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Menards Reviews in Chicago, IL

Updated January 21, 2015
Updated January 21, 2015
750 Reviews
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750 Reviews
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Review Highlights

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. 4 people found this helpful  

    The DC is the way to be :)

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    Current Employee - Area Lead in Plano, IL
    Current Employee - Area Lead in Plano, IL

    I have been working at Menards full-time (more than 10 years)

    Pros

    The distribution is a great place to work. Every day is different and challenging. You are working with cutting edge tech.

    Cons

    Cameras make it feel like you are watched. There should be training (off the clock is fine) to develop the people.

    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    Approves of CEO
  2.  

    Best Job I Had

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    • Career Opportunities
    Former Employee - Fleet Team Member in Plano, IL
    Former Employee - Fleet Team Member in Plano, IL

    I worked at Menards full-time (more than 3 years)

    Pros

    Great atmosphere and easy going work environment

    Cons

    Too many process could be simplified, less growth opportunity "mini" sites, wearing too many hats to perform task compare to HQ that it was specialize to every positions.

    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
  3. 1 person found this helpful  

    Good pay for hourly retail

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    Former Employee - Front End in Glendale Heights, IL
    Former Employee - Front End in Glendale Heights, IL

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

    Pros

    people i worked with were fantastic. a lot of guests liked me a lot because i took care of them.

    Cons

    no matter what some people are just going to be rude as hell and try to ruin your life

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    not really anything. management loved me because i was a good employee.

    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    No opinion of CEO
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  5. 1 person found this helpful  

    Sales associate

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    Former Employee - Sales Associate in Sycamore, IL
    Former Employee - Sales Associate in Sycamore, IL

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

    Pros

    Profit sharing grows with your years with the company.

    Cons

    Pay wasn't the best unless your a manager. Even then you work 50+ hours a week

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

    You have to put in a lot of overtime to make a decent wage.

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    Current Employee - Department Manager in Chicago, IL
    Current Employee - Department Manager in Chicago, IL

    I have been working at Menards

    Pros

    If you take advantage of the opportunities, and are willing to do whatever is requested of you, you can move up.

    10% discount on purchases, limited by weekly pay amount.

    Cons

    Long hours, short staffed departments, poor benefits,

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    Don't constantly micro-manage. Let Managers manage their departments. Don't manage by negative feedback and discipline only. Positive feedback would go a long way to improve teamwork.

    Doesn't Recommend
    Positive Outlook
    No opinion of CEO
  7. 1 person found this helpful  

    Decent if your desperate for a job

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    Former Employee - Management Trainee in Kenosha, WI
    Former Employee - Management Trainee in Kenosha, WI

    I worked at Menards

    Pros

    It was nice helping customers and I liked the 10% discount but that was about it.

    Cons

    Work/life balance was bascically just a work balance.
    Management was horrible
    Asked for a weekend off a month in advance and didn't get it
    Was there for 17 weeks, worked every single weekend

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    Find a way to be more organized and give the employees what you said you would give them

    Doesn't Recommend
    Neutral Outlook
    Disapproves of CEO
  8. 2 people found this helpful  

    Decent pay but horrible management

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    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee in Hanover Park, IL
    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee in Hanover Park, IL

    I worked at Menards part-time (more than 3 years)

    Pros

    The pay on weekend days is an extra 2.50 an hour which is great and if you are full-time benefits are not too horrible.

    Cons

    Management is made up of a bunch of high school drop outs or people with bachelor's degrees who are too lazy to look for worthwhile jobs. They are usually always irritated or annoyed because corporate is always switching policies on them, auditing them, and other general nonsense. Work-to-life balance is non-existent.

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    Teach management how to properly interact with employees

    Doesn't Recommend
    Neutral Outlook
    Disapproves of CEO
  9. 1 person found this helpful  

    Will work you past exhaustion.

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    Former Employee - Sales Team Member in Hodgkins, IL
    Former Employee - Sales Team Member in Hodgkins, IL

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

    Pros

    You can use the money you're earning hourly to buy things with your name tag.
    You do receive a decent health insurance plan.

    Cons

    Very unsafe to work. You are forced to do tasks without the proper safety equipment. If you ask for help from another employee management scolds you for using up spare employees. Gays and women are discriminated against by other employees with demeaning remarks. Female employees are sexually harassed daily by the male employees with constant sexual innuendos, remarks in regards to their bodies and proposals by male employees for sexual intercourse.

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    Investigate the constant sexual harassment towards female employees. Investigate the discriminating remarks made by the male employees towards women and gays. Understand that proper help and equipment must be used to complete certain tasks throughout the day.

    Doesn't Recommend
    Neutral Outlook
    Disapproves of CEO
  10.  

    Its a good first Job.

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    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
  11. 9 people found this helpful  

    For a retail Job is definitely one of the best.

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    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

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