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World Kitchen Reviews

Updated September 15, 2017
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Pros
  • Company has great products, large distribution and growth potential (in 7 reviews)

  • World Kitchen has some great brands you grew up with such as Pyrex, Corelle and Corningware and some great talent (in 6 reviews)

Cons
  • No LP director, lack of communication, DM'S are not supportive, no room for growth, No team spirit on conference calls or participation (in 3 reviews)

  • A manufacturing & sourcing company with no experience in these areas at the corporate level (in 2 reviews)

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  1. Helpful (1)

    "Good but department gets over run by marketing demands and needs."

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    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee in Rosemont, IL
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee in Rosemont, IL
    Doesn't Recommend
    Neutral Outlook
    No opinion of CEO

    I have been working at World Kitchen full-time (Less than a year)

    Pros

    Good work, lacks research in product development

    Cons

    Needs to involve end users into product development rather than just the marketing department.


  2. Helpful (1)

    "A risky place to work"

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

    I worked at World Kitchen full-time

    Pros

    World Kitchen has some great brands you grew up with such as Pyrex, Corelle and Corningware and some great talent. The corporate office has a rather cool environment and with an on-site health club. The computer systems work well with consistently good support. If you find your niche you can enjoy it there at least until the tide changes. The company is working on building the culture which helps employees tolerate the cons.

    Cons

    Many people think the long living brands mean the company has deep pockets where the reality is housewares is highly competitive, margins can be tight and the company is private equity owned. World Kitchen can go thru ebbs and flows and a department, team or initiative in focus one period can fall out of favor the next. They don't have the budget to do everything they really need to fully invest in the business so working there can be challenging and, sad to witness, a bit like musical chairs. Some employees become protective of their turf. Loyalty, human capital and good performance taken for granted (disposable) by management who has to make numbers or story for the next board meeting.

    Advice to Management

    Actions speak louder than words

  3. Helpful (1)

    "Bad Management"

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    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee in Corning, NY
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee in Corning, NY
    Doesn't Recommend
    Negative Outlook

    I have been working at World Kitchen full-time (More than 5 years)

    Pros

    salaries and benefits are decent

    Cons

    A great deal of favortism concerning the Finishing Dept

    Advice to Management

    Finishing Dept Office turning into a employee hangout where they have access to files, scheduling and etime. People have been currying a lot favortism from management and employee privacy has been compromised


  4. "Careful out there....... (you Have Been Warned!)"

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    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee in Rosemont, IL
    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee in Rosemont, IL
    Doesn't Recommend
    Negative Outlook
    No opinion of CEO

    I worked at World Kitchen full-time (More than 5 years)

    Pros

    - Great Brands.

    -Competent Manufacturing and Supply Chain Function.

    -Great Leads at Product Development and Brand Management.

    -Competent and honest mid-level Management.

    Cons

    -Lack of credibility of HR Leadership.

    - Lots of (empty) talk about Culture and Values coming from HR and former CEO, and blatant disconnects with actual Culture and Values. Double standards not unusual, often starting at the top.

    -Lots of competent people let go over the past few years, many of them failing because of CEO and Top Management openly undermining them or using them as short fuses.

    -Toxic behaviors openly tolerated as far as you deliver the numbers and are close with the former CEO.

    Advice to Management

    New Leadership (August 2017) has the opportunity to draw a line, reset the Culture and stop tolerating behaviors that would last seconds in other Companies. HR has to reinvent itself as a first step.


  5. Helpful (2)

    "Growing company of stable household goods"

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    Current Employee - B2B Sales Representative in Greencastle, PA
    Current Employee - B2B Sales Representative in Greencastle, PA
    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    Approves of CEO

    I have been working at World Kitchen full-time (More than 10 years)

    Pros

    Company has great products, large distribution and growth potential.

    Cons

    Limited opportunities for advancement in corporate.


  6. Helpful (1)

    "Awesome place to work, amazing culture!"

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    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee in Rosemont, IL
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee in Rosemont, IL
    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    Approves of CEO

    I have been working at World Kitchen full-time (Less than a year)

    Pros

    This is one, if not the best places I have ever worked. People are wonderful and we are passionate about what we do. The focus is on team collaboration and how to do things better together.

    Cons

    Have not found any yet...

    Advice to Management

    Keep up the good work on building a great culture and following through at all levels.


  7. "PT Keyholder"

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    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee

    I worked at World Kitchen part-time

    Pros

    Employee discount, reasonable hours, decent goals

    Cons

    Unprofessional management, customer store tracker

  8. "Production Supervisor"

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

    I have been working at World Kitchen full-time

    Pros

    Newly purchased provides revenue for improvements. Good goals for the future.

    Cons

    Management struggles to control the union environment.


  9. "Very concerned for safety for ALL employees"

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    Current Employee - Assistant Manager
    Current Employee - Assistant Manager
    Doesn't Recommend
    Neutral Outlook
    No opinion of CEO

    I have been working at World Kitchen full-time (Less than a year)

    Pros

    The best reason, if any at all is the employee dicount. Flexible schedule and floors etc are not as frequented.

    Cons

    No LP director, lack of communication, DM'S are not supportive, no room for growth, No team spirit on conference calls or participation. Minimum payroll so it is one individual alone in the store for extensive hours . If an individual falls there is No one to witness or assist.

    Advice to Management

    There should always be 2 coverage for safety concerns and LP issues. This will lesson the liability on the company and save money on workman's comp issues. It will also make your associates feel more safe within the store and going to the bank. Also less internal theft issues.


  10. Helpful (1)

    "Not horrible but there's better places to work out there."

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

    Pros

    Pay is fair for what you do, some people are great to work with. My manager was excellent.

    Cons

    Hectic environment, very little incentive to do well. Always feel like you're not doing well enough regardless of results.


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