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Nebraska Furniture Mart Reviews

Updated December 14, 2018
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Nebraska Furniture Mart Chairman and CEO Irv Blumkin
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Pros
  • "Great benefits and ability to create your own business within a business" (in 32 reviews)

  • "pays well good benefits discounts" (in 27 reviews)

Cons
  • "Retail Hours (this is just the nature of the business)" (in 14 reviews)

  • "Hours; they will flood the floor with sales people during slow months" (in 12 reviews)

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  1. "Love it here"

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

    I have been working at Nebraska Furniture Mart full-time

    Pros

    Management is extremely supportive and empowering. Their is always plenty of room for professional and personal growth.

    Cons

    It's a retail business so chances are you're working weekends.

    Advice to Management

    I love it here.


  2. "Great place to work"

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

    Pros

    The pay is great, not a lot of experience necessary to make 6 figure or close income

    Cons

    Sales caps out and once your there, there is not a ton of room to move upward without taking a pay cut to be a manager

  3. "Sales"

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    • Senior Management
    Current Employee - Home Office Sales in The Colony, TX
    Current Employee - Home Office Sales in The Colony, TX
    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    Approves of CEO

    I have been working at Nebraska Furniture Mart full-time (More than a year)

    Pros

    Honesty & Integrity are valued here!
    Great Health Benefits
    Competitive Pay/PTO TIME
    Incredible Employee Recognition/Acknowledgement

    Cons

    There’s always some grumpy people in every workplace. Not everyone loves what they do. But still easy to work along side of.

    Advice to Management

    I appreciate their open willingness to communicate with staff. And their true open door policy.


  4. "A company that actually cares about it’s employees"

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    Current Employee - Visual Merchandiser in Omaha, NE
    Current Employee - Visual Merchandiser in Omaha, NE
    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    Approves of CEO

    I have been working at Nebraska Furniture Mart full-time (More than a year)

    Pros

    Great culture. Fellow workers are respectful and helpful. Feels like family. I look forward to going to work every day.

    Cons

    Some of the people in decision making buying positions are book smart but don’t have enough experience to make wise decisions. Costly mistakes.

    Advice to Management

    Hire people with experience for the positions where company money is spent.


  5. "Great environment and job security."

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    Current Employee - Category Analyst in Omaha, NE
    Current Employee - Category Analyst in Omaha, NE
    Recommends
    Neutral Outlook
    Approves of CEO

    I have been working at Nebraska Furniture Mart full-time (More than 5 years)

    Pros

    Family orientated and open door policy

    Cons

    Favoritism is HUGE throughout the company


  6. "Overall great place to work"

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    Current Employee - Process Improvement Analyst II in Omaha, NE
    Current Employee - Process Improvement Analyst II in Omaha, NE
    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    Approves of CEO

    I have been working at Nebraska Furniture Mart full-time (More than 10 years)

    Pros

    Employee relationships, flexible, benefits, environment

    Cons

    Favoritism, gender inequality, inconsistent recognition

    Advice to Management

    Require mnagers to give more recognition, very lopsided dept to dept


  7. "Mixed Messages Confuses Employees"

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    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Recommends
    Neutral Outlook
    Approves of CEO

    I worked at Nebraska Furniture Mart full-time

    Pros

    Financially stable large company with 4 locations in different states, owned by Berkshire-Hathaway (Warren Buffet), offers employees great benefits. Great products for the home (furniture, appliance, electronics and more), great initial training, claims to value employees and upper management talks about work/life balance (closed on all major holidays, rewards for employees). Beautiful work environment.

    Cons

    I worked at the last store they built. It was so huge that when it opened, they had to hire a tremendous amount of people to staff it. Not all were really qualified. They also did not take advantage of the qualified people's knowledge of the area which could have alleviated some issues . Initially advertising in the local area did not reflect the demographics they were trying to attract. Had major issues with delivery and issues with delivery and product damages reflected on the initial sales person's income, even if it was not their fault. Middle management was under the gun, which resulted in a lot of qualified personnel being fired or quitting by just walking out with no notice. Management asked for input from employees, but when it was given, it was often ignored. Management often claimed that all stores had to have the same procedures, but we would find out that that was not always the case. The mixed messages we got from upper management and middle management confused the employees. Turnover was destabilizing.

    Advice to Management

    Listen to your qualified employees. Address issues that affect their growth and income potential. Burnout can become an issue. Recognize issues and acknowledge them. And in the future if you open additional stores in different states, use the knowledge of your qualified employees as to the local buyer climate.

  8. Helpful (1)

    "Before you apply *READ*"

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    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee in Omaha, NE
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee in Omaha, NE
    Doesn't Recommend
    Negative Outlook
    No opinion of CEO

    I have been working at Nebraska Furniture Mart full-time (More than 5 years)

    Pros

    Pay and benefits are better than most retail companies out there.

    Cons

    The following is solely towards sales positions as I can not speak for any other positions. This company makes you feel as if the most important thing is there core values but seem to have forgotten them years ago. Every new rule seems to target sales staff for everything wrong with NFM but they don't bother to look at the real problems like unnecessary returns that put our jobs at risk. Every six months new rules come out that take all of our rewards away, like better pricing on clearance and letting vendors give us gifts. Growth within the company once you become a salesperson is incredible difficult, near impossible, that is unless you know someone in the department you want to go to. Bachelor's degree won't help neither, the sales floor is basically like a car dealership. Before you apply, please walk the follow and ask salespeople their honest opinion about working here, because trust me this rating is fix for sure.

    Advice to Management

    Don't forget that you your once a salesperson. Some managers need to get off their high horse and learn to be true managers, ones that inspire people to be better, not inspire people to leave elsewhere.


  9. "Not a bad place"

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

    I have been working at Nebraska Furniture Mart full-time

    Pros

    Good pay and good people

    Cons

    Culture has shifted to a more micromanaging place

    Advice to Management

    Trust employees


  10. "Commissioned Sales"

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    Current Employee - Commissioned Sales in Kansas City, KS
    Current Employee - Commissioned Sales in Kansas City, KS
    Doesn't Recommend
    Negative Outlook
    Disapproves of CEO

    I have been working at Nebraska Furniture Mart full-time (Less than a year)

    Pros

    Not being chained to a desk

    Cons

    Volunteering my time. When customer traffic is slow, it’s highly likely that I’ll end the day with zero money earned. No sales, no money. Most days typically are not heavy traffic. Many people ask for help, we call managers to get prices lowered, we literally move furniture and mattresses - we do it knowing that if they don’t buy, we did it for free. If I were wealthy and didn’t have a family to support, this program would work😮

    Advice to Management

    Use common sense and start treating sales people like we are worthy of more than indentured servitude.