get you your fat bonuses.


  9. Former manager

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    • Comp & Benefits
    • Senior Management
    Former Employee - Store Manager in Troy, MI
    Former Employee - Store Manager in Troy, MI
    Doesn't Recommend
    Negative Outlook
    Disapproves of CEO

    I worked at Wolverine World Wide (More than 5 years)

    Pros

    so little to mention that it isn't worth typing

    Cons

    No commitment to customer service or quality management.

    Advice to Management

    Take the history of your brands seriously. Respect your customer.


  10. so-s0

    • Work/Life Balance
    • Culture & Values
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    • Comp & Benefits
    • Senior Management
    Current Employee - Manager in Rockford, MI
    Current Employee - Manager in Rockford, MI
    Recommends
    Neutral Outlook
    Disapproves of CEO

    I have been working at Wolverine World Wide full-time

    Pros

    rate them a 3 out of 5, meets expectations. Not a great company to work for but not a bad one.

    Cons

    again, keep your nose clean and do your job and go home, and you'll be rewarded with....a paycheck. Dont expect a pat on the back or loyalty. But i've had worse so if you're out of work, go ahead and apply. You'll do fine if you're reasonably competent. Just dont get all excited if they hire you.

    Advice to Management

    why..like anyone would listen or give a care? not going to waste my breath. They are managers, not leaders.


  11. Human Resources

    • Work/Life Balance
    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    • Comp & Benefits
    • Senior Management
    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Doesn't Recommend
    Disapproves of CEO

    I worked at Wolverine World Wide full-time

    Pros

    Nice physical surroundings - walking trails, pond, wooded areas and fields; nice discount on footwear and benefits are competitive including 401k match.

    Cons

    Poor work/life balance - expected to work long hours including early mornings, late evenings and weekends. Very high pressure "reactive environment".

    Advice to Management

    Develop leadership training program for middle management - not just executives. Learn to value diversity and appreciate how different perspectives can build a well-rounded team. Culture and values look great on paper but are rarely put into practice within the HR team.



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