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Low wages, good opportunities.

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  • Career Opportunities
Current Employee - Freight Associate  in  Hialeah, FL
Current Employee - Freight Associate in Hialeah, FL

I have been working at The Home Depot full-time for more than 5 years

Pros

If you work hard and show interest in operations (the running of the business), there will be many opportunities for advancement.
Extensive training, including video classes, literature, hands-on demos and, occasionally, large convention-style shows.

Cons

The vast majority of available job positions are part-time (16-20 hours per week).
You will need to be very flexible with availability and physical readiness.
Wages are competitive yet insufficient for the type of work involved (Heavy lifting, lift truck operation, rude customers, fast-paced routine, irrational sales goals for specialists).
Benefits are mediocre at best.

Advice to ManagementAdvice

Improve medical benefits coverage. Open up more full time slots for freight and receiving associates. Study local consumer trends more in-depth, specially special-order purchasing and kitchen design costs. Focus more on asset-protection best practices and add more police detail to stores in or around neighborhoods with high crime rates.

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    Nice place to start a career

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    Current Employee - Sales Associate  in  Oak Lawn, IL
    Current Employee - Sales Associate in Oak Lawn, IL

    I have been working at The Home Depot part-time for more than a year

    Pros

    its pretty easy to move up if you work hard

    Cons

    people around you are absolutely ignorant of life and their job

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    promote people regarding their skills and hard work not the years they have been with the company

    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    Approves of CEO
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    Store Manager

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    Former Employee - Store Manager  in  Columbus, OH
    Former Employee - Store Manager in Columbus, OH

    I worked at The Home Depot full-time for more than 8 years

    Pros

    Great compensation, health benefits, dental, vision, 401K, restricted stock, employee stock purchase plan. You can also bonus up to 50% of your base salary every half (twice a year). Store Managers and District/Regional staff are compensated very well but you better be ready for the pressure that comes with it. Core values of the company are alive and well and recognition programs are good. Senior management is very good and aligned very well, not alot of mixed messages. The company is financially solid and is poised for future success.

    Cons

    Poor work life balance. Store Managers work 60-75 hours a week, including weekends and are on constant call with a Blackberry. Store and Assistant managers do not get a consistant schedule and work 70 hours a week. There is very little autonomy at Home Depot, meaning you have little ability to make business decisions,(can not make hiring/firing or hours decisions, product buys, etc.). Entrepreneurial spirit is limited to how nice of a sign you can make, how many balloons you can put on it, and how much product you can cram into the racetrack. My advice: if considering a career with Home Depot be sure to weigh your compensation package against your work/life balance. If you are a hard charger that loves to put in endless hours than go for it, if you have a family and time with them is important than think twice. And if you are thinking about being an Assistant Store Manager, don't do it.

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    Your business plan and focus is working, keep it up (I'm still a shareholder). Consider a more standardized work schedule for salaried managers. Incentives are good but there is more to retaining talent than money. Retailers like Target and Wal-Mart have comparible incentives but much better schedules for assistant managers. When the job market turns (for the better) you will be glad you took care of your people when you did.

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