84 Lumber Reviews

Updated October 15, 2014
Updated October 15, 2014
69 Reviews
3.1
69 Reviews
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84 Lumber CEO Joseph A. Hardy Sr.
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38 Ratings

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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
  • Out-of-date technology, senior management, long hours (in 14 reviews)

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

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  1.  

    Great company

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    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
  2. 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
  3.  

    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
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  5.  

    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

  6.  

    Corporate Intern

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    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
  7.  

    Good idea, bad execution.

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    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
  8.  

    Stay away if you want to have a life.

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    Former Employee - Customer Service Representative in Somerset, PA
    Former Employee - Customer Service Representative in Somerset, PA

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

    Pros

    People at my store were fun to work with/for

    Cons

    Long hours
    Slow market
    Pay
    No time for activities outside work. Work until 6 every night. They want your number one priority to be 84 Lumber.
    "Good ol boys" club
    Joe and Maggie Hardy are a cheap/greedy people. No heat or AC.

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    Clean house in slower markets.

    Doesn't Recommend
    Negative Outlook
    Disapproves of CEO
  9. 1 person found this helpful  

    A dogs life

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    Former Employee - Management Trainee (MT) in Martinsville, IN
    Former Employee - Management Trainee (MT) in Martinsville, IN

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

    Pros

    Best training program in the business. The managment unlike most places know they are overhead, and will tell you so. Everybody, but the yard dogs start as a MT and have worked thier way up. You will do more as a MT than at most companies department mangers.

    Cons

    The pay flat out sucks. As a MT you are competiting with your boss for bonus. This is a conflict of interest. You should ask how many people as a manager has that store manager got promoted. You will put in at least 48 hours a week. Many locations are short of employees for a reason. On top of that you will have a to do a training program and prospect for new customers. You also have to fend off the other MTs for promotion. It is VERY competitive place. The working conditions suck. There is no heat and no air, so if it is 5 below or 110 above you get no break. The next step up is sales or management and still dog eat dog. While having very good buying power 84 does not get the deals that larger companies do, the materials are of slightly higher quality, but that makes sales tough. Expect that you will come in early on Saturday morning only to have managment go on a terror about lack of sales.

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    Too much focus for too long has been on low overhead. The base pay needs to be upped and working conditions need to be improved to attract better workers and customers.

    Doesn't Recommend
    Neutral Outlook
    Approves of CEO
  10.  

    A good company with a unique culture

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    Current Employee - OSR
    Current Employee - OSR

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

    Pros

    - Good pay
    - Good training program
    - Overall the people are nice and truly care about your well being

    Cons

    - Harsh working environments depending upon your store
    - Can be a very intolerant workplace

    Recommends
    Neutral Outlook
    Approves of CEO
  11.  

    intern

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    Former Employee - Intern in Charlotte, NC
    Former Employee - Intern in Charlotte, NC

    I worked at 84 Lumber part-time (less than an year)

    Pros

    get a lot of overtime

    Cons

    long hours upper management does not care about workers

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    care more and work-life balance

    Doesn't Recommend
    Negative Outlook
    Disapproves of CEO

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