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David J. Campisi
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    Started as a stocker and with prior experience and career became a successful store manager.

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    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    Current Employee - Store Manager  in  Tallahassee, FL
    Current Employee - Store Manager in Tallahassee, FL

    I have been working at Big Lots full-time for more than 3 years


    Various merchandising capacity and able to do some things for what your store needs are.
    Good work-life balance if you train and delegate to staff while holding accountable. (Inspect what you expect)
    Good salary comparable to other same type retailers.
    20% off everything for employees every day with 30% off 3 weekends a year.


    Training has improved but still not at level it should be.
    Company values are good but could focus more on better alignment of store layouts.
    Not a AD everyweek.
    Reward program needs to be updated as it can not be explained to customers what causes them to get a reward and email is only way to get coupon, should be able to alert at register and cashier have the ability to ask customer if they wish to use at the time.

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    Focus on a intensive IT upgrade for the company and add store manager email as a additional email contact at store where every one over entry level can not access.
    In addition add access to check the email from another store or personal computer and some form of office type upgrades, (Excel, Outlook, etc.)

    Positive Outlook
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Big Lots Interviews

Updated Sep 4, 2014
Updated Sep 4, 2014

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    Assistant Manager Interview

    Anonymous Interview Candidate  in  Dallas, TX
    Anonymous Interview Candidate in Dallas, TX
    Application Details

    I applied through a recruiter. The process took 1 week - interviewed at Big Lots.

    Interview Details

    When I was wanting to change retail jobs, A girl from Columbus Ohio called me on the phone. She found my resume online. I sent her back to her manager 3 time before I agreed to an Interview. I wanted more money. As soon as we decided on a number I got an interview for Furniture manager. Got a 2nd interview and started the 3 week training soon after that. My training lasted 3 days of the 3 weeks they told me it was going to be. But I soon picked up the knowledge that I needed and added some of my own stuff in to my job description. I wrote my own schedule, hired my own team and demanded more hours for my team. I had created a good team, and bonused almost ever quarter.

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    • There was not a difficult question, I nailed it.   View Answer
    Negotiation Details
    I sent the head hunter back 3 times to get the price I wanted.
    Accepted Offer
    Positive Experience
    Easy Interview

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America's Top Companies, Forbes, 2009

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Headquarters Columbus, OH
Size 5000+ Employees
Founded 1984
Type Company - Public (BIG)
Industry Retail
Revenue $5 to $10 billion (USD) per year

Big Lots believes that a product's shelf life depends solely on which shelf it's on. The company is the nation's #1 broadline closeout retailer, with more than 1,400 Big Lots stores (down from a high of 1,500 in 2005) in 48 US states and about 90 in Canada. (More than one-third of its stores are located in California, Florida, Ohio, and Texas.) It sells a variety of brand-name products that have been overproduced, returned, discontinued, or result from liquidations, typically at 20%-40% below discounters' prices, as well as private-label items and furniture. Its wholesale... More

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