IKEA Seeks More Than 500 Who Are Looking for a Reason to...

IKEA Seeks More Than 500 Who Are Looking for a Reason to Get Out of Bed in the Morning

Recruitment Effort for Store Opening This Fall in Stoughton, MA Starts With Hiring Event on August 13


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Stoughton, MA–(HISPANIC PR WIRE)–August 2, 2005–IKEA, the world’s leading home furnishings retailer, today announced the recruitment program for its future Boston-area store — opening this fall in Stoughton, MA — that will include a hiring event on August 13 offering prospective coworkers a great place to work. Candidates will participate in interviews at F1 Boston, a kart racing and entertainment facility in Braintree, MA.

Named in Working Mother magazine’s annual list of the “100 Best Companies for Working Mothers” for two consecutive years, FORTUNE’s “100 Best Companies to Work For” list and Training magazine’s annual “Top 100” ranking of companies that excel at human capital development (three years in a row), IKEA values and has great respect for co-workers’ personal lives and the importance of a work/life balance.

“At IKEA, we realize that the opportunity to be able to do the things in life that bring success and happiness is extremely valuable to our coworkers,” said Frank Briel, store manager, IKEA Stoughton. “The unique location of our hiring event at F1 Boston reflects the spirit of our IKEA culture, in always looking for a different way.”

Although the future IKEA Stoughton is still progressing through construction and outfitting phases, prospective coworkers at the hiring event on August 13 will have the opportunity to speak with IKEA coworkers, learn about IKEA benefits, view presentations featuring information about the IKEA concept, get a feel for the coworker culture and view a sampling of IKEA home furnishing products.

Five hundred diverse coworker positions are available in: home furnishings sales, interior decoration, customer service, safety and security, cashiers, maintenance, goods flow, receiving, warehouse and stock replenishment. Also, setting itself apart from other retailers in the area, IKEA Stoughton will offer approximately 100 food service opportunities in its Restaurant, Swedish Foodmarket, Café Bistro and coworker cafeteria.

Walk-ins are welcome, but applicants are strongly encouraged to pre-register for the IKEA Stoughton hiring event by applying online through the IKEA web site at http://JobsAt.IKEA-usa.com. Following are more details about time and location:

– Saturday, August 13, 2005

10:00 a.m. – 6:00 p.m.

F1 Boston

290 Wood Road

Braintree, MA (Just off Exit #6 on Rte. 93)

Drawing from the company’s Swedish heritage, IKEA is committed to a flexible workplace environment that emphasizes a work/life balance and provides professional opportunities to people from all life situations. If an IKEA coworker needs to take time off to find a nursing home for an aging parent, be home to kiss their child before bed, or have flexible scheduling to best juggle caring for a newborn, one can do so without worrying about risking their career aspirations.

IKEA offers family-friendly initiatives and diverse workplace benefits including full medical/dental insurance to coworkers working 20 hours or more per week with eligibility for domestic partners and children. Other benefits include: vacation, paid maternity/paternity leave and paid time off for child adoption, tuition assistance, 401(k) match, professional development, training and mentoring programs and, of course, a discount on IKEA purchases. The organization puts career opportunity into the hands of the individual, encouraging coworkers to consider assignments within different functions, at other IKEA stores, or even in other countries.

Currently under construction along Route 24, the 346,000 square-foot IKEA Stoughton will feature 50 different room settings, three model homes, a supervised children’s play area, as well as a 300-seat restaurant serving Swedish specialties such as meatballs with lingonberries, as well as salmon platters, and even American dishes too. Other family-friendly features will include a Children’s IKEA area in the showroom, baby care rooms, preferred parking and play areas throughout the store. Also, IKEA will generate significant sales and property tax revenue for the state and local governments. When IKEA Stoughton opens this fall, the new store will welcome 500 coworkers to the IKEA family of more than 8,000 coworkers in the United States and 84,000 globally.

IKEA currently has more than 215 stores in 33 countries, including 23 in the U.S., where other store locations being planned include: Bolingbrook, IL; Brooklyn, NY; Canton, MI; Dublin, CA; Frisco, TX; Somerville, MA; and West Sacramento, CA.

Since its 1943 founding in Sweden, IKEA has offered a wide range of home furnishings and accessories of good design and function, at low prices so the majority of the people can afford them. IKEA has been ranked in FORTUNE’s annual “100 Best Companies to Work For” List, Working Mother magazine’s annual list of “100 Best Companies for Working Mothers” (two years in a row) and Training magazine’s annual “Top 100” ranking of companies that excel at human capital development (three years in a row). IKEA is recognized as a socially responsible company, and continuously supports initiatives that benefit causes such as children and the environment. To visit the IKEA Web site, please go to http://www.ikea-usa.com. For information about working at IKEA, please visit http://JobsAt.IKEA-usa.com.

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CONTACT:

Joseph Roth, Expansion Public Affairs

(610) 834-0180 x6500

IKEA Seeks More Than 500 Who Are Looking for a Reason to Get Out of Bed in the Morning