Hobby Lobby Reviews

Updated August 28, 2014
Updated August 28, 2014
436 Reviews

2.5
436 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  

    not what you would expect

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    • Work/Life Balance
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    • 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
  2. 3 people found this helpful  

    A very draining experience

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    • Work/Life Balance
    • Senior Management
    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    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
  3.  

    Very nice store.

    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee

    I have been working at Hobby Lobby

    Pros

    I love my position in Custom Framing. Working with customers in this department is very rewarding.

    Cons

    The store can get very, very messy, mostly because of college students. This makes recovery at night long and arduous.

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    Please train management in how to manage poor/ineffective employees. We have a lot of unchecked ineffectiveness that gets put onto other employees. No performance evaluations and all employees get paid the same.

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  5.  

    A little company inside of a big company

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    Former Employee - Store Set Supervisor  in  Lakeland, FL
    Former Employee - Store Set Supervisor in Lakeland, FL

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

    Pros

    a great place to work. I started with them as a part-time cashier and worked my way all the way up to co-manager position where I ran my store pretty much because of an incompetent manager. they really take care of hourly employees with a good pay rate, insurance and every other weekend off. The way they open new stores is a really cool process too that brings jobs to the community. ive opened 30-40 stores for the company and took part in almost all stores built in florida. Great DMs in Florida, if you have the option on where to go id work for Nick Hiller.

    Cons

    not much of a work life balance because being salary you sometimes have to work every weekend. The pay for salary managers is also terrible for how much work youre expected to put in. For being a Christian based company with a very black and white attitude theres a lot of grey area in the way they do things. Most co's that come in from other big box retailers are terrible and have horrible work ethic. Growing to fast for their own good

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    I worked all over the country opening stores for the company.. Ray Baker was the best man to ever work for. Also my Dm in florida Nick Hiller was my favorite boss ive ever had. Also Lee in the Washington area was great as well. I think that recruiting needs to do a better job with the people that they bring into the company. The lady they put in my store as a Co is the reason im no longer with the company

    Doesn't Recommend
    Positive Outlook
    No opinion of CEO
  6. 1 person found this helpful  

    Terrible experience

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    Current Employee - Co Manager  in  Odessa, TX
    Current Employee - Co Manager in Odessa, TX

    I have been working at Hobby Lobby full-time for more than a year

    Pros

    If your lucky and staffed....every other weekend off.

    Cons

    Long...long..hours....80 a week average, lots of hours, way too many hours a week, no life.

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    Get more managers...stop the multiple open to close shifts

    Doesn't Recommend
    Disapproves of CEO
  7.  

    The only thing constant is change

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    Current Employee - Warehouse Co-Manager  in  Oklahoma City, OK
    Current Employee - Warehouse Co-Manager in Oklahoma City, OK

    I have been working at Hobby Lobby full-time for more than 8 years

    Pros

    Excellent working conditions, Clean warehouse with newer equipment, Medical facility on site open to employees at no cost. Processes are set and easy to execute

    Cons

    There is a small amount of "good old boy" management structure but it is slowly being weeded out. Expect to work long hours and deal with large amounts of employees

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    Institute three 8 hour shifts instead of trying to work 2 shift 10-11 hours a day plus Saturday. More structure for managers is needed. Decide on what is needed for advancement and let people know expectations.

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

    Work like a dog for a hypocritical company

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    Former Employee - Department Head  in  Jacksonville, FL
    Former Employee - Department Head in Jacksonville, FL

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

    Pros

    Highest pay for retail out there.
    Closed on Sundays.
    Not mentally challenging at all.

    Cons

    Religious company that is very hypocritical when dealing with employees.
    Management is terrible.
    They constantly want more from you without showing apprreciation for hard work.

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    Ditch the fake christian attitude.

    Recommends
    Neutral Outlook
    Disapproves of CEO
  9. 1 person found this helpful  

    Treated me like dirt.

    Former Employee - Cashier  in  Onalaska, WI
    Former Employee - Cashier in Onalaska, WI

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

    Pros

    -The pay
    -Sundays off
    -Really nothing else.

    Cons

    -Poor (if any) training.
    -Archaic technology.
    -Judgmental co-workers.
    -Traumatic.
    -Managers constantly conflicted on how things are done.

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    This is not advice to management. This is for any person out there that is curious about working here.
    Don't.
    I was truly so excited to work in a christian-based crafts store. I went into this place feeling positive, was absolutely crushed by how I, and the other poor new girl, were treated here. You are either in the inner-circle, or out. And if you are 'out,' you will be gossiped about, picked on, and treated as if you are an idiot. Working here severely brought down my self-esteem and feeling of self-worth. Definitely not suitable for your first job.
    If my small review can cause at least ONE person to re-consider applying here, then the suffering I endured won't be a complete waste.

    Doesn't Recommend
  10. 1 person found this helpful  

    Alright needs work.

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    Current Employee - Cashier  in  Tinley Park, IL
    Current Employee - Cashier in Tinley Park, IL

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

    Pros

    Off on Sunday, Great place for creative people, frendly co-workers. very fast pace.

    Cons

    only promotes from the outside. co-workers only care about there departments. We are suppose to have 24 hours to work freight. We really only have one day. Manager is very miniplitve, and likes to harass. work schederal is put out on Friday or saturday.

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    Start promoting from within. concider your emploiees, put out schedural sooner.

    Recommends
    Neutral Outlook
    No opinion of CEO
  11. 2 people found this helpful  

    Time for the owners to atone. It's going to take a long while.

    Former Employee - Co-Manager  in  Mesa, AZ
    Former Employee - Co-Manager in Mesa, AZ

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

    Pros

    Pay was average, but very low when you factor in 70 - 120 hour weeks. No, I'm not kidding.

    Cons

    It is so disappointing listening to what customers think HL is really like. Back up 18 spaces and add EL. My 3 Managers that I worked for were all major alcoholics. Your DM states that they don't care how many days you work straight through, yes, like 72+ hours straight. Everyone else gets to go home though because they are hourly.

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    Get a mirror. Look into it. Pray out loud. Don't look away. Get out of retail. Go to church and atone. What you have done to your employees goes so far beyond Sin.

    Doesn't Recommend
    Negative Outlook
    Disapproves of CEO

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