Fluid was a company the promoted a family feeling. All along trying to keep you in your place. The only saving grace was the few people that you will work with that share your burden and help you as much as they can. The hours are long (sometimes 60 hours a week) with very little appreciation from upper management or the sales people you strive to help complete their projects.
The hardest part of the job is trying to keep your head above water as more and more responsibility's are thrust upon you that are in no way able to be completed by one individual. Although this gave you the ability to grow and become stronger, it was expected to be done ahead of schedule and with no issues or complications.
Few individuals that would keep your spirits up.
Slow to respond to issues with other employees and management.
Lead Installer/Service Technician (Former Employee) – Varies – June 27, 2017
This company is going downhill fast. They have lost many good employees and refuse to correct the major issues causing long time employees to leave. They most recently lost their Director of Operations and Chief Financial Officer.
They think the way to growth is to constant underbid on jobs then complain when profit margins are lower than anticipated. Just because you have more jobs doesn't mean you will make more when you are lowering your bids to get them!!
They are increase profit margins now by underpaying their employees. We have people who have been with the company for 5+ years making barely $15/hr while we bring in new temps and employees at $17/hr +.
The company benefits are laughable and pay raises are non-existent. You have to negotiate when coming in the door because that is what you will be making for the next 5+ years.
Do not expect a life/work balance. They like to push their MANDATORY volunteer overtime on everyone. It is not unheard of for people to work over 1k hrs in overtime a year (there are 2080 work hours in a year btw) so that is doing a half year of labor in JUST overtime. The shame is that is the only way people can keep their jobs (by making the company happy with all the overtime) and also support their families (Need the overtime to make up for the paltry pay)
What else is there to say? They do a good job on their furniture and the furniture is nice. Then again that is all they care about.
Former Employee (Former Employee) – Minneapolis, MN – June 9, 2017
The overall atmosphere of Fluid Interiors is extremely fun and laid back. Tons of wonderful benefits including yearly bonus, 401K match, 1/2 day PTO for your birthday, and gym membership reimbursement. However, management could be better.
I worked for a good company that had the same core value beliefs that I have. I really enjoyed working with all the people at this company since everyone is so passionate at what they do. The management team is awesome! They really go above and beyond with training employees and really care about the company. The culture of the company is innovative, family orientated, and hard working. The hardest part of the job would be that there will be so much work and not enough people to help. Working with amazing and talented group of people was my most favorite part of this job.
commercial furniture technician (Former Employee) – Brooklyn Center, MN – October 6, 2014
do not work here....., very bad place. bad breaks. boring work. management is terrible . unorganized. blame game . wasting company money. everyone for them self. but goodluck getting anywhere in the furniture business!! its a joke.