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Department Supervisor (Former Employee) Chicago, IL

ProsCompany, despite the poor job market and cut backs, offers generally fair compensation packet to employees that include medical, 401 plans and bonuses. Raises are received every year and while most are never talked over with the employees, during a time of job recession any money is good money. Bonuses are also achievable to stores that reach sales plan, which is a very cool way to involve the entire store in the selling process and department supervisors get double.

Time off is not a big issue granted it does not fall within dreaded important upper management "walks" or inventory and generally the attitude is laid back.

ConsManagement is not at all prepared to run stores. For the lacking store manager there are generally three to four lacking assistant managers that micromanage and play pass the buck. No one takes accountability for anything and the store is one big whining fest. Because of the lack of management skills, department supervisors are left to take on so many more roles and most are left overwhelmed and able to unable to run their departments. This requires late nights and many double shifts to clean up the store for the frequent "walks" and visitors. If you have a family, count on seeing them as often as you see your doctor, cause everyone stays till everything's done, regardless of the fact that management knew what needed to be completed weeks ago.

Advice to Senior ManagementImprove on your upper management and the improvements will dispense downward through the departments and the rest of the store. Walk in on a Tuesday morning unannounced and observe where your managers are and their comings and goings. I can be the store manager won't be in till noon, will still leave at three, the assistant managers will be in his office the entire time, having a great conversation and the store will be, as usual, running itself.

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    Other employees are great, management not so much

    Anonymous Employee (Former Employee) Tilton, NH

    I worked at The Home Depot


    Pros: Excellent benefits Great people to work with Personal and Sick time Cons: Lousy communication Store size Poor Training Disrespectful management Advice to Senior Management: The communication between management and employees is lacking. There are department managers, assistant managers, the store manager, district manager, and human resources manager. … More
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    just a job, you know

    Cashier (Former Employee) Portland, OR

    I worked at The Home Depot


    Pros: good starting pay, clean environment Cons: No room for advancement, not flexible on work hours Advice to Senior Management: Keep on doing it More
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