Food Industry

IKEA Miami Now Hiring: 350 Jobs Including Food Service Positions

It's coming! IKEA, the land of affordable assemble-it-yourself furniture, Swedish meatballs, and lingonberry soda is (finally) opening its first Miami-Dade location this summer. (No more schlepping to Sunrise for a twenty-buck end table and some frozen salmon!)

See also: IKEA to Open in Miami: Five Reasons for Foodies to Rejoice

That also means the giant, 416,000-square-foot city store, sitting on 14.6 acres of land adjacent to Dolphin Mall and facing Florida's Turnpike, is looking for employees -- 350 to be exact. IKA Miami is looking to fill positions in home furnishing sales, interior decoration, customer service, cashiers, warehouse, and food service. Food service workers should have at least six months of experience in a similar environment; good math, English, and customer service skills; and be able to "contribute to an environment where the IKEA culture is a strong and living reality that embraces the diversity of co-workers and customers."

IKEA is actually all about food, with an onsite café, an in-store food market, and an area filled with every conceivable kitchen gadget known to mankind -- most under ten bucks. Plus, there's this:

IKEA has been named one of Fortune's "100 Best Companies to Work For" and has also made Working Mother's list of "100 Best Companies for Working Mothers." Employees who work 20 hours or more are offered medical/dental insurance, and other benefits include vacation, paid maternity/paternity leave, paid time off for child adoption, tuition assistance, a bonus program, 401(k) matching, a pension plan, professional development, training and mentoring programs, free uniforms, and a discount when shopping at IKEA.

Once hired, employees receive two weeks of training (because learning that a wine glass is now called a "svalka" and a spatula shall henceforth be known as a "gubbrora" takes time).

Prospective employees can apply online at ikea.com.

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Laine Doss is the food and spirits editor for Miami New Times. She has been featured on Cooking Channel's Eat Street and Food Network's Great Food Truck Race. She won an Alternative Weekly award for her feature about what it's like to wait tables.
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