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Updated February 18, 2017
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84 Lumber President and Owner Maggie Hardy Magerko
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  • Expect to work very long hours for little pay (in 45 reviews)

  • Associates are expected to work a minimum 48 hour work week (in 15 reviews)

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  1. Featured Review

    Helpful (27)

    "Good Company"

    Star Star Star Star Star
    • Work/Life Balance
    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    • Comp & Benefits
    • Senior Management
    Current Employee - OSS
    Current Employee - OSS
    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    Approves of CEO

    I have been working at 84 Lumber full-time (More than 3 years)

    Pros

    The pros to this company is that you are paid exactly what you earn. If you work hard, pay attention, and really value your co-workers and customers it will pay off. Upper management hasn't lost touch, at any given time you only have 3-4 people over you in the company. Store manager-Area Manager-Divisional Vice President-Mrs.Magerko-Hardy. All of them know your name, they know what store you work in and what you do for them. This company is 100% sales based so as long as you are selling and doing the right thing and maintaining your accounts you will be treated well and paid fairly. The people at HQ are always there for you and will work with you, they are usually friendly and courteous. This company isn't perfect but with a CEO who believes in us enough to almost bankrupt herself how could we go wrong?

    Cons

    The hours are long, you have to be ready to work 9-11 hours a day or more in extreme conditions with no heating or cooling, however, they are transparent about this.
    You have to pass a test to be promoted, and it's difficult to find time to study for it, but they give you 6 months and the tools to learn. Again, they are transparent about this.
    The one real con that I see is that some high earning sales people are shown preferential treatment in regard to support, sales, and certain company policies. But this is the nature of the industry and anyone who can't reconcile themselves with that is naive and needs to mature a little bit.

    Advice to Management

    Lose the dress code, let people grow beards. Some people feel less confident when forced to look a certain way, in order to be the best salesmen/women we can be we need to feel 100% confident In ourselves and our appearance.

    Raise the mileage payment and raise the salary for inside salesman. It's 2016 and life is expensive.

    84 Lumber Response

    Mar 23, 2016 – Recruiting Manager

    Thank you so much for your feedback, we appreciate your review!


  2. "Great Company and a lot of room for advancement"

    Star Star Star Star Star
    • Work/Life Balance
    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    • Comp & Benefits
    • Senior Management
    Current Employee - Co-Manager in Moundsville, WV
    Current Employee - Co-Manager in Moundsville, WV
    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    Approves of CEO

    I have been working at 84 Lumber full-time (More than a year)

    Pros

    Family owned company that offers all kinds of training from the ground up ( no pun attend )

    Cons

    You have to have a want to learn

    Advice to Management

    Became a manager in only 7 Months from hire date


  3. "Yard"

    Star Star Star Star Star
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    • Career Opportunities
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    • Senior Management
    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee

    I worked at 84 Lumber part-time

    Pros

    fun environment, busy work. Very interactive.

    Cons

    poor management. under paid. A lot asked of you while your bosses do nothing.


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  5. "Start small and grow big."

    Star Star Star Star Star
    • Work/Life Balance
    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    • Comp & Benefits
    • Senior Management
    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    No opinion of CEO

    I worked at 84 Lumber part-time

    Pros

    Large company with opportunities for advancement.

    Cons

    Low starting salary, limited work life balance.

    Advice to Management

    Tailor your management style to your employees and territory.


  6. "Terrible"

    Star Star Star Star Star
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    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    • Comp & Benefits
    • Senior Management
    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Doesn't Recommend
    Negative Outlook
    Disapproves of CEO

    I worked at 84 Lumber full-time (More than 5 years)

    Pros

    If you are in a store in a good location with a competent manager it is great. Unfortunately there are more that do not meet this standard. You will meet a bunch of good guys along the way and learn a lot.

    Cons

    The company is terrible. Simply put they don't care about you as an employee at all. It is all about them making more money. You will work very long days and be expected to stay steady and most of the time forget about lunch. I was 5 years with the company and trust me....you better be an butt kisser if you want to be promoted beyond the Co-Manager position. They will lie to you every chance they get and treat you like crap. Bonuses are a joke if you are in a smaller store. That is their justification for lower hourly pay but trust me the bonuses sound better then they are. Sales goals are very unrealistic if not in a good market. I had been in both the good and bad. Bottom line is this....the company as a whole doesn't give a crap about the employees and unless you are willing to bury your head in their butts every time they are around you will go nowhere. Run like hell and don't go through the hell that they will put you through. You've been warned by a guy that spent over 5 years here.

    Advice to Management

    Nothing I say will sink in being you already know everything.


  7. "Manager trainee"

    Star Star Star Star Star
    • Work/Life Balance
    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    • Comp & Benefits
    • Senior Management
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee

    Pros

    Very busy during the summer

    Cons

    Hourly rate could be better

    Advice to Management

    Raise the rate


  8. "Terrible company"

    Star Star Star Star Star
    • Work/Life Balance
    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    • Comp & Benefits
    • Senior Management
    Current Employee - Manager
    Current Employee - Manager
    Doesn't Recommend
    Negative Outlook
    Disapproves of CEO

    I have been working at 84 Lumber full-time (More than a year)

    Pros

    Good hours but terrible upper management

    Cons

    Terrible experience as an employee, I was forced out


  9. "Fulfilling"

    Star Star Star Star Star
    • Work/Life Balance
    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    • Comp & Benefits
    • Senior Management
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Recommends
    Neutral Outlook
    Approves of CEO

    I have been working at 84 Lumber full-time (More than a year)

    Pros

    It is a great environment to learn about the industry. There are many different routes you can take to further your career, whether it be management, sales, components, etc.

    Cons

    Lowe's, Menard's, and Home Depot are the competition. It's hard for a 10-15 man store to compete with the big boxes, but it is possible.

    Advice to Management

    Pay attention to entry-level wages in the surrounding area. It is hard to staff a lumber yard when the buildings we supply the material for are hiring for $14/hour with no experience.


  10. "Low pay and long hours"

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    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    • Comp & Benefits
    • Senior Management
    Current Employee - Inventory Specialist in Pittsburgh, PA
    Current Employee - Inventory Specialist in Pittsburgh, PA
    Doesn't Recommend
    Neutral Outlook
    Disapproves of CEO

    I have been working at 84 Lumber full-time (More than a year)

    Pros

    Working with customers on projects

    Cons

    Long hours. Unreasonable sales quotas

    Advice to Management

    You pay 5 million dollars for a Super Bowl ad, that I find offensive. Keep your opinions to your self. How about using that money to increase salaries? Build the wall. We all know it will happen, hopefully, not using 84 materials.


  11. "Little knowledge. Huge egos"

    Star Star Star Star Star
    • Work/Life Balance
    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    • Comp & Benefits
    • Senior Management
    Former Employee - Manager in Greenville, SC
    Former Employee - Manager in Greenville, SC
    Doesn't Recommend
    Neutral Outlook
    No opinion of CEO

    I worked at 84 Lumber full-time (Less than a year)

    Pros

    Store management is for the most part fantastic and if you do what you are supposed to do you are in pretty good shape.

    Cons

    The area-regional managers are egotistical pen pushers with very little knowledge of construction work and contractor relationships

    Advice to Management

    Respect the input from your other management and employees. You nor any of them know everything so stop acting like you do.



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