Hobby Lobby Reviews

Updated October 17, 2014
Updated October 17, 2014
421 Reviews
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421 Reviews
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Hobby Lobby CEO David Green
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Review Highlights

Pros
  • The fact that the store closes at 8PM nightly and is closed on Sundays is a big deal (in 67 reviews)

  • Hobby Lobby has increased wages for full time employees by one dollar for several years (in 38 reviews)


Cons
  • the only way to make more money within the company is to become full time (in 46 reviews)

  • Part-time employees are required to work every Saturday (no exceptions) (in 27 reviews)

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  1. 4 people found this helpful  

    Great place to shop and to work; The pay is on par for what they expect.

    • Comp & Benefits
    • Work/Life Balance
    • Senior Management
    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    Current Employee - Department Head in Lakeland, FL
    Current Employee - Department Head in Lakeland, FL

    I have been working at Hobby Lobby full-time (more than 3 years)

    Pros

    First thing, if you want to know a lot about the history/plan of The Hobby Lobby, the book by Mr. Green is very informative and also transparent, which all Christians are called to be. The company has a very rigid structure and VERY demanding work ethic, but make no mistake, that's what WORK is. They perform mass hires at a store opening, and experience matters. But an opening is very tough work, and if you show up to work you will be rewarded. A majority of people start at part time, then are rewarded full time based on effort. There is a reason for this, because they weed out all the people looking for a free ride, and if you are one of them, you won't be there long. The pay is amazing for part time retail, it is now up to 10.00 hr, and full time starts at 15.00 hr. No one else pays that, due to the company having a very smart and efficient retail process that I have never seen before, so they believe in putting it back into their employees. The benefits are as good as anywhere else, and there is personal time and vacation time to be made.

    Cons

    Sadly, part timers are at the mercy of schedule, used wherever management sees fit, but if you can stand it and have an open availability you will be rewarded. The only other negative to part time is no accrued vacation time OR sick time, and they do not offer benefits of any kind to part timers. They are very much a seasonal store and the merchandise rotates very quickly, some items never to be seen again. The problem is it can be very difficult to learn what items go where.
      As far as full timers go, in the months of September-December, you will be extremely busy and will work long hours due to the tremendous sales that happen. Christmas trees get shipped in around July! Most of the management teams will expect you to work longer without much notice, and as far as the term of work/family life goes, you wont have as much family time during the Christmas season as you would like. They very much expect the best from you and to be very committed. It can be very difficult to move up in the company if you are not willing to relocate, as the turnover rate is high and stores are always opening.

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    Any company is only as good as it's employees. While a majority of people you will find are honest and have integrity, there is in every company a few people that will have their own interests in mind and strive for that instead of the good of the group. I have seen managers come and go in the 3 years with the company AND store. I have heard that one RVP or higher employee say "Managers should be treating employees as if they were their personal congregation" Great words from someone with the right mind frame, sadly not all managers will do this. My advice to managers, is that YOU are just as responsible to your employees as we are to you, the golden rule applies. In the end, you will get out of your employees what you are willing to put into them.

    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    Approves of CEO
  2. 1 person found this helpful  

    Pleasant place to work

    • Career Opportunities
    Current Employee - Receiver in Oklahoma City, OK
    Current Employee - Receiver in Oklahoma City, OK

    I have been working at Hobby Lobby full-time (less than an year)

    Pros

    The morning schedule is great .

    Cons

    Management is a piece of crap

  3.  

    Excellent

    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee

    I have been working at Hobby Lobby

    Pros

    Pay is the best in local.

    Cons

    Attendance policy is very strict which explains their high turnover rate.

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    Relaxed

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  5.  

    A great company to work for.

    • Comp & Benefits
    • Work/Life Balance
    • Senior Management
    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee

    I have been working at Hobby Lobby full-time (more than 3 years)

    Pros

    Great company values, ever other weekend off, never have to work a Sunday. Great bonus structure and they are fairly reasonable to attain.

    Cons

    Midland area has challenging employee retention issues, Fall and Christmas can be extremely challenging and you will often receive two full semi trucks on the same day.

    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    Approves of CEO
  6.  

    Cashier

    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee

    I have been working at Hobby Lobby

    Pros

    Great benefits. Family friendly. Great place to work.

    Cons

    Not really any cons I just decided to be a stay at home mom.

  7.  

    Customer Service Representative

    • Comp & Benefits
    • Work/Life Balance
    • Senior Management
    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    Former Employee - Customer Service Representative in Avondale, AZ
    Former Employee - Customer Service Representative in Avondale, AZ

    I worked at Hobby Lobby full-time (more than an year)

    Pros

    Hobby Lobby is a great company to work for. You rarely ever have to work on a Sunday (store closed on Sundays and only have to work if there's a big project or inventory purposes) because the CEO of the company wants to give his employees the day off to spend it with family. They have been giving raises every year ($1 raise) for the last couple of years.

    Cons

    When I was working there, there was a lot of favoritism with the manager and certain employees which usually meant that the managers favorites, for the most part, did very little work and the rest of us had to pick up the slack.

    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    Approves of CEO
  8. 1 person found this helpful  

    New employee at a Hobby Lobby that just recently opened

    • Comp & Benefits
    • Work/Life Balance
    • Senior Management
    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    Current Employee - Cashier in Maplewood, MN
    Current Employee - Cashier in Maplewood, MN

    I have been working at Hobby Lobby full-time (less than an year)

    Pros

    Great pay & benifets, closed Sundays, work only every other Saturday

    Cons

    Unpredictable schedule. they can put You down for 12 hours one day and the next for 6 hours. 12 hours is a very long time to be on your feet in one day....Management has a way of talking down to you like your ten years old. Asking management a question, you will get a snotty answer back from them & they will make you feel stupid for even asking..... while setting up the store, co managers worked very hard with the temp help, while regional managers & higher ups just ran around the store yelling and telling you to work faster & faster when they havent done one thing to help set up in any way... super unorganized, while setting up the store and putting products on shelves one manager would tell you one way to do it right just to have anither manager come in and tell you its wrong once your finished just to redo the entire aisle over again.... Cashiering: you are not scanning items through... you litterally have to manually enter each item and know what items are on sale & at what percentage.... really slow process & upsets customers who are in a hurry.

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    Be nice and don't talk down to employees. We are supposed to feel comfortable around you & asking questions, not stupid....

    Doesn't Recommend
    Positive Outlook
    No opinion of CEO
  9.  

    An Okay First Job

    • Comp & Benefits
    • Work/Life Balance
    • Senior Management
    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    Former Employee - Cashier in Parker, CO
    Former Employee - Cashier in Parker, CO

    I worked at Hobby Lobby part-time (more than an year)

    Pros

    Store staff sizes are small enough that everyone knows each other, and you will most likely help out with many aspects of the business (stocking, pricing, cashiering, cleaning, answering questions, etc.) despite what your official job title is. You receive a $50 Christmas bonus from the company. 15% employee discount at your store. Sundays off and reasonable day hours.

    Cons

    Minimum wage, even after a year of service. Employees at my store were not allowed to talk with each other, nor be in the same aisle as one another. High turnover rate among staff. Cashiers were not equipped with barcode scanners (everything is hand-punched). Employees not allowed to use store bathrooms to change into work uniform (bathrooms are for customers).

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    I understand that retail jobs require little experience or training, but I believe that talking to your employees as opposed to belittling them in front of coworkers may yield a more motivated workforce that performs better as a team.

    Doesn't Recommend
    Disapproves of CEO
  10. 1 person found this helpful  

    A store manager that sucks and is always in a bad mood.

    • Comp & Benefits
    • Work/Life Balance
    • Senior Management
    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    Former Employee - Department Head in Fayetteville, NC
    Former Employee - Department Head in Fayetteville, NC

    I worked at Hobby Lobby full-time (more than 3 years)

    Pros

    they have great benefits, Good pay. they give you a christmas bonus every uear

    Cons

    Working for a store manager that is like Sally feilds in the movie Sybal. In the movie Sally Fields has many personalities so did my boss. One minute she was in a good mood the next she would bite your head off.

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    Don't get mad when people get sick and think they are doing it on purpose. People can't help getting sick

    Doesn't Recommend
    Positive Outlook
    Approves of CEO
  11.  

    Fun place to work but tough getting hired in and so competitive.

    • Comp & Benefits
    • Work/Life Balance
    • Senior Management
    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    Current Employee - Floater
    Current Employee - Floater

    I have been working at Hobby Lobby part-time (less than an year)

    Pros

    It is fun and fast paced work. Great co workers, nice products and clean environment

    Cons

    Nearly impossible getting a rare full time position, training is scarce, mostly self taught. Management knows for every employee that gives up waiting for a full time position and quits, there are at least 50 more to take that slot.

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    Please, please force better training for the low level employees. Don't assume your store managers are making that happen, ask the employees.

    Recommends
    Neutral Outlook
    No opinion of CEO

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