A fast-paced warehouse job
Forklift Operator/Warehouse (Current Employee) – Tampa, FL – 9 August 2018
As a warehouse associate, you need to be able to move at a quick pace, handle heavy products, and pull products for customers in a timely manner. I was a Prep & Flow coworker, which means one of two things: either you work early mornings/nights restocking the store with incoming products before the store opens every morning OR you work days and you work the warehouse, pulling orders for customers at the furniture pick-up department. I have done both and compared to most retail jobs, I feel you get paid well for what you do.
The hardest part about working both shifts is probably lifting products for hours on end. While when hiring it does specify being able to lift 50lbs (or more) if you work in Self-serve you will most likely encounter many boxes heavier than that, some meant to be stacked on the shelves even. Products kept on the floor can usually be rolled into place via a pallet jack, so there's less strain in that scenario.
If willing, you can apply to become a Forklift driver when positions for that become available, however in recent years they have gotten rid of the incentive to learn the machine, which was a $1 raise upon getting your license. Driving is very stressful as you'll need to take down/put up whole pallets of product, sometimes in more cramped aisles and following a strict guideline on how to do so. I personally would not recommend becoming a driver currently, as it is the easiest and most often way I've seen coworkers get fired.
If you work hard, work fast, work clean, and can handle a little stress due to daily time crunches or heavy waves of orders, you'll probably do well working in the warehouse at IKEA.
Discount lunches, 15% coworker discount, great benefits package, 401k with company match, great starting pay, annual raises (depending on performance reviews), vacation time is accrued based on average hours worked per week
Not enough sick time (20/30/40 hours a year depending on position), sometimes poor management, transfers are difficult or impossible, uncooperative between departments ("That's not my job" syndrome)