KraftMaid Cabinetry

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KraftMaid Cabinetry Reviews

Updated 28 August 2014
Updated 28 August 2014
18 Reviews
2.5
18 Reviews
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  1.  

    Great place except for the upper management

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    Current Employee - Quality Manager in Tampa, FL (US)
    Current Employee - Quality Manager in Tampa, FL (US)

    I have been working at KraftMaid Cabinetry full-time (more than 3 years)

    Pros

    coworkers are great to work with

    Cons

    bad upper management and horrible culture

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    Stop micromanaging your mid level managers

    Doesn't Recommend
    Neutral Outlook
    No opinion of CEO
  2.  

    Not a good place for workers

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    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee

    I worked at KraftMaid Cabinetry

    Pros

    Great pay, decent benefits, most supervisors are easy to get along with

    Cons

    Looks at workers as a number. Lots of layoffs.

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    Treat your employees with respect. They work hard for it.

    Doesn't Recommend
    Negative Outlook
    No opinion of CEO
  3.  

    I learned a lot while working for this company.

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    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee

    I worked at KraftMaid Cabinetry full-time (more than 10 years)

    Pros

    It is like working with a family. People work together to get the job done. They are a company that helps with the local area.

    Cons

    In the summer it is extremely hot working in the factory do to all the equipment. They seem to have scheduling issues.

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    Listen more to the people on the floor that are actually doing the work before making changes to the bonuses, benefits, and perks for working with the company. There are very many employees that have great ideas; but no one listens to them.

    Recommends
    Neutral Outlook
    No opinion of CEO
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  5.  

    At the time, a company in flux

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    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee

    I worked at KraftMaid Cabinetry full-time

    Pros

    Good compensation and benefits
    Excellent product discounts for employees
    Good job security

    Cons

    Limited understanding of digital marketing
    Beholden to over-arching parent corporation

    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    No opinion of CEO
  6.  

    Loved this company and the people that I worked with. Management at Ann Arbor has no clue how this company runs.

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    Former Employee - Customer Service in Middlefield, OH (US)
    Former Employee - Customer Service in Middlefield, OH (US)

    I worked at KraftMaid Cabinetry full-time (more than 10 years)

    Pros

    Good people and good company. Pay was very good and competitive.

    Cons

    Management in Ann Arbor does not have a clue how to run this company. No interaction with the employees that do the work.

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    Ask for the employees help and advice. These people have valuable skills and experience!

    Recommends
    Neutral Outlook
    No opinion of CEO
  7.  

    Worst employment experience of my life - 7 years of hell

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    Former Employee - KAAT Builder in Middlefield, OH (US)
    Former Employee - KAAT Builder in Middlefield, OH (US)

    I worked at KraftMaid Cabinetry full-time (more than 5 years)

    Pros

    Pay was decent for being a semi-skilled position that didn't require a college education. I learned how not to treat employees while working there -- that came in handy for my next job.

    Cons

    1) As an assembly (KAAT) employee, your ideas are irrelevant. Don't bother bringing up your opinion, peon, and get back to work. You're not being paid to think,
    2) Quality assurance is a joke, and is only considered when the QA department is auditing your department at any given time.
    3) Hit your projected production numbers for the hour or else. Work harder, faster, and don't you dare make a mistake, If you do, you will be berated and made to stop what you're doing to fix it, then will be reprimanded for not hitting your hourly numbers. Rinse and repeat.
    4) Management will lie to you in order to keep morale in that cushy spot between dissatisfaction and outright mutiny. Expect no more or less from them - they're in the same boat, just higher up the chain.
    5) You and your coworkers will be reminded on a near-daily basis that if you don't like working at KM/Masco, McDonald's is hiring. So clever.
    6) The half-assed JIT system is in shambles. Staging and milling are overworked and under the same conditions as assembly, so their output is rarely timely or in any way resembles a quality product.
    7) Since we live in the United States of America, you may think that hard work and initiative will eventually be rewarded by increased opportunities, but get that silly idea out of your head if you work for Masco. You are a cog, and a disposable and contemptable one at that. Hit your pay ceiling (or don't) and shut up. No one is interested in any other skills or knowledge that you may think that you can bring to the table. Your ideas, if raised to management, will fall on deaf ears, unless someone in management thinks they can use them and snag all the credit for it. If someone in middle-management has their eye on you to become a supervisor, DO NOT TAKE THE BAIT. I saw MANY good, hard workers go down that path and lose their jobs when the going got tough, with no option to return to their prior positions.
    8) You are expected to have the utmost loyalty to Masco/Kraftmaid, but that is a one-way street. Do not make the mistake of thinking that this company cares one iota about its employees.
    9) This company is a sinking ship. If you haven't already, get a backup plan and get the hell out of there, unless you want to be let go at the same time as everyone else. The job pool will be diluted and it will likely be very difficult to find something else, as you'll be competing with your former corowkers.
    10) I could really write a book about the horrible way this company conducts itself, but I have leaves to rake. Maybe I'll add more if this site lets me edit my post.

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    Keep doing what you're doing, guys. Eventually, you'll whittle this company down to nothing and will get the opportunity to spread your cancerous business ideologies to other firms.

    Doesn't Recommend
    Negative Outlook
    Disapproves of CEO
  8.  

    Crazy dictatorship.. Managers and supervisors are so scared of losing their jobs, they're just a bunch of yes men.

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    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee

    I have been working at KraftMaid Cabinetry full-time

    Pros

    Decent pay
    cheap and good benefits

    Cons

    Company is in financial crisis
    Micro-managing Leadership
    No Job Security
    Location is in the middle of no-where
    No upward mobility
    No development opportunities
    Horrible company and sales outlook
    Equipment is in dire straits
    Slimy business practices
    Very under-educated leadership
    No work/life balance
    Noisy environment

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    Sell!

    Doesn't Recommend
    Negative Outlook
    Disapproves of CEO
  9. 1 person found this helpful  

    Someone put this company out of its misery!

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    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee in Middlefield, OH (US)
    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee in Middlefield, OH (US)

    I worked at KraftMaid Cabinetry full-time

    Pros

    Some of the stupidity was laughable. Some of it could have been laughable had it not been so unbelievable.

    Cons

    1. You have people in positions of power that know NOTHING about engineering, systems, quality, etc... The fact that these morons think that they knew something was even more entertaining.
    2. There wasn't any innovation in this company...just a bad verson of the "The Little Train that could." Projects were being recycled over and over, each time the result was a painful death. Maybe a note to self: Changing paint color isn't considered innovative in the real world. As Mr. Webster states: Definition of INNOVATION. something (as a device) created for the first time through the use of the imagination.
    3. Your intelligence is the average of your peers. So when you have to have an employee development class on how to read a tape measurer...well, what can I say? I would laugh except it just wasn't as funny to experience. Seriously.
    4. "Run, Forest, Run!" Get the hell out if you haven't already. If there was an option to not give this company any stars, I would. Working there was the worst experience of my life. Working for a bipolar insecured boss that looked like a tree stump, priceless. I now have stories to tell.

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    Get off your high horse and actually read a book about how to properly manage your people. Degrading and intimidating them actually makes you look more like the village idiot (and that's disturbing since you're surrounded by idiots already). Get rid of the Kraftmaid "Lifers" who are still left at the top. You need new blood that knows something about the 21st century technology. Lastly, you need to take a look at some of these upper management lying about their qualifications.

    Doesn't Recommend
    Negative Outlook
    Disapproves of CEO
  10.  

    Hard work and takes a toll on your body

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    • Senior Management
    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    Former Employee - Builder
    Former Employee - Builder

    I worked at KraftMaid Cabinetry full-time (more than 5 years)

    Pros

    The pay is not bad and if you count benefits and 401k your doing okay for a job that requires no college degree.

    Cons

    Poor leadership that makes the floor employees feel forgotten.

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    Treat your employees like humans

    Recommends
    Neutral Outlook
    Approves of CEO
  11. 1 person found this helpful  

    Employees are made aware how expendable they are on this sinking ship.

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    • Senior Management
    • Career Opportunities
    Former Employee - Customer Service Associate in Middlefield, OH (US)
    Former Employee - Customer Service Associate in Middlefield, OH (US)

    I worked at KraftMaid Cabinetry

    Pros

    The pay rate is excellent.

    Cons

    There is no autonomy granted to employees. Masco/Kraftmaid pulls the wool over employee's eyes concerning company wide decisions that have an impact on their livelihoods. For instance, days prior to a layoff all coordinators on the production floor reassured their departments that an upcoming layoff was just a rumor. Two days later a memo was posted stating that if an employee's hire date was prior to the date listed that they would have to be let go. After said employees were laid off there was not enough individuals left for all departments to function properly. Management is all about passing the buck here.....accountability is moved from one managers shoulders to the next down until an issue is forgotten rather than resolved. The housing market/scam of 2007 can only be blamed for so long before management re-evaluates decisions they have made.

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    Company wide meetings with the president of the company that are relayed via pre-recorded media is a blatant disregard for employee's opinions and/or feelings. In reference to the question below about Tom Chieffe...he is no longer with the company. He resigned as he was able to foresee the company declining.

    Doesn't Recommend
    No opinion of CEO

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