Pros: work life balance, healthcare, fellow coworkers
Cons: salary cap, job advancement
There's no such thing as a typical day in the Communications and Interior Design department at IKEA, but it can include planning, project phasing, implementation, meetings, vendor visits, work orders, client interactions and documentation work.
What I've really learned at my time with IKEA is that I am a function designer. I relish in minute details – more... and precision measurements. My passion is for cabinetry, closets, office spaces, and mill work. Oh, I can make it look good too, don't get me wrong. Nine years at one of the top furniture design companies in the world has taught me how to present a space that people will point to and take pictures of, and I'm proud of that.
It also doesn't hurt to work with some of the best coworkers and management teams you could ask for. I've made life long friends at IKEA and even after we've parted ways professionally, I know we'll keep in touch.
Which is one of the reasons leaving will be so hard, but the sad truth is, I'm salary capped, and there are very few upwardly mobile positions available. In the end, seeking employment outside of IKEA is a financial decision that I am making for my family.
So, if you're looking for a killer designer with crazy attention to detail, that's not afraid to get a little dirty and think outside the box, then, I'm you're new hire! – less