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A career I didn't expect

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Current Employee - Operations Assistant Store Manager (OAM)  in  Seattle, WA
Current Employee - Operations Assistant Store Manager (OAM) in Seattle, WA

I have been working at The Home Depot full-time for more than 10 years

Pros

Almost entirely promotion from within, making a career with this company is easy if you have the drive and a willingness to learn. Appropriate compensation- competitive with other retailers. Direction and values of the company - strong cash company, makes smart financial decisions that ensure continued growth, values that will surprise you in a retailer (taking care of each other). This is no Walmart, with disgruntled employees. THD makes a point of supporting its employees, rewarding them, supporting its surrounding community, and taking pride in winning over customers. As an example, raising money to help eachother all over the company (untouched by the company), which has had hundreds of thousands of dollars of our CEOs own salary donated to help out. As a manager I can tell you that there is corporate pressure to not only invest time with all employees but to work to move people up with the company; it is an official company program.

Cons

After THD implemented temporary hiring as a seasonal requirement it is more difficult for people to stay on with the company. Associates who stay on are people which are hand selected by their supervisors and managers as solid employees but they enter at basic wages and remain PT for typically quite some time before opportunities for FT become available. While wages are competitive, truly making enough to committ to a career with the company requires moving up to higher paying positions. However, this strategy accelerated stock prices in a home improvement retailer when the country's housing market bottomed out with the economy around 2008. As a company who attracts mostly male applicants, the company works very hard to push females (and other diverse groups) into supervisory positions and typically male dominated areas of the company; this is good and bad as high performing white males are sometimes passed over for promotions when they are comparable to a more diverse candidate. And that is coming from a white female manager. Other than that the Pros and Cons of the job are what you make of them.

Advice to ManagementAdvice

As with any company or manager(s) there is room for improvement; holding hourly employees at a higher level in the company accountable at the same execution and leadership expectation should be a given; sometimes it is not.

Recommends
Positive Outlook
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The Home Depot Response

Jun 17, 2013Client Partner

Thank you for over ten years of hard work and dedication. We appreciate you taking the time to share your feedback. We value strong leadership skills as well.

Other Reviews for The Home Depot

  1.  

    Loved the people thats one thing i miss. Do not miss the work i put my life into this job and at the end i got nothing.

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    Former Employee - Department Supervisor  in  Bronx, NY
    Former Employee - Department Supervisor in Bronx, NY

    I worked at The Home Depot full-time for more than 3 years

    Pros

    Alot of positions to fill so you will never get bored.

    Cons

    Lack of moral in store.

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    This is a position like no other. If you work in a high volume store you will work a ton of hours to get things right. Your life goes into this position

    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    Approves of CEO
  2.  

    its alright to work in the summer more hours . but not the winter

    Current Employee - Sales Associate  in  Burtonsville, MD
    Current Employee - Sales Associate in Burtonsville, MD

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

    Pros

    great company to work for

    Cons

    long hours, not eough pay

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