The Home Depot Reviews in Chicago, IL

Updated August 16, 2014
Updated August 16, 2014
4,820 Reviews

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4,820 Reviews
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Review Highlights

Pros
  • They are one of few companies today that provide part time employees with benefits (in 209 reviews)

  • There were some good benefits for part-timers, such as a discount on your cell phone bill (in 190 reviews)


Cons
  • No work/life balance, so be ready to not see your love ones how you might like to (in 135 reviews)

  • Now they mostly hire only part time that offers very little in the way of benifits (in 241 reviews)

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  1. 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 for 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
  2. 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 for 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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    Head Cashier

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    • Work/Life Balance
    • Senior Management
    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    Current Employee - Head Cashier  in  Chicago, IL
    Current Employee - Head Cashier in Chicago, IL

    I have been working at The Home Depot full-time for more than a year

    Pros

    Promotion opportunities, amazing co-workers, benefits package

    Cons

    Unpredictable schedule, SCO, under appreciated cashiers

    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    Approves of CEO

    The Home Depot Response

    Jul 21, 2014Client Partner

    Thank you for your feedback. The Home Depot offers benefits with great coverage and protection for our associates and their families. You can read more about our benefits on our careers website under ... More

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    Sales Associate

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

    I have been working at The Home Depot full-time for more than 5 years

    Pros

    Good Company, Flexible and busy life

    Cons

    None so far that i know of

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    Do what you do

    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    Approves of CEO

    The Home Depot Response

    Jun 18, 2014Client Partner

    Thank you for taking the time to share a review. We are happy to hear you are having a positive experience at The Home Depot.

  6.  

    Work here is you only need a part time job

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

    I worked at The Home Depot part-time for more than a year

    Pros

    Very flexible with scheduling for part time employees. Co-workers were great !

    Cons

    Hard to get promoted to full time and leadership from management varies from store to store. If you weren't "liked" by management it didn't matter if you were an awesome employee, you went no where in the company. Pay could be better for the work, be prepared for physical work. Very high turn-over of help, Never enough product on shelves...customers complain about the out of stocks constantly.

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    Promote fairly, not by who is liked the best. Pay a little more and you might be happier with the employees and they might stay longer, so your turn-over would not be as high. Your management team should have better leadership and people skills...results will be better employees.

    Doesn't Recommend
    Positive Outlook
    No opinion of CEO

    The Home Depot Response

    Jul 3, 2014Client Partner

    Thanks for taking the time to share your comments. We have shared your feedback with others. Our associates are encouraged to adopt and adapt good ideas from others, and initiate creative and ... More

  7. 2 people found this helpful  

    Reality does not match branding or public image

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

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

    Pros

    I would like to be able to put some pro's into writing but find it difficult after nearly a decade of being an employee, my coworkers were the highlight

    Cons

    Averaged a new manager per year, training was blah, blah and blah, cyma or cover your managers a.., you are only a number, like 7 of 9

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    Listen to the collective business intelligence of the front line personnel

    Doesn't Recommend
    Neutral Outlook
    Disapproves of CEO

    The Home Depot Response

    Jun 6, 2014Client Partner

    Thanks for taking the time to share your comments. We have shared your feedback with others. Our associates are encouraged to adopt and adapt good ideas from others, and initiate creative and ... More

  8.  

    A god company to learn about business

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

    I worked at The Home Depot full-time for more than 10 years

    Pros

    Benefits are acceptable, no growth if you are over 40. Stable company to work for.

    Cons

    Management not well trained. There is no training to assist people to become promoted.

    Doesn't Recommend
    No opinion of CEO

    The Home Depot Response

    Mar 11, 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

  9. 1 person found this helpful  

    drama

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

    I worked at The Home Depot part-time for less than a year

    Pros

    learn a lot about different tools,equipment,wood,etc

    Cons

    front end(cashiers) management no favoritism

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    be more organized and more attentive to front end operations on a daily basis

    No opinion of CEO

    The Home Depot Response

    Mar 12, 2014Client Partner

    Thanks for taking the time to share your comments. We have shared your feedback with others. Our associates are encouraged to adopt and adapt good ideas from others, and initiate creative and ... More

  10.  

    Great place to work short term, ie, student, retiree, part time.

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

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

    Pros

    Associates are great, everyone is friendly, family environment, great feeling to help customers solve problems, and/or find what they are looking for.

    Cons

    Pay isn't that great, slightly over minimum wage, & benefits are watered down, bare minimum to say they offer coverage. Company has cut a lot of old perks they use to offer, i.e., badge awards, benefits for part timers, vacation roll over, depending on state, vacation is longer allowed to be rolled over. Also, not enough coverage on floor, due to company cutting hours, if it gets busy there are no associates to help customers & associates are left covering 2 departments (basically overworked), not to mention losing pay due to hours being cut.

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    Bring back perks that reward employees for doing a great job & going the extra mile, need more employee appreciation, reward employees who have worked at Hm Dpt for the long haul (5+, 10+ years). Also, if you cut old perks, implement new ones, let your associates know that they are appreciated!

    Recommends
    Neutral Outlook
    Approves of CEO

    The Home Depot Response

    Mar 19, 2014Client Partner

    Thank you for sharing your review. We understand that our associates are the key to our success. We pay competitive rates and strive to create an environment where all associates feel they are ... More

  11.  

    It's what you make of it

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

    I have been working at The Home Depot part-time for more than a year

    Pros

    Interacting with the consumers is going to be fulfilling or a pain in the .... but it's up to you. Great if you enjoy home improvement, you can learn a lot from the customers too. THD will greatly support advancement but not just because you ask, you have to work hard and earn it.

    Cons

    Retail hours with no logic to schedule.

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    General weekly or monthly rotation of shifts so some planning could be done by employees. Very difficult to volunteer anywhere with no rhyme or reason to the schedule.

    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    Approves of CEO

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