World Kitchen

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World Kitchen Reviews

Updated February 2, 2015
Updated February 2, 2015
33 Reviews
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33 Reviews
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  1.  

    A Great Company!

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

    I have been working at World Kitchen

    Pros

    Excellent benefits, accomodating work schedule, excellent people culture

    Cons

    Corporate management can be out of touch at times

    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
  2.  

    Its an ok place to work. Not great.

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    • Senior Management
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    • Career Opportunities
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee

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

    Pros

    The pay is ok. Some customers are nice.

    Cons

    Boring store. A high middle eastern following so they try to cheat you into giving them items for less than the sale price. Manager is lazy and doesnt do much. Shows favortism to one particular employee, and they run with it. Bad location. High crime area. I dont think the higher ups put much thought into opening a store here.

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    Not much to say. It is what it is.

    Doesn't Recommend
    Negative Outlook
    Disapproves of CEO
  3.  

    I have had a great experience at World Kitchen.

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

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

    Pros

    Great brands, co-workers, benefits and working conditions.

    Cons

    Sometimes we get too rushed with the day-to-day and need to step back and look at the big picture.

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    Step out of offices more and engage with employees.

    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    Approves of CEO
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  5.  

    Amazing changes to the culture creating positive momentum into the future

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    • Senior Management
    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee in Rosemont, IL
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee in Rosemont, IL

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

    Pros

    Culture is changing and the business is seeing positive results from the changes. Amazing people, great teams, advancement opportunities, and management is open and listens to new ideas.

    Cons

    Improved benefits (they are good but not great), more cross training opportunities

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    Continue to listen to the employees and reinvest back into the company

    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    Approves of CEO
  6. 2 people found this helpful  

    Two many high level execs and not enough people to actually do the work

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    • Senior Management
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    • Career Opportunities
    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee

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

    Pros

    Great flexibility for taking care of child care schedules, medical appointments and general needs of the modern worker. Great systems that allow you to work from anywhere, any time.

    Cons

    Since you can work from anywhere, it's almost expected that you are always available even at the lower levels of the organization. Few internal promotional opportunities. Understaffed at the lower to mid-level range making it stressful on a daily basis. Company is financially troubled and solving it through regular employee reductions. Company does not know how to compete or innovate in today's marketplace. Improving culture as company objective is a good sign of what culture is like.

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    Come out of your offices. Listen to employees. Be realistic when setting future year budgets. Management loses face with employees when they are making big cuts to expenses in January and February when next year budgets are no more than 60 days old.

    Doesn't Recommend
    Negative Outlook
    No opinion of CEO
  7. 4 people found this helpful  

    Good Brands & Great People...Poor Culture & Management

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    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    Former Employee - Human Resources
    Former Employee - Human Resources

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

    Pros

    The people are great and are very passionate about the brands and what they do. WK offers exciting brands that everyone can relate to.

    Cons

    There is no room for growth. I had a manager who stood in my way of expanding my experience due to their own agenda and needs. The company continuously is doing layoffs and there is no loyalty to tenure or to the employees who made World Kitchen what it once used to be. The culture is declining and I found it to be a negative place to work and morale was extremely low.

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    Listen to employees and invest back!!! Don't just continue to facilitate layoffs thinking the next person you hire is going to do the trick and make a difference. You are losing the knowledge of what made WK successful and creating a culture that is hostile and deflating. WK has become a revolving door and it is hard to retain employees at all levels which is causing the business to decline.

    Doesn't Recommend
    Negative Outlook
    No opinion of CEO
  8. 1 person found this helpful  

    nothing impressive about this place

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    • Senior Management
    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    Current Employee - Neo Pack in Charleroi, PA
    Current Employee - Neo Pack in Charleroi, PA

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

    Pros

    not a single pro about the charleroi plant since world kitchen purchased it

    Cons

    pay is horrible,management for the most part is horrible, and they will pretty much hire anything with 2 legs these days

    Doesn't Recommend
    Negative Outlook
    Disapproves of CEO
  9. 4 people found this helpful  

    Great Brands, poor leadership

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    • Senior Management
    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    Current Employee - Analyst in Rosemont, IL
    Current Employee - Analyst in Rosemont, IL

    I have been working at World Kitchen full-time (more than a year)

    Pros

    Great branding, small company, compensation is average versus the industry, medical benefits are average, management is attempting to change the company culture, nice office environment.

    Cons

    Poor leadership of senior management, unnecessary face paced environment, senior management does not value its employees, inconsistant promotion process, compete in challenging industries, layoffs have been consistent, promotional opportunities are not easy to come by, senior managers do not understant the impact of their decisions, inexperienced / poor upper managment in several divisions.

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    I recommend senior managment to listen and respect all empoyees at all levels.

    Doesn't Recommend
    Neutral Outlook
    No opinion of CEO
  10. 1 person found this helpful  

    Confusing goals and poor communication

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

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

    Pros

    - Ok Work Life balance for retail
    - Great product for the most part
    - Lots of control over merchandising

    Cons

    - Policies hard todiscern
    - Hard to find info on intranet
    - Lots of personnel change, over stretched corporate staff
    - Senior management does not appear to have a real world view of store operation

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    Make it easier to get what you want by investing in your technology. Signature capture, the order in which receipts print, prompting customers to enter email info at the debit pad... just make it easier for your retail teams to get the info we want.

    Simplify promotions- get your vendors to pre tag (UPC) items. Limit task inside the retail locations so that the team can concentrate on customers

    Recommends
    Neutral Outlook
    No opinion of CEO
  11.  

    No growth in 15yrs

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    • Senior Management
    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    Former Employee - Finance/Accounting in Corning, NY
    Former Employee - Finance/Accounting in Corning, NY

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

    Pros

    Local management could be fun to work with in plants.

    Cons

    Too much turnover in senior and middle management. A manufacturing & sourcing company with no experience in these areas at the corporate level. They let experienced employees go for short term gains.

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    Visit the plants. Hire from within and promote a corp culture that has had a background in manufacturing.

    Doesn't Recommend
    Negative Outlook
    No opinion of CEO

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