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Kärcher Reviews

Updated September 20, 2017
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Pros
  • Great place to work with a lot of attention to work/life balance (in 6 reviews)

  • Was a good company to work for, but to much has changed over the past two years (in 3 reviews)

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

  • upper management seems stymied by bureaucracy and policy-making (in 4 reviews)

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  1. "Director"

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    • Senior Management
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Recommends
    Neutral Outlook
    Approves of CEO

    I have been working at Kärcher full-time

    Pros

    Good people; management is focused on cultural improvements; overall good/solid benefits. Feel heard and valued in the organization. Family owned, private company.

    Cons

    Many systems and processes are archaic or broken. Can get frustrating at times.


  2. "Machiavellian Environment"

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    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Doesn't Recommend
    Negative Outlook
    No opinion of CEO

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

    Pros

    Good Benefits in 30 days

    Cons

    Executive Management Mistakes are paid for by workforce.

  3. "finance"

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

    I worked at Kärcher full-time

    Pros

    Some very good employees . . . but sadly to many sycophants . . .

    Cons

    Germany has not a clue . . . former leaders through a combination of hubris and unfounded superiority have put the company in a sales and profit death spiral at these levels of staffing. More layoffs likely to occur . . . and with HR leading these processes will only energize the problems.

    Advice to Management

    Local management needs to get Germany on board as they are equally culpable in the overall cultural and financial atrophy of the company.


  4. "Going Down Fast!"

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    Former Employee - Manager in Denver, CO
    Former Employee - Manager in Denver, CO
    Doesn't Recommend
    Negative Outlook
    Disapproves of CEO

    I worked at Kärcher full-time (More than a year)

    Pros

    Good people at the lower levels, gym on site.

    Cons

    Horrible HR department that cannot be trusted. Upper management is clueless and sits on the 4th floor and will not interact with anyone but those that are in the C Suite. Terrible morale and culture that is only getting worse as time goes on. So many good people are let go yet upper management continues to flourish and are not held accountable.

    Advice to Management

    First, get a clue! Get out of your offices and actually talk to the people that are doing the work; you might actually find out what some of the real problems are and be able to make a positive change. The ENTIRE HR department needs to be let go. They are a cancer to the organization and are not there to help the employees.


  5. "The Truth Hurts"

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    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee in Denver, CO
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee in Denver, CO
    Doesn't Recommend
    Negative Outlook

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

    Pros

    Huge opportunity for growth across multiple distribution channels

    Cons

    Management team has no clue how to capture the opportunity and they have near zero regard for their employees. Culture is as bad as it gets. People are consistently leaving or being fired.

    Advice to Management

    Understand the true abilities of the people you still have on board. There's more talent than you realize.


  6. "Review"

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    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Doesn't Recommend

    Pros

    Co-workers, not much more to mention

    Cons

    There have been many changes in management.


  7. "Sales in Toilet"

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    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Doesn't Recommend
    Negative Outlook
    No opinion of CEO

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

    Pros

    Fellow Employees who work hard and are team players

    Cons

    Management and HR who don't care at all about the employees

    Advice to Management

    Focus on and invest in your people. That has never been a priority which is why things are so bad.

  8. "Lacking in several areas"

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    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Doesn't Recommend
    Negative Outlook
    No opinion of CEO

    I worked at Kärcher full-time

    Pros

    Not many. Good cafeteria.

    Cons

    Work in silos with little to no training. Poor communication and broken business structure/processes.


  9. Helpful (1)

    "Old School"

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    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee

    I have been working at Kärcher full-time

    Pros

    Many people have been here 15+ years

    Cons

    Many people have been here 15+ years. The way things are done are not modern.


  10. "Service technician"

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    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


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