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A career I didn't expect

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  • Work/Life Balance
  • Senior Management
  • Culture & Values
  • Career Opportunities
Current Employee - Operations Assistant Store Manager (OAM)  in  Seattle, WA
Current Employee - Operations Assistant Store Manager (OAM) in Seattle, WA

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
Approves of CEO

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.

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    Cons

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    The good and the bad

    • Comp & Benefits
    • Work/Life Balance
    • Senior Management
    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    Former Employee - Front End Associate  in  Minneapolis, MN
    Former Employee - Front End Associate in Minneapolis, MN

    Pros

    Benefits available for part time associates. Relatively decent pay for a retail job. Strong company culture in which the values are easy to understand.

    Cons

    VERY disorganized at the store level. Rotating door of turnover. The biggest problem is that the training is very extensive , but not hands on. Many only realize that it isn't a fit and quit after going through all of that training and end up on the sales floor without the hands on experience. Stressed out leadership!

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    Diversify your onboarding to include plenty of on the floor training. Let people get a feel for the role!

    Doesn't Recommend
    Positive Outlook
    No opinion of CEO
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