Lowe's

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Lowe's is hard work. Make no mistake!

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Former Employee - Senior Management Team in Sumner, WA
Former Employee - Senior Management Team in Sumner, WA

I worked at Lowe's

Pros

Lowe's has a good benefit package and competitive salaries. They will stop hiring and cut part-timers hours before they lay off existing employee's. This makes for good job security. Before the economic downfall, career growth was available as they were opening several new stores every year, in fact, could barely keep up with promoting and filling Sr. Management positions. If you want to be a store manager, the potential is available at Lowe's. But it takes allot of hard work and dedication. Senior manager positions at Lowe's are stressfull their is no doubt about it!
The potential for a great product knowledge and infastructure training is there, however, execution at store level is seriously lacking. Everyone is simply too busy to follow through. Shame because the tools are there to use and training improves employee moral, hence: increased productivity and sales$$$$

Cons

Very high turnover for Senior Manager positions due to lack of proper training (being "thrown to the wolves" once your training is complete), burnout from working long work weeks sometimes 12-15 days straight, back to back close then open shifts resulting in lack of sleep and family time. The base salary for senior managers is fair and the bonus structure is 40% of your base pay. You could potentially earn in the ball park of a six figure income if your store pulls off a full bonus. Not bad but you pay dearly for this in excessive hours and stress! Please know and consider that only about 20% of Lowe's stores see a full bunus at years end, and you don't actually get your bonus check until the following year March 1st.
As far as hourly or part-time positions, good pay and an opportunity to learn job skills you can move on with.
It is very difficult for a female to get promoted at Lowe's, although they are getting better. That said, many sinply move on because they can find better working conditions elsewhere. It's too much a a "good ole' boys club."

Advice to ManagementAdvice

It starts at the top with the store manager. I'd say Lowe's runs with about 35% great store manager's and 65% tyrants. The good news is they only keep a store manager in the same store for about two years before he/she is moved to a new location, giving the employee's in that store a much needed break, and hopefully a positive change (not always true, though!) Solution to this is to TRAIN store manager's how to improve and raise employee moral in their stores, and then hold them accountable for this. Employee's want is a boss who is HONEST and FAIR. It's real simple.

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    For the most part a good place to work.

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    Former Employee - Kitchen Designer in Knoxville, TN
    Former Employee - Kitchen Designer in Knoxville, TN

    I worked at Lowe's

    Pros

    Convenient location, always one close to your home.

    Cons

    Typical Retail hours/issues, long hours, angry customers, incompetent management on store level.

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    Listen to the "Little People". We are the ones in the trenches.

    Recommends
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    Experience will vary with store location.

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    • Senior Management
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    Current Employee - Customer Service Associate in Big Rapids, MI
    Current Employee - Customer Service Associate in Big Rapids, MI

    I have been working at Lowe's

    Pros

    A generally flexible working environment. There are opportunities to learn multiple departments within the store as well as transfer to them. Customer Focuses bonuses for simply doing your job are pretty decent throughout the year.

    Cons

    As a retail business weekends are a must for availability. Also with retail, customers can sometimes tend to be quite rude and demanding but generally not the case. Some cases of poor management often cause morale issues among floor employees.

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    Offer "Employee Service" just as much as Lowe's preaches its Customer Service.

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