Menards Reviews

Updated June 14, 2015
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Menards President and CEO John R. Menard Jr.
John R. Menard Jr.
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Pros
  • Yearly bonus profit sharing check (in 115 reviews)

  • Decent pay for college/ high school kids (in 43 reviews)

Cons
  • long hours at the worst time of day (in 54 reviews)

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

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  1. Helpful (1)

    Bittersweet! I should've left a long time ago.

    • Work/Life Balance
    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    • Comp & Benefits
    • Senior Management
    Former Employee - Sales Manager in Chicago, IL
    Former Employee - Sales Manager in Chicago, IL

    I worked at Menards full-time (More than 10 years)

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

    Pros

    - The people that you meet at the store level are the BEST.
    - Convenience of many stores in Chicago.
    - You learn a lot about home improvement and DIY projects.
    - Strong management experience.

    Cons

    - Team members are underrated in other fields if they decide to leave the company.
    - They EXPECT you to pass their online training courses on your own time with no pay.
    - You may may not be considered for a promotion UNLESS you go through the online training courses.
    - Full time team members WILL NOT make over $35K per year, unless you're in management.
    - 10 cent raises . . .
    - No additional raises after you've been there for so long . . . if you're lucky, MAYBE 25 cents to adjust for cost of living.
    - As a manager, you can get FINED for not performing your duties.
    - The only way to get ahead is if you sell your soul to John Menard . . . and/or move to Eau Claire, WI.

    Advice to Management

    - Too much micromanagement from the corporate level.
    - What works in Eau Claire will not always work in OTHER markets!
    - Treat employees with a little more respect.
    - You don't know everything!!


  2. Great first job

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

    I have been working at Menards (Less than a year)

    No opinion of CEO
    No opinion of CEO

    Pros

    Good for part-time employment , such as college students , great co-workers

    Cons

    hours can be hard to work depending on availability , too much expected from employees not enough pay


  3. Menards

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

    I have been working at Menards full-time (More than a year)

    Recommends
    Neutral Outlook
    Recommends
    Neutral Outlook

    Pros

    They offer more money per hour on the weekends.
    They allow you to work overtime if you are willing to
    Many opportunities career growth within the company

    Cons

    Since it is retail you are required to work nights, weekends, and holidays
    Don't expect to have many vacation days. This past year I was only offered 2 days paid vacation for the entire year

    Advice to Management

    Figure out a way to offer better benefit packages.


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  5. Helpful (2)

    Could have been better

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

    I worked at Menards full-time (More than a year)

    Doesn't Recommend
    Positive Outlook
    Doesn't Recommend
    Positive Outlook

    Pros

    Provided me strong retail experience.

    Cons

    The amount of hours and positioning of hours were the main reason of leaving.


  6. Contractor Sales /Account Serviceanager

    • Work/Life Balance
    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    • Comp & Benefits
    • Senior Management
    Former Contractor - Contractor Sales/Account Services Manager in Park Forest, IL
    Former Contractor - Contractor Sales/Account Services Manager in Park Forest, IL

    I worked at Menards as a contractor (More than a year)

    Doesn't Recommend
    Negative Outlook
    Disapproves of CEO
    Doesn't Recommend
    Negative Outlook
    Disapproves of CEO

    Pros

    A lot of good people work there.

    Cons

    Given 2 weeks notice that the contractor sales department would be shut down. Was given full time position at half the income. Menards is only interested in the welfare of John Menard. Not a place to be able to earn a living.

    Advice to Management

    Take an interest in employees well being.


  7. Good opportunities, good schedule

    • Work/Life Balance
    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    • Comp & Benefits
    • Senior Management
    Current Employee - Interior Designer in Chicago, IL
    Current Employee - Interior Designer in Chicago, IL

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

    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    Approves of CEO
    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    Approves of CEO

    Pros

    Co-workers, management is fair and gives you more hours

    Cons

    Closing days are the worst usually will stay until midnight.


  8. Not bad

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

    I have been working at Menards

    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    Disapproves of CEO
    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    Disapproves of CEO

    Pros

    The pay is better than minimum wage they have decent dental insurance for part timers and for the most part the people there are really friendly

    Cons

    Depends on the store your at sometimes it can really lag for cashiers also there isn't any health insurance unless your full time which most people aren't. They insist on having you fill propane at some locations which I didn't like. The only problems I've ever encountered with them is the general managers all seem like there on huge power trips. It's pretty ridiculous.

    Advice to Management

    Use your head don't make people do pointless things just because you can.


  9. Helpful (1)

    Not so good

    • Work/Life Balance
    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    • Comp & Benefits
    • Senior Management
    Former Employee - Hardware Team Member in Long Grove, IL
    Former Employee - Hardware Team Member in Long Grove, IL

    I worked at Menards part-time (More than a year)

    Doesn't Recommend
    Positive Outlook
    Disapproves of CEO
    Doesn't Recommend
    Positive Outlook
    Disapproves of CEO

    Pros

    Decent pay, opportunities for raises, yearly bonus, work with one department, flexible hours, tuition assistance, opportunity for advancement, monthly gift

    Cons

    Very strict uniform policy, very strict about breaks, training was not sufficient, days can be long because the store closes so late

    Advice to Management

    Probably could ease up a bit on the policy for taking breaks, training needs to be more comprehensive; most new employees felt unprepared


  10. Helpful (2)

    Despite the stigmas of working in retail, as a Cabinets & Appliances Associate, this was the best job I've ever had.

    • Work/Life Balance
    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    • Comp & Benefits
    • Senior Management
    Former Employee - Cabinet and Appliances Team Member in Joliet, IL
    Former Employee - Cabinet and Appliances Team Member in Joliet, IL

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

    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    No opinion of CEO
    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    No opinion of CEO

    Pros

    1. Starting hourly pay is really competitive, plus extra hourly for forklift experience
    2. If you work hard and care about your guest service and overall performance, there is a LOT of promotion potential
    3. SPIFS = monthly bonuses or commission on rotating product
    4. Generally upbeat work environment
    5. Diversity in the workplace, a lot of variety in professional experience among the employees
    6. In-Home Training offers continuing-ed for other departments, and you get periodic raises for completing training.
    7. Time-off and scheduling was reasonably flexible

    Cons

    1. Most of the people at General Office have NEVER worked in a store.
    2. There are occasionally mediocre and low-quality products that you might not want to push
    3. City stores (not suburban stores) are MUCH more focused on the "bottom line" than good customer service

    Advice to Management

    City stores, take it easy. Guests come back for the good, honest experience-- NOT the product. They could easily get something better at Home Depot for the same price.

    GO, work on your people skills. Honestly, the best thing you could do for the company would be to require that EVERY General Office team member have at least 1 year of retail sales experience before being able to tell us how to do our jobs.


  11. Helpful (1)

    Good pay if you like not having a life

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

    I worked at Menards

    Doesn't Recommend
    Negative Outlook
    Disapproves of CEO
    Doesn't Recommend
    Negative Outlook
    Disapproves of CEO

    Pros

    profit sharing, manager bonus, gifts, and 2.50 more on the weekends. The pay was good and you could really work unlimited hours

    Cons

    The biggest issue with this company was lack of help or people. The problem is when there was a lack of help you had to pick up the slack your self. This ment working crazy hours! I worked 3000 hours last year thats way too much and a quick way to burn your self out. The way they look at it is they can just find another soul to fill your shoes

    Advice to Management

    Pay more to part timers so you can retain quality talent and help that way your not training someone new every other week and watching them go out the door and work for someone else.



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