Lowe's Reviews

Updated September 29, 2014
Updated September 29, 2014
4,155 Reviews
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4,155 Reviews
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Lowe's Chairman and CEO Robert A. Niblock
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Review Highlights

Pros
  • The pay is decent for anybody looking for a retail job and they have good benefits as well (in 254 reviews)

  • Working for Lowe's provides decent benefits and a good pay for retail (in 230 reviews)


Cons
  • Lowe's still keeps the value of work-life balance while expecting loyalty to the job (in 87 reviews)

  • Have to be full time worker in order to be eligible for tuition reimbursement (in 165 reviews)

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  1. 2 people found this helpful  

    Under Paid / Under Appreciated

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    • Career Opportunities
    Current Employee - Loss Prevention and Safety Manager  in  Monroe, LA
    Current Employee - Loss Prevention and Safety Manager in Monroe, LA

    I have been working at Lowe's full-time for more than 5 years

    Pros

    Great Benefits. Employee Stock Purchase Plan.

    Cons

    Long hours. High stress. Not much room for advancement unless you are willing to move far away.

    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    No opinion of CEO
  2.  

    I was a lighting consultant

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    Current Employee - Electrician/Temp Position  in  Valdosta, GA
    Current Employee - Electrician/Temp Position in Valdosta, GA

    I have been working at Lowe's part-time for less than a year

    Pros

    Friendly professional atmosphere, adequate training, qualified professionals.

    Cons

    I had a temporary position which did not take my professional experience into consideration, and had a flat rate of pay, which was very poor. Permenant employees who were unreliable and had a poor work attendance were kept on the payroll while the temporary employees with more experience and better work ethic were let go at the end of 3 months.

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    When hiring temporary professionals, advise employees already in the permanent positions that they are not tenured, and if a temporary employee shows more experience, integrity and a better work ethic, then the jobs of the permanent employees may not be 100% secure. This type of employee management would ultimately result in better employee performance, not to mention would give qualified temporary employees the opportunities they deserve- particularly in a struggling economy with higher unemployment. An unemployed father of 4 who is highly qualified on a skilled trade is going to work 5X harder for a company at the temporary position and harder still if he knows he is being considered for a permanent one.

    Recommends
    Neutral Outlook
    No opinion of CEO
  3.  

    What's not to like working in a big hardware store!

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    Current Employee - Customer Service Associate
    Current Employee - Customer Service Associate

    I have been working at Lowe's part-time for less than a year

    Pros

    Hardware is where it is at. They have so many different products, everything your home would need. In hardware, you cut chain, glass, cable, rope and re key locks. It is a fun place to work!

    Cons

    You are on your feet all day. Sometimes retail customers are not nice. You may get stuck helping to unload trucks.

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    Be a little more personal, get know everyone. When new hires come in with no experience and they are getting paid more than associates already there, raise their pay.

    Recommends
    Neutral Outlook
    No opinion of CEO
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  5.  

    Lowe's is positioning itself for the future.

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    Current Employee - IT Business Analyst  in  Mooresville, NC
    Current Employee - IT Business Analyst in Mooresville, NC

    I have been working at Lowe's full-time

    Pros

    Beautiful campus with many amenities; a culture of pride and support for employees to work together and succeed; breaking away from the old school leadership styles generally; directors, VPs, execs visible; focus on change for the future embraced generally.

    Cons

    Schedule flexibility, vacation/holiday time pales in comparison to industry, salaries below industry levels.

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    Store employees and corporate employees are not apples to apples. Many policies seem to try and "peanut butter spread" across the company. This is not realistic. In fact, by trying to force a "fairness" policy, the result is just the opposite. Revise vacation/holiday policy and empower management to make decisions on work/life balance for individuals, not consensus groups.

    Continue to push into the future with a culture that embraces change and encourages pioneering spirits to let their voice be heard!

    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    Approves of CEO
  6.  

    Alright

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    Former Employee - Cashier  in  Austin, TX
    Former Employee - Cashier in Austin, TX

    I worked at Lowe's part-time for more than a year

    Pros

    Great benefits, starts above minimum wage, and a generally easy going environment. If you work hard, management will take good care of you.

    Cons

    I needed my work schedule to work around my school schedule which they did no problem for me, however they would make up for it by never giving me a weekend off or days off I didn't have school. Even though I brought it to their attention many times, I still went months without having a day of from work and school. Very frustrating. Also pretty boring (as a cashier).

    Recommends
    Neutral Outlook
    No opinion of CEO
  7.  

    Product Buyer

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    Former Employee - Buyer  in  Mooresville, NC
    Former Employee - Buyer in Mooresville, NC

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

    Pros

    Great company, great area of the country to work in, nice people,

    Cons

    Lacking strong leadership, so depending on who you worked for, you could feel "on your own".

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    Before promoting people, do 360 degree reviews to find out what everyone really thinks of them. Sometimes you can't see things from the top that everyone else can see.

    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    Approves of CEO
  8.  

    Motivational for employees to do well.

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    Current Employee - Cashier  in  Zanesville, OH
    Current Employee - Cashier in Zanesville, OH

    I have been working at Lowe's part-time for more than a year

    Pros

    Able to work with my schedule pretty well. Opportunities to advance were available.

    Cons

    Male managers didn't treat associates equally. Favoritism was based on gender and being a female I was thought out as stupid.

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    Make sure everyone gets the opportunities to advance and do internal interviews as well for available positions. Might also be helpful for more part time positions to be available for those that are in college.

    Recommends
    No opinion of CEO
  9.  

    Lowe's Pays well, but skeleton crews abound

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    Current Employee - Loss Prevention Specialist  in  Boston, MA
    Current Employee - Loss Prevention Specialist in Boston, MA

    I have been working at Lowe's full-time for less than a year

    Pros

    Pros are that lowe's pays well. You start out with 2 weeks paid vacation, 4 paid holidays and 5 paid sick days. dental insurance is really cheap but awesome.
    I have a great Area LP manager and Department manager. I feel like the judicial branch often though because I can make decisions and decide on issues, but I don't have the power to implement the laws, ( I can't write people up for anything).

    Cons

    closing shift leaves at 11pm and opening shifts start at 5 or 6am.
    LP department has so much stuff to do...hard to get it all done when you get stopped by customers all the time because there are so few employees on the floor. Corporate needs to cut its own salaries in order to give more payroll to the stores.
    Has silly hiring requirements. You can start working in the hardware department for example even if you know nothing about hardware. That just looks dumb when a customer asks you a question.

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    no advice to the Assistant or store managers because I know they're all puppets of corporate blarmey. Have the ceo and the head honchos take a pay cut in order to have the stores run well with less stress and more payroll. I know that won't happen, so curse them and just hope they can't sleep at night for that!

    Recommends
    Neutral Outlook
    Disapproves of CEO
  10.  

    Fast Paced

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    Current Employee - Human Resource Manager  in  Victoria, TX
    Current Employee - Human Resource Manager in Victoria, TX

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

    Pros

    Fast paced, rewarding and great benefits! Love the work schedule.

    Cons

    Limited Training and unclear directions.

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    Consider an across the board training for all HRM's.

    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    Approves of CEO
  11.  

    Lowe's Home Improvement

    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee

    I have been working at Lowe's

    Pros

    Not a bad place to work. About to work with hours.

    Cons

    Hiring process is out dated

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