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Good Starter Job
Sales Associate (Former Employee) –  Richmond, BC5 February 2019
Great Place to work around school or another job. Unionized with great health and pension benefits. Management alright. Has its ups and down. Lots of place for growth and advancement within the retail company. Lots of great opportunities locally and abroad
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3.0
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Decent place to work part time.
Sales/Customer Service (Current Employee) –  Vaughan, ON20 January 2019
Good for part-time work, can feel like sort of a prison when working there many hours during the week. Standing and helping customers is fine, but shifts are way too long to be constantly standing.
Pros
Good work culture, Friendly environment, OK staff lunch.
Cons
Long hours of pointless standing, Some Micro management.
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OK for a while
Full-time Coworker (Former Employee) –  BC14 January 2019
OK for a while
Everyone is overworked
Severely, chronically understaffed
Poor management and opaque communication
Salary below average
Stores are starting to implement failed US changes to Canada
Pros
Lots of opportunity for growth if you take initiative
Cons
poor work-life balance for full-timers
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5.0
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Amazing company to work for
Sales Associate (Former Employee) –  Burlington, ON12 January 2019
Great work environment, awesome staff, like a second family. Excellent benefits, profit sharing after 3 years, bonuses and Xmas gift every year. The management is good with room for advancement, lots of training available, always up to date. Many social programs and charity work to get involved in. Annual semi formal Christmas parties and an annual summer party. Staff discount of 15% plus staff charge will allow you to buy stuff while they take a very small portion off each pay until it’s paid off. RRSP program available too. So many benefits I can’t list them all. The downsides are working sporadic shifts, almost every weekend, you could close then have to open the next day, happens often. It’s very very busy every weekend and everyday in the summer. If heavy crowds bother you, this wouldn’t be for you. The pay was competitive for retail but not since the minimum wage went up. It’s a lot of work for minimum wage, very heavy workloads and can get stressful with the amount of customers but with all the added benefits, it’s almost worth it. I don’t work there anymore but I would work there again and I would recommend.
Pros
Fun, great staff, tons of benefits, $4 staff meals
Cons
Working every weekend, irregular hours, low pay
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Great for students
Sales Associate (Former Employee) –  Boucherville, QC4 December 2018
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.
Pros
Staff Cafeteria, benefits, flexible hours
Cons
management, advancement, opportunities
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Hard job
Deliveryman (Former Employee) –  Montréal, QC30 November 2018
It's very hard to work there, and salary very low. very hard because you have to work not intelectually , you have to work physically, and after you'll have problems with the back , arms, e.t.c..
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Long days, low pay
Sales Representative (Current Employee) –  North York, ON22 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.
Pros
Co workers
Cons
Extremely low pay. Rude customers. No work/life balance.
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Good Part Time Job
Checkout Services Co-worker (Former Employee) –  Vaughan, ON16 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
Pros
nice people, great benefits
Cons
poor work-life balance
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Great work environment but...
Sales Associate (Part-time) (Current Employee) –  Toronto, ON8 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.
Pros
Health care, RRSP matching, and great work culture.
Cons
Huge hours cuts!
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5.0
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Best workplace ive been
Checkout Service Associate (Former Employee) –  Winnipeg, MB3 November 2018
Ikea is the best workplace that I had been with. The company takes care of you in every single way. Great benefits! and you won't feel pressured or any negative way in the company
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God help you if you want to move up
Sales Associate (Current Employee) –  North York, ON19 October 2018
The work is fine, the co-workers are cool, and the health coverage is great.

Half of the customers don't know what they want, and the other half wants a personal shopper.

If you plan on moving up in the store, make sure you suck up to every one above you. If there is a job openings they usually have some one in mind while posting the job.
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Good people, good stability
Self Serve Warehouse Co-worker (Current Employee) –  Richmond, BC14 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.
Pros
Lots of hours, new experiences, good people
Cons
low wages, poor management
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very safe workplace
Goods Flow Co-worker at Logistics Department (Former Employee) –  Toronto, ON12 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
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Yep
Chef d'équipe (Former Employee) –  Montréal, QC23 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
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great place to work
Cashier (Former Employee) –  Ottawa, ON10 September 2018
They have fair pay and benefits for all workers even part-time. It offers flexible hours. It is always a warm and welcoming environment. It is a great place to work.
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4.0
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High volume retail
Customer Relations Associate (Former Employee) –  Edmonton, AB6 September 2018
Working as a customer representative in carts taught me the importance of working concise and fast paced to support the volume in this retail setting. It also exposed me to working with customers and the importance of providing exceptional service.
Pros
Benefits and co-worker community
Cons
Weather conditions exposure
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Love it!
Logistics (Current Employee) –  Halifax, NS5 September 2018
Just started working here. Very busy because it's the only ikea in the maritimes, and co-workers are very helpful, like a family. $4 meals for coworkers is just awesome, sometimes meals are free for special days.

Multi tasking is a must. A good skill to have. You are basically on your feet all day, first couple weeks I had nasty blisters but seems my feet got accustomed to standing/walking now so it's not as painful.
Pros
Cheap food and menu changes in Co-worker cafeteria
Cons
Standing/walking long time
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very good place to work, very nice people but my department doesnt make me enough money
Cart Attendant / Helper (Current Employee) –  Dartmouth, NS10 July 2018
ever since I was hired I have been treated with respect and felt at home as soon as I stepped in the building. but i wish i was payed more, in my department I dont make enough to live on my own sadly
Pros
freedom, flexible hours
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Fun
Manager (Current Employee) –  Edmonton, AB29 June 2018
Good and fun place to work. Outstanding work life balance, great benefits, fun atmosphere and amazing training. There are a lot of opportunities to move to new locations, and travel
Pros
Free Lunch, great benefits
Cons
Slow to adapt to new technologies
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Great Place to Work
Showroom Sales Associate (Current Employee) –  Vaughan, ON19 June 2018
It's a great place to work. For part- time positions they offer benefits. The salary is fair and the overall culture is amazing. I've learned alot working here.
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