Big Lots

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Big Lots Reviews

Updated December 20, 2014
Updated December 20, 2014
390 Reviews
2.8
390 Reviews
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David J. Campisi
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Review Highlights

Pros
  • One of the best reasons to work here is the 20% employee discount that is given (in 33 reviews)

  • The 20% discount gained by working there is definitely the best part (in 29 reviews)


Cons
  • Trying to put out stock in timely manor part time won't get it (in 17 reviews)

  • Lack of communication from corporate to store level (in 9 reviews)

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Employee Reviews

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  1.  

    Assistant Manager. Operations, Merchandising, Logistics.

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    • Senior Management
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    • Career Opportunities
    Former Employee - Assistant Manager in North Pompano Beach, FL
    Former Employee - Assistant Manager in North Pompano Beach, FL

    I worked at Big Lots full-time (more than 3 years)

    Pros

    High paced job. Lots of customer interaction. Never have nothing to do. Enjoying upward sales growth on a constant rate. Making sales plan regularly. Good pay.

    Cons

    Advancement somewhat limited due to slow growth of new stores. Store managers stick around for the duration. (which isn't really a negative, unless you're an assistant)

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    Actually, things run pretty good.

    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    Approves of CEO
  2.  

    Company with a bright future

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    • Work/Life Balance
    • Senior Management
    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    Current Employee - Allocation in Columbus, OH
    Current Employee - Allocation in Columbus, OH

    I have been working at Big Lots full-time (more than 8 years)

    Pros

    Good pay scale. Evolving business / company. Always an opportunity to learn or work with new people. Better and clearer company direction.

    Cons

    Long hours. Business areas a still a little too much of a silo. Although the upper management direction is much better there is still more opportunity for knowledge sharing.

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    At company events, try assigned seating so that departments can get mixed and people can mingle with others in the company. The exclaim award is great for those that are nominated. How about an award from the EL or SL Teams that is of there choosing.

    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    Approves of CEO
  3.  

    Good first job

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    • Senior Management
    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee

    I worked at Big Lots

    Pros

    I was trained well and thoroughly. I could almost always ask for help. I always had a decently good experience.

    Cons

    The pay was minimum wage. There were, as with every company, people that were very difficult to get along with.

    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
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  5.  

    Decent but horrible

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    Former Employee - Cashier/Stocker in Niles, IL
    Former Employee - Cashier/Stocker in Niles, IL

    I worked at Big Lots

    Pros

    -20% discount
    -great co-workers
    -1 good manager
    There's not really a whole lot of good in this place

    Cons

    -Long hours especially around the holidays
    -management cares more about themselves than their employees
    -2 of the managers wanted the store perfectly clean cutting busy hours but couldn't understand that people come in and mess everything up so its hard
    -had to drop a class because they would have me work on the day I had it

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    Treat you're employees with respect and up the pay. This is more of a $9 an hr job

    Doesn't Recommend
    Neutral Outlook
    Disapproves of CEO
  6.  

    For the most part I enjoyed working here.

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    • Senior Management
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    • Career Opportunities
    Current Employee - Store Manager in Washington, MO
    Current Employee - Store Manager in Washington, MO

    I have been working at Big Lots full-time (more than 5 years)

    Pros

    Small town atmosphere with a lot of repeat customers. Freedom in merchandising with very few planograms. 20% off discount for employees.

    Cons

    Payroll is very tight. Would be lucky if you opened the store with more than one person with you or closed the store with more than one person. Lack of payroll for training.

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    Remember what it's like to work in a store. Customers need help and that takes time and money. During my time with the company payroll decreased by 50 hrs a week. Loosen up the purse strings.

    Doesn't Recommend
    Neutral Outlook
    No opinion of CEO
  7.  

    Great company

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    • Work/Life Balance
    • Senior Management
    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    Current Employee - Sales Associate in Orlando, FL
    Current Employee - Sales Associate in Orlando, FL

    I have been working at Big Lots

    Pros

    Managers very helpful, everyone super friendly

    Cons

    Not enough hours available for part time employees

    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    Approves of CEO
  8.  

    Decent experience

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    • Senior Management
    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    Former Employee - Sales Associate in Milford, MA
    Former Employee - Sales Associate in Milford, MA

    I worked at Big Lots part-time (less than an year)

    Pros

    Management was really reasonable.

    Cons

    Some rude customers. Christmas music plays way too early.

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    N/A

    Recommends
    Neutral Outlook
  9.  

    GREAT place to work! Just make sure you work with the right people.

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    • Senior Management
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    • Career Opportunities
    Former Employee - Customer Service Specialist in Plano, TX
    Former Employee - Customer Service Specialist in Plano, TX

    I worked at Big Lots part-time (more than an year)

    Pros

    Bosses are lenient (in a good, assertive way)
    Hours to accommodate school or other needs
    Will get days off if requested two weeks in advance
    Easy to move up if you work hard

    Cons

    Some of the bosses are crazy
    Leadership sometimes inconsistent between bosses
    Different methods of counting balance at the end of the day between bosses

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    Make sure everything is streamlined and regulated between upper level management. Overall, one of the best places to work because of the accommodations and ability to get days off.

    Recommends
    Neutral Outlook
    Approves of CEO
  10.  

    SM

    • Comp & Benefits
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    • Senior Management
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    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee

    I worked at Big Lots full-time (more than an year)

    Pros

    it maybe an okey work life balance

    Cons

    very poorly ran, need to listen to the store employees

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    listen to the people

    Doesn't Recommend
    Negative Outlook
  11.  

    It wasn't that bad

    • Comp & Benefits
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    • Senior Management
    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee

    I worked at Big Lots

    Pros

    Easy work. Good 1st job. Loved the co- workers

    Cons

    Not enough hours. Changed managers frequently. Dealing with the public. Pay raise wasn't good

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