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Not a place for individuals with a brain!!

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Former Employee - Department Manager in Dallas, TX
Former Employee - Department Manager in Dallas, TX

I worked at Lowe's full-time (more than an year)

Pros

Reasonable pay for dept managers. Great co workers. Helping customers.

Cons

Poor choices on choosing new employees. Staff turnover is over 50% - thats 1 out of every 2 starters quit or are fired wthin 3 months of starting. No experienced leadership. Management takes the easy way out using irrational decision making - intimidation and playing favorites to run the place. If you are creative - have a brain or integrity they will soon find some irrational reason to write you up so that they can look good . Staff are driven to exhaustion with understaffing - huge freight deliveries- a computer system based back in the steam age!! The harder you work the more they want. Management have no people skills. Weekly meetings are ajoke with managers all competing to see who can kiss up to the store manager the most! Managers are uneducated - scared stiff of corp.- hopeless at problem solving. If you want to survive be the grey man- otherwise you will be out ! HR and scheduling are a joke. No planning - no organisation and no people skills - admin and clerical mistakes at store level are so common that nothing ever really gets done. Store managers can double their salary by achieving sales- so they drive staff un til they are sucked dry and leave often thru total exhuastion. Dont expect to be thanked for any hard work either. They only favorites are those who make big sales like flooring. They expect you toservice customers - deal with heavy freight deliveries all at the same time. Rules change every few days!! A typical shareholder driven corp

Advice to ManagementAdvice

Invest in the long term. Get rid of the uneducated middle management, respect the hardworker notg JUST the guy who manages to sell 10,000 grand of flooring. Have a look at why your company always lets the best people go. Explain to middle management how in the LONGER RUN- working with and coaching their people will benefit the co. in the longer run.

Doesn't Recommend
Neutral Outlook
No opinion of CEO

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  1.  

    It was better when we were a Home Improvement Warehouse ~ not Sears with a lumber yard.

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    Current Employee - CSA IV (Former Department Manager) in Neosho, MO
    Current Employee - CSA IV (Former Department Manager) in Neosho, MO

    I have been working at Lowe's full-time (more than 10 years)

    Pros

    benefits, cheap stocks, 401k, safe environment to work within, localized cook outs or meal catered for special recognition's .... but that's it.

    Cons

    High School environment with all the drama and back stabbing you find on kids tv. Upper management has their own agenda and won't promote people they aren't tight with. No upward mobility. Company is economically stagnant with a very poor business model and leadership from the top ~ trying to reinvent the wheel. Very little monetary incentive to prove your worth to the company now that spiffs are gone. Very poor morale. Over priced merchandise for what it is, coming from China. Gosh ~ I could go on and on .....

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    Remember its the little guy breaking their backs every day to make the company successful. True leadership doesn't come with a title, and people should receive equal opportunities to advance. Look at your pay structure ~ How wealthy do the top exec's need to be? How many over paid directors do you really need? If there isn't any room to advance, pay the lower ranks better so they can provide for their family's and offer stock bonuses to them too, just as you would to the upper ranks. Bring in more reasonably priced and higher quality merchandise. Provide real-time field training for merchandise we're selling. Stop bringing in people to fill management positions that worked for companies with a poor growth record or that went into bankruptcy ~ they mostly have no benefit for the growth of the company .... promote from within. And above all ~ read all of these reviews posted by unhappy employees!

    Doesn't Recommend
    Negative Outlook
    Disapproves of CEO
  2.  

    Went from a fun work place to a miserable work place.

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    Former Employee - Pricing Coordinator in Sicklerville, NJ
    Former Employee - Pricing Coordinator in Sicklerville, NJ

    I worked at Lowe's full-time (more than 5 years)

    Pros

    Coworkers are great. The rare parties we do get are fun.

    Cons

    Management do one thing, but preach another. CEO is money hungry and over the last 3 years all the bonus's have gone away. Trying to implement a new sales strategy has only caused more and more people to either get fired or quit.

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    Treat all employees like equals. If an employee does something wrong, they get fired, if a manager does the same thing, they just get talked to. Bring back all the bonus's, it will make the employees actually want to be there because they will want to work hard to get the commissions and sales/ inventory bonus's. Bring back the holiday gift.

    Doesn't Recommend
    Negative Outlook
    Disapproves of CEO
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