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Menards Reviews in Chicago, IL

Updated February 19, 2015
Updated February 19, 2015
103 Reviews
3.0
103 Reviews
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Menards President and CEO John R. Menard Jr.
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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. 2 people found this helpful  

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

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    • Career Opportunities
    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)

    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 ManagementAdvice

    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.

    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    No opinion of CEO
  2.  

    Great first job!

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    • Senior Management
    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    Former Employee - Cashier in Plainfield, IL
    Former Employee - Cashier in Plainfield, IL

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

    Pros

    They pay well and are able to work around your schedule to better suit your needs. The managers are very helpful and are always willing to teach you how to do things correctly and timely to ensure quality for you and the customer. Around christmas you have to help pick up the holiday section but you get overtime!

    Cons

    There's a lot of standing, if you're working as a cashier and black Friday is very hectic and stressful as it would be for any job.

    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    Approves of CEO
  3. 6 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
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  5. 1 person found this helpful  

    So far so good

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    • Career Opportunities
    Current Employee - Morning Stocker in Homewood, IL
    Current Employee - Morning Stocker in Homewood, IL

    I have been working at Menards part-time (less than a year)

    Pros

    Set days/hours. Lots of training. Helpful coworkers. $3.00 more an hour on weekends.

    Cons

    Sometimes they want you to work faster when you really are trying your hardest and that's a little discouraging.

    No set chain of command. I know who my department manager is and that's it.

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    I know you have a goal that needs to be met, but people are not robots. Sometimes you can say things like "we need to have this work done in _____ amount of time" instead of just saying hurry up work faster.

    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
  6.  

    Great Company; SOME bad people in select locations

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    Former Employee - Office Manager in Melrose Park, IL
    Former Employee - Office Manager in Melrose Park, IL

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

    Pros

    Hours are great over time is sometime offered more money is made on weekends and instant profit sharing

    Cons

    If you come across a bad team of managers your life may become a living hell and you may be harassed with no one to report to because the company is still owned by john menard and a few other people who run the company and will take the side of UPPER management because of time with the company over whats fair and right

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    To retain more team members... treat everyone fairly

    Recommends
    Neutral Outlook
    Approves of CEO
  7. 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
  8.  

    Best Job I Had

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    • Culture & Values
    • 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
  9. 1 person found this helpful  

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

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    • Career Opportunities
    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
  10. 1 person found this helpful  

    Good pay for hourly retail

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    • Career Opportunities
    Former Employee - Front End in Glendale Heights, IL
    Former Employee - Front End in Glendale Heights, IL

    I worked at Menards part-time (more than a 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
  11. 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

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