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Updated July 22, 2017
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IKEA Country Manager Lars Petersson
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  • Work life balance can take a bit of a hit at times (in 52 reviews)

  • Work/life balance poor for part time staff as they work most weekends (in 51 reviews)

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  1. Featured Review

    "Sales Co-worker"

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    • Senior Management
    Former Employee - Sales Associate in Renton, WA
    Former Employee - Sales Associate in Renton, WA
    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    Approves of CEO

    I worked at IKEA part-time (More than 3 years)

    Pros

    Freedom to move between teams. Want to work on your career growth? No problem, talk to your manager and do an internal interview and boom. "One Team One Store"

    Cons

    Cant really say there's any.

    Advice to Management

    I worked in livingrooms and the best manager very understanding.


  2. Helpful (1)

    "Don't bother. They're PR machine is powerfull."

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    Former Employee - Coworker in Canton, MI
    Former Employee - Coworker in Canton, MI
    Doesn't Recommend
    Disapproves of CEO

    Pros

    You don't want alot of hours.

    Cons

    When you are hired by IKEA, you are told that it is part time. Only after two days of training do they tell you that part time is nineteen hours or less in a week.

    Advice to Management

    Take your money and run before you get caught.

  3. Helpful (2)

    "IKEA Lies. Don't believe the hype."

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    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee in Canton, MI
    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee in Canton, MI
    Doesn't Recommend
    No opinion of CEO

    Pros

    If you work for a "real" IKEA (Canton is not) It is a great organization to work for.

    Cons

    If you don't drink,party and "more" with your bosses forget ever getting a promotion.

    Advice to Management

    Keep a MUCH better eye on your upper management.


  4. Helpful (1)

    "na"

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    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee in Houston, TX
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee in Houston, TX
    Doesn't Recommend
    No opinion of CEO

    Pros

    the benefits are very good

    Cons

    the management is unfair and terrible

    Advice to Management

    learn how to treat your employees right


  5. Helpful (2)

    "No"

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    Former Employee - Co Worker in Canton, MI
    Former Employee - Co Worker in Canton, MI
    Doesn't Recommend

    Pros

    Very good about time off.

    Cons

    You have to fight for every hour you can work. Part time is 19 hours or less. Full time, 19 hours or more. Management does not tell you any of this until your hired in.

    Advice to Management

    Be honest w/ people, and don't play favorites.


  6. "IKEA is for Swedes"

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    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Doesn't Recommend
    Disapproves of CEO

    I worked at IKEA full-time (More than 8 years)

    Pros

    Let me think about this one

    Cons

    to many to list with out getting into trouble

    Advice to Management

    look around, stop pleaseing the higher ups and worry about your people, like it was ment to be


  7. "Ikea"

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    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee in Tampa, FL
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee in Tampa, FL
    Recommends
    Negative Outlook
    Approves of CEO

    I have been working at IKEA part-time

    Pros

    Reasonable pay and great benefits

    Cons

    Bad leadership and demanding customers

  8. Helpful (6)

    "pretend to be a great place to work"

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    Current Employee - Sales Associate in Bloomington, MN
    Current Employee - Sales Associate in Bloomington, MN
    Doesn't Recommend
    Neutral Outlook
    No opinion of CEO

    I have been working at IKEA full-time (More than 8 years)

    Pros

    Great medical and vacation benefits.

    Cons

    I have worked there for 9 years as a sales co-worker. I only make 10.60 an hr. They pretend to be diverse but mostly hire young. They load on work and responsibility and lot's of pressure. The pay is bad and the raises( if you get one) are a joke. They pretend to care about a work life balance but they could care less. They are not loyal to employee's and take advantage when ever posslble. That's part of the reason they like them when they are young. Most people quit because of the frustration level and pay. I just gets worse every year. Totally disorganized. Can't believe store is up and running.

    Advice to Management

    Value your employee's and pay them a liveable wage for their hard work. Don't pretend you're flexible or concerned with work-life balance. Practice what IKEA preaches...


  9. Helpful (6)

    "You are a small cog in a money-making machine, not a human being"

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    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee in Emeryville, CA
    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee in Emeryville, CA
    Doesn't Recommend
    Neutral Outlook
    Disapproves of CEO

    I worked at IKEA full-time (Less than a year)

    Pros

    There's a 15% furniture discount for employees, and they offer health and retirement benefits. I can't think of anything else beyond that.

    Cons

    IKEA has notoriously terrible management, partially because they pay employees a very low starting wage, so the few people who stay around long enough to make it to managerial level are the ones who couldn't get a job anywhere else. Also, it's challenging for employees to take personal ownership of their workplace because all decisions are made high above in Sweden, so each individual's job is essentially to carry out those specifics, don't deviate from the masterplan, and don't work overtime for ever one minute without supervisor approval. They're so fascist, that clocking at 7:01am for a 7:00am shift start is considered late and goes on your 3-strikes record. Even if there were 10 people clocking in ahead of you. It's this kind of unyielding, inflexible mentality that makes great people with great ideas want to steer clear of working at IKEA. Keep in mind, you are simply a tool for keeping the store organized, not for helping customers or going out of your way to do the right thing.

    Advice to Management

    Realize that the kind of people you want to have working in any customer-service are self-starters who will take responsibility for their workplace and the customers they serve. You will never attract the kind of person who will keep customers coming back with fascist micro-management and impossible work-life balance. Make expectations clear BEFORE hiring to prevent dissatisfaction, and be reasonable with employees who have a life outside work. Taking disciplinary action for those who can't work an extra last-minute shift is just absurd.


  10. Helpful (5)

    "Unsupportive while ignoring prior history."

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    Former Employee - Manager in Austin, TX
    Former Employee - Manager in Austin, TX
    Doesn't Recommend
    Positive Outlook
    Disapproves of CEO

    I worked at IKEA full-time (More than 10 years)

    Pros

    Great benefits, especially for full time. They have good training on company history, concepts and how to be an effective manager.

    Cons

    They preach, "Create a better everyday life…., yet they don't practice it. They expect more than they are willing to give. They say it is ok to make mistakes, yet they write you up for everything you do wrong or don't do to the expectation of your manager, while other managers allow their employees do what you just got written up for. They expect you, especially managers, to have your life revolve around work. They do not have any work life balance, not even for part timers.

    Advice to Management

    Offer the same treatment for managers that you offer for employees. Practice what you preach for everyone; part time, temp, full time and managers. Don't play favoritism. Don't allow some managers to be harsh and others to be lenient.


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