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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  1.  

    Great first job, you learn to handle more difficult things then in a normal retail store.

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    • Career Opportunities
    Current Employee - Customer Service Specialist in Fairless Hills, PA
    Current Employee - Customer Service Specialist in Fairless Hills, PA

    I have been working at Big Lots part-time (more than an year)

    Pros

    The co workers are my favorite part of showing up to work. My store has the greatest managers. Good work environment. Like a family

    Cons

    Scheduling is not the best. You don't find out your scehdule until the day before the new week. It sucks when items don't scan just because they don't have tickets, gets very annoying & aggravating

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    Should care more for employees and stop making us work on holidays. It is completely wrong that we can't be with our family's on days that most have off!!!!

    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    No opinion of CEO
  2.  

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    • Career Opportunities
    Current Employee - CSS in Staunton, VA
    Current Employee - CSS in Staunton, VA

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

    Pros

    product mix is always changing keeping it interesting enjoy customers and associates

    Cons

    bar codes often don't scan low pay

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    use upc bar codes pay employees a living wage and more for dedicated service

    Neutral Outlook
    No opinion of CEO
  3.  

    Average retail establishment

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    • Career Opportunities
    Former Employee - Employee in Albuquerque, NM
    Former Employee - Employee in Albuquerque, NM

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

    Pros

    Extremely easy job. There is always something to do like go backs or carry outs so you are never bored on the job. If you don't like working the register just say you don't like to stay in one place too long and the managers will keep you busy elsewhere.

    Cons

    Not always enough hours during non holiday months.

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    Keep up the good work

    Recommends
    Neutral Outlook
    No opinion of CEO
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  5.  

    I enjoyed my time there.

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    • Career Opportunities
    Current Employee - Assistant Store Manager in Asheville, NC
    Current Employee - Assistant Store Manager in Asheville, NC

    I have been working at Big Lots full-time (less than an year)

    Pros

    The employees. There was a good mix of people.

    Cons

    Pay. Hours. Expectations. I was asked to make a lot happen. We had a terrible District Manager during my employment.

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    Be nice.

    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    No opinion of CEO
  6.  

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    • Comp & Benefits
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    • Senior Management
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    • Career Opportunities
    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
  7.  

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    Current Employee - Furniture Manager in Dunn, NC
    Current Employee - Furniture Manager in Dunn, NC

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

    Pros

    Easy place to work as long as you are not doing others jobs.

    Cons

    Company likes to break own policies but when employee breaks polices they get fire without proper investigation

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    Employees make it hard to get things done mostly because of they dont make employees do what there job description is. make them do other employees jobs

    Doesn't Recommend
    Neutral Outlook
    No opinion of CEO
  8.  

    Okay for a high school job.

    • Comp & Benefits
    • Work/Life Balance
    • Senior Management
    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    Current Employee - Furniture Associate
    Current Employee - Furniture Associate

    I have been working at Big Lots part-time (less than an year)

    Pros

    Flexible hours, easy jobs, nice Co workers (for the most part).

    Cons

    My head manager sucks, but I guess that's the luck of the draw.
    Work you to hard for nearly minimum wage. will start you at a low wage job and move you to a job that is supposed to have a higher pay, but still only give you your low wage that you started with.
     Was not trained, I was just "thrown to the wolves", even though they knew this was my first job and that I had no experience. Then everyone got mad because I didn't know what I was doing.
    Seems like no one cares about you. You work holidays and stay open until 11-12 on and around Thanksgiving and christmas.
    Seems like management could care less about you or what happens as long as they are getting paid.
    All in all i absolutely hate my job most days and enjoy it to little due to management mostly. This is just my location though...

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    Give better pay!!!! Important holidays off please!! Pretend to care. HQ should look into management more, they barely even come around.

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

    Talk the talk but without the walk.

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    • Senior Management
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    • Career Opportunities
    Former Employee - Store Manager
    Former Employee - Store Manager

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

    Pros

    If your team is on board you can write a very good work life sch.

    Cons

    Corp wants outstanding customer service and to look like a Yonkers. But they give you the payroll budget of a convenience store. Then they always change the plan weekly, daily without support to make it happen. Sub min wage to hire staff, makes it hard to recruit and keep trained associates.

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    Get real with payroll hours and raise the min wage to be higher.

    Doesn't Recommend
    Neutral Outlook
    Approves of CEO
  10.  

    Enjoy working here but the amount of hours you get are ridiculous!

    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee

    I have been working at Big Lots part-time (more than an year)

    Pros

    The 20% employee discount is wonderful!

    Cons

    I put down available for ANY hours and get weekend evenings and Sunday's only! I've never been late, have never called in sick, come in last minute when they're in a bind and never off on the cash registers. Yet... I'm down to 4-8 hours a week while I keep seeing new employees that get more hours than I do. There was never any real training on the cash registers and part of the job is cleaning the disgusting bathrooms with never any cleaning supplies available.

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    Take the time to train new employee properly. Be fair when giving out hours to employees.

    Doesn't Recommend
    Neutral Outlook
    No opinion of CEO
  11.  

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    • Comp & Benefits
    • Work/Life Balance
    • Senior Management
    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee

    I have been working at Big Lots full-time

    Pros

    Friendly & hard working co-workers

    Cons

    Extremely long work hours, Execs can't make up their minds, poor leadership, lack of proper direction and inspiration

    Doesn't Recommend
    Negative Outlook
    Disapproves of CEO

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