Steinhafels Reviews

Updated 17 January, 2015
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  1. Helpful (1)

    Great place to work if you have ambition!!

    • Comp & Benefits
    • Work/Life Balance
    • Senior Management
    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee

    I have been working at Steinhafels full-time (More than a year)

    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    Recommends
    Positive Outlook

    Pros

    At our store 15 + employees gross over $100000.00 per year

    Cons

    Only the self motivated succeed. Lots of time in wasted training

    Advice to Management

    Pay management for training

  2. Great place to spend your working life

    • Comp & Benefits
    • Work/Life Balance
    • Senior Management
    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    Former Employee - Corporate in Waukesha, WI (US)
    Former Employee - Corporate in Waukesha, WI (US)

    I worked at Steinhafels full-time

    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    Approves of CEO
    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    Approves of CEO

    Pros

    The atmosphere is very family friendly. Beautiful buildings, nice benefits. For the most part, everyone in the office is very helpful and open to new ideas and suggestions.

    Cons

    Limited growth in certain areas.

  3. Helpful (1)

    Overall, their distribution center is a nice place to work

    • Comp & Benefits
    • Work/Life Balance
    • Senior Management
    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee

    I have been working at Steinhafels full-time

    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    Approves of CEO
    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    Approves of CEO

    Pros

    Management is friendly and fair. They are always interested in hearing new ideas, though, of course, they won't/can't implement all of them. They are good at promoting from within. The owners have great vision, and are fiscally responsible. This keeps the company financially strong, growing, and able to weather tough times.

    Cons

    Sometimes there's a bit of 1st shift vs 2nd shift that goes on. Where upper management is fair overall, there is sometimes the perception that 1st shift gets more done.

    Advice to Management

    Continue to promote a unified team culture

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  5. Times are a changin'

    • Comp & Benefits
    • Work/Life Balance
    • Senior Management
    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    Former Employee - Sales in Madison, WI (US)
    Former Employee - Sales in Madison, WI (US)

    I worked at Steinhafels part-time (More than 10 years)

    Doesn't Recommend
    Positive Outlook
    Approves of CEO
    Doesn't Recommend
    Positive Outlook
    Approves of CEO

    Pros

    Growing company and a market leader, good policies that makes selling easier, good advertising to drive traffic, 401k match and profit sharing, competitive commission pay, and ok insurance plans.

    Cons

    Company has stated values that it doesn't live by, minimum standards for production increased by decent intervals each of the last 3-4 years causing a stressful environment that is very cut throat. Treatment of sales staff is not consistent and rules are not clearly laid out; not that rules matter as long as the sale is made mentality.

  6. Good company, poorly handled mattress stores

    • Comp & Benefits
    • Work/Life Balance
    • Senior Management
    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    Former Employee - Sales Associate in Milwaukee, WI (US)
    Former Employee - Sales Associate in Milwaukee, WI (US)

    I worked at Steinhafels full-time (Less than a year)

    Neutral Outlook
    Approves of CEO
    Neutral Outlook
    Approves of CEO

    Pros

    Benefits
    Starting pay plus commission
    Excellent training
    Great coworkers

    Cons

    Fluctuating MONTHLY goals
    Goals not based on customer traffic
    Sales, management, and department heads only want to communicate through email

    Advice to Management

    Don't treat the mattress store employees as sub-human... It's understandable that the purpose is to drive business to the main stores, but when it felt like no one cared about the mattress stores.

  7. Helpful (1)

    Have to swim with the sharks.

    • Comp & Benefits
    • Work/Life Balance
    • Senior Management
    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    Current Employee - Sales Associate in Vernon Hills, IL (US)
    Current Employee - Sales Associate in Vernon Hills, IL (US)

    I have been working at Steinhafels full-time

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

    Pros

    Beautiful store with a huge selection of furniture.

    Cons

    They do not live by their value of integrity. The sales floor is not well-managed, and some dishonest associates are allowed to thrive and prosper. Those who live by the rules do not benefit from it.

    Advice to Management

    Use common sense in hiring and firing. Don't hire someone who clearly cannot learn the computer system, and don't fire a hard-worker who knows the job and is in a slump on ONE of the many goals required.

  8. Helpful (2)

    Good Company

    • Comp & Benefits
    • Work/Life Balance
    • Senior Management
    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    Current Employee - Home Furnishing Consultant in Madison, WI (US)
    Current Employee - Home Furnishing Consultant in Madison, WI (US)

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

    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    Approves of CEO
    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    Approves of CEO

    Pros

    Great people
    Make $30,000+ a year working part time if your good
    Family owned
    Free lunch on Saturdays (and not just subs and pizza... Good food!)
    Flexible scheduling

    Cons

    Always work weekends
    Top earners are less likely to receive disciplinary action for breaking floor rules.
    Acceptable performance standards must be met each quarter.
    HAVE to sell protection plans and design packages. It can be stressful!

    Advice to Management

    Allow Sales Associates to leave early from time to time without any of the guff. We work on 100% commission, if a customer hasn't walked in the store in 2 hours why are you keeping us all? Be creative and make up fun furniture /vendor knowledge games or store tagging challenges to determine which employee(s) of the handful inquiring, gets an early out.

  9. Helpful (1)

    Little Value in Employees

    • Comp & Benefits
    • Work/Life Balance
    • Senior Management
    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    Former Employee - Sales and Customer Service in Waukesha, WI (US)
    Former Employee - Sales and Customer Service in Waukesha, WI (US)

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

    Doesn't Recommend
    Neutral Outlook
    Approves of CEO
    Doesn't Recommend
    Neutral Outlook
    Approves of CEO

    Pros

    The flexibility of scheduling was nice. Networking provided through employment as excellent.

    Cons

    Treatment of employees was sub-par. An inability to hear a good a idea and test it out, rigid environment to work in where change was slow. Constant turn-over an moving of management.

    Pretty boring work, sales employees often created messes just to make the sale and then expected customer service representatives to clean it up and deal with angry customers.

    Advice to Management

    Appreciate the employees you have more.

  10. Great place to work!

    • Comp & Benefits
    • Work/Life Balance
    • Senior Management
    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    Current Employee - Sales Associate in Waukesha, WI (US)
    Current Employee - Sales Associate in Waukesha, WI (US)

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

    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    Approves of CEO
    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    Approves of CEO

    Pros

    Steinhafels is a well run, family owned company. They give their employees lots of tools to do their job well. If you have the skills, you can make really good money.

    Cons

    No benefits for part timers.

    Advice to Management

    Management is too busy to be saddled with training new people. They are constantly getting pulled in 50 different directions. They need to assign a dedicated trainer on the sales floor.

  11. A great work environment

    • Comp & Benefits
    • Work/Life Balance
    • Senior Management
    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee

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

    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    Approves of CEO
    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    Approves of CEO

    Pros

    A great work/life balance. Still has a lot of the benefits of a family owned business---you are actually a person here. It's nice to work in a store that customers love so much....Owners and directors are personally involved and know the sales team on an individual basis.

    Cons

    Cross team communication can be a challenge.

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