84 Lumber

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84 Lumber Reviews

Updated November 25, 2014
Updated November 25, 2014
73 Reviews
3.1
73 Reviews
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84 Lumber CEO Joseph A. Hardy Sr.
Joseph A. Hardy Sr.
39 Ratings

Review Highlights

Pros
  • I had to learn a lot from experience and being "thrown to the wolves (in 5 reviews)

  • Best training program in the business (in 5 reviews)


Cons
  • Also the amount of pay does not justify the amount of work and long hours you put in on a weekly basis (in 14 reviews)

  • Zero professionalism, mandatory 48 hour work week (which is a joke (in 6 reviews)

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  1.  

    Good place to learn.

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    Current Employee - Manager Trainee in Morgantown, WV
    Current Employee - Manager Trainee in Morgantown, WV

    I have been working at 84 Lumber full-time (more than 3 years)

    Pros

    A lot of room for advancement based off of individual effort.

    Cons

    Business philosophy has not developed over time.

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    Get more connected to the needs of new hires.

    Recommends
    Neutral Outlook
    No opinion of CEO
  2.  

    Great place to work if your willing to work

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    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee in Augusta, GA
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee in Augusta, GA

    I have been working at 84 Lumber full-time (more than 5 years)

    Pros

    Support is great, Training is unlimited, Your ability to make money is never capped, Ability to move all over the country if you want. Owner is willing to invest her own money into the company. You get out what you put in.

    Cons

    Bad base pay hard to keep good employees sometimes. Need to update systems in store, understaffed at times

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    Keep investing in your employees from the ground up we are on the up-swing in this industry and we need to keep all the good employees we can. Maybe increase the base pay for the hours worked it is low for industry standards. Keep expanding there are markets we should get back into before our competition gets in there. Invest in markets where there are few stores give them every thing they need to grow and be profitable.

    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    Approves of CEO
  3.  

    Positive

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    • Senior Management
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    • Career Opportunities
    Former Employee - Co-Manager in West Springfield, MA
    Former Employee - Co-Manager in West Springfield, MA

    I worked at 84 Lumber full-time (more than 3 years)

    Pros

    The opportunity to advance quickly is there if you work very hard. And when I say very hard, I mean above and beyond any other retail job out there I've ever experienced. You get a lot of exercise, physically and mentally and hardly ever sit down. It's a great opportunity to learn about a very large unique industry. Experience is great, other employers love seasoned 84 workers because they know they can tackle the toughest and most brutal conditions and hours. The pay 'may' be excellent for 'some' full time positions. Entry level and mid management offer a great opportunity to learn what running a business is like. If you prove yourself you can be entrusted with a lot of responsibility Your pay is directly effected by the bottom line so you care about what you are doing.

    Cons

    You have to relocate to advance. Working conditions required a hearty attitude to bear. Most locations have little or no climate control. So bundle up in the winter because you will be cold. Biggest challenge I had was after being promoted and moving out of state, the next year they lowered my pay $6,000 a year because they said I made too much money. Then they offered me another promotion, requiring relocation again, with no pay increase at all, but a promise of a better bonus potential.

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    Watch the muscle while you're trimming the fat, you hurt yourselves trying to lean down so much.

    Recommends
    Neutral Outlook
    No opinion of CEO
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  5.  

    work life

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    • Career Opportunities
    Current Employee - Manager Trainee in Philadelphia, PA
    Current Employee - Manager Trainee in Philadelphia, PA

    I have been working at 84 Lumber full-time (less than an year)

    Pros

    Learn new skills to be a manger. Learn sales, and how to build a house from the ground up. You get bonuses on sales, by meeting quotos. can gt up too an extra 1300 a month depending on sales quotos.

    Cons

    Cold during winters since no heating. The lack of customers in the winter is not that great. The company dosent adapt to new changes in this century.

    Recommends
    Neutral Outlook
    No opinion of CEO
  6.  

    Great company

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    • Career Opportunities
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee

    I have been working at 84 Lumber full-time

    Pros

    Great boss, no weekends, no holidays, Fun contests

    Cons

    Long hours- 50 hour work week, Low Salary,

    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    Approves of CEO
  7. 1 person found this helpful  

    Co-Manager

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    Former Employee - Co-Manager in Bardstown, KY
    Former Employee - Co-Manager in Bardstown, KY

    I worked at 84 Lumber full-time (more than an year)

    Pros

    You learn everything about framing, sheathing, doors/windows, roofing, garages, pole barns, blueprints, etc. The knowledge is on a college level. Even business training is relatively high.

    Cons

    There seems to not be enough intelligence in the higher levels of management, almost none of them even have college degrees. For such an elite market and awesome position to be a company, why run it with as much intelligence as possible?

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    Open up to academics and seek higher educated people for area managers and above, or even store managers for that matter. The benefits that could be reaped are almost infinite.

    Recommends
    Neutral Outlook
    Disapproves of CEO
  8.  

    Great starter job, be prepared for long haul to generate career.

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    Former Employee - Co-Manager in Harmans, MD
    Former Employee - Co-Manager in Harmans, MD

    I worked at 84 Lumber full-time (more than 3 years)

    Pros

    The co-workers, thrill of chasing the sale.

    Cons

    Chasing the sale, cold weather.

    Recommends
    Neutral Outlook
    Approves of CEO
  9.  

    Coworkers were great to work with.

    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee

    I have been working at 84 Lumber

    Pros

    Set schedule. laid back atmosphere

    Cons

    low pay. no chance to advance unless willing to move

  10.  

    Corporate Intern

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    • Career Opportunities
    Current Employee - Intern in Eighty Four, PA
    Current Employee - Intern in Eighty Four, PA

    I have been working at 84 Lumber as an intern (less than an year)

    Pros

    Great office atmosphere. Positive people. Definite growing experience.

    Cons

    Non competitive salary. Outdated systems.

    Recommends
    Neutral Outlook
    No opinion of CEO
  11.  

    Good idea, bad execution.

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    • Career Opportunities
    Current Employee - Anonymous in Gurnee, IL
    Current Employee - Anonymous in Gurnee, IL

    I have been working at 84 Lumber full-time (more than an year)

    Pros

    The contractors you help are great, and it's very rewarding.

    Cons

    Management is terrible. I've never been part of a more unorganized group.

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    Listen to your employees, once in a while they have good ideas.

    Doesn't Recommend
    Negative Outlook
    Approves of CEO

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