Food Service Worker (Current Employee) – Toronto, ON – 14 November 2016
A typical day at work is usually busy in the weekends. What I learned is that Ikea is a great company to work with because it provides good benefits. The co-workers I work with are very friendly. The hardest part of the job is having to deal with difficult customers. The most enjoyable part of the job is when I get complimented by the customers with my work ethic and also my good customer service.
Customer Service Representative (Former Employee) – Burlington, ON – 19 October 2016
Great place to work, met and still have many great friends I met there, weekly hours not great. They don't gaurentee full time hours to PT, but it is possible to pick up shifts. Great as a part time job.
1) Good for students to be working part time and manage school/work balance 2) Company that gives a lot of opportunity to grow and to apply to more important positions. Company's visions is clear and easy to apply.
Sales Associate (Current Employee) – Toronto, ON – 26 September 2016
The store I work at is the busiest in the city and one pf the busiest in the country. There is always a lack of coworkers on busy periods and managers make you stay late. The pay is very low for such a huge retailer and the location is hardly accessible.
The bosses who work at the delivery counter suck. They are so rude to the employees and walk around like they know everything!!! One in particular i have lots of hateful words for her. She makes coming into work horrible. Do yourself a favor if you work for ikea dont work by the delivery counter you'll regret every minute of it
Receiving Associate (Former Employee) – Calgary, AB – 18 September 2016
When I started here I was 110% enthusiastic in making it work. By the end I was broken down faster than their furniture and I only lasted a little longer than 6 months.
Myself and an other guy were hired at same time and he just quit without notice in less than three months.
They preach Ikea propaganda they don't back up or stand behind. You will have every employee as your boss knit picking and watching your every move.
Most all employees in area I worked were emotionless Zombies with chips on their shoulders. Very clicky group of miserable acting people not happy with their job. Every morning I heard screaming and yelling profanity at each from drivers on the dock.
Jump start meetings every morning that are useless dribble with useless information on how many trailers you have to work that day. After a while you will just hear blah blah blah. Wasted time and brain numbing verbal garbage from power tripping employees who like to hear themselves talk.
Be prepared for a workout and to start sweating profusely for 5 hours of your shift because they turn the Air conditioning off until the store opens at 10. I hated being drenched and hot working in sweat drenched clothes lifting heavy product.
I hope you like working in the dark because they also dim the lights to save pennies on the dollar until store opens at 10. Go figure that products are put in wrong places by employees who can't see product codes in the dark.
You will have many bosses and who one hand doesn't know what the other is doing.Your always struggling where to put product that isn't needed andmore... product needed that is never ordered.
You will also have the pleasure of listening to the same bogus music and announcements that are played over and over and over again. It will make you insane faster than crazy house
Its was a unstructured Gong show that left me depressed and to quit without notice. It's better you keep this horrid place off your resume. It is a depressing and unhealthy environment to work. I've never felt better for quitting a job in my life.less
Co-Worker (Current Employee) – Toronto, ON – 6 September 2016
I don't think I have ever worked in a place that I enjoy so much. IKEA really checks off all the boxes to keep their employees happy.Their compensation packages are phenomenal and can support a parent. The pay is not something to complain about either. It's fairly decent and you get opportunities and changes to advance or gain a pay raise. Management is fantastic, they are thorough and try their best to accommodate their employees. Their HR practices are very good and make you feel safe in your job. The atmosphere is also great, it is positive, reinforcing and supportive.
What I've learned: As my education background is in HR, I truly admire their practices in IKEA and their business models. I've learned what makes employees happy and what is considered fair and how to apply them.
The hardest part: The hardest part in a retail industry will always be customers. Other than that there isn't much to complain about.
The job is straightforward, you complete your daily tasks and touch base with your manager, assistant manager, supervisors and co-workers.
Replenishment Associate (Current Employee) – Coquitlam, BC – 30 August 2016
A typical day working with the IKEA replenishment team requires fast thinking and problem solving skills along with having the physical ability to quickly do the job. Not only are those the attributes of working in such a place but most importantly teamwork and communication is the main priority when it comes to getting the job done in a complete and timely manner. Management in this department are seen as just like any other fellow co-worker, they are there on the floor supporting every co-worker on duty. Co-workers in the replenishment department work hard and are very supportive as well because like i said before, teamwork is key. The hardest part of the job is waking really early in the mornings and finding the energy to do the heavy lifting but once past that the most enjoyable part of the job is working with the friendly people that emphasize cooperation and maintaining the IKEA culture.
Check out services (Former Employee) – Toronto, ON – 15 August 2016
I did not enjoy working here at all. Some of the associates were awesome. The managers had fake attitudes. They gossiped about you instead of telling you what you were doing wrong. I felt uncomfortable and miserable there and would often come home feeling depressed. Not to mention they cut my hrs severely. Their excuse was, they thought I was going back to school. I knew that was a lie. I never wanna go there again
Place That Needs To Show More Respect to their Employees
Self Serve CoWorker (Current Employee) – Edmonton, AB – 11 August 2016
At first the job was alright, understandably I was to go through the learning process before promotion however no matter what I would do to advance through the company it seems like everything that I had done over and above expectations was blown off by managers.
My work schedule has failed to accommodate my life schedule and it feels like I'm only meant to work IKEA without any concern for my life out of work. I'm tired and stressed and unfortunately it has changed my attitude at the work place.
The Coworkers can be from anywhere from friendly and helpful to lazy and uncooperative I feel like the pack mule most of the time at work. Most times I feel as if we are understaffed 9/10 causing more pressure to myself and others on the floor.
All in all IKEA seems to be a decent company but I would seriously reconsider applying to this company. It's not worth it for your sanity unless you are all in for IKEA
Irratic Scheduling, Glass Ceiling Promotion, Managers Seem to care but don't
Kitchen Staff (Former Employee) – 1311 102 St NW, Edmonton, AB T6N 1M3 – 19 July 2016
A typical day was hot inside a small room filled with hot water and steam. I learned about how to properly clean dishes, stack dishes and put dishes away. My manager's were accomidating and understanding. My co-workers were talkitive and would always joke about the heat. The hardest part about working at Ikea was trying to keep the water out of my shoes. The most enjoyable part was the environment and the free lunches/ dinners.
-I learned lots about furniture / home decorating -management can sometimes be a little cliquey but overall ok -the coworkers I interacted with were awesome -hardest part of the job was dealing with tricky customers -most enjoyable part of the job was the perks and staff parties