IKEA: High potential, Low participation.
Associate (Current Employee) – IL – May 14, 2019
IKEA is a privately held company that has a great mission, product, and culture. It comes down to the individual store you end up at which dictates your overall experience. The company is still coming up from a major restructuring that changed many aspects of operations that were left alone for too many years.
There is an underlying unwillingness to adapt to new processes to meet the goals of the restructuring in spite of all the talk (there’s plenty of it). A lot of the tenured “leadership” that stayed with the company aren’t initiating the necessary change. There are some key players that try make it happen but often are met with push back which makes it difficult to achieve anything. I am fortunate to be a part of a cohesive team that has one of the more effective leaders, but there is a lot of potential in other departments that simply cannot come to fruition if there isn’t a strong and effective leader in place.
A major negative result of the restructuring is the slashing of payroll (an industry plague). There are less coworkers at any given time on the floor and it presents a challenge in many ways - ultimately compromising the shopper experience.
Progressive company culture, benefits, provided uniform
Pay is no longer competitive, limited hours, long turnaround for hiring