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Excellent company to work for

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Current Employee - Senior Architect  in  San Diego, CA
Current Employee - Senior Architect in San Diego, CA

I have been working at HD Supply full-time for more than a year

Pros

Good management. Great benefits. Company cares about employees.

Cons

There are no generic cons. Great place to work. For me there is a technology fit issue. The company's IT technology focus is not mine, unfortunately, or I would never choose to look for another employer.

Advice to ManagementAdvice

Be more progressive with IT technologies. Don't be so dependent on few large vendors. Do more with open source.

Recommends
Positive Outlook
Approves of CEO

Other Reviews for HD Supply

  1.  

    Practices Intimidation

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    Current Employee - Credit  in  Omaha, NE
    Current Employee - Credit in Omaha, NE

    I have been working at HD Supply full-time for more than 8 years

    Pros

    Good customers. Work hours can be good for some.

    Cons

    Our Area Manager left. We are now stuck with uneducated, rude regional management who cries often and believes positive quotes and books will make up for lacking sincere people skills. We are threatened about morale and our conversations with each other and National management actually lurks around trying to listen and is very manipulative= beware. If you want job security expect to have to tell on fellow employees. HR is new, unexperienced, unequipped and over their head. Lastly be prepared regional management is so worried about what sales thinks that there will be rude tantrums to us.

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    Regional Management no one wants to ask you anything, so if we do don't be so condescending! It's always condescending or crying. Corporate, please get us better management. Is it legal to rate us by our Be Healthy involvement on reviews? Healthcare is now way too expensive!

    Doesn't Recommend
    Neutral Outlook
    Disapproves of CEO
  2. 6 people found this helpful  

    Good company blocked by GE beliefs and practices of fear and intimidation

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    Former Employee - IT Management  in  San Diego, CA
    Former Employee - IT Management in San Diego, CA

    I worked at HD Supply full-time for more than 3 years

    Pros

    At the heart of this corporation, there is a company that has a decent mission, a decent plan to succeed, serves a valuable role in the industry, and has some people who really enjoy their jobs. It started out as a private company which grew into a part of Home Depot, and then later divested. And honestly, that was where things changed. Home Depot is so pro-GE that the culture of HD Supply became another clone of GE. Yes, there were some good things about GE, but there's a lot of ruthless, evil and uncaring aspects too, and unfortunately, those are what came over to HD Supply. The good parts of HD Supply aren't strong enough to overcome the evil GE empire. This isn't the Maintenance Warehouse of old.

    From the perspective of benefits, it's pretty average. Not great, but better than your typical gig, especially in the IT world. They have decent technology, and are willing to invest. The work is interesting, and if you get through all the politics, your peers are good folks who enjoy their job.

    Cons

    The biggest con to HD Supply is the "old boy" network of GE alumni. It started from the top, and they brought in their friends and buddies, talented or not, competent or not. The problem is that in a company as big as GE, you can have 20 guys in a row, and at least 2-3 are going to be competent leaders who know what they're doing. However, when you have a smaller company and you can't afford to carry a lot of weight, you have to be much more discerning about who you invite to work with you. The GE alumni don't seem to get this, and they invite their "buddies" who are mostly idiots and don't know what they're doing. Then the rest of us are stuck with maybe one guy who gets it, and the rest are horrible GE clones.

    Upward mobility in the management chain (at least in IT) is virtually nil. Unless you're a GE alumni club member, you're not going anywhere. And most of the Dir/VP's have the balls to just tell you that straight up: "we don't think you're good enough for that position" and then they go and hire another GE alumni. If it weren't so blatant, I'd be more surprised by it, but they have zero understanding of how poor most of those GE alumni are. So, whatever position you come in at is where you'll stay.

    The HR department is something out of a nazi staff (sorry to use that word, but it truly is). If you make a single mistake for any reason, they'll write you up in a heartbeat. They don't understand the concept of common sense. If it's a rule violation, even if accidental or minor, they don't care. HR likes to think they rule the company, but they only rule by fear and intimidation (sound familiar?). Two of my employees were given written warnings for posting a "hey, anyone want to buy a playstation game?" message to a distribution list, and the tattle tale was another IT manager. Really? What is this, third grade? Even forgetting the petty tattle tale antics, there's no reason for an HR department to be so hard core. It's all just fear and intimidation.

    This extends into the GE alumni leadership too. At one management meeting, the VP told the staff that there was to be no more negativity, and the next person who said anything negative would be fired. It's as if they were simply clueless... There is negativity because you treat your employees so poorly. Trying not being a jerk and watch the negativity go away. My mouth dropped open when the VP said that...

    Another horrific GE carry-over is the 90/10 rule. Every year, regardless of performance, the bottom 10% of employees are cut. Oh, the senior leaders get all excited about this; it turns them on. They love feeling like they're keeping the cream of the crop. The problem is that it's another fear and intimidation tactic. All the employees know about it, and everyone is scared to get in that bottom 10%, so they do anything they can to throw someone else under the bus. Wonder why they don't do across-the-board 360 degree reviews? Well, it's because employees cut each other down just to make sure they're not in the 10%. They actually had to stop trial runs of 360 degree reviews while I was there because the response was so negative. And the worst part is that even if you have a team of five stellar performers (like I did), you have to cough up one body for the 10% "Performance Improvement Plan" no matter how good they are. Unless there happens to be another peer manager with a lot of flakes that you can trade, you have to PIP one of your folks. It's downright unfair to the employees.

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    Absolutely end the GE "old boy" network. No more GE alumni hires. That will force you to promote good people who deserve it, rather than shovel in more GE crap. Take HR out to dinner and tell them they're being written up for being fear mongers. Maybe they'll get the message. Drop 90/10.

    Doesn't Recommend
    Neutral Outlook
    No opinion of CEO
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