Carter Lumber

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Carter Lumber Reviews

Updated October 29, 2014
Updated October 29, 2014
15 Reviews
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15 Reviews
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    Carter Lumber

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    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee

    I have been working at Carter Lumber

    Pros

    Great People and environment love it

    Cons

    none great place to work and enjoy

    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    Approves of CEO
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    Terrible place to buy lumber, worse place to work

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    Former Employee - Yard Specialist in Flint, MI
    Former Employee - Yard Specialist in Flint, MI

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

    Pros

    Lower level coworkers are generally decent folks.

    Cons

    I've been to most of their Michigan and Ohio locations as a customer, supplier and employee, they all seem to be the same. First and foremost, the management staff are the worst part. They sometimes pretend to care, but their actions don't reflect that at all. When I was employed there, they fired three new guys, two for very minor infractions, and one who was a veteran with minor ptsd issues. There is minimal professionalism or customer care. The pay is terrible, and the benefits don't amount to much. Long hours, zero appreciation for how hard you worked. It was easy to see in the first few weeks why every single other employee despised the manager so much. And why they can't retain their best people. The quality of the equipment and facilities are outdated, worn out, unsafe, unreliable, inefficient, and low quality. The quality of the products you're forced to sell are not much better, which makes you look bad to the customer. Not a good place to work, and they certainly wont earn my business.

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    Treat your people better. Most of your employees are on a first name basis with your customers. When your people don't hate their job, they treat the customer better. When the customer gets taken care of , they buy more and provide word-of-mouth advertising. Which will increase the bottom line you care so much about.

    Doesn't Recommend
    Negative Outlook
    No opinion of CEO
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    Just a job

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    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee

    I have been working at Carter Lumber part-time (more than an year)

    Pros

    Employer works around schedule and bosses are very understanding

    Cons

    They hire people part time and work them full time to keep pay and benefits at a minimum. Raises are also not given

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    MANY GOOD YEARS WITH PREVIOUS MANAGEMENT

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    Current Employee - Office in Kent, OH
    Current Employee - Office in Kent, OH

    I have been working at Carter Lumber full-time (more than 10 years)

    Pros

    CANT THINK OF ANY PROS

    Cons

    This management team layed off or fired at least 10 employees from the office who had up to 40years service with the company. average 25yrs.This was to make a new Carter who just closed 25 stores and approx. 100 people lost there jobs and weren't offered any other place with the company.The management earns large bonuses while these people go on unemployment.

    Doesn't Recommend
    Negative Outlook
    Disapproves of CEO
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    still developing

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    Former Employee - Yard Guy in Butler, PA
    Former Employee - Yard Guy in Butler, PA

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

    Pros

    new, high tech, all indoors

    Cons

    no local customers, no advertising like signs indicating that they existed except the one on the store

    Recommends
    Negative Outlook
    Approves of CEO
  7.  

    Total sweat shop

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    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee in Franklin, IN
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee in Franklin, IN

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

    Pros

    Every day is worse than the last. At least the health care will cover your ulcer. Or break down. Hopefully.

    Cons

    The absolute worst place you will ever work. Manager brags he fired entire shift one day. He's actually proud of it.

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    Does it siund like they care?

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

    great place

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    Former Employee - OUTSIDE SALES in Ripley, WV
    Former Employee - OUTSIDE SALES in Ripley, WV

    I worked at Carter Lumber

    Pros

    good pay and good hours

    Cons

    bad management and long hours

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    get better people in charge

    Approves of CEO
  9.  

    It's been easy going, educative and enjoyable. Hard work, decent compensation, good management.

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    Current Employee - Inside Sales Representative in Roseville, OH
    Current Employee - Inside Sales Representative in Roseville, OH

    I have been working at Carter Lumber

    Pros

    Management at the particular store is a dream come true.
    Good place for an entry level retail in building materials to grown and learn.
    Trust and respect lower level employees.

    Cons

    Undermanned, too much work too little pay.

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    Don't keep workers employed out of "tradition". Fire people that aren't pulling their weight.

    Recommends
    Approves of CEO
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    not that great. the wadsworth branch shut down and any other location near was not busy enough to transfer me elsewhere.

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    Former Employee - Yard Specialist in Wadsworth, OH
    Former Employee - Yard Specialist in Wadsworth, OH

    I worked at Carter Lumber

    Pros

    i guess it is a good job if you are in college like i am. just a low paying but steady job to get you through.

    Cons

    it shut down and left me jobless. any other higher positions were taken and did not need any others, so i was nowhere near a promotion. the management sucked,

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    corporate needs to step it up. if the right people were running this and taking risks and making right decisions along with the correct and right amount of advertising carter lumber would be the absolute best lumber company in the u.s. i believe even better than home depot! if i was in the family/owner of carter lumber i know the 1st changes i would be making!!!

    Doesn't Recommend
    No opinion of CEO
  11.  

    Overall my experience working at Carter Lumber has been positive,

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    Current Employee - Kitchen Sales Representative in Conneaut Lake, PA
    Current Employee - Kitchen Sales Representative in Conneaut Lake, PA

    I have been working at Carter Lumber

    Pros

    I have worked for Carter at 4 stores in 3 states in the last 14 years and have held a number of positions over the years. It has given me the opportunity to learn many diferent aspects of the lumber business and I have been able to work some great people, both co-workers and the contractors and do-it-yourselfers who deal with us. I have especially enjoyed learning to design and sell kitchens because it is such a rewarding experience to take someone from the dreaming of a new kitchen stage through the budgeting,and planning stages and to finally see the finished project.

    Cons

    Because each location is so small, usually betweeen 10 and 20 employees per store, it is often necessary to wear several hats. While I have enjoyed most of the jobs that I have learned to do there, now that I have really found my niche, I sometimes resent having to go back, as it were, to a former position because there aren't enough people to cover the sales counter without depending on me to do it.

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    Providing more opportunities for kitchen sales representatives to get together to exchange ideas and information about vendors, products, etc.. would be very helpful.

    Recommends
    No opinion of CEO

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