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Lowe's Reviews

Updated December 19, 2014
Updated December 19, 2014
4,613 Reviews
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Pros
  • Working for Lowe's provides decent benefits and a good pay for retail (in 288 reviews)

  • The pay is decent for anybody looking for a retail job and they have good benefits as well (in 273 reviews)


Cons
  • there's no work-life balance as an employee classified as a store level manager (in 95 reviews)

  • Have to be full time worker in order to be eligible for tuition reimbursement (in 178 reviews)

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  1.  

    Sales Associate

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    Former Employee - Sales Associate in Hilo, HI
    Former Employee - Sales Associate in Hilo, HI

    I worked at Lowe's

    Pros

    None - aside from minumum wage and a stressful work environment

    Cons

    This was a truly miserable place to work - employees on the floor are unhappy and just doing the minimum possible to get by. They will regularly lay blame on another section to cover themselves. Management seems happier to bust people on minor details than to lead their team.

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    Start from scratch

    Doesn't Recommend
    Negative Outlook
    Disapproves of CEO
  2.  

    Lowes - for better or worse

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    Former Employee - Morning Stocker in Arlington Heights, IL
    Former Employee - Morning Stocker in Arlington Heights, IL

    I worked at Lowe's full-time (more than 3 years)

    Pros

    Steady work, clean environment, close to home, some nice fellow employees, good benefits, 401k, I can't think of much else, but this is a 20 word minimum, so there, I'm done.

    Cons

    Like most retail Lowes is open 7 days a week and requires most employees to be available all 7 days and all store hours. Most employees get a different schedule every week. I have yet to find any solid reasoning behind this fact. That is why I took a job as a stocker to get a Monday through Friday fixed schedule, even though that meant working a 4am to 1pm shift. Working retail does not but a person in with the sharpest crayons in the box. That does bit mean they are bad people, just not the smartest ones around.

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    A few nice managers, but most have a ridiculous sense of superiority over the common hourly employee.

    Doesn't Recommend
    Neutral Outlook
    No opinion of CEO
  3.  

    Terrible

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    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee

    I have been working at Lowe's

    Pros

    No pros. Just cons. Besides the fact that they are legally obligated to pay you

    Cons

    Management sucks. Nobody cares about you.

    Recommends
    Negative Outlook
    Disapproves of CEO
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  5.  

    Okay

    • Comp & Benefits
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    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee

    I have been working at Lowe's full-time (more than an year)

    Pros

    No real pros of job.

    Cons

    The hours can really suck.

    Doesn't Recommend
    Positive Outlook
  6.  

    Awful Management

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    Former Employee - CSA in Gun Barrel City, Henderson, TX
    Former Employee - CSA in Gun Barrel City, Henderson, TX

    I worked at Lowe's full-time (more than an year)

    Pros

    Decent pay for retail.

    Cons

    Awful management. Could not keep department managers, so there is always new people in charge.

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    If you ask for your employees input, you should actually listen and take their input into consideration. Also, the "write-up" system is not properly implemented. To be written up for something such as taking off work for a last minute, prenatal doctor appointment is absurd and unprofessional.

    Doesn't Recommend
    Neutral Outlook
  7. 1 person found this helpful  

    Laughing Stock of Loss Prevention.

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    Former Employee - Loss Prevention and Safety Manager
    Former Employee - Loss Prevention and Safety Manager

    I worked at Lowe's full-time (less than an year)

    Pros

    Absolutely none. This is a position for people with no LP experience that are just told what to do.

    Cons

    -No work life balance. You basically close then open every day.
    -48 hour work week and your always making up hours.
    -No real power yet expected to manage people daily.
    -You do the work of 5 people and are always expected to get it done no matter what.
    -District management micromanages you constantly.
    -You are told that you don't have to catch shoplifters but when they hit your store your held responsible for letting them get away.
    -Your hands are tied in every situation and never allowed to think for yourself.
    -Everything is a priority and they never cut you any slack.
    -No resources what so ever.

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    Stop treating the position like a band aid to all the problems of the company.

    Doesn't Recommend
    Negative Outlook
    Disapproves of CEO
  8.  

    Customer service associate

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    Current Employee - Customer Service Associate in Frisco, TX
    Current Employee - Customer Service Associate in Frisco, TX

    I have been working at Lowe's part-time (less than an year)

    Pros

    Learning environment about home improvement. Most associates are helpful and welcoming to new hires. Benefits are good for part timers.

    Cons

    Not too many full time positions available. Cashiers at the lawn and garden department in Frisco, Texas are kept outside in the cold freezing temperatures in little what it seems a cage with shower curtains for keeping the cold and wind out, which is shameful for a home improvement company, with a little heater enough to keep the feet warm. Most customers comment on the poor taste and the conditions cashiers are subjected to work under. Extended Protection Plan warranties are a must for cashiers to sell, and always the threat to be placed in an undesirable location in the store.

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    Put yourselves in the employees shoes. We are humans.

    Doesn't Recommend
    Neutral Outlook
    No opinion of CEO
  9.  

    Lowes sucks

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    Current Employee - CSA Lumber in Ellijay, GA
    Current Employee - CSA Lumber in Ellijay, GA

    I have been working at Lowe's part-time (more than an year)

    Pros

    Not much to say here. Most of the employees are pretty good to work with. The only way to move up in this company is to be an idiot, so if you are a lazy idiot you will move up fast. You can be a horrible worker and have no experience with lowes and just do good on an interview and be a department manager no problem. I had to help train my department manger and I'm part time...ain't that some crap.

    Cons

    Poor management. Don't interact enough with their peers. Managers will tell you to do obvious things you already know to do while you are doing it. They do not care about you either. They do not accept ideas or take any kind of advice. I was turned down for full time multiple times and confronted the HR manager about it. I said it isn't about the interview, it is about hard work, dedication, experience, and the strive, which he replied "Well if it was about hard work and dedication then you would have definitely got the job. I just thought to myself then that makes you more of a fool. Managers are too hard on hard workers and expect everything from them and always boss them around with no appreciation while they treat the lazy idiots like kings.

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    Get your crap together. When you have something good appreciate it. Stop hiring full timers outside of the store and hire employees based on their work ethic not interview. All of the managers are liars and selfish.

    Doesn't Recommend
    Neutral Outlook
    No opinion of CEO
  10. 1 person found this helpful  

    LP Manager

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    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee

    I worked at Lowe's full-time (more than an year)

    Pros

    Store discount and guaranteed overtime pay

    Cons

    Horrible pay, bad area staff, upper management has inconsistent standards for each employee.

    Doesn't Recommend
    Negative Outlook
    Disapproves of CEO
  11. 1 person found this helpful  

    Slow suicide

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    Current Employee - Employee in Greenville, SC
    Current Employee - Employee in Greenville, SC

    I have been working at Lowe's full-time (more than 8 years)

    Pros

    a handful of my co-workers are fun to be around and being a night stocker at least i don't have to handle customers

    Cons

    Management at many of the stores is a joke and although they require jobs to be posted and interviews given it's still very much a good ole boy system which they prove at my store by sending out an email to the wrong people about someone starting a new job soon even though they had not finished interviewing the required 3 people. Hours are cut randomly and you're told you only perceive you have too much work. Open door policy is the fastest way to cut your own throat at Lowe's and Ethics point is supposed to be anonymous yet somehow anyone who reports anything is singled out and given hell on a daily basis. I'm looking every day for a job somewhere else and have even had to go on medication for anxiety caused by working for this company.

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    Take better care of your employees before they get smart and bring in unions and start reporting you to OSHA and such..... a mere threat was made at my store and wow did a lot of stuff magically get fixed quick.

    Doesn't Recommend
    Negative Outlook
    Disapproves of CEO

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