Wilton Brands Reviews

Updated 18 April 2015
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  1. Nice

    Former Freelancer - Anonymous Freelancer
    Former Freelancer - Anonymous Freelancer

    I worked at Wilton Brands (More than a year)

    Recommends
    Recommends

    Pros

    Friendly people, nice office space, great employee discounts on products, people brought food to share at work a lot

    Cons

    My particular manager had no idea what they were doing. We'd have to instruct them on the basics of their job. I don't believe they're employed there any longer.

  2. An enjoyable place to work.

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    • Senior Management
    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee in Woodridge, IL (US)
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee in Woodridge, IL (US)

    I have been working at Wilton Brands

    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    Approves of CEO
    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    Approves of CEO

    Pros

    1/2 day friday's during the summer

    Cons

    The pay schedule is bi-monthly instead of every other week. This makes planning your budget or paying daycare troublesome at points - sometimes paydays are 2 1/2 weeks apart, sometimes almost 3 weeks.

    Advice to Management

    Listen to the needs of the employees and the suggestions they would like to see during town hall meetings.

  3. Very positive working experience

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    • Senior Management
    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    Current Employee - Wilton Instructor in Brooklyn, NY (US)
    Current Employee - Wilton Instructor in Brooklyn, NY (US)

    I have been working at Wilton Brands

    Recommends
    Neutral Outlook
    No opinion of CEO
    Recommends
    Neutral Outlook
    No opinion of CEO

    Pros

    40 % off on the wilton website products and tuition at the wilton school.

    Cons

    You are treated as an independent contractor so you get paid once a month. Too much paperwork

    Advice to Management

    Offer to pay commissions for products sold by and watch products flyoff the shelfs

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  5. Helpful (5)

    Broke my heart to see the true inside culture

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    • Senior Management
    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    Former Employee - Specialist in Woodridge, IL (US)
    Former Employee - Specialist in Woodridge, IL (US)

    I worked at Wilton Brands full-time (Less than a year)

    Doesn't Recommend
    Negative Outlook
    Disapproves of CEO
    Doesn't Recommend
    Negative Outlook
    Disapproves of CEO

    Pros

    Summer Fridays off at noon, tent sale discounts, product samples and baking tips from colleagues

    Cons

    Benefits not standard and must be negotiated, structure in constant flux, lack of leadership, training, organization, transparency. Communication struggles abound.Product development rules the roust and all others serve at their pleasure. Unreasonable expectations led to work-life balance promises not kept. Fake people.

    Advice to Management

    Get to know your employees better and stop looking the other way at the borderline corrupt business practices in your company.

  6. Helpful (2)

    Bigger Company than you think. Like others sat -- overworked. Standard increases .

    • Comp & Benefits
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    • Senior Management
    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    Current Employee - Office
    Current Employee - Office

    I have been working at Wilton Brands full-time (More than 5 years)

    Doesn't Recommend
    Neutral Outlook
    No opinion of CEO
    Doesn't Recommend
    Neutral Outlook
    No opinion of CEO

    Pros

    Somewhat flexible. Employees can trash on the company and CEO during the so called "Town Hall Meeting" - however the CEO trashes right back. Others say the CEO has to be realistic.
    Trying to think of the pros....Many, but not all of the people are the BEST people you wish to meet. One of the best Human Resources Department you can meet throughout your employment. Great Keurig coffee.

    Cons

    Some departments very snobby. If you are business cordial to everyone you are looked down upon since you are speaking to those others dislike. If you are not liked well in the beginning its hard to change the attitude. Fortunately i did not receive this treatment but saw many who did. Too much management turnover. Unrealistic timetables as as others said in their reviews here. Poor raises for those that deserve it. Some departments get the standard raise for all, no matter what the employee effort is or goals accomplished. The back pay for raises prompt. Some departments have the review months LATE. . If you are in the office realize that things can change with what seems like no planning. .

    Advice to Management

    Adive to ALL first. DOCUMENT everything. SAVE your emails. Stop acting like grade school. Treat employees with respect. Don't walk by them when they say hello to you. Quit putting 100 percent of the blame on the economy.

    Realize that employees know MORE than you think.

  7. Helpful (1)

    Horrible Culture, Poor Leadership

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    • Work/Life Balance
    • Senior Management
    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee in Woodridge, IL (US)
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee in Woodridge, IL (US)

    I have been working at Wilton Brands full-time (More than 10 years)

    Doesn't Recommend
    Negative Outlook
    Disapproves of CEO
    Doesn't Recommend
    Negative Outlook
    Disapproves of CEO

    Pros

    Many excellent, passionate, smart people that are a part of this organization

    Cons

    Unacceptable senior management behaviors, lack of collaboration, weak leadership, inability to deliver innovation to the market

  8. Helpful (1)

    Love It Here!

    • Comp & Benefits
    • Work/Life Balance
    • Senior Management
    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee

    I have been working at Wilton Brands full-time (More than 5 years)

    Recommends
    Neutral Outlook
    Approves of CEO
    Recommends
    Neutral Outlook
    Approves of CEO

    Pros

    Lots of professional development, opportunities to learn, great folks, several locations, open door policy, supportive environment. Paid time off to volunteer, nice benefits, summer hours, rewards and recognition throughout the year. Lots of creative types, relaxed atmosphere but strong teamwork-oriented.

    Cons

    Growing pains within the company as we work toward implementing standard procedures and best practices. Some culture clash around the same issues, but great opportunities for those that can find a balance between the two and see the way forward.

    Advice to Management

    Inter-department relationship-building should be addressed and emphasized from the top down.

  9. It once had great esprit de corps, but now it's very "suit" oriented.

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    • Career Opportunities
    Former Employee - Product Development in Woodridge, IL (US)
    Former Employee - Product Development in Woodridge, IL (US)

    I worked at Wilton Brands full-time (More than 10 years)

    Doesn't Recommend
    Neutral Outlook
    Disapproves of CEO
    Doesn't Recommend
    Neutral Outlook
    Disapproves of CEO

    Pros

    Colleagues are wonderful, products great. Distribution team is very competent; same for IT folks. Nicely done website. Many consumers in love with Wilton products/experience.

    Cons

    But, they're owned by an equity company that's "optimizing" Wilton to flip it. Product Development cursed by in-fighting. Sellers describe it as a "toxic" atmosphere. Very short-term focused.

    Advice to Management

    Listen to employees. Listen to consumers. Get your executives out of the 20th century and into the 21st. Tell people about your strategy; get their buy-in & engagement. Don't keep it a secret then pummel those who don't know it. Answer their questions about it, because they want and need to know. Lead; don't "cattle drive"!

  10. Helpful (1)

    toxic and lacks true senior leadership at the functional levels

    • Comp & Benefits
    • Work/Life Balance
    • Senior Management
    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee in Woodridge, IL (US)
    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee in Woodridge, IL (US)

    I worked at Wilton Brands full-time (More than 3 years)

    Doesn't Recommend
    Negative Outlook
    Disapproves of CEO
    Doesn't Recommend
    Negative Outlook
    Disapproves of CEO

    Pros

    Good products and great work-life balance. No pressure to stay late since the building is empty by 5:15PM. There are good ideas and some pretty smart people working at Wilton but they lack cross functional trust in each other.

    Cons

    The key functional EVPs are individually smart people but they talk a lot more then needed and lack true leadership actions. The silos are so high and the leadership egos are so big that the organization is mostly TOXIC. Finger pointing everywhere: Sales blames everyone and lacks accountability for declining sales, product development is at the mercy of key sales people, and marketing is completely disconnected with big dreams and ideas without execution plans.

    Advice to Management

    There is a need for respect for each department from all senior leaders (EVP/VP level). There's a lot of smiling and pretending to get along, but the lack of cooperation and lack of dept alignment is too obvious and a known fact throughout the company. Yet it's accepted and tolerated ...

  11. Helpful (1)

    Does not promote fairly from within- no opportunities for advancement.

    • Comp & Benefits
    • Work/Life Balance
    • Senior Management
    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee in Woodridge, IL (US)
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee in Woodridge, IL (US)

    I have been working at Wilton Brands full-time (More than 10 years)

    Doesn't Recommend
    Negative Outlook
    Disapproves of CEO
    Doesn't Recommend
    Negative Outlook
    Disapproves of CEO

    Pros

    It is a stable company with over 1000 employees.

    Cons

    There is no leadership, team direction, communication, or opportunity for growth from within. As of recent, there has been a salary freeze for anyone employed there beyond 5 years.

    Advice to Management

    Take initiative and lead your team, recognize the value of longevity of an employee by rewarding them instead of dismissing this accomplishment and forcing them to look elsewhere. Be proud of your team, and they wil be proud of what they do.

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