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Wolverine Worldwide Reviews

Updated March 11, 2017
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Wolverine Worldwide Chief Executive Officer and President Blake W. Krueger
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Pros
  • Good benefits & employee discount (in 13 reviews)

  • I've worked with a lot of great people during my time, some of them even growing into good friends (in 13 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. Helpful (1)

    "Wolverine is a company that does a lot to accomplish very little."

    Star Star Star Star Star
    • Work/Life Balance
    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    • Comp & Benefits
    • Senior Management
    Former Employee - Part Time Keyholder in Towson, MD
    Former Employee - Part Time Keyholder in Towson, MD
    Doesn't Recommend
    Negative Outlook
    Disapproves of CEO

    I worked at Wolverine Worldwide part-time (More than a year)

    Pros

    We get free shoes...that's probably the only good thing about working for this company. But then again, the quality of the clothes and shoes are deteriorating so it may not be an actual pro after all.

    Cons

    Sales associate and key holders get the short end of the stick always even though we do the most work. They don't like giving raises. The quality of the product is bad so you'll have to deal with angry customers all the time. Corporate sends i necessary training modules every other week on the same topics. Processing shipment is an organized process that should be improved. Processing personal checks is a process that should be improved. Over all it's little things about Sperry/wolverine that make the company and unpleasant place to work.

    Advice to Management

    Treat the key holders and sales associates better.


  2. Helpful (1)

    "The company is great for customers not so much for staff"

    Star Star Star Star Star
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    • Career Opportunities
    • Comp & Benefits
    • Senior Management
    Former Employee - Sales Associate in Chicago, IL
    Former Employee - Sales Associate in Chicago, IL
    Doesn't Recommend
    Neutral Outlook
    No opinion of CEO

    I worked at Wolverine Worldwide part-time (More than a year)

    Pros

    The environment is friendly because Stride Rite is a children's shoe store

    Cons

    The managers do not take into consideration the schedules of their employees. I often had to take back shoes passed our refund policy because they want to make sure costumers are completely satisfied. It's nice they treat customers so well but the store lost so much money from people taking advantage of the system that the store was forced to close. Also I worked at Stride Rite for only a year and had 4 different managers.


  3. Helpful (1)

    "Stay far far away"

    Star Star Star Star Star
    • Work/Life Balance
    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    • Comp & Benefits
    • Senior Management
    Former Employee - Store Manager
    Former Employee - Store Manager
    Doesn't Recommend
    Negative Outlook
    No opinion of CEO

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

    Pros

    First impressiom was great or so I thought.

    Cons

    Welcome to stride rite, where all the rules are made up and your life doesn't matter! My last month there I worked 28 days straight with no days off and no care or recognition for my hard work. If it wasn't for the pay and benfits I would have left ages ago. Stride Rite is failing fast and theyre closing stores reguardless if your store is doing well or not. This year they closed over 100 locations. Unless you work for their other brands (Sperry,Saucony, Merrell) your screwed. Much more to say but too much to type.

    Advice to Management

    Take better care of your employees


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  5. Helpful (3)

    "Original Owners are rolling in their graves......"

    Star Star Star Star Star
    • Work/Life Balance
    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    • Comp & Benefits
    • Senior Management
    Former Employee - Store Manager in Seneca Falls, NY
    Former Employee - Store Manager in Seneca Falls, NY
    Doesn't Recommend
    Negative Outlook
    Disapproves of CEO

    I worked at Wolverine Worldwide full-time (More than 10 years)

    Pros

    Good employee discount. They are pretty flexible in letting you set your store the way you see fit. Most DM's are friendly.

    Cons

    Upper management and staff have never worked in a store. They do not listen to managers who have been there longer than they have. Rely way too much on surveys as an indicatorof customer satisfaction..

    Advice to Management

    Get rid of surveys. They don't work. They especially don't work if you tell customers how to fill them out. If you listen to store staff, maybe you won't be closing stores left and right.


  6. Helpful (2)

    "Slow, Old Thinking"

    Star Star Star Star Star
    • Work/Life Balance
    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    • Comp & Benefits
    • Senior Management
    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Doesn't Recommend
    Neutral Outlook
    No opinion of CEO

    I worked at Wolverine Worldwide full-time

    Pros

    1. Friendly folks.
    2. Nice discount.
    3. Okay cafeteria on-site.

    Cons

    1. Hard to break into an existing culture and environment with old and slow thinking.
    2. Location (HQ) is out of nowhere.
    3. Moving up is very difficult unless you're willing to cater to personal relationships.
    4. Some senior management are very unfriendly and feared across their departments.
    5. Company's strategy is always changing, keeping employees on their toes.
    6. Many people have been there for long time. It is hard to make a change and get a real opportunity and challenge.

    Advice to Management

    Challenge the old and the new. Find who is unwilling to change. This will help your image and show how serious you are regarding the culture and breathing new air into your company. Use ideas implemented in companies you have acquired or from your peers.


  7. Helpful (1)

    "Wolverine"

    Star Star Star Star Star
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    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    • Comp & Benefits
    • Senior Management
    Former Employee - Analyst in Waltham, MA
    Former Employee - Analyst in Waltham, MA
    Doesn't Recommend
    Negative Outlook
    No opinion of CEO

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

    Pros

    Great people and work life balance in the Waltham office

    Cons

    Very low pay
    No decision making involved
    It feels as if analysts are just reporting numbers instead of recommending ideas

    Advice to Management

    Michigan office needs to have some disconnect with Waltham Office.


  8. Helpful (4)

    "Hope it Improves Soon....."

    Star Star Star Star Star
    • Work/Life Balance
    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    • Comp & Benefits
    • Senior Management
    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee in Rockford, MI
    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee in Rockford, MI
    Doesn't Recommend
    Neutral Outlook

    I worked at Wolverine Worldwide full-time (More than 5 years)

    Pros

    access to well known brands, product discount, opportunities to move up and around company are endless, decent 401k match, travel opportunities are there if you're in the right brand/position

    Cons

    poor HR, lowest pay rate in nation, high turnover in every brand/division, yearly layoffs, expensive benefits, no investment in employee growth, always hiring from outside, poor work/life balance, upper management is male lead with very few females in VP or higher positions, poor maternity leave options, location of corporate office is not great (western MI), management and executives are always promoted while more and more mid/jr level employees quit to go to different companies or are just given more work without more pay, PTO is terrible until you hit five years, hiring process takes longer than necessary (poor HR department)

    Advice to Management

    Invest more in employees, promote from within, worry more about employees than the bottom line


  9. Helpful (3)

    "If you feel ignored, you are."

    Star Star Star Star Star
    • Work/Life Balance
    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    • Comp & Benefits
    • Senior Management
    Former Employee - Store Manager
    Former Employee - Store Manager
    Doesn't Recommend
    Neutral Outlook
    Disapproves of CEO

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

    Pros

    Great discount, good benefits, some professional development, interesting and fun coworkers, the joys of retail

    Cons

    poor quality control for products, mixed messages and general lack of support from corporate office, brands take a 'better than you' attitude toward retail staff, retail stores have a high turnover and quality employees are not retained, extremely corporate and stodgy environment

    Advice to Management

    If you want to play all the less-than-fun corporate brown-nosing for advancement games while feeling like the entirety of the company looks down on you, than a management position with Hush Puppies Retail / Wolverine Worldwide is definitely for you! Rather than recognize the people and divisions representing their brands and hustling to achieve, they would rather play corporate politics and cut off their nose to spite their face. Otherwise a fun place to work, but not if you're a professional adult that wants to feel like they have the chance to achieve success.


  10. Helpful (2)

    "Manager"

    Star Star Star Star Star
    • Work/Life Balance
    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    • Comp & Benefits
    • Senior Management
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Negative Outlook
    No opinion of CEO

    Pros

    Stow environment is condusive to great customer service and overall satisfaction of the product. We have many repeat customers who love the product. Very cute store

    Cons

    Problems with being contantly over stocked in slow moving product. Hourly rate of pay for part time associates is not competitive resulting in high turn over


  11. Helpful (2)

    "Sales"

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

    I have been working at Wolverine Worldwide full-time (More than 10 years)

    Pros

    Big company should have the ability to leverage strength in the market place

    Cons

    Struggle with communication and leadership



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