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Kärcher Reviews

Updated May 22, 2017
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Pros
  • Great place to work with a lot of attention to work/life balance (in 6 reviews)

  • Great people at all lower levels of each BU (in 5 reviews)

Cons
  • so management style is different (in 4 reviews)

  • Constantly changing processes and management (in 3 reviews)

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  1. "Service technician"

    Star Star Star Star Star
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    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    • Comp & Benefits
    • Senior Management
    Current Employee - Field Service Technician III in Chicago, IL
    Current Employee - Field Service Technician III in Chicago, IL
    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    Approves of CEO

    I have been working at Kärcher full-time

    Pros

    Awesome people and awesome training great pay

    Cons

    Nothing love everything about it

    Advice to Management

    Keep up the great work


  2. "Not for the faint of heart! Think Twice."

    Star Star Star Star Star
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    • Culture & Values
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    • Comp & Benefits
    • Senior Management
    Former Employee - Director in Denver, CO
    Former Employee - Director in Denver, CO
    Doesn't Recommend
    Negative Outlook
    Disapproves of CEO

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

    Pros

    401K is good, health club on site.

    Cons

    There is no leadership in us or from the parent. Executive management is not engaged with the customer or the employee and letting the CEO go is not enough. They need to start over. A recent restructure eliminated mostly people that were willing to take risks and provide visionary perspectives. The "yes' people they kept will not get them to the next level. HR is not aligned with the employee. Too much infighting between divisions, leaving employees confused and with no direction.

    Advice to Management

    If you don't know by now, I am not sure further advice will help.


  3. "ch ch ch changes"

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    • Culture & Values
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    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee in Denver, CO
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee in Denver, CO
    Neutral Outlook

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

    Pros

    easy-going vibe. benefits are fairly decent. 401K match is pretty decent.

    Cons

    upper management seems stymied by bureaucracy and policy-making. upper and middle management don't seem to be tuned in to how to get the most out of the skills and knowledge of their people. peter principle is in full force.

    Advice to Management

    ditch the bureaucratic red tape, unleash innovators and innovation, reward the producers


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  5. "Global Reach and Great Products"

    Star Star Star Star Star
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    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    • Comp & Benefits
    • Senior Management
    Current Employee - Regional Sales Manager in Fayetteville, AR
    Current Employee - Regional Sales Manager in Fayetteville, AR
    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    Approves of CEO

    I have been working at Kärcher full-time (More than 5 years)

    Pros

    Products to be proud of and good benefits

    Cons

    Newer leadership has vision but lack industry understanding

    Advice to Management

    Learn more about the current customer base and their go to business strategy. Continue the plans for the future but refine the transition strategy based on current customer requirements.

    Show direct appreciation for individuals and accomplishments.


  6. "Regional Sales Manager"

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    • Career Opportunities
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    • Senior Management
    Former Employee - Regional Sales Manager in Denver, CO
    Former Employee - Regional Sales Manager in Denver, CO
    Negative Outlook
    Approves of CEO

    Pros

    Older Staff are some of the greatest people in the world

    Cons

    Unclear distribution lines, muddy market strategy. Willing to sacrifice integrity of business for the next dollar.


  7. Helpful (2)

    "Engineer"

    Star Star Star Star Star
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    • Culture & Values
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    • Comp & Benefits
    • Senior Management
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee in Englewood, CO
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee in Englewood, CO
    Doesn't Recommend
    Negative Outlook
    Disapproves of CEO

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

    Pros

    Benefits are decent. You do not have to go into Denver for work. Good hours for most.

    Cons

    Horrible management from mid-level up. Very poor decision making.

    Advice to Management

    Listen you your employees and their input.


  8. "Bursting in to America"

    Star Star Star Star Star
    • Work/Life Balance
    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    • Comp & Benefits
    • Senior Management
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee in Denver, CO
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee in Denver, CO
    Recommends
    Positive Outlook

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

    Pros

    Great place to work with a lot of attention to work/life balance. It's new headquarters is awesome.

    Cons

    The company is going through a transition that sometimes makes it difficult to see a clear path, but its German parent company is strong and I am sure this success will come here.

    Advice to Management

    Good people who are smart and challenged. A little distant due to the challenges but they often shine.


  9. Helpful (1)

    "Not Impressive"

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    • Senior Management
    Current Employee - Engineer in Denver, CO
    Current Employee - Engineer in Denver, CO
    Doesn't Recommend
    Negative Outlook
    No opinion of CEO

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

    Pros

    Relaxed environment. Steady financial support from Germany

    Cons

    Poor management. Poor product quality. little focus on long term success. No chance of ever creating a break through product.

    Advice to Management

    The management needs to be replaced.


  10. Helpful (3)

    "Ship being run into the ground"

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    • Senior Management
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee in Aurora, CO
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee in Aurora, CO
    Doesn't Recommend
    Negative Outlook
    No opinion of CEO

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

    Pros

    Great benefits minus vacation. Lots of great dedicated long term employees. Make great products but do need more focus on quality.

    Cons

    Executive team is totally clueless as to how to run the business. Forecasting is nonexistent and there's very little loyalty to the employees. Too many long term employees who are not held accountable. Too many managers and higher considering the company's economic situation. Wages not competitive with market.

    Advice to Management

    Empower your employees more and communicate more honestly. Do a better job of recognizing your workforce. Don't take your employees for granted.


  11. Helpful (1)

    "Nice people but....."

    Star Star Star Star Star
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    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    • Comp & Benefits
    • Senior Management
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee in Denver, CO
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee in Denver, CO
    Doesn't Recommend
    Neutral Outlook
    No opinion of CEO

    Pros

    Nice people. Comfortable place to work. Solid ethics and honesty. People work exceptionally hard. Culture has gotten better...more fun.

    Cons

    The industry is in a downturn and the company has responded to keep profitability. They had a reduction in force last year and have been very aggressive in watching costs. When people leave management has been stingy with backfilling people. Work loads are through the roof and employees are at their breaking limit. My work load is up tremendously without so much as a thank you or good job. No appreciation from leadership.

    Advice to Management

    You are always behind closed doors - get up and walk around departments - ask employees how they are doing what we could do better. Employees would appreciate the opportunity to tell you how we feel..perhaps you will get a better sense of what is happening behind the numbers.


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