IKEA Reviews

Updated 27 August, 2014
Updated 27 August, 2014
551 Reviews

3.6
551 Reviews
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Review Highlights

Pros
  • Great benefits, Store Manager who really cares about everyone, fun place to work (in 55 reviews)

  • Great team, good benefits, great work-life balance, opportunities for development & growth (in 24 reviews)


Cons
  • work life balance is not always at the forfront for coworkers (in 18 reviews)

  • coming from a part time you will not choose to do a full time job or work more hours (in 18 reviews)

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Employee Reviews

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  1.  

    Cashier

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    Former Employee - Cashier  in  Edmonton, AB
    Former Employee - Cashier in Edmonton, AB

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

    Pros

    Very professional, very clear about what your duties and roles are, which is surprisingly uncommon in retail. The cafetaria is the best lunch-room I've ever had at any job - the I believe $5 lunch buffets everyday were awesome and the staff who served it were very nice. Also, they were generous with breaks, which is not always the case in Alberta as they are not technically mandatory.

    Cons

    Not many opportunities to get to know your co-workers... part of this is just the professional atmosphere, the managers are a bit more serious than some retail settings. Also, the incentive program is funny but also pretty lousy - 15 perfect cashes for a free $0.99 ice cream is pretty lame, to be honest.

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    Maybe make a more fun working environment... although I doubt there is a huge incentive to do so since retail generally has quick turnover rates.

    Recommends
    Neutral Outlook
  2.  

    Great company for global insights and experience.

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    • Career Opportunities
    Former Employee - Steering Manager
    Former Employee - Steering Manager

    I worked at IKEA full-time for more than 5 years

    Pros

    Good retail learning environment, with many different area's in which to advance your skills. Opportunities are endless if you choose to be semi mobile. Decent benefits plan and they try hard to maintain the work-life balance, but you have to remember it still is retail and retail has its busy seasons.

    Cons

    Training is only OK if you are a floor co-worker. Middle management has more advanced training opportunities, but you have to be with the company for a longer period of time. IKEA apparently likes to change store managers every 3-4yrs so that there is always new ideas, and ongoing development, however they need to be way more aware of how their store managers are leading, influencing and conducting themselves. Discussing co-worker personal items at break time without the person in question there is very unprofessional.

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    Change the store managers out when they have become complacent, using double standards to treat senior managers differently, and don't follow policy

    Neutral Outlook
    No opinion of CEO
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    I worked at IKEA full-time for more than 8 years

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    Current Employee - Visual Merchandiser  in  Toronto, ON
    Current Employee - Visual Merchandiser in Toronto, ON

    I have been working at IKEA full-time for more than 8 years

    Pros

    There are some great people who can really teach you and have a passion for what they do.

    Cons

    typically retail environment. All about the bottom line

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    recognize talent.

    Doesn't Recommend
    Approves of CEO
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  5.  

    Lots of team spirit

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    • Career Opportunities
    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee  in  Toronto, ON
    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee in Toronto, ON

    I worked at IKEA full-time for more than 5 years

    Pros

    There are some great people who can really teach you and have a passion for what they do.

    Cons

    typically retail environment. All about the bottom line

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    recognize talent.

    Recommends
    Neutral Outlook
    No opinion of CEO
  6.  

    Absolutely amazing work experience

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    • Career Opportunities
    Former Employee - Sales Associate  in  Woodbridge, ON
    Former Employee - Sales Associate in Woodbridge, ON

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

    Pros

    The overall community the store has together is great. Absolutely loved my job and its benefits even though i was part time. Companies values are great and can be used when looking at working at other companies

    Cons

    the only problem was the customers.. Sometimes they can be rude

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    Dont change anythign they are doing things right

    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    Approves of CEO
  7.  

    Great workplace with a lot of opportunity for growth.

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    • Career Opportunities
    Current Employee - Certified Kitchen Seller
    Current Employee - Certified Kitchen Seller

    I have been working at IKEA full-time for more than a year

    Pros

    Great benefits and friendly working environment. There is a lot of opportunity for growth if you seek it. The compensation is good and work varies from day to day making it more enjoyable and not feeling like a repetitive task.

    Cons

    The store sees to be lenient with enforcing goals at times. It is a retail environment and goals are set to be met, yet when it is visible that someone is not performing up to par it is very rare that there is any enforcement, other than that there is no major cons.

    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    No opinion of CEO
  8.  

    Good teamwork

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    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee

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

    Pros

    There was good team work

    Cons

    Haphazard shifts and late hours

    Doesn't Recommend
    Neutral Outlook
  9.  

    Welcoming, informative and inclusive

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    • Career Opportunities
    Former Employee - Merchandising  in  Toronto, ON
    Former Employee - Merchandising in Toronto, ON

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

    Pros

    Professional sales, product and management training.

    Cons

    Greater networking between departments to better learn details and people in each
    in turn helps to understand and promote all areas of Ikea as a whole

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    Always promote happy, positive informative approach and direction.

    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
  10.  

    Friendly staff, good pay

    Former Employee - Customer Service Representative  in  Coquitlam, BC
    Former Employee - Customer Service Representative in Coquitlam, BC

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

    Pros

    great co-workers, fun atmosphere, good benefits, competitive salary

    Cons

    long interview process, lots of turnover so retraining new staff takes a lot of resources. Hard to get FT work

  11.  

    Employees have a say

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    Former Employee - Operational Support  in  Brossard, QC
    Former Employee - Operational Support in Brossard, QC

    I worked at IKEA as a contractor for more than 3 years

    Pros

    They have great salaries for the positions and an open door policy making it really easy to talk to management. They also work hard to being a sustainable company.

    Cons

    Ikea uses lots of contractuals which results in huge turnarounds and constant training, the advantages if you become full time though are immense.

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    Sometimes being too close to the employees can hurt, especially when favorites are picked.

    Recommends
    Neutral Outlook
    No opinion of CEO

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