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Big Lots Overview

Columbus, OH
10000+ employees
Company - Public (BIG)
General Merchandise & Superstores
$5 to $10 billion (USD) per year
Headquartered in Columbus, Ohio, Big Lots, Inc. (NYSE: BIG) is a unique, non-traditional, discount retailer operating over 1,400 BIG LOTS stores in 47 states with product assortments in the merchandise categories of Furniture, Seasonal, Soft Home, Food, Consumables, Hard Home ... Read more

Mission: Our business was founded on the belief that everyone loves a great deal. This guiding principle is at the heart of our mission: Surprises in every aisle, every day! Our customers are savvy about shopping, practical about savings, and thrilled by great merchandise, brands, and ... Read more

Company Updates

  • Congratulations to our newest store in Mesa, AZ. Please join us in welcoming them to the family!

    —30+ days ago
    Big Lots Announces Grand Opening Of Mesa, AZ Store

    "We're excited to open our store in ," stated David Campisi , CEO and President of Big Lots. "The area is one of two markets introducing the Store of the Future format which brings to life our new brand principles, including our mission to serve everyone like family."

  • JOB ALERT in COLUMBUS, OH! Our NEW Store of the Future location in Grandview is hiring! We are seeking part-time associates to join our team at our newest location. Apply here:

    —30+ days ago
    Seasonal Store Associate/Stocker - 5356

    Click the link provided to see the complete job description.

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Big Lots – Why Work For Us?

One Team. One Goal!

Big Lots associates are part of a team dedicated to our mission: Surprises in every aisle, every day. We hire people who will flourish in our fun and fast-paced environment. Our associates are encouraged to try new ideas, make decisions, and take on greater responsibilities. Their energy, enthusiasm, and dedication to our customers are the major factors in our incredible growth.

Looking for your next BIG opportunity?

Our people make Big Lots a great place to shop — and a great place to work. We’re looking for associates who exemplify our guiding values. Who are committed to customer service. Who want a career with opportunities, challenges, and rewards. If you’re interested in joining a fantastic team, check out our job postings.

To provide an outstanding shopping experience for our customers, valuing and developing our associates, and creating growth for our shareholders.

Our Values

These embody the essence of how we strive to work together at Big Lots each and every day:

Exceed customer expectations

Treat people with respect and dignity

Be a passionate leader

Participate and contribute

Pursue excellence

Work as a team

Share knowledge

Make quick, responsible decisions

Listen and communicate

Have fun

How We Got Here

In 1967, Sol Shenk founded Consolidated International, Inc. - the company that is now Big Lots. He's considered one of the true visionaries in the discount retail marketplace.

The Art Of The Deal

Shenk loved making crazy closeout deals, particularly on auto parts and all kinds of vehicles. In 1970 the company began operating as Consolidated International. Consolidated launched the Big Lots/Odd Lots closeout chain in 1982. Over the years the chain grew, including an acquisition of stores doing business as Mac Frugal’s Bargains * Closeouts, and Pic ‘N’ Save.

One Name Says It All

In 2001 our array of store names and company identity were converted to a single national brand: Big Lots. For our customers, a common national brand represents consistency and buying power. And for our 35,000 associates, the Big Lots name reinforces a shared company culture from coast to coast.

Big Lots Today

From our closeout store roots to our entrance into discount retailing, our core purpose of helping people save money on all kinds of products has stayed the same. But the needs of our customers have expanded dramatically. Today we offer an extensive assortment of brand-name items and quality products, including Furniture, Seasonal, Soft Home, Food, Consumables, Hard Home, and Electronics, Toys & Accessories. Our customers may be on a tight budget, or they may just enjoy our treasure-hunt atmosphere. Either way, they love our mission of: Surprises in every aisle, every day.

Big Lots cares about the community, and that’s why we’re donating time, money, and other resources to non-profit organizations across the country. Through the Big Lots Foundation, our associates come together and give big!

Our giving priorities include supporting programs and 501(c)3 organizations in the areas of healthcare, housing, hunger, and education, especially those serving women and children.


  • Providing nutritious food or meals
  • Providing emergency food assistance
  • Educating families or individuals about the importance of healthy eating


  • Preventing families or individuals from losing their housing
  • Providing affordable, stable housing
  • Providing emergency shelter for families and individuals


  • Improving healthcare through research and education
  • Providing preventative education and care
  • Providing affordable, critical medical care


  • Providing service-learning curriculum that aligns with education standards
  • Promoting servant leadership through academic and experiential learning
  • Improving classroom learning outcomes through innovation

Our giving takes place throughout the United States where we operate stores, distribution centers, and our corporate office.

Healthcare. Retirement planning. Income protection. Work-life balance. They're essential parts of your life, and we're committed to providing a comprehensive benefit package aimed at meeting your personal and family needs. We take great pride in offering a competitive program to attract and reward talented associates. Certain benefits are subject to eligibility requirements and part-time or full-time status.


  • Medical
  • Dental
  • Vision
  • Prescription Drug Coverage
  • Company-paid associate life insurance
  • Company-paid family life insurance
  • Supplemental life insurance

Disability Income Protection

  • Short-term disability
  • Long-term disability (salaried associates only)
  • Paid sick days

Investment Opportunities

  • 401(k) savings plan with company match

Additional Benefits

  • Bonus programs
  • Competitive vacation plan
  • Company-paid holidays and floating holidays
  • Educational assistance
  • Associate merchandise discount
  • Flexible spending accounts
  • Employee assistance program
  • Relocation assistance

Big Lots Reviews

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    Helpful (21)

    "It's Amazing, I love the people I work with. We treat each other like family!"

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    Current Employee - Sales Associate/Cashier in North Little Rock, AR
    Current Employee - Sales Associate/Cashier in North Little Rock, AR
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    Approves of CEO

    I have been working at Big Lots part-time


    The people are incredible, I love working mostly because I'm ADHD, so I like a lot of movement!! And when I start something I try my hardest to get it done otherwise it drives me completely crazy.


    There are definitely challenges but your team helps you through it, but if I had to choose one, it would be the rude customers, but everything else is great!!

    Advice to Management

    Yall are doing a great job!!

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Big Lots Interviews



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  1. Featured Interview


    Associate Interview

    Anonymous Employee
    Accepted Offer
    Positive Experience
    Easy Interview


    The process took 2+ weeks. I interviewed at Big Lots in January 2017.


    Went very well. There had been a recent transfer of management so the lady who interviewed me was hiring a lot of new people. The store has a lot of fixing to do but definitely can me improved with the right people. Interview wasn't hard at all.

    Interview Questions

    • Why Big Lots?   1 Answer
    • Tell me about a time where you had to handle a difficult situation in the workplace.   1 Answer
    • What does customer service mean to you?   1 Answer


    Starts at $9/hour

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Big Lots Awards & Accolades

  • Fortune 500, Fortune, 2016
  • Fortune 500, Fortune, 2015

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