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Updated November 16, 2017
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Pros
  • Meet new people everyday :) and super positive environment (in 9 reviews)

  • If you can sell you can make a lot of money (in 4 reviews)

Cons
  • They have u knocking door to door from (in 19 reviews)

  • Long hours and I have an automatic two year old so he needs a lot of attention (in 24 reviews)

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  1. "Great place for self starter"

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    • Culture & Values
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    • Comp & Benefits
    • Senior Management
    Former Employee - Sales Trainer Manager in Fremont, CA
    Former Employee - Sales Trainer Manager in Fremont, CA
    Doesn't Recommend
    No opinion of CEO

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

    Pros

    I worked for Kirby for a very long time starting as a trainee in 1972, moved on, to several "Best saleswoman of the year"positions, Area Distributor, District, Manager/trainer. by 24 years old I bought a brand new, special ordered Cadillac convertible and had achieved most of the other goals I had set for myself. The conventions were fantastic and there was no end to uplifting competition, a salesman's dream. The money was great as long as you had a goal and even though in the beginning it was a man's world, and pretty one sided , by the time I was there a year, and proved myself, I was looked at as just another salesperson with something to share. Great company, Best vacuum there is.

    Cons

    Too many transit salesmen that are just looking for a buck without really learning the business and they give Kirby a bad name.

    Advice to Management

    Take more time to screen the applicants and let the "non-salespeople" go within 2 weeks instead of keeping them to get the friends & family sales and embarrass the name


  2. "To work for is thumbs down"

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    • Senior Management
    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee in Peoria, AZ
    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee in Peoria, AZ
    Doesn't Recommend
    Neutral Outlook
    No opinion of CEO

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

    Pros

    The kirby vacuum itself is really a great product best vacuum on the market nothing else compares
    You can always get repaired if needed

    Cons

    They don’t know how to treat there employees or customers all they care about is selling new machines
    They want to do away with all there service departments even if they have been in business for over 40 years

  3. "Most reviews are NOT on Kirby"

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    • Culture & Values
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    • Senior Management
    Current Employee - Staff Accountant in Cleveland, OH
    Current Employee - Staff Accountant in Cleveland, OH
    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    No opinion of CEO

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

    Pros

    The Kirby Co is ONLY in Cleveland, OH and Andrews, Tx. Any other locations are NOT truly the Kirby Co, but independent distrubutors. The corporate office & factory (in Cleve) has excellent culture, employees are like family. Personal and professional development is encouraged. Coworkers and supervisors, as well as other depaetments havr all been very kind, professional, and great to work with. High quality product manufactured in USA.

    Cons

    Pay is a bit low. Some systems could be updated. Being confused with individual distributors -especially that have had contracts ended for not complying with Kirby policies- is very frustrating.

    Advice to Management

    Join the 21st century in technology. Keep treating your workers well.


  4. "Update your processes"

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    • Senior Management
    Former Employee - Accountant
    Former Employee - Accountant

    I worked at Kirby Company full-time

    Pros

    Cafeteria where prices are subsidized by the company
    Company Events
    Great work life balance
    Ability to move around within the company

    Cons

    Extremely outdated processes and systems
    Not a team environment, felt like i was bothering people when I approached them on an issue
    Overall direction is missing


  5. Helpful (1)

    "Work hard.....Play hard!!!!!"

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    • Culture & Values
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    • Comp & Benefits
    • Senior Management
    Former Employee - Factory Distributor in Waycross, GA
    Former Employee - Factory Distributor in Waycross, GA
    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    Disapproves of CEO

    Pros

    You can earn a great living. The Sky's the limit. 5 star hotels. Travel where you wish. Believe and succeed. DREAM......

    Cons

    You must work hard. The business attracts a lot of people with questionable backgrounds. In today's world I would research the numbers.

    Advice to Management

    How high up do the (ahem)....negative (for lack of a better word) behaviors go?


  6. Helpful (4)

    "Bunch of Lies"

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

    Pros

    There are no pros to this company.

    Cons

    Lied about my hours. Lied about what I would be doing. There were no designated break or lunch times. Wanted us to lie to customers about what we could do with it. Also wanted us to get into peoples' houses no matter the cost despite people adamantly saying no.


  7. Helpful (1)

    "Boring"

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    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee

    Pros

    Make decent money
    Fun promotionals

    Cons

    Very very competitive
    Long Hours

  8. Helpful (2)

    "Secretary"

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

    Pros

    Modern building, friendly co-workers, free lunch

    Cons

    Long hours, low pay, no benefits


  9. Helpful (2)

    "Stay Away"

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    • Comp & Benefits
    • Senior Management
    Former Employee - Office Administrator in Hickory, NC
    Former Employee - Office Administrator in Hickory, NC
    Doesn't Recommend
    Negative Outlook

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

    Pros

    Grot to meet new people

    Cons

    Unprofessional music and language
    Very deceiving company

    Advice to Management

    Close this company down


  10. "Appointment setter"

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    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    • Comp & Benefits
    • Senior Management
    Former Employee - Customer Service
    Former Employee - Customer Service
    Recommends
    Positive Outlook

    I worked at Kirby Company part-time (More than 5 years)

    Pros

    Because I got to meet people explain about the Kirby vacuum machine let them know how is work for a life time

    Cons

    When I use to set appointment confirm with customers stated they will be home take that long ride after u call customer stated they are home find out when you get their customer not home

    Advice to Management

    Always be good to customer even if you wrong make it right away keep a pleasant smile on your face have a good attitude to work always be on time

    Kirby Company Response

    Aug 8, 2016 – Manager

    Thank you for taking time to share your comments. We appreciate the time you spent as an independent salesperson of Kirby products and wish you all the best!


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