84 Lumber Reviews

Updated September 10, 2014
Updated September 10, 2014
66 Reviews
3.0
66 Reviews
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84 Lumber CEO Joseph A. Hardy Sr.
Joseph A. Hardy Sr.
35 Ratings

Review Highlights

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

  • Met some good people made lifelong friends (in 4 reviews)


Cons
  • Out-of-date technology, senior management, long hours (in 12 reviews)

  • Poor communication from top management down, seeming lack of clear goals coming from upper management (in 7 reviews)

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Employee Reviews

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  1.  

    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

  2.  

    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 for more than a 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
  3.  

    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 for less than a year

    Pros

    Great office atmosphere. Positive people. Definite growing experience.

    Cons

    Non competitive salary. Outdated systems.

    Recommends
    Neutral Outlook
    No opinion of CEO
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  5.  

    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 for more than a 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
  6.  

    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 for less than a 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
  7.  

    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 for less than a 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
  8.  

    Interesting work, not always the safest

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    Former Employee - Inside Sales Associate  in  Charlottesville, VA
    Former Employee - Inside Sales Associate in Charlottesville, VA

    I worked at 84 Lumber part-time for more than 3 years

    Pros

    Wasn't ever micromanaged and had leeway to complete tasks at own pace

    Cons

    Definitely can be placed in unsafe working environments

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    If you make your workers happy, they'll be better workers

    Doesn't Recommend
    Neutral Outlook
    No opinion of CEO
  9.  

    intern

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

    I worked at 84 Lumber part-time for less than a 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
  10.  

    The company is a dying Empire, run by the "good old boys"

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    Former Employee - Manager Trainee  in  Horseheads, NY
    Former Employee - Manager Trainee in Horseheads, NY

    I worked at 84 Lumber full-time for less than a year

    Pros

    Fast promotion if you will work work work... and relocate. Company is pretty good at trying to get people to relocate. The Lumber Camp and Blue print training are decent.

    Cons

    Manager trainee program is a farce, bonuses are an even bigger joke. Was there for 5 months never saw one. The manager training that I received had very little emphasis on leadership development and I see this as a very big problem in the company as a whole. The main focus is that they want every employee in retail to be a cheesy grease ball type salesmen using cold calling and the whole works... very little effort into customer satisfaction. Funny enough we had a lot of unhappy customers...

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    You will never grow a crop of competent managers with your current program... To much emphasis on cheesy sales techniques and not enough on customer service.

    Doesn't Recommend
    Negative Outlook
    Approves of CEO
  11.  

    For the people with no personal life

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    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee

    I have been working at 84 Lumber

    Pros

    Lots of knowledge about the building industry, fast paced, bonuses

    Cons

    Out-of-date technology, senior management, long hours

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    Your nepotism is ridiculous and you need to treat your employees with more respect and money, especially the yard people who are the ones who keep your stores running. Without them to build your deliveries, your customers would be lost.

    Doesn't Recommend
    Neutral Outlook
    No opinion of CEO

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