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Wolverine World Wide Reviews

Updated February 22, 2015
Updated February 22, 2015
60 Reviews
3.2
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Wolverine World Wide President, CEO, and Director Blake W. Krueger
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32 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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Employee Reviews

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  1.  

    Marketing Internship Expereince

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    • Career Opportunities
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee

    I have been working at Wolverine World Wide

    Pros

    Amazing people, great networking opportunities, laid back (business casual) company culture, discounts to all 16 brands.

    Cons

    Honestly, I enjoyed the entire experience.

    Recommends
    Neutral Outlook
    Approves of CEO
  2.  

    Great Life work Balance

    • Comp & Benefits
    • Work/Life Balance
    • Senior Management
    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    Current Employee - Footwear Designer in Rockford, MI
    Current Employee - Footwear Designer in Rockford, MI

    I have been working at Wolverine World Wide full-time (more than 3 years)

    Pros

    Down to earth people, fairly organized, positive attitudes, great team work

    Cons

    short sighted, conservative, no innovation, sales lead vs. design lead

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    open your minds, be more visionary, expand/focus on women's product

    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    No opinion of CEO
  3.  

    Good brands but lack of opportunity, training and promotion for current position.

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    • Career Opportunities
    Current Employee - Analyst in Lexington, NY
    Current Employee - Analyst in Lexington, NY

    I have been working at Wolverine World Wide full-time (more than 8 years)

    Pros

    The company runs lean which could give job security. It is a stable company with okay benefits. They are working at a better work/life balance. They have good brands and give back to the community.

    Cons

    Management is run by accountants, training is a lost art, you are told you are the biggest asset, but don't feel like one. Compensation is mediocre, with pay raises that will barely match or be above inflation. You are told that they don't promote or pay based on education, so under educated people can get more pay than the educated ones.

    This is a manufacturing company, that runs a retail sidebar. They can run retail like their manufacturing, however they are getting better (learning) at retail.

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    If people are the biggest asset, then training, compensation, work/life balance should be fostered more.

    Doesn't Recommend
    Neutral Outlook
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  5.  

    field level is a great place to work

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    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee

    I worked at Wolverine World Wide

    Pros

    individual store level is fine- fosters teams to work independently without a lot of supervision and to be accountable for business. Good opportunity for ownership and driving business.

    Cons

    Upper management not held as accountable as field level. Pattern of hiring based on the buddy system not on merit or accomplishments.

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    Get out of the corporate office building and into the field.

    Doesn't Recommend
    Neutral Outlook
    No opinion of CEO
  6.  

    Walk the Talk "People Are Our Greatest Asset"

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    • Senior Management
    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    Current Employee - Marketing in Rockford, MI
    Current Employee - Marketing in Rockford, MI

    I have been working at Wolverine World Wide full-time (more than 8 years)

    Pros

    -Stable company given its portfolio of brands. When one brand is lagging, another picks up the slack

    -Solid benefits (401k match, tuition reimbursement, health insurance)

    -Work Life Balance: WWW is starting to see the value of the flexible work environment and allowing you to work where you need to. This mindset definitely isn't the norm but it is practiced within some brands

    -Compelling brands that resonate with the consumer

    Cons

    -Leadership: Managers are hit or miss. Most are not keen to grow and mentor their employees.

    -Training: There is little resource aimed at training future management. Most management and executive management positions are hired from the outside. There is little training for growth. If you want specific training, you need to request it from your manager.

    -Compensation: If you've been there a long time, you are often underpaid. WWW seems to pay based on need vs what you are worth. Example: If you started 8 years ago at an entry-level base pay, with getting an annual 3% raise plus the occasional promotion, you would still make less than someone coming in from the outside with same/less experience.

    -Office Culture: There are great people who make the office enjoyable. That said, many employees have a feeling of unrest given the layoffs that have occurred over the past 6 years and the ever increasing cost-cutting measures that have taken place (Example 1: T&E budgets are continually reduced every year and throughout the year, Example 2: WWW had a tradition of giving employees turkeys for Thanksgiving which ended in 2014). Company loyalty no longer seems appreciated.

    -WWW as a Retailer: WWW is deeply rooted in the wholesale business model and isn't organized to succeed in global retail across all brands.

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    -Focus on employee growth and retention efforts. Practice what you preach, "people are our greatest asset".
    -Regain employee confidence by compensating fairly and offering a stable work environment
    -Encourage communication across brands beyond executive management

    Doesn't Recommend
    Positive Outlook
    Disapproves of CEO
  7.  

    Business users just have to cope.

    • Comp & Benefits
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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 3 years)

    Pros

    Nice office, free parking, discount on good quality shoes, no major skimping on software or computers for employees

    Cons

    WWW is a wholesaler now running retail businesses as if they are the same thing.

    There's a cultural lack of communication both within teams and between different teams. It's somehow considered no one else's business what you do all day, which leads to a lot of running in circles trying to find someone responsible for whatever's not working.

    IT runs the show, ignoring actual business needs in favor of what is easier for them to do. Somehow they also don't believe in project managers or testing code in a test environment. Both of which obviously cause huge problems for everyone.

    Doesn't Recommend
    Negative Outlook
    No opinion of CEO
  8.  

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

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    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
  9. 3 people found this helpful  

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

    • Comp & Benefits
    • Work/Life Balance
    • 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
  10.  

    Stores need more help and communication from leaders

    • Comp & Benefits
    • Work/Life Balance
    • 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
  11.  

    Not walking their walk

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

    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

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