Kmart Reviews

Updated September 30, 2014
Updated September 30, 2014
1,277 Reviews
2.4
1,277 Reviews
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Edward S. Lampert
233 Ratings

Review Highlights

Pros
  • Flexible scheduling allows for a good work / life balance (in 51 reviews)

  • Well there's an employee discount and its expieriance for a resume (in 40 reviews)


Cons
  • I guess they figure they can pay a teenager minimum wage to do the same job (in 116 reviews)

  • No raises (even though I can do twice the workload of most new employees) (in 98 reviews)

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Employee Reviews

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  1.  

    Stockman/cashier

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    Current Employee - Stockman/Cashier
    Current Employee - Stockman/Cashier

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

    Pros

    Nice people ,interact with a lot of people

    Cons

    You meet a lot of rude people

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    Management are real nice

    Recommends
    Neutral Outlook
    No opinion of CEO
  2.  

    My Experience

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    Current Employee - Customer Service Desk Supervisor  in  Sweetwater, TN
    Current Employee - Customer Service Desk Supervisor in Sweetwater, TN

    I have been working at Kmart part-time for more than 3 years

    Pros

    They work pretty good with your availability.

    Cons

    There is no moving up in the company. No pay raises, just minimum pay rate.

    Recommends
    Neutral Outlook
    No opinion of CEO
  3.  

    Low pay. Moody human resources manager. Excellent store manager. Fun people to work with. Minimum hours.

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    Former Employee - Anonymous
    Former Employee - Anonymous

    I worked at Kmart

    Pros

    Good stepping stone job nothing more

    Cons

    Making little to no money

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    Respect your employees

    Doesn't Recommend
    Negative Outlook
    Disapproves of CEO
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  5.  

    Good learning experience

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    • Career Opportunities
    Former Employee - Sales Associate  in  Holyoke, MA
    Former Employee - Sales Associate in Holyoke, MA

    I worked at Kmart full-time for more than a year

    Pros

    Fun, learn new things, meet new people, assistant managers are kind.

    Cons

    Its hard/rare to get a raise unless your promoted, The pay kinda sucks, 4 Different store managers in 4 yrs. Messy store.

    Recommends
    Neutral Outlook
    Approves of CEO
  6.  

    Good seasonal job.

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    Former Employee - Cashier  in  Northport, AL
    Former Employee - Cashier in Northport, AL

    I worked at Kmart part-time for less than a year

    Pros

    it was ok... they kept me on even after christmas season was over.

    Cons

    The only time i got good hours was during christmas.

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    be more organized.

    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    No opinion of CEO
  7.  

    I am a former employee.

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    Former Employee - Backroom Associate  in  Elmwood Park, NJ
    Former Employee - Backroom Associate in Elmwood Park, NJ

    I worked at Kmart part-time for more than 3 years

    Pros

    My co-workers were very likable.

    Cons

    the frequent changing of store managers

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    try to help instead of hinder former employees when it's time for us to collect unemployment benefits

    Recommends
    Neutral Outlook
    No opinion of CEO
  8. 1 person found this helpful  

    going nowhere

    • Comp & Benefits
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    • Career Opportunities
    Current Employee - Department Lead
    Current Employee - Department Lead

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

    Pros

    flexible hours/schedule, can move upward in company

    Cons

    never any overtime or raises, unwise company decisions overall, low pay doesn't attract good workers and management doesn't try to motivate them

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    Focus on getting the most out of every employee and keeping things fair; you already don't pay well so you gotta make the employees want to stay - so have a good work environment!

    Doesn't Recommend
    Neutral Outlook
    Disapproves of CEO
  9.  

    Good pay, good hours.

    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee

    I worked at Kmart

    Pros

    It's always busy, so you won't get bored.

    Cons

    Sometimes can get overally crowded

  10.  

    Well, better than my last job.

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    Current Employee - Softlines Associate
    Current Employee - Softlines Associate

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

    Pros

    - Friendly, supportive co-workers that know how to work as a team
    - Department managers show that they care about those in their department
    - Short shifts seem to fly by
    - Associate discount
    - Schedules are posted two weeks in advance

    Cons

    - Maximum of 29 hours a week at minimum wage. Cannot work full-time unless you're a manager, because they don't want to give anyone full-time benefits.
    - Time-off policy requires you request time off at LEAST three weeks in advance, making it difficult to get time off for sudden or unplanned events.
    - It's not uncommon at our store to be forced to stay up to an hour after your shift was supposed to end.
    - Typically short 5-6 hours shifts means, even with only 29 hour work weeks, you're still stuck working five days a week.
    - Little to no raises, no matter how much extra work you do. A co-worker that's been working at my location for 11 years only makes about 50 cents more an hour than new hires.
    - We're supposed to have rotating shifts so everyone gets at least one weekend off a month, but I've been there for almost two months and still haven't gotten a single Friday or Saturday off. One of my coworkers hasn't had a Saturday off in nearly a year.

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    Train your new employees, don't just toss them onto the work floor and expect them to know what to do.
    Make sure all departments and managers are on the same page when it comes to work policies - when everyone is told something different, you're asking for arguments, poor results, and frustrated employees. I have on more than on occasion been told to ignore my department manager's directions and that's not right.
    Call in people for help when staff is low. One employee shouldn't be expected to do all the work typically done by five people just because none of their coworkers showed up.
    Hire more people to cover more areas of the store instead of trying to train everyone to work every position. You can't expect someone to get all of their assigned work done when you make them help another department for 80% of their shift!

    Doesn't Recommend
    Neutral Outlook
    No opinion of CEO
  11.  

    Good days and bad days.

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    • Senior Management
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    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee

    I have been working at Kmart

    Pros

    They worked with my schedule incredibly well because I was in a lot of activities in High school, as well as being really busy later in college.

    Cons

    Management team wouldn't back you up on a decision you made, so you basically looked like an idiot. They don't schedule enough people to do the jobs around you so you have to contribute to those jobs and cannot get your own done.

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    Pay your employees more and maybe they'd stay longer.

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