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Updated 20 March 2019
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IKEA President and CEO Jesper Brodin
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Pros
  • "Excellent work/life balance where there is a huge sense of pride to work for IKEA" (in 115 reviews)

  • "Great benefits coworkers oriented plus advancement opportunities" (in 283 reviews)

Cons
  • "hard to get a work/life balance" (in 77 reviews)

  • "not really that many cons for part time" (in 69 reviews)

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  1. "Good to work"

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    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    • Comp & Benefits
    • Senior Management
    Current Employee - CO-Worker in Leeds, England
    Current Employee - CO-Worker in Leeds, England
    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    Approves of CEO

    I have been working at IKEA part-time (More than 3 years)

    Pros

    Bonus at the end of year good team to work with Xmas presents

    Cons

    Shifts are unreliable and a lot of the same shift


  2. "Awesome"

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    • Culture & Values
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    • Senior Management
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee in Leeds, England
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee in Leeds, England
    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    No opinion of CEO

    I have been working at IKEA full-time (More than 8 years)

    Pros

    Great opportunities, good people, good fun, Christmas present & other benefits

    Cons

    Staff food isn’t the best

  3. "Bedrooms Coworker"

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    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    • Comp & Benefits
    • Senior Management
    Current Employee - Bedrooms Co-worker in Leeds, England
    Current Employee - Bedrooms Co-worker in Leeds, England
    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    Approves of CEO

    I have been working at IKEA part-time (More than 3 years)

    Pros

    Management are fantastic, incredible opportunities, there’s so much help available if you want to push your career, so much more than just a furniture company!

    Cons

    Cannot think of any negatives about the company, my experience over the past 4 years has been amazing!


  4. "Great place to work."

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    • Senior Management
    Current Employee - Recovery Co-Worker in Glasgow, Scotland
    Current Employee - Recovery Co-Worker in Glasgow, Scotland
    Recommends
    Approves of CEO

    I have been working at IKEA part-time (More than a year)

    Pros

    The company treat you really well, living wage pay, great subsidised food and good discount.

    Cons

    Slow progression if you want to stick in for the long run. Depends what department you are in. Recovery is a bit slow to move on.


  5. "ikea leeds where NEPOTISM CRONYISM BULLYING is rife"

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    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee in Leeds, England
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee in Leeds, England
    Doesn't Recommend
    Negative Outlook
    Disapproves of CEO

    I have been working at IKEA full-time (More than 8 years)

    Pros

    christmas gifts
    other nice coworkers
    wage
    subsidised canteen
    nice free three course christmas dinner in two sittings but only in day time

    Cons

    if you a licker or friends or related to right people you will go far
    95% staff here related to each other but they do not want this widely known so you will find all little things out in canteen and at smoking shelter
    husband/wife. mum/daughter. cousins. next door neighbours. boyfriend/girlfriend. brothers. sisters.old class mates.
    if you do not do as they want they will push you to the edge making you unhappy in your job or so you leave
    terrible food for staff makes them visit nearby fast food and bring it in to canteen except if upper management visiting suddenly Gordon Ramsay cooking
    very sly but very good with underhand bullying tactics
    preference given to full time workers with set shift patterns but part time workers are used to buffer cover giving no cohesion not good work life balance
    never practise the values they spout all time Ingvar would turn in grave

    Advice to Management

    have less pretend meetings in canteen drinking tea gossiping
    work weekend lateshift once in while
    stop changing timekeeping kronos every week to suit yourselfs
    work past 4 oclock on hot sunny days past 2 oclock
    stop using excuse needs of the business to wet on people you dont like
    dont delegate tasks you are responsible for so you dont have to take the heat when they fail to be completed
    give job roles to people who actually know what they are doing


  6. Helpful (2)

    "What happened to the values?"

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    Former Employee - Manager in London, England
    Former Employee - Manager in London, England
    Doesn't Recommend
    Neutral Outlook
    Disapproves of CEO

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

    Pros

    Living Wage, work life balance

    Cons

    Since Ingvar died the company has taken the opportunity the make numerous people redundant, lower salaries, reduce benefits and make people work harder. This is know as "business transformation"

    Advice to Management

    Don't forget the values! And to senior leaders practice what you preach! Go and see what its really like to be a coworker living in London on a basic wage whilst you live a life so far from the actual reality of "the many"


  7. "Very Good Company"

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    Current Employee - Customer Relations Co-worker in Glasgow, Scotland
    Current Employee - Customer Relations Co-worker in Glasgow, Scotland
    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    Approves of CEO

    I have been working at IKEA part-time (Less than a year)

    Pros

    Amazing pay for entry level retail job, brilliant company to work for, never a dull moment

    Cons

    Tills and main entrance can be tedious

  8. "Good company to work for"

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    Current Employee - Digital Specialist in London, England
    Current Employee - Digital Specialist in London, England
    Recommends

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

    Pros

    People and office culture, good benefits and salaries.

    Cons

    Clock in and out in the office


  9. "Friendly company to work for"

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    • Senior Management
    Former Employee - Kitchen Designer in Nottingham, England
    Former Employee - Kitchen Designer in Nottingham, England

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

    Pros

    Friendly staff, subsidised food, nice working environment

    Cons

    Shifts, bank holiday and weekend work


  10. Helpful (1)

    "Ingvar 's IKEA no longer exists."

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    • Senior Management
    Former Employee - Manager in Milton Keynes, England
    Former Employee - Manager in Milton Keynes, England
    Doesn't Recommend
    Positive Outlook
    Approves of CEO

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

    Pros

    A good place to work when the business is making profit and hitting it's sales targets. Great comradery among the co workers.

    Cons

    A values based company and culture with senior management that show no values or compassion to its leaders. Store manager pretends to be an inspiring leader but in reality he is ruthless and uncompromising in his quest to achieve success at any cost.

    Advice to Management

    What values? be real and transparent when dealing with your people.
    Stop cutting off managers who don't fit in with your ideals and inner circle.