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Honesty, Integrity.... Not here folks!

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Current Employee - Outside Sales Representative  in  Columbus, OH
Current Employee - Outside Sales Representative in Columbus, OH

I have been working at 84 Lumber full-time for more than 10 years

Pros

Pay attention early on and you can become a virtual expert about the LBM industry and retailing in the industry. The training, while dumbed down considerably from a decade and a half ago, Will provide you the necessary tools to springboard virtually anywhere you want to go in the industry

Cons

LONG HOURS, purposely & consistently short staffed at store level. Poor communication from top management down, seeming lack of clear goals coming from upper management. Lots of nepotism and game playing, their is a definite lack of honesty and integrity coming from upper management, clearly the Area Managers are pawns to carry out agendas. The shadier you are to cover up a problems and save a buck, the more you are esteemed by 84. Honesty will not reward you with this company Current compensation/bonus structure defeats the "team" mentality that helped make 84 great in the mid 90's.

Advice to ManagementAdvice

Quit putting the cart in front of the horse, stop micromanaging. Above all be honest with your people and your customers. The second most important thing to a happy customer is happy employees in the trenches that work to keep the customers happy and coming back!!

Doesn't Recommend
Negative Outlook
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Other Reviews for 84 Lumber

  1. 1 person found this helpful  

    Hard work pays off but patience is a virtue.

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    Current Employee - Dispatcher/Warehouse/Yard/Co-manager  in  Greenville, SC
    Current Employee - Dispatcher/Warehouse/Yard/Co-manager in Greenville, SC

    I have been working at 84 Lumber full-time for more than 10 years

    Pros

    started at the bottom at $8.00 per hour. Worked my way up to manager in about 5 years and made over 100k 3 years in a row. However the downturn of the housing market caused my store to be closed in 2011. They did move me to another store as an assistant manager and I didn't have to move. Company is very good about keeping you employed if your willing to move or take on other roles,etc. When times are good the compensation is great and so are the benefits.

    Cons

    When times are tough like right now, the money is just so-so. Very,very,very,very understaffed, which requires each person to do so much work that evryone at the store is burnt out. Corporate "red tape" makes doing daily operational duties like ordering material very difficult. Overall it takes a lot more time and effort to do daily things than it really should. Leaning towards being management heavy. Very very very difficult to get time off other than weekends. If one person at the store is gone for a day or a week it puts a huge strain on the rest of the associates.

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    The "cart" before the "horse" mentality looks good on paper but when you go out and land big accounts before you have the staff to support it, all that does is create problems being able to come thru for existing accounts, i.e. timely deliveries, accurate orders, etc. Then you burn out the staff because they can't keep up. Asking a new hire to take $8.00 an hour and run a 20,000 square foot warehouse which includes unloading all incoming shipments of stock and special orders, checking them for accuracy, recieving them in the computer, loading outgoing shipments, and a whole lot more is why we have had 4 different people just this year running our warehouse. Increase the pay for store associates and hire from a much more talented and hard working pool of people. You get what you pay for.

    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    No opinion of CEO
  2.  

    Work Hard, Make Little, Learn alot

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    Former Employee - Manager Trainee  in  Nashville, TN
    Former Employee - Manager Trainee in Nashville, TN

    I worked at 84 Lumber

    Pros

    great job experience.
    excellent entry level job
    hire almost exclusively from within

    Cons

    they will work you until you cant give any more, then ask for more, then forget to thank you for your commitment to the company.

    expect you to be grateful for the opportunity to work but will ask ask ask and rarely give

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    staff the stores fully. alot of positions were cut when the economy went south and so the workload for 15-20 is distributed to 10-15.

    Approves of CEO
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