Sales Co-Worker/Super Seller (Former Employee) – Vaughan, ON – 10 December 2018
Had an amazing time working with awesome colleagues, learned a lot during my tenure at IKEA, but the opportunity to advance was hard and felt like it was dependent on whether management favored you or not.
This job is great for students, flexible hours, great benefits, they let you learn a lot. If you have an issue though do not expect management to do anything to help. It is a big company, they do not have time for you, HR is included in that. They have so much to do that they don't have time to help employees. Advancement opportunities can be there, but if you do not want to be a department manager, you must be willing to relocate.
Restaurant Line Cook, Vaughn Ontario (Current Employee) – Vaughan, ON – 22 November 2018
A typical day at Ikea is fairly busy, busiest times are lunch. afternoon going into the evening. The culture is great, everyone accepts everyone, and we all work together as a team to get the job done. The management is great and they are always on top of things, hardest thing to deal with for them and also us co workers are sick calls just because it can get so busy. Everyone there is laid back, and just simply coming to work is the best because of the people you work with. At Ikea, everyone is a friend and not just a co worker. The environment is always a good vibe.
All staff meals are $4.00. Ikea covers health, insurance etc.
Can get too busy and you feel like everyone is being overworked, especially with not enough staff.
Sales Representative (Current Employee) – North York, ON – 22 November 2018
It's a retail job, so expect to work evenings and weekends and have your hours spread all over the place. Managers will constantly call/text you and beg you to come to work for extra shifts to cover for people that either quit or called in sick just because they wanted a day off.
Hourly rates are extremely low and guaranteed to keep you living in poverty. Yearly raises are a joke at just a few extra cents an hour, and that's assuming that you qualify for a raise. Even managers get paid a low salary unless they make it into the elite "steering team".
Opportunities for advancement are limited and by the time a position gets posted, the management team will usually have a candidate in mind anyway.
Top level managers like to brag about how much they enjoy their vacations and adventures around the world and will post pictures and silly comments on the employee boards and internal email messages sent to all low pay coworkers who can barely afford to feed their families.
The company offers a yearly bonus awarded to all employees assuming that the store meets its goals. Unfortunately the goals set by the head office are so unrealistic that we didn't get a bonus for 2 years in a row now.
Extremely low pay. Rude customers. No work/life balance.
Dishwasher (Former Employee) – Burlington, ON – 20 November 2018
I didn't work for IKEA very long but the one thing that made the job was the community. The co-workers make the tough work worth it when you call everyone a friend in your department. Even the co-workers from other departments show respect to all who call themselves IKEA family.
Cheap lunches, great co-workers, positive work environment
Checkout Services Co-worker (Former Employee) – Vaughan, ON – 16 November 2018
PROS: Company culture and values are amazing Treats employees extremely well Amazing benefits for part timers and competitive wages with opportunity for raises Welcoming environment with friendly co-workers
CONS: Minimal work/life balance Schedule is unfairly made; not very accommodating for students Very busy majority of the time; always feel exhausted after work Long shifts with a lot of standing Management is helpful to an extent
Sales Associate (Part-time) (Current Employee) – Toronto, ON – 8 November 2018
Not the easiest place to work but such a great work environment. Limited work/life balance due to the implementation of NEW POLICIES that only allow you 13 weekends off in a year that must be booked in over a month in advance. Management depends on location but Etobicoke is very passive, Vaughan is the much more lax, and North York is more aggressive in terms of store goals. Constantly changing of health care benefits was stressful. So are the drastic hour cuts at Etobicoke - imagine getting 30 hours a week and then suddenly you are only scheduled for 5 hours.
Health care, RRSP matching, and great work culture.
Country Sales Specialist (Current Employee) – Burlington, ON – 3 November 2018
Everything is achievable in IKEA culture. I could reach all my dreams here. You can work out of box and bring all your idea for improvement and managers are almost open to new ideas. This is the part that I really liked about this company.
Amazing work culture, sub par Management, not very flexible for students
Food Restaurant Cook & Server (Current Employee) – Ottawa, ON – 30 October 2018
Typical shift is 5-8 hours depending. When you start working in the restaurant, you are initially trained on the serving line and then advancement to ovens and other duties are determined from there. You will only be trained to do certain tasks only if you show initiative that you want to learn, otherwise management will not teach you, yes even if it seems essential. The most enjoyable part of the job is the people; everyone is very nice to you and friendly and your coworkers become your family. This company is not very flexible with student availability. If you are on a part-time contract where you work 12-19 hours a week, you must be available for 37 hours and two nights. This is not very practical if you are in school 20-30 hours a week and have homework on top or are in night school.
Self Serve Warehouse Co-worker (Current Employee) – Richmond, BC – 14 October 2018
IKEA is a decent place to start your work experience: friendly co-workers, cheap meals, decent discount. The problems however sometime outweigh the benefits, low pay for the amount of work you do here which leads to lack of staff because people quit and not many people will do the job for that amount of pay, management limits your rate of growth in the company (game of thrones kinda deal). All and all not a terrible place to work, but definitely has problems.
Goods Flow Co-worker at Logistics Department (Former Employee) – Toronto, ON – 12 October 2018
minimum wage for entry level positions, but with benefits after 3 months of probation period Friendly colleagues and supervisors. A lot of trainings and they actually pay for that time you spent on trainings. Fire safety trainings almost every week
Nanny (Former Employee) – London, ON – 30 September 2018
Ikea is an amazing company to work for. The company has an amazing set of values which they encourage each and every employee to follow. They see mistakes as learning opportunities and treat every employee with respect.
Chef d'équipe (Former Employee) – Montréal, QC – 23 September 2018
It is not what is used to be. Overload of work with constant stress on productivity ...it is becoming Amazon in a way. Salary is not lower then the surround but for the extremly hight rate of visitors that ikea gets it is low