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IKEA Reviews

Updated 21 October, 2017
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  • Work life balance can take a bit of a hit at times (in 55 reviews)

  • Work/life balance poor for part time staff as they work most weekends (in 55 reviews)

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  1. "Great starting job with upwards potential."

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    • Senior Management
    Current Employee - Goods Flow Co-worker in Burlington, ON
    Current Employee - Goods Flow Co-worker in Burlington, ON
    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    Approves of CEO

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

    Pros

    Great work environment with potential for growth

    Cons

    Inconsistent hours

     weekends are a must

    Advice to Management

    Work on making your schedule more flexible


  2. "Good Company to Start for First-timers"

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    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Recommends
    Neutral Outlook
    No opinion of CEO

    I have been working at IKEA part-time

    Pros

    -Adaptable fast-paced environment
    -Co-workers are friendly and would help newcomers get settled in
    -Improvement on public speaking, and problem solving

    Cons

    -Hard labour
    -Can get very hot (Only one IKEA in Edmonton)
    -Showroom can be very confusing at first

    Advice to Management

    Schedules just need to be mindful of others as they can be dreadful even if one person doesn't show up.


  3. "Cart and returns ( new employee), 15-25 Hours a week"

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    Current Employee - Cart Returns in Montreal, QC
    Current Employee - Cart Returns in Montreal, QC

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

    Pros

    - Growing salary (12-21$ CAD over 5 years)
    - Lots of benefits (dental,health, etc)
    - 2 weeks paid vacation after first year
    - 4$ meals (staff food and customer resto)
    - Flexible ( if you are part-time)
    - Great atmosphere
    - Great management

    Cons

    - Cut of hours around the middle of the year (for part-timers)
    - There are a lot of people who have gotten too comfortable and thus don't pull their weight in the company anymore, and others who have to work overtime to pick up the slack.
    - Ready to work outside in any type of weather ( for Carts)

    Advice to Management

    Need to bring structure back into the company, make sure proper handovers are done and every department fulfills the roles that they are supposed to.


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  5. "A great place to work but..."

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    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Recommends
    Neutral Outlook
    No opinion of CEO

    I have been working at IKEA full-time

    Pros

    - Great culture and atmosphere
    - Good benefits (dental, drug, health spending account, travel insurance, etc)
    - Good hours (at least for full timers)
    - Great people and leaders (well most of them)

    Cons

    - Not much structure
    - The illusion of being able to grow, without actually being given the opportunities
    - Education is undervalued
    - Low salaries
    - Bonus depends on how the store performs not on how well you perform
    - There are a lot of people who have gotten too comfortable and thus don't pull their weight in the company anymore, and others who have to work overtime to pick up the slack.

    Advice to Management

    Need to bring structure back into the company, make sure proper handovers are done and every department fulfills the roles that they are supposed to


  6. "Goodsflow"

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    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee in Ottawa, ON
    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee in Ottawa, ON
    Doesn't Recommend

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

    Pros

    The team has some good people working their

    Cons

    Very high turnover rate, management included. Managers get fired often. Working in the self serve area of the store, you are stocking heavy items all day, very low pay. Management is lost.

    Advice to Management

    Get a plan and stick to it.


  7. "Resolutions colleague"

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    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Recommends
    Neutral Outlook
    Approves of CEO

    I worked at IKEA full-time (More than 3 years)

    Pros

    Clean. Environmental.
    Great benefits. Friendly integration to the business model

    Cons

    Management not qualifies.
    Not very visionary

    Advice to Management

    Take a course on handling distress signals.
    Be alert


  8. "okay for a short time"

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    Former Employee - Sales Associate in Etobicoke, ON
    Former Employee - Sales Associate in Etobicoke, ON
    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    No opinion of CEO

    I worked at IKEA part-time (More than 3 years)

    Pros

    - flexible schedule
    - normally a great team

    Cons

    - management has no clue what it's like to actually work on the floor most of the time
    - the customers are the worst people you will meet


  9. "Ikea"

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    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    No opinion of CEO

    I have been working at IKEA part-time

    Pros

    Union, review every 6 months, pay increase every year
    opportunities to switch departents

    Cons

    Only 15% discount on products


  10. "Returns and Exchanges Co-Worker"

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    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee in Vaughan, ON
    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee in Vaughan, ON
    Doesn't Recommend
    Neutral Outlook
    No opinion of CEO

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

    Pros

    Co-workers in other departments were great to interact with.
    If you can deal with escalated customers, then it's actually pretty great.
    IKEA(as a whole) is environmentally conscientious.
    HR is very accommodating.
    Subsidised pricing on food/drink throughout the store.

    Cons

    Senior Co-Workers are allowed to bend the rules without consequence.
    Favouritism within the department from Management.
    No equal opportunities, if you slip up once(even if it's during your first couple shifts), you're stuck with that label of "screw up" (didn't happen to me, but a new employee)
    Lunch and break times only enforced with certain Co-Workers, others allowed to roam free.
    Dress code is only expected to be followed by some employees.
    Management is extremely temperamental, showing a range of moods in a very short time.
    Team leads are "nice" to workers only when they believe they will receive something in return(like staying longer than your shift, closing on a busy day even if you are supposed to finish before, working through lunch, switching terrible shifts).

    Advice to Management

    Practice patience, be better examples, stop showing favouritism, do a better job of training new employees, be kind and understanding, people are allowed to have bad days so remember that.


  11. "Great Place to Work"

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    • Senior Management
    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    Approves of CEO

    Pros

    - subsidized meals
    - great benefits
    - flexible hours
    - very friendly co-workers
    - lots of room to grow and move up
    - competitive wages

    Cons

    - no significant cons, overall great place to work for retail


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