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"The frequent changes in strategies and tactics will give you whiplash!"

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  • Culture & Values
  • Career Opportunities
  • Comp & Benefits
  • Senior Management
Current Employee - Anonymous Employee in Jasper, IN
Current Employee - Anonymous Employee in Jasper, IN
Doesn't Recommend
Neutral Outlook
Disapproves of CEO

I have been working at Kimball International full-time (More than a year)

Pros

You will be recruited with a competitive salary
It's located in a small town that can be great for young families
The parent company has a good financial position

Cons

The business units act independently and some are forced to compete head-to-head against each other.
In spite of commitments you receive at hiring as a manager, you will not likely receive the financial or personnel resources needed to even accomplish the work at a rudimentary level - so forget trying to do great work. For example, one business unit is working with 8-9 year old computers (this is not hyperbole) that cannot use current basic software like Microsoft Office.
Strategy and budget changes are frequent at some business units - strategy can change quarterly and budgets can change weekly.
For one business unit, corporate leadership freaks over one day changes in sales even though this is not a consumer nor a consumable business. It creates ongoing fear among leaders that quickly impacts employees.
Raises are non-existent. In some divisions, bonuses have not been paid for 4+ years.
While the small town of Jasper is like Mayberry, it is also difficult to be accepted as an out sider. This also applies within the company, If you are a geographic outsider, don't expect to even be asked to lunch.
There's lots of talk about balancing personal and work life. It's all talk. There are not enough human resources to achieve the required tasks in less that 50+ hours a week at any professional level.

Advice to Management

Get an outside evaluation of the company culture, the provision of resources to achieve the work, and the approach to strategy development and execution.

Other Employee Reviews for Kimball International

  1. "Kimball Office has an opportunity for you."

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    • Work/Life Balance
    • Career Opportunities
    • Comp & Benefits
    • Senior Management
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee in Jasper, IN
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee in Jasper, IN

    Pros

    If you want to roll-up your sleeves and get to work there is opportunity for growth. There are a great number of resources to assist you in your everyday workload.

    Cons

    A non-positive attitude will not get the necessary work done.

    Advice to Management

    Additional support is necessary beyond people.


  2. Helpful (2)

    "Kimball has been a stable company that has provided long term employment for me."

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    • Work/Life Balance
    • Career Opportunities
    • Comp & Benefits
    • Senior Management
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee in Jasper, IN
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee in Jasper, IN
    Doesn't Recommend
    No opinion of CEO

    Pros

    Kimball International is a financially stable company that is now focused in their established business segments. There are many great employees that make it a better place to work.

    Cons

    The company is not a dominate player in any of its segments which makes it a struggle to compete. Frequently changing priorities disengage employees and erodes productivity. They talk about developing employees, but there is little effort to fulfill that. Processes are very cumbersome and not customer-friendly which makes Kimball difficult to do business with. Creativity and innovation are discouraged as a result of corporate structure.

    Advice to Management

    Create a cultue of encouragement and trust with your employees, but with accountability at all levels - beginning with senior management. There are a lot of good people who could do a much better job if they were not discouraged by leadership.

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