Lowe's

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Lowe's Reviews

Updated Jul 23, 2014
All Employees Current Employees Only

3.3 3,738 reviews

67% Approve of the CEO

Lowe's Chairman and CEO Robert A. Niblock

Robert A. Niblock

(1,398 ratings)

65% of employees recommend this company to a friend

Review Highlights

Pros
  • They have very good benefits to help in this rough economy(in 228 reviews)

  • Good opportunity for advancement if you are truly hungry to have a career(in 70 reviews)


Cons
  • In my experience, this has been made up for with the work life balance(in 69 reviews)

  • You can't keep a steady sleep schedule as a part-time or full-time employee(in 150 reviews)

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    Family first, diversity last

    Anonymous Employee (Former Employee)

    ProsFamily first attitude, very nice campus, some schedule flexibility

    ConsLack of diversity in some areas, ethnic minorities not developed to matriculate to management positions, HR useless to employees, few opportunities for promotion after reorganization efforts have reduced the number of management positions and retained relatively young managers reducing the likelihood of open management positions.

    Advice to Senior ManagementAcknowledge that diversity is at least in part black and white, actually practice the servant leadership that is preached at ALL levels, not just executive leadership. Some lower level managers are tyrants without character with smiling faces.

    No, I would not recommend this company to a friend

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    Frustrating, under appreciated, no room for growth, and horrible store/company management.

    Sales Associate (Former Employee) Cincinnati, OH

    ProsFor a part time job or an hourly paid position, Lowe's offers a decent hourly wage if you have experience in the field. They offer decent benefits to full and part timers, and although it isn't industry leading by any stretch of the imagination, it's better then no insurance that many retailers are starting to employ. Some perks would be that as an employee we always get first crack at clearance and mark down items, sometimes obtaining stuff for extremely low prices.

    ConsWhere to even begin?! There are too many things to say that are cons about Lowe's, but in general, the main things are exactly what my title says. Lowe's will frustrate you with their insane, inept, and at times ludicrous policies, strategies, and everyday way of handling business and employees. Managers are everywhere, but doing little to nothing to actually help customers or employees, and that is the way they want it! They actually don't want managers doing any real work. Scheduling is HORRIBLE and all over the place, good luck trying to find a work/life balance. The treatment of a large portion of the employees is abysmal by the management! They don't treat many employees as intelligent, competent, hard working people, but instead treat you like a moronic imbecile how couldn't fight your way out of a wet paper bag! You feel as though you are worthless to them and the company as a whole unless you are a "pet" of a manager. TONS of preferential treatment goes on, and people who should have been fired are kept on because they "know" someone high up. The companies goals and plans to carry them out are ridiculous and all over the map, no real focus or attainable goals are ever put fourth. There are MANY MANY more things that are wrong with Lowe's, but these are just a few. The only reason I gave 2 stars is because for a job that is hourly, the pay and benefits are decent. But other then that, it's not a great place to work and treats it's employees like dirt for the most part, just like most other large retailers or any large corporation for that matter!

    Advice to Senior ManagementI don't have enough room here and time to recall all the millions of things that occur on a day to day basis that they need to fix. Everything needs to be better and it's pointless even trying to discuss what needs to be done.

    No, I would not recommend this company to a friend

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    Its Just not worth it

    Sales Specialist (Current Employee) Bartow, FL

    ProsThe people I work with are cool. My Asm is amazing

    ConsAdvancing within the company especially on the store level, the expectations of workers on the store level. i feel like a number.

    Advice to Senior Managementappreciate and understand your employees.

    No, I would not recommend this company to a friend

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    Notwhat it used to be any more.

    Installed Sales Coordinator (Current Employee) Prattville, AL

    Prosthe customer makes the job wonderful.

    Consoverworked and underpaidthey wanted to do 5 jobs in 1 and I don't wanna pay you

    Advice to Senior Managementeveryone needs to learn how to work as a team not by there self

    No, I would not recommend this company to a friend

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    There Is No Light at the End of the Tunnel

    Anonymous Employee (Current Employee)

    ProsSince I work at one of the distribution centers, I have a set schedule, and that is a big plus for me. The insurance is decent for a reasonable price.

    ConsFavoritism... This happens in any workplace, but it is extremely bad here.

    Advice to Senior ManagementStop fronting a fake persona in front of your employees. We see right through it. Also, stop sleeping with the people whom you are employing. It's unprofessional and quite frankly, disgusting.

    No, I would not recommend this company to a friend – I'm not optimistic about the outlook for this company

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    A tough road

    CSA (Current Employee) Cape Carteret, NC

    ProsI enjoy the relationship I make with the customers that come into my store. There are a handle full of employees I like to work with.

    ConsI work hard for the little pay I get. I have two degrees in business and management almost have my masters in leadership. I also have 20 years leading and dealing with multi-million dollar budgets. To be tolled that my education means nothing to Lowes it all about Lowes experience. That is like a slap in the face that if anyone goes back to school to better themselves, Lowes doesn't care.

    Advice to Senior ManagementYou need to look past the curtain you are sitting behind, you have amazing well educated people working for you and because they don't have Lowes experience you don't want to move them up. Try to think back to how many times someone in your career path took a chance on you and gave you the opportunity to prove yourself.

    Yes, I would recommend this company to a friend

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    Ok job, poor management, poor pay

    Customer Service Associate (Former Employee) Murphy, TX

    ProsActual work was OK, nothing difficult, at least not in the hardware department.

    ConsPart time work, difficult to get full time work. Unorganized management which lead to turnover. I made $11/hr, not enough to live off of.

    No, I would not recommend this company to a friend

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    Assistant Store Manager

    Assistant Store Manager (Current Employee)

    ProsYearly bonus (if you get it), people

    ConsLong hours and rotating schedule make for no work/life balance at all. Since Assistant Store Managers (ASM) are salary you can expect to work 11 hour days, 6 days a week for a month or more (usually May). But a regular work week is still 11 hours a day 5 days a week. You can also be scheduled any day of the week and any day of the year except for Christmas and Thanksgiving. You may be scheduled anywhere between 4a.m. to 11 p.m. and even later depending on the season. Also, at the level of ASM, the Market Director can move you to another store with little to no notice. Doesn't matter where you want to work.

    Advice to Senior ManagementStop abusing the ASM's

    No, I would not recommend this company to a friend

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    Fair to middling

    Anonymous Employee (Current Employee) Austin, TX

    ProsGood coworkers.Safe work environment.Enjoyable to help people with their projects.

    ConsNo rhyme or reason to promotions.I worked part time in one dept for 2 years.They hired someone for full time over me and his first day my manager introduced him to me and said' this [me],he knows all there is know so if he asks you to do something,do it. Well,that destroyed my morale. Pass on lowes.

    Advice to Senior ManagementStop micromanaging and stop hiring people without a mind of there own.

    No, I would not recommend this company to a friend – I'm not optimistic about the outlook for this company

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    Overworked and Under Aprieciated

    Head Cashier (Current Employee)

    ProsWorking for Lowe's provides decent benefits and a good pay for retail.

    ConsI don't know whats worse... the hours that are flipped flopped across the board, the managers using the store as a easy place to pick up young girls, or the fact that despite corporate rotations they can take your ONE weekend a month away for "the good of the business, but don't ever ask to swap your corporate days for the benefit of your family, it will not be considered...

    Advice to Senior Managementyour employees should be just as valuable as your customers which oddly enough you don't treat all that well either.

    No, I would not recommend this company to a friend – I'm not optimistic about the outlook for this company

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