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IKEA Careers

Conshohocken, PA
10000+ employees
1943
Company - Private
Home Furniture & Housewares Stores
Unknown / Non-Applicable
Founded by Ingvar Kamprad in 1943 as a tiny Swedish mail-order catalog business, today IKEA is a global home furnishing brand that lives in the hearts of the many people. One of the world's top furniture retailers, IKEA sells Scandinavian-style home furnishings ... Read more

Mission: To create a better everyday life for the many people.

Our business idea is to offer a wide range of well-designed, functional home furnishing products at prices so low that as many people as possible will be able to afford ... Read more


Glassdoor Awards

Best Places to Work: 2017 (#45), 2013 (#43)

Top CEOs: 2017 (#58)

Best Places to Interview: 2017 (#79)

Company Updates

  • At IKEA, we believe that #equality is a human right, but w­­­e know that this hasn’t been the case for African Americans in the U.S. We strongly condemn all forms of racism and prejudice, and we stand with those who are working to build a better world. We are committed to working with co-workers and leaders across our stores to create an open dialogue around the best way forward and help rebuild communities around the country. Here is a message from IKEA Retail U.S. President Javier Quiñones:

  • We're building a whole new #IKEA and looking for #digital innovators ready to make history! IKEA US digital is #nowhiring across all levels and roles. Learn more!

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IKEA – Why Work With Us?


Top 10 reasons people stay with IKEA



Hint: Traveling first class isn’t one of them

  1       We hire the right people

IKEA co-workers tend to be down-to-earth, hard workers with a genuine willingness to work together. While there are many reasons to join IKEA, if you ask co-workers why they stay, their number one response is “because of the people”. 

2        They’re inspired!

When a company has a vision and clear values you can believe in, it’s not hard to get inspired. More than 90% of IKEA co-workers know what we’re here for. Almost 80% feel inspired at work (and we’re working on the other 20%). 

3       Making mistakes is okay – really

There’s a saying at IKEA companies that it’s okay to make mistakes - everyone does it. In fact, we think it’s a healthy way to learn and improve. 

4       An up, down and sideways career

IKEA has more different types of jobs than any other company in the world. If co-workers get tired of what they’re doing or just want to try something else, they can move to a new role within IKEA, not outside IKEA.  

5       Sweden today, China tomorrow

Since IKEA has stores and offices in more than 44 countries, with the same values and business idea worldwide, moving from country to country is not uncommon. And if you do move, there’s always another friendly IKEA person to help you adjust.  

6       Egos parked at the door

We’re not big on fancy titles, corner offices or private jets, and we ask co-workers to leave their egos at the door. Why? Because it means you get to work as a team member, have fun and get on with the job. 

7       The rewards of a never-ending job

People like working for a company they can be proud of. So far IKEA Social Initiative has benefited 100 million children in need. And we are working on the never-ending job of being kinder to the environment. 
  8       Learning by the seat of your pants
What other company trusts you with a $30 million budget? At the age of 22? If you are the right person for the job, learning with support and coaching is a way of life at IKEA.  

9       A parent-friendly environment

IKEA is a business, without a doubt, but it is our policy to put people first. And people have lives outside work that include families. That means we believe in a parent-friendly environment. 

     10    The original social network

The people you work with are also your friends. You know there’s someone to turn to in every major city around the world. And you instantly have something to talk about with 127,000 people a lot like yourself. That's a big social network. 

Work hard, be yourself

What do we look for in a job candidate?

An ability to do the job is obviously the starting point. But beyond that we look for many other personal qualities such as a strong desire to learn, the motivation to continually do things better, simplicity and common sense, the ability to lead by example, efficiency and cost-consciousness. These values are important to us because our way of working is less structured than that of many other organisations.

A corporate culture based on shared values.

At IKEA, we don’t just want to fill jobs; we want to partner with people. We want to recruit unique individuals who share our values. Co-workers are not restricted at IKEA; we listen and support each individual to identify his or her needs, ambitions and capabilities.

Here are a few examples of our shared values: 

  • TOGETHERNESS
  • COST-CONSCIOUSNESS
  • RESPECT
  • SIMPLICITY

What do we expect from you?

  • You have the ambition to do a good job and a desire to take on responsibility and to take the consequences that this entails
  • You do your best on the basis of your abilities and experience
  • You are service-oriented and have the customers’ best interests at heart
  • You are open to improvements, with a will to develop continually
  • You challenge established patterns when you have a better suggestion of your own
  • You are not status minded, but rather open and straightforward in your approach to others
  • You are cost conscious and know that everything has a price tag
  • You are open and willing to move for a new challenging job

What do we offer you?

  • The chance to work in a growing company with a viable business idea
  • We give you the opportunity to further develop your professional skills in your daily work
  • We make it possible to choose between many different jobs within the company
  • We enable you to work in an environment where people and team spirit are central values
  • We offer you a job with fair and reasonable conditions
  • We give you the chance to take a great responsibility following recognised good results, regardless of age.

#IamIKEAunique

At IKEA, we welcome all dimensions of diversity. A diverse and inclusive workplace is good for our co-workers, for our customers and for our business. Working with differences helps us grow both as individuals and as an organization. 

Being ourselves, and contributing with our uniqueness makes us all grow. 

Caring for people, diversity and inclusion is embedded in our vision and in our values. We see diversity and inclusion as the right thing to do. Recognizing our co-workers' differences contributes to creativity and supports our growth. We strive to have a diverse and inclusive work environment where co-workers feel valued for their uniqueness, recognized for their diverse talents, and where they can be themselves. 

Inclusion is everyone's responsibility. 

Inclusion at IKEA is about creating a work environment in which our co-workers are successful because they feel welcomed, respected, supported and appreciated. It is about developing an infrastructure with collaborative ways of working; it is about practicing inclusive behaviors daily and making the most of our differences. 

Simply put: we believe the uniqueness of every individual makes IKEA better!

A look at what we do!

 

There’s a lot more to the home furnishing business than you might think!
We offer opportunities in a broad range of fields, some of which include:

 

Communication and interior designOur strategic and visual talent brings thousands of IKEA products to life – in our stores and in other media.

 

E-commerce / Digital: We work nationally and globally to develop and improve the IKEA online shopping experience. 

 

Store/Retail: The store is where our visitors meet IKEA face to face. We want to give our visitors plenty of ideas, solutions and inspiration. When a visitor needs assistance, a well-informed and friendly co-worker should be on hand to attend to his or her needs.

 

IKEA FOOD/restaurant: We love food! We are working mostly in the restaurant, Bistro and Swedish Food Market at our IKEA stores.

 

Customer relations: We work in roles inside and outside our stores, from the reception to the check outs, exchange & returns and contact centers.

 

Sales:We have a passion for retail and people. We work daily with the IKEA range and our self-serve concept.

 

Finance and business navigation: We look after IKEA financial requirements and make strategic business decisions that create growth.

 

Marketing and communication:  Our mission is to build the IKEA brand and inspire people to find value in what we have to offer.

 

Logistics:  We are creating the best possible goods flow from supplier to customer. So, we’re great at packing things flat!

 

Store management:  We work as a team to lead the various aspects of operating an IKEA store. It’s fast-paced retailing and we love it!

 

Human resources: We take care of recruitment, training and benefits. It’s our job to attract, develop and inspire our many co-workers.

 

Sustainability: We work to minimize the environmental impact of our operations and to help people live a more sustainable life at home.

 

Property: We develop and manage a wide variety of IKEA properties all around the world.

 

Engineering and qualityOur roles are found within product development and throughout the IKEA supply chain. We work to improve all aspects of product quality.

 

Meet Joseph, Interior Design Specialist 

“In my five years with IKEA, I’ve had several roles in a variety of locations which has helped me grow and develop. As an Interior Design Specialist, my job and passion is to create the most inspiring possible experience for our customers. I’ve traveled all over the United States to learn about their needs and dreams. My team and I get to design spaces that inspire millions! Currently, I am planning the new IKEA concept ‘city center’ store in Manhattan and I can’t think of anything more exciting!” 

 

Meet Angelica, Food Service Co-worker

“My passion is cooking.  My grandmother taught me to cook in Mexico when I was little and I have been cooking ever since.   For the last 15 years, I have been working at IKEA in Food Service.  Our co-workers are from many different cultures, so I also enjoy cooking their family recipes for them in our staff restaurant.  They seem to really like when I make chicken pozole, a traditional soup of Mexico, and that makes me happy.”

 

Meet LaDon, Customer Service Leader  

“I am new to IKEA, but from day one I knew this was the right company for me! I am so grateful to be part of a culture that truly supports diversity and inclusion in every way.  Our East Palo Alto store not only has a diverse group of co-workers, but they are also so accepting and kind.  When you notice everyone smiling, interacting with each other and working together you get the genuine sense of inclusion.”

 

Meet Mike, Store Manager

“IKEA’s professional training and development program is exceptional and truly prepared me for my role as Store Manager.  As an IKEA leader, we are encouraged to be genuine, authentic care for others and be true to ourselves.  Just after one year as the Deputy Store Manager, I am humbly grateful and honored to lead IKEA Las Vegas as the Store Manager.”

 

Meet Marlene, Warehouse Co-worker

“The first time I visited an IKEA store was 18 year ago in Emeryville, CA.  I instantly loved it. Then I applied for ajob at their hiring event.  I was hired to work in the warehouse which also includes driving a forklift.  I absolutely love my job!  And I love my co-workers.  We have so much fun all day; they really are like my second family. 18 years later, I am still working at the Emeryville store!”

 

Meet Richard, Active Selling HFC & IB Co-worker

“It’s real simple…. IKEA gave me a chance, during a time in my life, when nobody else gave me the time of day.  I was in recovery and on my way to be becoming clean and sober.  But it wasn’t easy.  IKEA provided the platform to help me change my life and I ran with it. Every co-worker was so supportive and non-judgmental.  Eleven years later, I am still with IKEA and thriving.  I love my life, my job and my co-workers.  Thank you, IKEA!”

 

 

IKEA Reviews

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    Supportive staff, good benefits, good core company values

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    Things are very hectic during peak season

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IKEA Photos

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IKEA Interviews

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    I applied online. The process took 3 weeks. I interviewed at IKEA (Oak Creek, WI) in January 2020.

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    I applied on the website and spoke with a IKEA recruiter over the phone and got scheduled for a in person interview. I met with my dept lead and got a tour of the location. I then later the same day got a offer.

    Interview Questions

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IKEA Awards & Accolades

  • America's Best Employers for Diversity, Forbes, 2018
  • The 100 best companies to work for., Fortune, 2017
  • Best Places to Work, Glassdoor, 2017
  • People's 50 Companies That Care 2017, People Magazine, 2017
  • The 10 Happiest Retailers To Work For This Year, CareerBliss, 2015
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Pledges & Certifications

Pay Equality Pledge

Committed to paying equitably for equal work & experience

Career Advancement Program

Helping employees "upskill" into higher-paying positions

Diversity Commitment

Has programs that support a diverse and inclusive workforce

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