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Wolverine Worldwide Reviews

Updated November 13, 2017
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Wolverine Worldwide Chief Executive Officer and President Blake W. Krueger
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  • Retail hours don't always allow for the best work/life balance, especially during busy seasons (in 10 reviews)

  • Upper management rarely visited the store (in 18 reviews)

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  1. Helpful (1)

    "Not great place for growth in IT"

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    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee in Rockford, MI
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee in Rockford, MI
    Doesn't Recommend
    Neutral Outlook
    Disapproves of CEO

    I have been working at Wolverine Worldwide full-time (More than 3 years)

    Pros

    Flex (M - Th), Internal shoe sales, Fast paced

    Cons

    Very poor leadership, no growth, highly custom solutions, will take 10 - 15 years for cultural change

    Advice to Management

    Hopeless


  2. Helpful (2)

    "You are not heard"

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

    I worked at Wolverine Worldwide full-time

    Pros

    -People you work with are great
    -health benefits, good

    Cons

    -Opportunities are only available for big wigs
    -No growth
    -Hard to get hired
    -Low morale
    -Feel like a number
    -Fair amount of lay-offs
    -Insecure in no guarantee another MASS layoff will happen and will you be next?

    Advice to Management

    Management does the best they can with what they are given. It is the higher corporate which is the problem.

    Understand that people are NOT numbers, they are valuable. Very disappointing and shame shame.

  3. "Ok"

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    Former Employee - FT Key Holder in Tannersville, PA
    Former Employee - FT Key Holder in Tannersville, PA
    Neutral Outlook
    Disapproves of CEO

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

    Pros

    Decent benefits
    Decent Pay
    Good Environment but that varies by individual store team

    Cons

    Company's disregard for their great employees
    Poor communication between company and store managers


  4. "Upside opportunity but risky with little support"

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

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

    Pros

    Diverse brand portfolio with opportunity for growth

    Cons

    Frequent strategy shifts and short term gain mindset

    Advice to Management

    Broaden input to senior leadership and do not dismiss team recommendations or concerns


  5. Helpful (1)

    "District Manager"

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    Former Employee - District Manager in Los Angeles, CA
    Former Employee - District Manager in Los Angeles, CA
    Doesn't Recommend
    Negative Outlook
    No opinion of CEO

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

    Pros

    Great Product, Great product knowledge training

    Cons

    Learn to take care of there people

    Advice to Management

    Take care of people which are your biggest asset. Closing stores is not the way to turn your business to a positive to many people have lost there jobs due to poor management.


  6. "A job is a job sometimes."

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

    I worked at Wolverine Worldwide part-time

    Pros

    Working at a smaller company allowed be to move up quickly and have upper management easily accessible.

    Cons

    They mishandled paperwork which delayed my promotion for months and the RM/DM never acknowledged the store associates as key drivers to the business, but rather as individuals that could easily be replaced.

    Advice to Management

    Standardize your operations and learn to effectively communicate across all boards.


  7. "General Review"

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

    Pros

    Relatively flexible time for middle to upper management.
    Pay is OK

    Cons

    Management is more do as I say not as I do
    Priority seems to have shifted from making the brand great, to individuals making their resume/upward mobility great
    Constant un acheivable goals,l inked to bonus

    Advice to Management

    Stop Micro Managing.. Too many extra projects and meetigns

  8. "Current, but exiting employee"

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    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee

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

    Pros

    Competitive salary and benefits.
    Friendly, casual work environment.

    Cons

    Very short term vision that gets in the way of stated long term goals.
    In the five years I worked here, I had five different managers due to multiple "re-orgs". Each time, senior management stated that this was part of a long term vision to get the company back to a competitive and financially stable base of operations. However, if the changes do not have the desired effect within one year, they pull the plug and start again. These decisions appear to be entirely driven by the immediate need to placate investors at the time of annual reporting.

    Wolverine is headquartered in Grand Rapids Michigan with offices in Boston following the 2012 acquisition of Collective Brands. Over the intervening years, many key Boston based roles have been migrated to Michigan, so you should bear this in mind when applying for roles in Boston.


  9. Helpful (1)

    "Company in need of new leadership"

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    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

    Pros

    Hard-working intelligent employees who are adaptable to the constant changes in priority of company leaders. High quality of work produced. Team environment. Most employees work well together.

    Cons

    Company doesn't follow through on promises. Changes priorities regularly. Down-sized annually. Reactive not proactive. Needs to focus on growing business and brand awareness and not new "programs and initiatives" that do nothing externally for the company.

    Advice to Management

    New leadership is needed to turn around the company


  10. Helpful (1)

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

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    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.


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