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  1. Helpful (1)

    "Great Company, great benefits!"

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    • Senior Management
    Current Employee - Department Manager in Glasgow, Scotland
    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    Approves of CEO

    I have been working at IKEA full-time

    Pros

    Good work-life balance, every second weekend off as a full-time employee. 7 weeks holiday per year (depending on length of service), paid nights out 3 times per year for all employees, holiday pay, sick pay, pension scheme with additional top ups by the company after 5 years service, xmas present, bonus scheme, subsidised staff restaurant. The autonomy to make your own decisions without fear of making a mistake.

    Cons

    There is always lots on the agenda and lack of resource to achieve it

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    IKEA2017-02-14
  2. "Great place to work"

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    Current Employee - Sales Manager in London, England
    Recommends
    Negative Outlook
    Approves of CEO

    I have been working at IKEA full-time for more than 5 years

    Pros

    Fantastic benefits and free food.

    Cons

    Not very flexible and work life balance

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    IKEA2019-08-15
  3. "Company on the decline"

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    Former Contractor - Sales Co-Worker in Nottingham, England
    Doesn't Recommend
    Neutral Outlook
    Approves of CEO

    I worked at IKEA for more than 3 years

    Pros

    Decent wage for part time workers at college, university, or single parents. Decent holiday entitlement Bonus scheme - yearly if company exceed targets Great colleagues - become part of a family

    Cons

    Awful management - "steering group"/top managers get paid to do absolutely nothing. Do not talk to or communicate with staff, to quote one "I don't need to tell them that, they're only co-workers". Staff are treated like slaves by management, unfairly discriminated against for being part time. Under 34 hour contracts have to work 3 in 4 weekends, full time work 2 in 4. Your social life/work life balance doesn't matter if you're not full time. The management do not care if you're struggling, they will not support. No progression - you are a pawn, you do not have any chance of progression. They just want you to do more than you're asked for - and for no reward or recognition, they promise you progression but it does not exist. Since the CEO Ingvar died, it has become a money making machine - no one matters.

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    IKEA2019-08-10
  4. Helpful (3)

    "ikea leeds where NEPOTISM CRONYISM BULLYING is rife"

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

    I have been working at IKEA full-time for 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

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    IKEA2019-02-27
  5. Helpful (4)

    "What happened to the values?"

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

    I worked at IKEA full-time for 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"

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    IKEA2019-02-21
  6. Helpful (2)

    "Reasonable employer, but not the best for customer service or loyalty to staff"

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    Former Employee - Co-worker- Sales Floor in Belfast, Northern Ireland
    Doesn't Recommend
    Positive Outlook

    I worked at IKEA part-time for more than a year

    Pros

    Reasonable pay Good discount and perks Cheap or free lunches Claim to be a value based company, that is about 60% true

    Cons

    Work/life balance poor for part time staff as they work most weekends. For example I often worked Friday afternoon until 10.00 pm, back in on Saturday at 12 noon until 10.00 pm and back in on Sunday 12.00 noon till 6.00pm. Usually worked more than the 20 hours contracted, nearly full time hours. Part time staff were employed to enable full time staff to have every other weekend off. It would be more fair if all staff got 1 in 3 weekends off. HR made promises about employment and broke the promises, therefore their values are flawed. As a company they are inflexible when it comes to customer service. As a customer I experienced two very poor instances of customer service.

    IKEA2017-07-08
  7. Helpful (2)

    "Mixed feelings"

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    Current Employee - Team Leader in Ashton-under-Lyne, England
    Doesn't Recommend
    Positive Outlook

    I have been working at IKEA full-time for more than 10 years

    Pros

    Great people and salary/benefits. Some great management.

    Cons

    Weak leadership, poor work/life balance. New starter and on-boarding process the worst of all places I have worked.

    IKEA2016-12-15
  8. "Great Culture"

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    Current Employee - Department Manager in Bristol, England
    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    Approves of CEO

    I have been working at IKEA full-time

    Pros

    Great culture - all about the people, benefits are comparable with other big retailers, having the option to take every other weekend off is a bonus (better work life balance)

    Cons

    too many meetings about "stuff", a very complicated retailer to work for, quite often it takes a long time for things to happen.

    IKEA2015-08-19
  9. "Good place to get experience with moderate compensation"

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    Current Employee - Shopkeeper in Katowice
    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    Approves of CEO

    I have been working at IKEA full-time for more than 3 years

    Pros

    You will get a lot of experience, get know-how for being a leader. Pretty fair work/life balance...

    Cons

    ... at the cost of not so great wage.

    IKEA2020-02-12
  10. Helpful (1)

    "Great place to work"

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    Former Employee - Shopkeeper in Toronto, ON
    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    Approves of CEO

    I worked at IKEA full-time for more than 3 years

    Pros

    Excellent culture and values. Strong brand identity. Great benefits and compensation. Fast paced environment. You will never be bored. Great work-life balance. Great people. If you are a genuine, hardworking and passionate person, I highly recommend working at IKEA. IKEA is a company that genuinely wants to do the right thing for people and the planet. If you want a job where you do the bear minimum, clock-in and clock-out and collect a check, look elsewhere. As a department manager, if you expect to spend most of your time in the office and not leading from the floor, look elsewhere.

    Cons

    Not all of these are cons, but some cautionary advise. Everyone has so much to do that it is impossible for them to do everything, as a leader, if you are not able to prioritize, you will not succeed. You will probably feel like you are not given enough resources to accomplish your tasks. There is a steep learning curve for those who are hired from external companies as leaders, be prepared to work long and hard while you get your bearings. You will not be good at your job for longer than you think. Be patient. Win the hearts and minds of as many people in the building as you can, you will need them one day. It can be slow to get things done. All changes require input from many partners/specialists in the store and there are non-negotiable guidelines for the ways of working; your autonomy is limited. At times, this can also feel limiting if you have a strong entrepreneurial spirit. Big organizational changes happen from the service office level from time to time and without warning. Though it is never explicitly stated, it feels as though internal restructuring is becoming a more routine practice for IKEA in order to stay competitive in the modern retail landscape.

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    IKEA2020-01-30

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