Working for IKEA can be flat-out fun
LUCKILY I love my job, because the lure of becoming a ballpit tester, meatball taster or comfort co-ordinator may have been too good to resist.
These were just three of the six unpaid positions advertised to promote the new IKEA store in Marsden Park.
The jobs only lasted one day while the IKEA team put together the finishing touches before tomorrow’s grand opening, but more than 2000 people applied.
Store manager Annie Chandler said the idea for the ad campaign came about because of the public interest in the new store.
“The moment the outside was finished and we began fitting out inside, we had people almost daily turning up to see if we were open,” she said. “We joked we should let them in to give us a hand and I guess that’s where the idea came from.”
While it was all a bit of fun, the store has created more than 300 jobs, with 73 per cent of staff coming from Western Sydney.
The festivities will start at 7am tomorrow outside the store, before it is officially opened for business at 10am.
Reporter Alison Balding tests out the ball pit with store manager Annie Chandler, tries the meatballs with national communications manager Tim Prevade and makes sure the beds were comfy.