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Menards Reviews in Chicago, IL

Updated December 16, 2014
Updated December 16, 2014
709 Reviews
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709 Reviews
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Menards President and CEO John R. Menard Jr.
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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. 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
  2. 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
  3.  

    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
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  5. 1 person found this helpful  

    Worst place to be employed

    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee in Elgin, IL
    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee in Elgin, IL

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

    Pros

    Instant profit sharing helps yearly, since these amount of money a supervisor can make is fourteen dollars.

    Cons

    Insurance is terrible, atmosphere is terrible, and there is no true benefit to working for the company. There is no work life balance, the company expects you to be available at all times and does no value the idea of education.

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    Attempt to value your employees.

    Doesn't Recommend
    Negative Outlook
    Disapproves of CEO
  6.  

    I have never worked for such a disorganzied and unprofessional company in my life and would never recommend as a career!

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    • Career Opportunities
    Former Employee - Full Time Team Member in Carpentersville, IL
    Former Employee - Full Time Team Member in Carpentersville, IL

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

    Pros

    It’s a good place to work while going to school or as a 2nd job as they pay above minimum wage, but it’s not a good career choice especially if you have a college degree. Instant Profit Sharing (IPS) is really the only good benefit they have. Weekend pay increase and holiday gifts. A lot of career opportunities at the store level than in corporate, but this is due to high turnover. A lot of my co-workers and department managers were cool and easy to get along with, but the GM's were another story and some co-workers acted like they were in high school by creating drama and back stabbing other co-workers.

    Cons

    Overall, Menards is the typical high turnover & dead end job. All their money and benefits isn't worth your time and sanity to stay here long or even as a career. The management was run by people with no degrees or any knowledge of business what so ever. Managers were high on their horse, lazy, unprofessional by being rude to & berating their employees, play favoritism, micromanage, lacking leadership, and didn't promote growth in their employees. There was no incentive to move into management because of working 10+ hr days & 55+ hrs every week, fined a lot for every petty incident, hard to take time off, must relocate stores constantly to move up, and follow ridiculous policies & procedures from corporate. Corporate has no sense of vision or direction and micromanages everything by store visits and spying on employees using the cameras in the store which caused employees to freak out. There was a lack of consensus by management on how things were to be done for fear of punishment and/or demotion by corporate. They punished workers by demoting them then promoting them. It made no sense. All this behavior caused employees to back stab other workers so they didn’t get in trouble for their actions, to have low morale, and to not be productive. Also, corporate & GM's inundated us with so many projects and tasks that they were impossible to complete in a timely manner and with limited personnel since they kept the stores understaffed. Menards lacks job training and managers could care less on training you properly & about the products they sell. They rely on the useless In-Home training which is done on your own time at home. They played musical chairs with the staff, so no one knew anything about the department they worked in. There was no sense of teamwork and even discouraged one worker working with another on a task. Safety is not important to them since they break so many OSHA laws and don't provide you with proper safety equipment. The amount of work you do doesn't match the pay, especially for managers and full time employees. Likewise, benefits for full timers are laughable and expensive, such as no personal/sick days, lack of vacation days your first several years & highly restricted for taking off, terrible health insurance coverage & high co-pay costs, no 401K match, the employee discount is PRD & out of your paycheck, the holiday bonus is store credit & claimed on your taxes, and any bonus or reward is store credit or clothing instead of money. Their technology/equipment is severely outdated. The computers & printers were a decade old and constantly breaking down. The issues with the computer scheduling system are ridiculous in a company this size. I had nothing but problems with scheduling when I was there like working 8-10 days in a row & 10+ hr work days. Full timers must have an open schedule meaning you must work anytime or any day no matter what. So say goodbye to your family, friends, home, and hobbies. Attendance policy is very strict, written up for anything without a doctor’s note including the flu or a severe cold. Seriously, like I’m going to feel like driving to the doctor and then pay $30 to get a note for the flu! All this causes a poorly runned store, a hostile work environment, no job security, high stress levels, low self esteem, no work/life balance, being treated like scum by co-workers & rude customers, and the feeling you’re always replaceable which leads to many workers leaving for something better.

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    Where do I begin?! First of all, John Menard stop penny pinching everything & invest more in your company! Offer better benefits & increase pay to all full time employees, appreciate & treat your employees ethically, cut hours worked for managers, and change your very strict write up happy rules & policies. Corporate needs to get in touch with reality on how a store operates, lighten up on micromanaging everything, realistic goals that can be done in a reasonable timeframe & with proper personal, invest in up-to-date technology, and monitor the GM's better to hold them more accountable for their actions. Also, allow more creativity and non-corporate/GM input on projects. You need to change your hiring & training of managers so you have a non-hostile working environment and better runned stores. Stop playing the Menards jingle every 5 minutes. It gets annoying and I think people know your slogan by now! Change up the music playlist more often and I was tired of hearing the same crapy boy band and pop songs that teenage girls and college aged girls like. This is not Hollister or the Gap. Fix your scheduling program and try to have it more set by having no more than 8 hours a day & 6 days straight and more time off between shifts. If these issues aren't fixed, you will continue to have high turnover and a shortage of workers. I have better benefits and pay, a work/life balance, a non-hostile work environment, and get recognized for my accomplishments & work at my current job using my college degree. Happy and well rested workers mean better productivity and results which will equal to increased profits for you.

    Doesn't Recommend
    Neutral Outlook
    Disapproves of CEO
  7.  

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

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    • 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
  8. 3 people 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
  9.  

    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
  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. 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

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