WORKING AT THE IKEA GROUP

Most people see IKEA products.
We see the many inspiring roles that make them possible.
Silhouette of IKEA products representing different work areas at IKEA.
You see things a little differently.
So do we.
At IKEA we believe in people. Behind every product are humble, enthusiastic teams that make it possible. Come see things a little differently with us.
WORKING AT THE IKEA GROUP: CULTURE & VALUES | DIVERSITY & INCLUSION
DEVELOPMENT & POSSIBILITIES | WORKPLACE & BENEFITS
CULTURE & VALUES
We believe that every individual has something valuable to offer.
We’re a diverse group of down-to-earth, straightforward people with a passion for home furnishing. We come from all over the world, but we share an inspiring vision: “to create a better everyday life for the many people”. How we realise this vision is based on our shared humanistic values. These values guide our work and build our inclusive, open and honest culture. It’s all based on a spirit of togetherness and enthusiasm. We work hard, but we have fun doing it. We’re always looking for people who share our positive attitude and values.
Three IKEA co-workers in a room setting consisting of two orange desks with chairs, a white chest of drawers and open wall shelves.
A stone wall beside a gravel road with a red cottage at the end of the road.
Togetherness
Togetherness is at the heart of the IKEA culture. We are strong when we trust each other, pull in the same direction and have fun together.
Caring for people and planet
We want to be a force for positive change. We have the possibility to make a significant and lasting impact - today and for the generations to come.
Cost-consciousness
As many people as possible should be able to afford a beautiful and functional home. We constantly challenge ourselves and others to make more from less without compromising on quality.
Simplicity
A simple, straightforward and down-to-earth way of being is part of our Småland heritage. It is about being ourselves and staying close to reality. We are informal, pragmatic and see bureaucracy as our biggest enemy.
Renew and improve
We are constantly looking for new and better ways forward. Whatever we are doing today, we can do better tomorrow. Finding solutions to almost impossible challenges is part of our success and a source of inspiration to move on to the next challenge.
IKEA Key values
We believe that every individual has something valuable to offer and we strive to have the same values in the way we work.
Different with a meaning
IKEA is not like other companies and we don’t want to be. We like to question existing solutions, think in unconventional ways, experiment and dare to make mistakes - always for a good reason.
Give and take responsibility
We believe in empowering people. Giving and taking responsibility are ways to grow and develop as individuals. Trusting each other, being positive and forward-looking inspire everyone to contribute to development.
Lead by example
We see leadership as an action, not a position. We look for people’s values before competence and experience. People who ‘walk the talk’ and lead by example. It is about being our best self and bringing out the best in each other.

Read about how Ingvar Kamprad described IKEA values in The Testament of a Furniture Dealer (PDF).
Silhouette of an IKEA product representing a work area
Most people see a cushion.
Image of IKEA co-worker Samuel Blom
“I see how working and learning bring people together.”
Samuel Blom
Operator,
IKEA Industry
Image of IKEA co-worker Hector Bianchi
“I see that when we do things that are good for customers and environment they are usually good for IKEA too.”
Hector Bianchi
Project Controller,
Project Management
Image of IKEA co-worker Bill Lo
“I see IKEA having the courage to innovate by using new materials.”
Bill Lo
Product Requirement Engineer,
Design and Product Development
Image of IKEA co-worker Jackline Kibunja
“I see the warmth in how we interact with customers and with each other.”
Jackline Kibunja
Team Leader,
Customer Relations
WORKING AT THE IKEA GROUP: CULTURE & VALUES | DIVERSITY & INCLUSION
DEVELOPMENT & POSSIBILITIES| WORKPLACE & BENEFITS
Diversity & inclusion
Being ourselves, and contributing with our uniqueness makes us all grow
Caring for People and Diversity & Inclusion is embedded in our vision and in our values. At IKEA Group, we see diversity and inclusion as the right thing to do. Recognising our co-workers’ differences contributes to creativity and supports our growth. We strive to have a diverse and inclusive work environment where co-workers feel valued for their uniqueness, recognised for their diverse talents, and where co-workers can be themselves.
Simply put: we believe the uniqueness of every individual makes IKEA better!
An IKEA co-worker, in a yellow and black shirt, helping two customers in the store.
We take a stand for equality and human rights
By supporting all our co-workers’ right to bring their whole self to work, we create a more innovative and desirable workplace; and we also gain a business advantage.
At IKEA Group we stand for fair treatment and equal opportunities, and support the human rights of all people whatever their age, gender identity, sexual orientation, physical ability, ethnicity, race, nationality, religion, marital or family status, or any other dimension of their identity. For us, supporting our co-workers’ right to be themselves is the only way forward as a humanistic, values driven company. And we know that diverse and inclusive teams are more creative and innovative, as members challenge each other to think and act differently.
All our leaders are responsible to identify barriers for diversity and inclusion in their part of the organisation and to minimise them. Inclusion is the responsibility of every co-worker; it begins with everyone believing in and wanting to work in an inclusive work environment. This means we all have to stand up for ourselves and for others.
As a means of supporting human rights and equality, IKEA Group has endorsed and contributed to the UN Standards of Conduct for Business on Tackling Discrimination against LGBT+ people that was launched globally September 2017. “As a humanistic and values driven company, we want to create a fully inclusive work environment and contribute to positive change in all areas of our business and in society. Endorsing these Standards of Conduct is a huge step in this direction. It makes us very proud, and at the same time puts a pressure on us to be good role models and to create a truly inclusive workplace”, says Sari Brody, Equality and Leadership Manager at IKEA Group.
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At IKEA we stand for human rights of all people, regardless pf their  age, gender identity, sexual orienta­tion, physical ability, ethnicity, race, nationality, religion, marital or family status.
Diversity comes in all shapes and sizes
At IKEA Group, we welcome all dimensions of diversity. A diverse and inclusive workplace is good for our co-workers, for our customers and for our business. Working with differences helps us grow both as individuals and as an organisation.
Two female IKEA co-workers  embracing each other.
Gender equality
Gender equality is a human right. Our ambition is to reach gender equality at IKEA Group which goes beyond a 50/50% gender balance in all levels and positions. Gender equality is also about creating an inclusive culture where all genders are valued for their unique contributions.
That is why we... have been working with the gender agenda for over a decade. We are proud to be part of the first UN high-level panel on Women Economic Empowerment to help unlock potential for women to fully participate in the economy and achieve financial independence.
One male IKEA co-worker talking with two customers, one female and one male.
LGBT+
We support our LGBT+ co-workers’ right to be themselves; we provide equal opportunities to develop at the IKEA Group and to contribute to our business. We actively aim at creating a fully inclusive work environment, contributing to a positive change in all areas of our business and in society.
That is why we... have joined Workplace Pride, a non-profit umbrella organisation that strives for greater acceptance of Lesbian, Gay, Bisexual, and Transgender (LGBT) people in the workplace. That is also why we have endorsed and contributed to the UN Standards of Conduct for Business on Tackling Discrimination against LGBT+ people that was launched globally September 2017.
”INCLUSION IS EVERYONE’S RESPONSIBILITY”
”INCLUSION IS EVERYONE’S
RESPONSIBILITY”
Inclusion
Inclusion at IKEA Group is about creating a work environment in which our co-workers are successful because they feel welcome, respected, supported and appreciated. It is about developing an infrastructure with collaborative ways of working; it is about practicing inclusive behaviours daily and making the most of our differences.
Meet co-worker Irina Sukhareva and find out about her view on diversity and inclusion at IKEA in Russia.
Meet Irina Sukhareva,
the Distribution Centre Manager and Diversity & Inclusion Ambassador at IKEA Russia.
A purple square
Inclusion in practice
A truly inclusive workplace contributes to our creativity and business results.
Hi Irina! Tell us about your job at IKEA Group.
I joined IKEA in 2004 and have worked in different roles in Human Resources. In January 2016 I began my current job as Distribution Centre manager.
What I love the most with my job is to see how much we can do and how great we can be when we work together. I find it powerful and inspiring to see how we as persons can change, learn and develop when we start listening to each other.
In 2015 I became a Diversity & Inclusion (D&I) Ambassador. I have always felt passion in my heart for diversity and equality because of my personal background. My family moved rather often and I know firsthand what it feels like to be a stranger in a new place.
I also come from a multicultural family and feel for people who stick out and are different from others. I was so excited to join the network of Diversity & Inclusion Ambassadors after a great D&I workshop in Russia for leaders from different organisations.
Diversity & Inclusion is at the heart of the IKEA values. What does this mean for you?
I love that caring for people and Diversity & Inclusion (D&I) are embedded in our vision and in our values. As a humanistic company, we believe everyone has the right to be treated fairly and be given equal opportunities, whatever our background.
I feel proud when I see how people change and often start to bloom as they find a company where they can be themselves, where they feel accepted, where they start seeing new opportunities, and where they grow personally and develop their competence.
Ten years ago, Distribution was mostly considered men’s business. I remember a time when we only had one woman in our Operations department. It was a challenging task to make women believe they too can be great truck loaders, great forklift drivers, and do the same work as men!
Now the situation has changed for the better, and a female co-worker is not a surprise anymore. This is fantastic! We as a team only become better and more efficient from being diverse.
Meet co-worker Alejandra Pinol and find out about her view on diversity and inclusion at IKEA in China.
Meet Alejandra Piñol,
the Country Human Resources Manager and Diversity & Inclusion Ambassador at IKEA China.
Hi Alejandra! Tell us about your job at IKEA Group.
I work as Country Human Resources Manager in China. I am responsible to drive the people agenda in the country, from vision to action. In my opinion, it is very important to dare to dream big, to be able to translate this dream into a concrete agenda, and to move this agenda forward in a consistent and influencing way to develop the business and have a positive impact on people’s lives.
In China we want to be user centric and empower each one of us to lead and to be driven by opportunities with an entrepreneurial mind-set. We believe the change starts with each of us, and we are very much focused on being our best version.
Being our best version is a win-win situation: it is good for each of us, and it is also good for the business… It is really profitable!
Diversity & Inclusion is at the heart of the IKEA values. What does this mean for you?
I think it is great to work for a company that has such a big focus on diversity and inclusion. The Diversity & Inclusion agenda is very solid and inspire each country to fill any gaps they might have.
Particularly in China I feel proud of the gender balance when it comes to equal treatment and percentage of women and men in the organisation. In fact, in 2017 we have reached gender balance (50/50%) in all levels of leadership, as well as equal pay for jobs of equal value. I am happy to be part of the D&I Network. We all together aim to create a diverse and inclusive work environment, having a positive impact on our business and society. I usually think that a dream you dream alone, is just a dream; while a dream you dream together is the beginning of a new reality.
WORKING AT THE IKEA GROUP: CULTURE & VALUES | DIVERSITY & INCLUSION
DEVELOPMENT & POSSIBILITIES | WORKPLACE & BENEFITS
DEVELOPMENT & POSSIBILITIES
Career paths as unique as you are
We offer exceptional career and learning possibilities. We encourage you to try different roles, change between functions and even move abroad (if that’s what you want). You can design your own career path according to your development plan and future goals. We believe in everyone’s ability to develop. Because as you grow, IKEA grows too. To start growing with IKEA, explore our different work areas below or search our available jobs
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IKEA careers are different. Hear some of our co-workers talk about their experiences.
A look at what we do
There’s a lot more to the home furnishing business than you might think!
We offer opportunities in a broad range of fields:
Silhouette of an IKEA product representing work area Sustainability
Sustainability
We work to minimise the environmental impact of our operations and to help people live a more sustainable life at home.
Silhouette of an IKEA product representing work area Purchasing
Purchasing
We work around the world to get the best value for money, both for IKEA and our customers.
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Customer relations
We work in roles inside and outside our stores, from the reception to the check outs, exchange & returns and contact centres.
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Human resources
We take care of recruitment, training and benefits. It’s our job to attract, develop and inspire our many co-workers.
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Sales
We have a passion for retail and people. We work daily with the IKEA range and our self-serve concept.
Silhouette of an IKEA product representing work area Engineering and quality
Engineering and quality
Our roles are found within product development and throughout the IKEA supply chain. We work to improve all aspects of product quality.
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E-commerce
We work nationally and globally to develop and improve the IKEA online shopping experience.
Silhouette of an IKEA product representing work area Finance and business navigation
Finance and business navigation
We look after IKEA financial requirements and make strategic business decisions that create growth.
Silhouette of an IKEA product representing work area Design and product development
Design and product development
We’re designers and product developers who work on creating and improving the IKEA product range.
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Marketing and communication
Our mission is to build the IKEA brand and inspire people to find value in what we have to offer.
Silhouette of an IKEA product representing work area Communication and interior design
Communication and interior design
Our strategic and visual talent brings thousands of IKEA products to life – in our stores and in other media.
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Store management
We work as a team to lead the various aspects of operating an IKEA store. It’s fast-paced retailing and we love it!
Silhouette of an IKEA product representing work area IKEA business solutions
IKEA business solutions
We support IKEA with business solutions. We believe in quick, user-friendly services rather than just technology.
Silhouette of an IKEA product representing work area IKEA FOOD/restaurant
IKEA FOOD/restaurant
We love food! We are working mostly in the restaurant, Bistro and Swedish Food Market at our IKEA stores.
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Logistics
We are creating the best possible goods flow from supplier to customer. So, we’re great at packing things flat!
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Transport
We are working hard to ensure the best possible transport solutions for IKEA products from all corners of the globe.
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Property
We develop and manage a wide variety of IKEA properties all around the world.
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Production
All those IKEA products you see? We’re working closely with suppliers around the world to produce them.
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Project management
We are out there keeping all kinds of IKEA projects on track, on time and on budget.
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IKEA industry
We work on the manufacturing side creating IKEA products that improve life at home all around the world.
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IKEA centers
We are managing and developing retail destinations that are established together with IKEA stores.
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Others
Yes, we have even more roles! You’ll find almost endless opportunities in our wide IKEA world.
Silhouette of an IKEA product representing a work area.
Most people see a watering can.
Image of IKEA co-worker Eldin Topic
“I see that I can inspire my co-workers to develop themselves.”
Eldin Topic
Manager Sales & Supply Support,
Logistics
Image of IKEA co-worker Maria Andersson
“I see that I can constantly create new ways to grow.”
Maria Andersson
Centre Manager,
IKEA Centres
Image of IKEA co-worker Jakob Dackander
“I see the chance to travel with my job.”
Jakob Dackander
Bedroom Sales,
Sales
Image of IKEA co-worker Souzan Meana
“I see that no matter where you start, you can end up anywhere.”
Souzan Meana
Team Manager,
IKEA Business Solutions
WORKING AT THE IKEA GROUP: CULTURE & VALUES | DIVERSITY & INCLUSION
DEVELOPMENT & POSSIBILITIES | WORKPLACE & BENEFITS
WORKPLACE & BENEFITS
A place where you belong
Working at the IKEA Group means that you are part of an inspiring, fun and fast-paced environment. We’re the world’s largest home furnishing retailer, with 155,000 co-workers and operations in 43 countries (figure for FY15), but we value working in a non-bureaucratic way. Here you can always be yourself. In fact, we actively encourage it!
At IKEA, we respect each other, our differences and are open to everyone making a contribution. So no matter where you work in the world, you’ll most likely rub shoulders with a diverse group of people – with different backgrounds, special skills and a quirky sense of humour.
IKEA co-workers having a coffee break
Working with us has its rewards
We believe in people. Each of our co-workers brings their unique ideas and talent to work every day – they are what makes IKEA great. We want to make sure every co-worker feels welcomed and valued, and has the opportunity to develop their potential. Because when our co-workers grow, so does IKEA. So no matter where you are in the world, you’ll have a variety of benefits. Here are just some of them:
IKEA co-workers working in the store
Bonus programme
The One IKEA Bonus programmeis a bonus system for all IKEA Group co-workers, based on performance. It is based on our values of simplicity and togetherness, with everyone in the same unit working towards the same objectives. Sharing goals helps us to work together as one IKEA.
a photo collage of different IKEA co-workers
Co-worker loyalty programme
Tack! is our way of showing appreciation to our co-workers for their loyalty to IKEA and their contribution to our continued success. Through Tack! (which means ‘thank you’ in Swedish), co-workers receive an additional contribution to their pension funds. All eligible full-time co-workers within a country receive the same amount, regardless of their unit, position or salary.
An IKEA co-worker inside IKEA’s self-service warehouse
Learning and growing
We invest in our co-workers’ development by offering a variety of internal training programmes –for those who want to learn something new and grow. Every IKEA co-worker also gets the opportunity to create a development plan. Together with your manager, you set goals for the coming year and the future.
Available jobs
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Most people see a mug.
Image of IKEA co-worker David Johansson
“I see a global company that still thinks locally.”
David Johansson
Product Developer,
IKEA Food/Restaurant
Image of IKEA co-worker Sofie Johansson
“I see no gap between managers and co-workers.”
Sofie Johansson
Exchanges & Returns,
Customer Relations
Image of IKEA co-worker Josefin Matsdotter
“I see IKEA helping to improve what people are best at.”
Josefin Matsdotter Berggren
Interior Designer,
Communication & Interior Design
Image of IKEA co-worker Stefania Nervi
“I see a manager who always has time for me.”
Stefania Nervi
Global Content Catalogue Specialist,
Marketing and Communication
Image of IKEA co-worker Tobias Johansson
“I see benefits that are equitable for everyone and that’s impressive.”
Tobias Johansson
Analyst,
E-commerce
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PEOPLE & PLANET
For a sustainable future
Discover what sustainability means to us at IKEA and what role we play in taking care of people and the planet. Find out more in People & Planet
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ABOUT THE IKEA GROUP
Our organisation
If you would like to find out more about what we do before you apply for a position, you can learn all about us here. ABOUT THE IKEA GROUP
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