The Home Depot

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The Home Depot Reviews in Chicago, IL

Updated November 16, 2014
Updated November 16, 2014
5,382 Reviews
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Review Highlights

Pros
  • They are one of few companies today that provide part time employees with benefits (in 243 reviews)

  • It has a good benefits package with a chance to obtain 7% bonus if you have a good review (in 219 reviews)


Cons
  • No work/life balance, so be ready to not see your love ones how you might like to (in 162 reviews)

  • Now they mostly hire only part time that offers very little in the way of benifits (in 278 reviews)

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  1.  

    Great company to work for!

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

    I have been working at The Home Depot full-time (more than 10 years)

    Pros

    Awesome benefits. Keep fit. Advance potential. Meet new people. Learn so many new things and fix your "broken" by yourself! Transfer to a new city? - Transfer to a new store!

    Cons

    Working with the public, some customers can be rude! It can be a "Man's world" there!

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    Listen to your associates and back them up!

    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    Approves of CEO
  2.  

    Not what it use to be.

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

    I worked at The Home Depot full-time (more than 3 years)

    Pros

    Has enough supplies for your "do it your-selfer."
    Great for part time!

    Cons

    Lack of tradesmen for professional advice because the pay sucks!
    Poor management in most stores.
    Always cutting hours for the bottom line

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    Get back to the old way of doing things

    Doesn't Recommend
    Negative Outlook
    Disapproves of CEO
  3.  

    associate

    Former Employee - Associate in Chicago, IL
    Former Employee - Associate in Chicago, IL

    I worked at The Home Depot part-time

    Pros

    work life balance is good here

    Cons

    changing schedules frequently and too by the book

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  5. 2 people found this helpful  

    Operations Manager

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

    I have been working at The Home Depot full-time (more than 10 years)

    Pros

    great benefits, high potential bonus structure

    Cons

    HR is a joke at this company. If you are liked & fit the image you will survive. But there is a cycle in this company once you reach a certain salary deemed to much it seems you are expendable. Work/life balance is horrible, long hours, working holidays, overnights. It is said that you will work a minimum of 55 hours a week but consistently it is 65-70.

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    Stop playing favorites & live your value wheel that is preached often in stores but not practiced.

    Doesn't Recommend
    Neutral Outlook
  6. 1 person found this helpful  

    working conditions

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

    I worked at The Home Depot part-time (more than an year)

    Pros

    meet new customers ,learning how to use machines

    Cons

    wage very bad, the heads don't really care how weather you get working time or not, freight team are the less respectful

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

    Not a good career decision

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

    I worked at The Home Depot full-time (more than 8 years)

    Pros

    Pay was steady, benefits ok

    Cons

    no development, no growth, people slammed into jobs with no experience
    14 bosses in 8 years
    They make deals with recruiters...if they recruit for HD they are forbidden to ever recruit anyone out or a former HD employer. They force companies to pay to do an employment verification

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    look for other attributes than just having been a store manager, treat people like adults and help them grow a career, don't make it impossible to get an employment verification.

    Doesn't Recommend
    Neutral Outlook
    Disapproves of CEO

    The Home Depot Response

    Oct 7, 2014Client Partner

    Thank you for taking the time to share your review. Did you know we offer a variety of training courses, leadership programs, mentoring programs and promotion opportunities to associates at all ... More

  8.  

    Great place to work

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

    I have been working at The Home Depot full-time (more than 10 years)

    Pros

    secure job!!! Lots of work. love the ever changing product.

    Cons

    great place to work.. no cons at this time

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    good job. stay around longer.

    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    Approves of CEO

    The Home Depot Response

    Sep 16, 2014Client Partner

    Thank you for your feedback! We are happy to hear you are enjoying your employment with The Home Depot. Keep up the great work!

  9. 7 people found this helpful  

    Fun and energizing atmosphere

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

    I have been working at The Home Depot part-time (more than 5 years)

    Pros

    If you enjoy sharing your knowledge or testing your creativity, Home Depot will supply and endless stream of your kind of experiences. YOUR experience and enthusiasm is what made Home Depot famous and it is still alive with many of the associates.
    The pressure is on when the traffic peaks, but it rarely lasts for more than an hour or so in any given area. That being said, wear good shoes and you'll get your 10,000 daily steps in to keep you fit.

    Cons

    At times the new retail methodology of part time and fewer people in the aisles is exasperating, but if you can appreciate being the person making people happy, you will enjoy working in the big box.
    People looking to advance are too often willing to sacrifice those under them with impossible tasking while they stroll through their daily list of "things to do ".

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    My advise comes from 40 years of watching people make the wrong choices. Management would increase the bottom line if they went back to basics. Knowledge is power! You created the near perfect retail experience and took all the strength out of it. If you add 10% strength (people working well in the aisles) you will add 20% to the sales. That is what you are losing every time aisles are empty or under staffed and you lose sales and sacrifice merchandise to vaandalism and theft.

    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    Approves of CEO
  10.  

    Constantly busy environment, those that work work harder; Those who don't get promoted

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

    I have been working at The Home Depot full-time (more than 8 years)

    Pros

    Helping customers with projects, some fun activities, excellent chance to help the community. I like the options available such as, HD Stock, 401k other HR related benefits.

    Cons

    pay is okay for retail but comes with much responsibility. Hours are crazy for full-timers. No life when your a home depot full timer.

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    Full-time managers should have the shift they want while part-time associates fill in the rest.

    Doesn't Recommend
    Positive Outlook
    Approves of CEO

    The Home Depot Response

    Sep 30, 2014Client Partner

    Thank you for your feedback! We are happy to hear you are enjoying your employment with The Home Depot. “Taking Care of Our People” is one of our core values. We try our best to accommodate our ... More

  11. 1 person found this helpful  

    20 years with The Home Depot. 16 years in Management. 13 years Salaried.

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

    I have been working at The Home Depot full-time (more than 10 years)

    Pros

    The Bonuses. Stock options. Option to purchase Stocks.

    Cons

    Various Store Manager business directions and processes. Some are VERY UNREALISTIC!!!!!! Some Store Managers run the stores without and regards to the associates. Some associates feel as if they are worthless. The feelings are the hourly's are a dime a dozen!!! Health benefits are expensive.

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    Must have patience. Some Assist Managers are forced to take medical leave due to stress and pressure. Then Retaliated and treated differently when returning back from leave.

    Doesn't Recommend
    Negative Outlook
    No opinion of CEO

    The Home Depot Response

    Aug 21, 2014Client Partner

    Thank you for your feedback. At The Home Depot, we strive to provide an environment where associates feel they’re valued, treated fairly, and respected. Taking care of our people is one of our core ... More

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