Hobby Lobby Reviews

Updated September 14, 2014
Updated September 14, 2014
394 Reviews
2.5
394 Reviews
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Hobby Lobby CEO David Green
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Review Highlights

Pros
  • Disappointed to say that the only "pro" that comes to mind is that HL is closed on Sundays (in 56 reviews)

  • Hobby Lobby has increased wages for full time employees by one dollar for several years (in 32 reviews)


Cons
  • Built and opened a new store with over 60 people with the expectation of being hired full-time (in 42 reviews)

  • When I was there, being part-time wasn't an issue, which has since changed (in 20 reviews)

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Employee Reviews

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  1. 3 people found this helpful  

    Good company

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    • Work/Life Balance
    • Senior Management
    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    Current Employee - Store Manager  in  Houston, TX
    Current Employee - Store Manager in Houston, TX

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

    Pros

    Great employees and competitive hourly pay. Only worked two Sundays a year in December. Company continues to grow. Good bonuses quarterly(payroll) and yearly if you meet financial goals. No micromanagement

    Cons

    No work/life balance and working 6 days a week from thanksgiving till the end of January. If a manager quits no backup you work every Saturday till another one is hired, which can take 3 months. Better training for store managers some are moved up because they can merchandise but not fully trained on payroll/hiring procedures for company.
     No way of looking into other positions within the company and uncomfortable asking upper management due to retaliation. They push to have freight processed within 48 hours which takes most of your payroll.
    The owners are Christians but it does not reach the regional/district managers which require you to work extra hours if you get behind.
    I have had some upper managers that if you don't suck up to them are disrespectful to you.

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    Training for managers, balanced payroll to match needs for stores, a system to review other positions available in the company

    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    Approves of CEO
  2.  

    A great job to start off and build your experience!

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    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    Former Employee - Stockman  in  West Bend, WI
    Former Employee - Stockman in West Bend, WI

    I worked at Hobby Lobby full-time for less than a year

    Pros

    Great team of co-workers that will go to any length to help each other. Great team of managers that continuously find new ways to enhance the store and business as a whole

    Cons

    Occasionally you will get a few members that aren't team players and will put little effort into helping more then needed.

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    Ensure you reward those who continually give the company a great name and put their all into their work. Also those that don't need to have their jobs terminated to bring in better employee's.

    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    Approves of CEO
  3. 1 person found this helpful  

    Even if it were selling car parts I would love my Store!

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    Current Employee - Cashier  in  Merced, CA
    Current Employee - Cashier in Merced, CA

    I have been working at Hobby Lobby part-time for less than a year

    Pros

    My co-worker all get along, we bring in snacks and share when we have extra or sometimes someone will buy snacks for everyone. 15% discount on top of the sale OR coupon price. Not open on Sundays. I agree with company morals and love how the company started with a loan and a dream. With it being a craft/hobby store we tend to get more calm customers, or the elderly who are cute. If I need help I know I can ask someone and they wont look down on me. They work with your schedule.

    Cons

    part timers don't get insurance and the hours usually stay under 25 per week.. No bar codes so we have to type in the prices and remember what is on sale every week (not all that hard actually).

    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    Approves of CEO
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  5.  

    Great company to work for

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    • Senior Management
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    Current Employee - Department Head
    Current Employee - Department Head

    I have been working at Hobby Lobby full-time for more than 5 years

    Pros

    casual retail environment, policies are adaptive to environment. Benefits and time off are similar to other companies. Pay rate for hourly employees is incredible and employment is selective because of that. Attitude is everything!

    Cons

    Leadership selection is dependent on the store, some people were not mean to lead. This is a common occurrence in every job setting.

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    Retail management should go through the same selection processes as any other field, choosing the right LEADER is imperative to store success. Leadership vs. management education.

    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    Approves of CEO
  6. 1 person found this helpful  

    I enjoyed working there and I learned a lot about retail, customer service, merchandising, displays, and counter relays.

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    • Career Opportunities
    Former Employee - Sales Associate  in  Amarillo, TX
    Former Employee - Sales Associate in Amarillo, TX

    I worked at Hobby Lobby full-time for more than 10 years

    Pros

    Excellent company too work for excellent wages,benefits and opportunity for advancement. They have a good training program. Each new employee watches a series of videos too learn about the company, store policies and what their responsibilities will be.

    Cons

    It is a fast passed store with high standards, they receive a lot of freight that has too be opened and stock at a fast pass. If you are interested in management there is a lot of working hours that can interfere with work-life balance.

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    Communicate with each employee one on one daily helping them to better understand what they need too do in there departments. Everyday is a learning experience for each employee no matter how long they have worked there.

    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    No opinion of CEO
  7.  

    Be prepared to not be prepared.

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    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee

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

    Pros

    A great company with great pay for the job required.

    Cons

    Not all management upholds the company values.

    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    Approves of CEO
  8.  

    Great place to work! Really enjoyed the atmosphere and managment worked great with my schedule. Positive experience!

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    Former Employee - Cashier  in  Tulsa, OK
    Former Employee - Cashier in Tulsa, OK

    I worked at Hobby Lobby part-time for more than a year

    Pros

    Family environment and management was great to work with. Room for growth if willing to work hard and be a dedicated employee.

    Cons

    In my experience I did not have any cons. Everything was a very positive experience and would highly recommend.

    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    Approves of CEO
  9. 8 people found this helpful  

    A very draining experience

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    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee

    I worked at Hobby Lobby full-time for more than 5 years

    Pros

    They suck you in with good pay, benefits, holiday bonuses and Sundays off. I left with plenty of experience to put on a resume.

    Cons

    Due to increasing pay for full-timers, part-time employee hours were cut to one or two days a week. Department heads were left to pick up the slack; running our own departments, setting seasonal merchandise, helping customers, and running a register all at once in a busy store. Customers complained on a regular basis, were unable to read signs, and left piles of merchandise and garbage . Management expected miracles, but the stock room ended up with seasonal stock piled, literally, floor to ceiling. Outside help was needed, and both manager and co-manager quit soon after. Company "values" are superficial, essentially limited to playing Christian soft jazz music and cutting off the informative tags of expensive handmade Indian blankets because of the word "gods". Most decor items come from China or India, and are poor quality. Christmas decor started to be set in June, and by the time the holidays came around employees were left feeling disenchanted, albeit sparkly with glitter. During monthly stock tests, we were reprimanded when a customer bought all of a certain item. Some employees worked 12-13 hours on truck days; all freight had to be put up, and sometimes a last minute decision would arise to complete a reset or markdown.

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    Get in touch with your employees, realize when they are being overworked. Stop sending all seasonal stock at once when department resets are still being sent out.

    Doesn't Recommend
    Disapproves of CEO
  10. 6 people found this helpful  

    not what you would expect

    • Comp & Benefits
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    • Senior Management
    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee

    I have been working at Hobby Lobby

    Pros

    good pay and bonuses after a year~ personal time and vacation for full time employees, but the management has their view of what is considered personal time.

    Cons

    Full time means 35 hours, never enough help, demanding management. Never enough employees scheduled so the customers can't ever find somebody to help them.

    Disapproves of CEO
  11.  

    Can literally suck the life right out of you!

    • Comp & Benefits
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    • Senior Management
    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    Current Employee - Department Manager
    Current Employee - Department Manager

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

    Pros

    Store closes at 8 daily (actually stays open until 9 on Black Friday & the following day); closed on Sundays; good pay; offers insurance.

    Cons

    Our store's air conditioning unit totally sucks! It is extremely warm in there, and we are still having to wear the vest or those AWFUL shirts!! Why can't someone come up with a Hobby Lobby t-shirt??? Seems simple enough. Not much chance for moving up within the store. Dept managers are given too many tasks to accomplish on a daily basis. Certain employees in my store are "privileged", in that they rarely have to ring on a register, don't have to close as often as others, and seem to do what they want! Although we are given vacation time, we are not allowed to use it Oct - Jan, nor can we put in for any personal paid time off during that time. Weekly scheduled are not posted until the Friday beforehand...doesn't leave you much of an opportunity to schedule doctor's appointments, etc. We may not have much of a life, but we do have one!

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    How about some of you Oklahoma folks coming into the stores and actually talk to department managers and part-timers. Ask them, on a store-by-store basis, how things are going in that store. I am sure they might just be shocked as to what actually goes on!!

    Doesn't Recommend
    Neutral Outlook
    No opinion of CEO

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