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Menards Reviews in Chicago, IL

Updated November 25, 2014
Updated November 25, 2014
698 Reviews
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698 Reviews
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Pros
  • Employees who work over 1,000 hours in a year get an IPS bonus (instant profit sharing) (in 115 reviews)

  • Flexible hours, very easy to move up, decent pay with scheduled raises and bonuses (in 43 reviews)


Cons
  • The long hours standing by a cashier could be stressful during peak season (in 54 reviews)

  • No work/life balance - your life is Menards (in 23 reviews)

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  1.  

    Its a good first Job.

    • Comp & Benefits
    • Work/Life Balance
    • Senior Management
    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    Current Employee - Head Cashier in Hanover Park, IL
    Current Employee - Head Cashier in Hanover Park, IL

    I have been working at Menards part-time (more than 5 years)

    Pros

    -Good day (weekend $2.50 extra)
    -Lots of hours during the summer time, it does slow down during winter but you can still get enough.
    -can easily move up the ladder into management.

    Cons

    -It is a retail job, so work seclude during early mornings, afternoons, and night.
    -Corporate office interferes to much, when you are trying to run a smooth business.
    -Managers can do pick and choose for fav's.

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    If you want the company to keep grown, learn to treat you employees a lot better.
    (45min lunch time- Because some menards are in the middle of no where, it takes 15 mins to drive to a restaurant.)

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

    Oppurtunity for growth in a career

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    • Work/Life Balance
    • Senior Management
    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    Current Employee - Sales Representative in Merrillville, IN
    Current Employee - Sales Representative in Merrillville, IN

    I have been working at Menards full-time (more than 8 years)

    Pros

    I've worked for the company for eight years and have been taught how to adapt to a company with very strict polices and procedures. I have gained very useful knowledge on how to apply my strengths to the company to help it continue to grow and offer value to its customers.

    Cons

    Very low standards as far as promoting employees to jobs they are not qualified or trained to perform.

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    Continue to offer great value to customers, but do not forget to offer the same value to your employees as well.

    Doesn't Recommend
    Positive Outlook
    No opinion of CEO
  3. 1 person found this helpful  

    Stress levels are off the charts

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    • Work/Life Balance
    • Senior Management
    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    Current Employee - Head Cashier in Bridgeview, IL
    Current Employee - Head Cashier in Bridgeview, IL

    I have been working at Menards part-time (more than 3 years)

    Pros

    Easy to get hours ugh

    Cons

    To many managers telling you what to do.

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    Trust

    Doesn't Recommend
    Neutral Outlook
    Disapproves of CEO
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  5.  

    Easy to get comfortable, awkward hours, very routine, decent pay

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    • Work/Life Balance
    • Senior Management
    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    Former Employee - Forklift Driver in Plano, IL
    Former Employee - Forklift Driver in Plano, IL

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

    Pros

    Easy to get comfortable, awkward hours, very routine, decent pay, flexible scheduling, opportunity to move up

    Cons

    long hours, boredom and tiredness sets in quickly, some of the management is power-hungry and/or incompetent

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    spend more time looking for leaders instead of promoting those who can repeat mundane tasks every day. Management takes more than the ability to Voice-pick more quickly than anyone or ship over 20 specials an hour. Take the time to discover the few leaders that have taken this job for the pay and reward them by letting them prove themselves in an environment that they belong in.

    Recommends
    Neutral Outlook
    No opinion of CEO
  6. 1 person found this helpful  

    For a retail Job is definitely one of the best.

    • Comp & Benefits
    • Work/Life Balance
    • Senior Management
    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    Current Employee - Department Manager in Hanover Park, IL
    Current Employee - Department Manager in Hanover Park, IL

    I have been working at Menards full-time (more than 8 years)

    Pros

    You can move up with ease. There's lots of opportunity because it's a growing company. The money is not bad, weekend pay and overtime; specially in management positions. As a department manager you can make up 70K if you wanted to. You can also work as much as you want as long as your willing to work hard. Amazing learning environment, lots of training. If you plan on ever owning a home, this job teaches you everything you could ever want to know about maintaining, repairing, or even building a home. Also great if you want to transition into the construction/remodeling field.

    Cons

    Lots of responsibility in the management positions. Could become stressful at times. Have to be willing to put the company first.

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    Always give people the chance to respond to positive management techniques first, before trying less positive motivation.

    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    Approves of CEO
  7. 4 people found this helpful  

    Got the short end of the stick

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

    I worked at Menards part-time (less than an year)

    Pros

    Great pay, started out $1.55 over minimum plus an additional $2.50 per hour on the weekends, and being paid every week was great.
    10cent raises every 3 months. It may not seem like a lot, but it adds up fast.
    Great co-workers.

    Cons

    Can't get your hours changed (as a college student and part time employee I wanted a few less hours during the semester and that simply did not fly)
    Why I feel I got the short end of the stick: (these may not be issues at other stores)
       The GM at the store I worked for was extremely rude and demeaning.
       Multiple managers for the same department were never on the same page as to what basic procedure and protocol was.
       Promotions went to "favorites" instead of being based on experience and ability.

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    When you come in to review the store, talk to the non-management staff to see how they think things are going. I know a lot of people had some great ideas that our store managers wouldn't listen to, and it would also help expose the favoritism and unfair promotion policies that may be taking place.

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

    Distribution center, alright sometimes, frustrating others

    • Comp & Benefits
    • Work/Life Balance
    • Senior Management
    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    Former Employee - Forklift Driver in Plano, IL
    Former Employee - Forklift Driver in Plano, IL

    I worked at Menards full-time (more than 5 years)

    Pros

    Flexible hours
    Weekend pay bonus +2.50 per hr
    gifts mailed to you for every holiday (sometimes cool stuff)
    chance to win prizes for working safely
    lots of mandatory overtime (if you see that as a pro)
    1 to 2 times a year to make bonus cash (Menards gift check) just for not calling off and meeting hour requirement

    Cons

    Very bad communication between departments/supervisors
    Starting pay is very low and maxes out well below what other similar jobs in the area pay
    Sometimes set productivity goals that are impossible to achieve, fail to realize the factors that affect reaching them
    Often have to fix problems caused by other people's laziness
    Health insurance is very expensive for little coverage
    Not very much appreciation for your hard work
    They play favorites, you'll have it super easy if you are buddies with the management, if not your out of luck

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    Get everyone on the same page
    Treat employees like they are valued
    Quit playing favorites

    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    Approves of CEO
  9.  

    Morning Stocker

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    • Senior Management
    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    Former Employee - Morning Stocker in Chicago, IL
    Former Employee - Morning Stocker in Chicago, IL

    I worked at Menards part-time (less than an year)

    Pros

    It was a great store to gain experience

    Cons

    if your not a morning person dont bother appying

    Recommends
    Neutral Outlook
    Approves of CEO
  10. 1 person found this helpful  

    Terror

    • Comp & Benefits
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    • Senior Management
    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    Current Employee - Pants in DeKalb, IL
    Current Employee - Pants in DeKalb, IL

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

    Pros

    None none none none none

    Cons

    Everything bad bad bad bad

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    Stop the madness

    Doesn't Recommend
    Negative Outlook
    Disapproves of CEO
  11. 2 people found this helpful  

    Store needs help

    • Comp & Benefits
    • Work/Life Balance
    • Senior Management
    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    Current Employee - Assistant Department Manager in Carpentersville, IL
    Current Employee - Assistant Department Manager in Carpentersville, IL

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

    Pros

    Depending on store the people are good. Pay is decent.

    Cons

    One of the biggest mistakes I have ever made was when I transferred out of a store which I loved into a store that clearly no one knows how to run. I was brought to the new store to fix the department. The plumbing dept I'm in now is in complete shambles. How do you fix something that is already broken? The I get so frustrated and the general managers laugh it off like its nothing. I came from a store that passed all their inventory audits. The store I'm in now the dept. has never passed one. are you kidding me??? Again the management laughs it off. How are you not getting in trouble for that? Then they are pressuring everyone to do at home training. All you get when you are done is a stupid piece of paper saying congrats oh and on top of that you don't get paid to do the training. Now from what I understand that any sort of work related training you have to get paid for it. I know it's just an option but I'm sorry I have better things to do with my time than to do training at home I mean come on seriously. I work 50-55hrs a week 4 days closing then be at work at 630 am yeah I'm exhausted. 10-12 hr shifts almost everyday.

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    Your associates are not superman/superwoman, cut back on the management hours and general managers get your act together see what we see. Get more knowledgeable people.

    Doesn't Recommend
    Negative Outlook
    No opinion of CEO

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