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Wolverine Worldwide Reviews

Updated March 15, 2017
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Wolverine Worldwide Chief Executive Officer and President Blake W. Krueger
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Pros
  • Good sense on community & good work life balance (in 8 reviews)

  • It was a nice collaborative work environment with a sense of community (in 14 reviews)

Cons
  • fickle leadership from corporate - goals unclear and not passed down effectively, bad work life balance, not enough formal professional development (in 9 reviews)

  • Corporate is VERY disorganized, upper-management in general isn't stellar (in 16 reviews)

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  1. "Ohio Distribution Center"

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    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee in Brookville, OH
    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee in Brookville, OH
    Doesn't Recommend
    Neutral Outlook
    No opinion of CEO

    I worked at Wolverine Worldwide full-time

    Pros

    Work is fairly easy and there is a chance to earn incentive money for achieving goals.

    Cons

    Very cut throat place. Everyone tells on everyone and there is open hostility towards temporary employees. People are rude and run in cliques. If you make a mistake, be prepared for management to bring a full page color photo of it to you. It some how makes more sense to stop all production and run down 3 floors to get someone to take a picture of the mistake instead of simply fixing it. Certain employees will ram your cart and everything on it, if they even remotely feel it is in their way. Temporary employees need to clock in 90 work days before they will even be considered for employment. This place is FILTHY. I have seen the same food residue on cafeteria tables for over a week. The restrooms look like a gas station, same poop stains everyday. There is no pride in work or even the building. management falling asleep in the office on third.

    Advice to Management

    Hire a janitor and raise your wages. You can't expect a temporary to want to hire on if there is no raise. Crack the whip on poor attitudes and bad behavior. Make the management come out of the office very once in a while. If people are this disgruntled, improve the situation.


  2. Helpful (1)

    "Complete lack of guidance,mentoring and training"

    Star Star Star Star Star
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    Former Employee - Assistant Store Manager in Savannah, GA
    Former Employee - Assistant Store Manager in Savannah, GA
    Doesn't Recommend
    No opinion of CEO

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

    Pros

    The company had great benefits. Most of the staff were great to work with. The hours of operation worked well with not being open after 8

    Cons

    The higher level management was demeaning and negative to staff. Constantly blamed managers for issues within the store that were pre-existing. Complete lack of on the job training as well as mentoring to assure the staff were up to date on all aspects of the company.

    Advice to Management

    Do not allow your managers to speak to the staff in such a way they no longer want to work anymore


  3. "I run the lasting lines"

    Star Star Star Star Star
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    Current Employee - I'm A Caser At Wolverine World Wide in Barryton, MI
    Current Employee - I'm A Caser At Wolverine World Wide in Barryton, MI
    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    Approves of CEO

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

    Pros

    It's simple work for the most part

    Cons

    Your work alot of overtime you don't get much time with your families

    Advice to Management

    They suck need to get better bosses


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  5. Helpful (3)

    "IT"

    Star Star Star Star Star
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    Former Employee - Database Administrator in Rockford, MI
    Former Employee - Database Administrator in Rockford, MI
    Doesn't Recommend
    Negative Outlook
    No opinion of CEO

    I worked at Wolverine Worldwide (More than 10 years)

    Pros

    The benefits package was slightly above average and the salary compensation was comparable to other employers in the area.

    Cons

    The management philosophy was very draconian. If you made a mistake, you were severely punished psychologically and belittled. Managers and team leads do not get ANY training in leadership beyond buzz words. The "Management Values" are not adhered to in any shape or form and frankly were an insulting joke. They would say that they value input, but only if it fits their current view of things. Creativity was squashed and risk taking was actively discouraged. Wolverine is a study in how NOT to manage people. Backstabbing is the only way to get ahead.

    Advice to Management

    You say you value your employees, but your management team consistently shows differently. Valuable talent left you and you were happy to see them go because they upset the status quo. Eventually your bubble is going to burst and you won't have the talent to survive it.


  6. Helpful (1)

    "Selfish unethical managers"

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    Former Employee - Staff in Rockford, MI
    Former Employee - Staff in Rockford, MI
    Doesn't Recommend
    Negative Outlook
    Disapproves of CEO

    Pros

    you get paid, but not that much

    Cons

    they are all greedy seflish managers and department leads fight like gang leaders

    Advice to Management

    grow up


  7. Helpful (5)

    "Disappointing Transitions - Out-of-Touch Leadership"

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    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee in Comstock Park, MI
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee in Comstock Park, MI
    Doesn't Recommend
    Negative Outlook
    Disapproves of CEO

    I have been working at Wolverine Worldwide (More than 5 years)

    Pros

    Benefits packages is pretty good
    Some flexibility of schedule

    Cons

    -Frantic decision making
    -CEO is completely out of touch
    -Lack of direction - long range plans are uncertain
    -Emergency projects are constant, taking away from daily operational needs while incredibly under-staffed
    -Work-Life balance is difficult to have without getting in trouble (if you don't respond to calls/e-mails at all hours of the day, it's almost the end of the world)
    -The "Wolverine Way" is a joke because it's not brought to action by the company

    Advice to Management

    Blake needs to stop cracking jokes about having to pay for his kid's vacations out of pocket (that are likely equal to a quarter of most employee's salary), the pay increases of upper management (he joked about a 15% increase for someone when the majority of staff doesn't receive a 3% Cost of Living increase on an annual basis), and expressing shock that the employees of the company use the services of Two Ten more than they put in.

    If he thinks that the company takes care of its people, the information about needing public service assistance should be a wake up call, but instead we get the same speech every year about him not understanding why employees take advantage of the programs that we pay into.

    Staff is incredibly tight in many, if not most, departments leading to higher stress, inability to efficiently finish projects, and fear of losing jobs because we are stretched too thin.

    Take care of your people and they will be motivated to help the company succeed. Continue to take advantage of your people and the company will fail.


  8. Helpful (2)

    "Leadership MIA"

    Star Star Star Star Star
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    • Senior Management
    Current Employee - Store Manager in New York, NY
    Current Employee - Store Manager in New York, NY
    Doesn't Recommend
    Negative Outlook
    No opinion of CEO

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

    Pros

    Independence. Make your own schedule. Make lots of your own decisions because DMs live far away and are not available. Good product line. Casual dress code. OK pay for SM.

    Cons

    No leadership. 4 DMs in 18 months. The DM that visited regularly and improved sales was downsized? Only contact with new DM was weekly conference call. No partnership or development of SMs. Always overstocked and merchandisers have no clue.

    Advice to Management

    They wouldn't listen to advice from the field, why give it.


  9. Helpful (8)

    "Cultural Flux"

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    • Senior Management
    Former Employee - Marketing Manager in Rockford, MI
    Former Employee - Marketing Manager in Rockford, MI
    Doesn't Recommend
    Neutral Outlook
    Disapproves of CEO

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

    Pros

    Solid health benefits, great product discounts, access to trails, fun product and new, updated work spaces (it is really great WWW invested in their employees with an inspiring work environment).

    Cons

    The senior leadership team tries to correct systematic issues through downsizing and constant restructuring (specifically, shuffling around leadership) instead of addressing the problems top down.

    The organizational culture is very hierarchical with little shared corporate vision. There is a constant fear among employees they'll be restructured out / lost their jobs every winter.

    WWW reacts to wall street vs consumers.

    The bonus program for middle management and below is embarrassing.

    In the past couple of years, it seems like titles have become grossly inflated at the management level. Many managers were made directors and many directors were made VPs. Yet, specialists I, II and IIIs are stuck without career mapping/growth plans to make the jump to manager.

    Advice to Management

    It really appears WWW is in a state of cultural flux since the acquisition of the Boston Brands. There are real reasons why employees are leaving in droves (which NEVER happened 5-10 years ago). Employees feel unappreciated and just want to make a positive contribution to the business. The cultural change must start at the CEO level. Practice what you preach (when you say people are your greatest asset).


  10. Helpful (5)

    "10 year management"

    Star Star Star Star Star
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    • Senior Management
    Former Employee - Brand Vice President in Rockford, MI
    Former Employee - Brand Vice President in Rockford, MI
    Doesn't Recommend
    Negative Outlook
    Disapproves of CEO

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

    Pros

    Very few anymore- location,some good people trying to make impossible demands work and becoming resentful. Grand Rapids is a nice city

    Cons

    Mean angry culture- starting with Blake. Plays favorites-kicks lower levels. Politics rules the brands. Huge talent flight in last few years leaving a shell of a company. Nobody left- and can't attract talent.

    Advice to Management

    Your reputation is so bad, You will not get any good talent unless you change key players. Writing is on the wall


  11. Helpful (1)

    "my review of www"

    Star Star Star Star Star
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    • Senior Management
    Former Employee - Distribution Tech in Louisville, KY
    Former Employee - Distribution Tech in Louisville, KY
    Doesn't Recommend
    Neutral Outlook

    Pros

    Three week vacations the first year off the bat

    Cons

    No raises and if your not in there click your screwed

    Advice to Management

    Need better and more team leads and are able to find when something comes up anytime during the day !



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