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Lowe's Reviews in Wichita, KS

Updated January 3, 2015
Updated January 3, 2015
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Pros
  • Working for Lowe's provides decent benefits and a good pay for retail (in 288 reviews)

  • The pay is decent for anybody looking for a retail job and they have good benefits as well (in 273 reviews)


Cons
  • there's no work-life balance as an employee classified as a store level manager (in 95 reviews)

  • Have to be full time worker in order to be eligible for tuition reimbursement (in 178 reviews)

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  1. 1 person found this helpful  

    Lowe's Company

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    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee in Wichita, KS
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee in Wichita, KS

    I have been working at Lowe's part-time (more than a year)

    Pros

    Great place with awesome managers and supervisors.

    Cons

    Open very early and late during summer.

    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    No opinion of CEO
  2. 1 person found this helpful  

    Arrogant Boss

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    Former Employee - Assistant Store Manager in Wichita, KS
    Former Employee - Assistant Store Manager in Wichita, KS

    I worked at Lowe's full-time (more than a year)

    Pros

    Lowe's is a great company to work for as a whole. Helping customers find what they need from small to big. Making their wishes and dreams become a reality.

    Cons

    Very little training for assistant store managers. Boss was more worried about his bonus than helping his assistants succeed. He was a tyrant. Was promised bonus when I was hired on. Found out later that they hadn't received a bonus in over 5 years. Software was very old. (called Genesis). It took 2 to 3 systems to place a customer order. Very difficult.

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    Be willing to let go of store managers who haven't done anything in recent years to allow fresh energy. District needs to stop closing eyes to things happening and focus on the real things that matter and can make Lowe's a better place to work.

    Doesn't Recommend
    Negative Outlook
    Approves of CEO
  3.  

    Very good place to work, clean and safe.

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    • Career Opportunities
    Former Employee - Weekend Team Member in Wichita, KS
    Former Employee - Weekend Team Member in Wichita, KS

    I worked at Lowe's part-time (more than a year)

    Pros

    Very good management who cared about staff.

    Cons

    Seasonal job that ended too quickly

    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    Approves of CEO
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  5. 1 person found this helpful  

    Too much focus on uncontrollable issues...

    • Comp & Benefits
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    • Senior Management
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    • Career Opportunities
    Current Employee - Department Manager in Wichita, KS
    Current Employee - Department Manager in Wichita, KS

    I have been working at Lowe's full-time (more than 5 years)

    Pros

    Good benefits, vacation, health, life, tuition reimbursement, employee discount. Can form some close friendships at work if you want.

    Cons

    Typical retail rotating schedules at any time of day or night make it hard to have a family life. Dental insurance is one of the benefits is one that is a terrible plan and doesn't cover much of anything.
    Corporate regional managers come in once or twice a year and because there is usually notice ahead, the stores go into a frantic "clean-up" mode to extremely unrealistic expectations, trying to make the store look like it is brand new and has never been shopped in before. After the visits then you are expected to go home early with no complaints if you are over 40 hours because you are NOT allowed to have any overtime. The weekly requirements of counting items that have been counted over and over is a crazy waste of time. Either the items are in the store or they aren't, but they continue to waster countless payroll hours making associates and managers count things that they simply don't want to accept are not in the store. When you do your yearly inventories, they will balance out what is truly missing and what is in the stores, so STOP wasting our time!
    There are so many tasks that are given out, but yet you are constantly preached at that the customer comes first, and you all get reprimanded when you have bad mystery shops, but you also get chewed out and possibly a write up if you don't have all of your tasks done that are unrealistically assigned. THAT is why customer mystery shops don't turn out well, and surveys aren't where they want them. Typical corporate america. They want more and more out of you, but with less and less payroll hours. Someone seriously needs to get a grip. If they really want to make good changes, stop worrying about lawsuits and start firing all of the under-performers in stores and create stores with top notch people that are really putting their all into their work each day and getting as much done as humanly possible why giving great service, and not spending half of their shift visiting with other associates and wasting time in the breakroom when they shouldn't be.

    If you want to get ahead, you might want to suck up to the store manager and get to know the market director as much as you can when he/she comes into your store. They will notice you more, and you will have a better chance of getting recommended for a promotion.

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    There are so many tasks that are given out, but yet you are constantly preached at that the customer comes first, and you all get reprimanded when you have bad mystery shops, but you also get chewed out and possibly a write up if you don't have all of your tasks done that are unrealistically assigned. THAT is why customer mystery shops don't turn out well, and surveys aren't where they want them. Typical corporate america. They want more and more out of you, but with less and less payroll hours. Someone seriously needs to get a grip. If they really want to make good changes, stop worrying about lawsuits and start firing all of the under-performers in stores and create stores with top notch people that are really putting all they can into their work each day and getting as much done as humanly possible while giving great service, and not spending half of their shift visiting with other associates and wasting time in the breakroom when they shouldn't be. If upper store management would grow a pair and spend several weeks seriously working on the sales floor in all areas, they would realize who really does most of the work and provides the great service in stores, and be able to eliminate the bad workers.

    Doesn't Recommend
    Neutral Outlook
    Approves of CEO
  6. 1 person found this helpful  

    EqFair

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    • Senior Management
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    • Career Opportunities
    Current Employee - Assistant Store Manager in Wichita, KS
    Current Employee - Assistant Store Manager in Wichita, KS

    I have been working at Lowe's full-time (more than 10 years)

    Pros

    Love the people I work with , like a family all the time that you put it. Enjoy seeing the change in the Company regarding service levels. Like to see people promoted within the Stores. Able to grow into future leaders if that's what a person wants/

    Cons

    Not being paid fairly according to the new So Called PAY RATE ADVISOR that the company has put in place. The people that have been with the Company prior to this are being left behind. The OPEN DOOR policy does not go to the TOP of the Company, it Stops I was told.

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    Don't think that the moral of the Stores are where they are because people are treated fairly. This is not at the Store Level but for those who think that the pay rate is fair. NOT TRUE and we will continue to lose associates with years of experience.

    Doesn't Recommend
    Neutral Outlook
    Approves of CEO
  7.  

    Decent if you are among neutral or good management, otherwise good luck

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    • Senior Management
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    • Career Opportunities
    Current Employee - Department Manager in Wichita, KS
    Current Employee - Department Manager in Wichita, KS

    I have been working at Lowe's full-time

    Pros

    Upper management becomes very insulated and can be terrible to work for. Many associates have problems and some left over a certain ASM yet nothing is done about him even after complaints filed.
    Getting good deals on things from the store if you're into home improvement or being handy is a huge bonus at times, discount is the same as having a friend who is military and the company has been cutting back benefits to employees (special order sales, bonuses, sales spiffs, etc) so deals are few and far between

    Cons

    Can be interesting work, most days its piling on of tasks and stretching workers thin while complaining about sales....then the cycle repeats.

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    Promote those that can lead and inspire not just dictate. Coach upper managment that has had problems with employees....you will lose good people over bad managers....#1 reason why people leave.

    Doesn't Recommend
    Neutral Outlook
    No opinion of CEO
  8.  

    Great products, Great people

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    • Work/Life Balance
    • Senior Management
    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    Former Employee - Assistant Store Manager in Wichita, KS
    Former Employee - Assistant Store Manager in Wichita, KS

    I worked at Lowe's full-time (more than 8 years)

    Pros

    One can grow and develope into management with the aid of computer based lessons and then within just a few minutes place what you have learned into use. You also have the opportunity to provide customer service to a wide base of the local population. This takes into consideration, different languages, different religious views and different values.

    Cons

    Leadership is struggling to do away with the, Good ole Boy, type senerio where only if you fit into the club can you go any higher than store level. Very bad not just at Lowe's but in all Home Improvement stores.

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    Promote individuals based upon their achievements not what current supervisors feel. This will help do away with the, Good ole Boy senerio, Additionally, promote from outside the store in. This will aid in the previous as it will also allow Management canidates to live up to the policy that they can be moved anywhere within the US, and not stagnate with in one store, one city and one state.

    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    No opinion of CEO
  9.  

    Decent job if you like dealing with the public

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    • Senior Management
    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    Current Employee - Department Manager in Wichita, KS
    Current Employee - Department Manager in Wichita, KS

    I have been working at Lowe's full-time (more than 5 years)

    Pros

    Full benefits, 3wks vacation after 5 years, (2 wks in yr 1-4). You get to know your regular customers

    Cons

    Management doesn't really discipline anyone unless they've already decided they want to fire them and then find a reason to do it. There needs to be a lot more accountability with employees and push them to actually earn their paycheck instead of just "BS'ing" around half the day with co-workers.Its really annoying for those of us that actually work hard to make it a great place to shop.

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    Hold your employees accountable and write them up if they aren't performing like they are expected to, instead of just shipping your "nightmare" employees from one department to the next for each manager to see what they can do and finally give up in exasperation.

    Recommends
    Neutral Outlook
    Disapproves of CEO
  10. 4 people found this helpful  

    Favoritism Rules

    • Comp & Benefits
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    • Career Opportunities
    Former Employee - Seasonal Lawn and Garden Associate in Wichita, KS
    Former Employee - Seasonal Lawn and Garden Associate in Wichita, KS

    I worked at Lowe's full-time (less than a year)

    Pros

    some of my fellow employees were nice, willing to teach and help you out when needed. Majority of management was easy to work with

    Cons

    Hours go from great to almost none in record time. I was a seasonal garden associate with over 2 years of retail experience. Was told to start applying right away for permanent positions. The positions they did post they had already decided who they were giving the jobs to, and some of them were the laziest people in the store. They have a 3 interview rule and used seasonal associates as two of the three interviews so they could give positions to their buddies faster.

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    When someone is working their tail off to show you they deserve a long term job, don't ignore those people. You miss out on great assets to your company that way

    Doesn't Recommend
    Negative Outlook
    Disapproves of CEO
  11.  

    I really like the people I work with and the variety.

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    • Senior Management
    • Career Opportunities
    Current Employee - Seasonal Cashier in Wichita, KS
    Current Employee - Seasonal Cashier in Wichita, KS

    I have been working at Lowe's

    Pros

    My co workers are awesome!

    Cons

    I am just seasonal and not getting enough hours

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    n/a

    Recommends
    Approves of CEO

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