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Wolverine World Wide Reviews

Updated July 4, 2014
Updated July 4, 2014
41 Reviews

3.1
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Wolverine World Wide President, CEO, and Director Blake W. Krueger
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  1.  

    Rise through the ranks with an abrupt halt

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

    Pros

    Quick advancement opportunities for the right candidate

    Cons

    It seems that short term results for shareholders out way long term growth opportunities

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    Yes it is important to focus on short term results but it is often used to effect the reporting in order to make quarterly and annual numbers. Consider looking longer term - longevity and maximum results of an organization are fulfilled by adding more value to long term planning and its results to create an overall win of the company. Low hanging fruit is great but continuing to farm will produce results long after one has departed.

    Doesn't Recommend
    Neutral Outlook
    Approves of CEO
  2.  

    Not all change is good

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    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee

    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
  3.  

    District Manager Retail Group

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    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee

    Pros

    Great products. Some excellent people to work with in the brands. Potential for growth as a company and stock holder very good.

    Cons

    I can only speak to the Retail Group for the most part. You will be worked very long and hard with little concern for your family life. Pay is average. Advancement requires waiting a long time and constantly proving yourself in order to get noticed. The company is big on nepotism in every division but Retail. You will have a hard time beating someones son or daughter out for a position. Training is low on the totem pole. You will be expected to hit the ground running and learn quick on your own. Leadership often played favorites and it was never hard to see. The people in the field are the best I have ever worked with. The Corporate office another animal completely. I wish I would have found a way to move from Retail to manufacturing. If you like retail and I did I would be very sure I wanted to dedicate my life to WWW or it will be a long road.

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    None. They can't live by the Vision, MIssion, Values statement they developed a short few years ago. I spent a lot of time telling my supervisor what was needed to raise morale and it didn't help. It just caused more issues to come up.

    Doesn't Recommend
    Neutral Outlook
    Approves of CEO
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  5.  

    Flexible and fun environment at Merrell Store at Union Square in San Francisco.

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    Former Employee - Sales Associate  in  San Francisco, CA
    Former Employee - Sales Associate in San Francisco, CA

    Pros

    Great for college students looking for a flexible schedule. Fun, relaxed environment. Awesome discount. Destination location means lots of tourists.

    Cons

    Language can sometimes be a barrier when assisting tourists.

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    The color assortment in North American market is on the conservative side and needs to be expanded. It would be great if staff had access to language tutorials at destination locations.

    Recommends
    Neutral Outlook
    Disapproves of CEO
  6.  

    Culture is Changing

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    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee  in  Rockford, MI
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee in Rockford, MI

    Pros

    The only real opportunity to work on global consumer brands in Grand Rapids area.
    Lots of good people.

    Cons

    Lots of good people, but they are not provided training or direction from the top.
    Pace of the business is too fast for the provided infrastructure. Not enough people to do the work and not enough budget to support those people.
    Stock price is #1 priority. Not employees and not the growth of the brands. If your brand is successful, but others are not, your budget and plans suffer.
    Very little work life balance

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    Bring in a CMO and someone who knows about brand strategy. A company with this many consumer brands needs to understand that the emotional connection that brands can create with customers can generate sales and profits as effectively as great product.

    Doesn't Recommend
    Neutral Outlook
    No opinion of CEO
  7.  

    Working at WWW was really nice, people are great.

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    Former Employee - Dealer Account Representative  in  Rockford, MI
    Former Employee - Dealer Account Representative in Rockford, MI

    Pros

    Treat their employees as equals.

    Cons

    Business decisions created loss of jobs.

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

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    Recommends
    Neutral Outlook
    No opinion of CEO
  8.  

    A few great brands but overall a very disappointing work experience

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    Former Employee - Sales Analyst  in  Rockford, MN
    Former Employee - Sales Analyst in Rockford, MN

    Pros

    Great Brands
    A lot of really good people

    Cons

    Poor leadership
    Top down approach that does not value input
    Senior Leadership does not appreciate open or direct feedback
    Very poor process mtg

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    Leadership needs to connect more closely with the brands in order to drive great brand mtg and growth. Sr. leadership seems "to corporate" and fully disconnected from the brands.

    Doesn't Recommend
    Neutral Outlook
  9.  

    Fairly good company to work for.

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    Former Employee - Key Holder  in  Charlotte, NC
    Former Employee - Key Holder in Charlotte, NC

    Pros

    Awesome products with a good employee discount.
    People for the most part are nice to be around.

    Cons

    Retail is just a boring industry.
    Area managers try to micromanage stores a bit too much.
    Low hourly wage.
    My store had many internal employee issues.

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    Grant Store Managers and their AMs/KHs more autonomy.
    No need for updates every 2 hours on sales.

    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    No opinion of CEO
  10.  

    It's a Customer First Business

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    Former Employee - Manager  in  Rockford, MI
    Former Employee - Manager in Rockford, MI

    Pros

    Busy work environment, got a chance to work with a lot of different teams. Each day brought different work. Could work from home when needed because I had a lap top.

    Cons

    It's not about what you know, it's who you know. No official mentorship programs to try and learn more/different things. You had to find someone who might have time to fit you into their schedule. It's about the shareholders, and how they report to the stock exchange. They will cut anyone if it helps the bottom line.

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    You are only as good as your employees. Eventually all of these cuts will give you a bad name, if it has not already.

    Doesn't Recommend
    Neutral Outlook
    Disapproves of CEO
  11.  

    Good for the short term

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    Current Employee - Manager  in  Rockford, MI
    Current Employee - Manager in Rockford, MI

    Pros

    Great work life balance. If you are in the right work group it can be very rewarding. Some groups really "get it" and can move things forward. Easy to meet goals.

    Cons

    Old senior executive mind set. Talk about moving things forward but nothing comes of it. Squeeze every little bit out of the middle and bottom so the top execs can get their bonuses.

    Doesn't Recommend
    Negative Outlook
    Disapproves of CEO

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