IKEA FUKUOKA JOB FAIR BEGINS THIS SEPTEMBER

Oct 24, 2011 17:46 댓글 없음

21408

Next spring the world’s largest home furnishing company opens in Fukuoka and they’re looking for people to join their team. Here’s what two employees say about working at IKEA.

If you’re interested in learning more about working at IKEA register online now for the IKEA Fukuoka Job Fair (Oct. 2, 3, 30, 31、Nov. 27, 28, Dec.12, 13) To apply click here: www.ikea.jp/fukuoka

21255
Micaela Uemura/ Customer Relations Manager

How long have you worked at IKEA?
6 years. I was one of the lucky ones to get hired in 2004 as part of the YPP, Young Potentials Program. IKEA was looking for Swedes with connections to and an understanding of Japanese language and culture, and I have always been passionate about Japan.

Why did you join IKEA?

I visited Japan for the first time when I was 19. Ever since, I was in love with the Japanese language and knew Japan would be a part of my life. When I heard about the opening of IKEA in Japan years later, it just seemed like the perfect combination for my Swedish roots and my love/interest for Japan. I would be able to be living in Japan, but knew I would feel comfortable working in a company famous to all Swedes, in a familiar – and inspiring –business environment.

What do you like about working at IKEA?
IKEA is a global company, but at the same time it is very Swedish. Even if I go to another country I can still feel at home. IKEA has a corporate culture that really stands out and works. I also like that it is a fast pace environment with many challenges and opportunities. Our co-workers are fantastic people with a lot of drive and passion. I also have to admit I love to shop at IKEA!

How does IKEA differ from other (Japanese) companies?
From what I understand it differs a lot. We have a flat organization and we call each other by first name. Every employee has the same opportunities- the best example being a current CEO for IKEA global who started out as a part timer! Actually, here in Japan I have a lot of co-workers who have advanced their careers after starting as part timers. As for women, it is possible to manage both a career and a family life, and many women choose to come back to work after having babies. IKEA even offers paternity leave to male employees. One of the biggest differences is that it’s possible to have a great balance between private life and work. It is important to do a good job, but you can also take a vacation every now and then. We have an internal job application system where we can apply for different positions and locations in Japan. Employees can relocate if they wish to take on new challenges.

Has your lifestyle changed since working at IKEA?
Whilst working for IKEA I’ve had two children, so that’s certainly a big change in lifestyle. Living with kids means that we spend more time (and money) in the Children’s IKEA than we did before. I do my best at work, but also make sure I spend a lot of time with my family. My home furnishing skills have developed over the years, and my time management has improved with the task of making retail schedules, nursery schools, and other activities fit together. I have also had the chance to experience living and working in different parts of Japan, which gives me a better understanding of the Japanese lifestyle.

Have you changed since working at IKEA?
I am sure I have, both professionally and privately, but I am still very much myself. At IKEA we constantly receive and give feedback amongst co-workers in order to improve leadership, and how we work as a team. I am now more aware of how I work and what I need to improve.

Would you recommend working at IKEA? Why?
Yes – definitely. I’ve never woken up thinking that I didn’t want to go into work. I feel IKEA is the ideal workplace for people who like to drive their own development, work hard, try new things – and have fun at work! It is also a company that cares and wants to make a difference, and one well known for its social and environmental initiatives. But if you want to be told what to do all the time, are not flexible, do not like teamwork and do not like retail environment, then I would not recommend working for IKEA!

What kind of person would enjoy working at IKEA?
Positive, customer oriented, energetic people. People who have an interest in home furnishing and enjoy new challenges. I also believe that flexibility and togetherness are some of the key words to consider when joining IKEA. A person who likes to work hard, whilst also having fun at work would be the perfect candidate!

Tell us a funny episode about working at IKEA?
When we were in High School many of my friends had dreams of going abroad and such, but to my surprise one of my friends joined IKEA. As a Swede, this just seemed so common that it was funny. Then later in life when I heard IKEA was opening in Japan, I knew immediately that I had to get that the job. So when I told my friends back home, it was their chance to laugh. Nonetheless, I joined and am as happy as I could ever imagine.

21256
Kaori Toki / Customer Relations

How long have you worked at IKEA?
For just 2 weeks

Why did you join IKEA?
Actually that story goes way back! I had a Swedish friend when I went to college in America and when she showed me an IKEA catalog, it blew my mind. Not just the products, but how the catalog presented the home furnishings. Then she took me to an IKEA store near Washington D.C. and again I was shocked that it wasn’t just about products- the staff seemed really conscious of the customers. For example, I liked how customers could drop off their kids at the Småland, relax and shop leisurely. So, ever since I was at college, I have wanted to work at IKEA but have never had the chance until the announcement of the opening of the Fukuoka store.

What do you like about working at IKEA?
I like being amongst all the energetic people, and the way my colleagues really seem to listen to me and trust me. I work hard when I’m at the office, but I can also enjoy my private time.

How does IKEA differ from other (Japanese) companies?
For one thing, we have FIKA (that’s Swedish for a short coffee break). IKEA is a flat organization and very flexible. I have an open relationship with management and co-workers- we are all on the same team.

Has your lifestyle changed since working at IKEA?
Well, I’ve never ever felt this way about my work – I really look forward to coming in everyday. Also, being from Fukuoka, I enjoy helping the IKEA staff from elsewhere to enjoy Fukuoka.

Have you changed since working at IKEA?
I feel like my life is about to change, both professionally and privately. There are a lot of opportunities and challenges and I’m excited about that.

Would you recommend working at IKEA? Why?
Of course, it is a good company with great values. If you work hard and want to develop professionally, there are some great opportunities at IKEA.

What kind of person would enjoy working at IKEA?
Someone with a flexible mind, who enjoys the team spirit and taking on a leadership role. Someone who’s going to enjoy working in a multi cultural retail environment.

Tell us a funny episode about working at IKEA?
Initially I applied to be an interior designer, as those were the first openings advertised. I didn’t have any qualifications, but I didn’t want to miss the chance so I applied. Even though I wasn’t hired for the designer job, I impressed them enough to get another job offer because I showed my passion and other skills. IKEA is good at realizing someone’s skills, and providing them with matching opportunities.

ページトップに戻る