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Big Lots Reviews

Updated February 18, 2017
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David J. Campisi
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  • Can be challenging to find good part time talent (in 45 reviews)

  • Hard to find consistent work life balance (in 20 reviews)

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  1. "not the worst, but not good either"

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

    I worked at Big Lots full-time (More than 5 years)

    Pros

    some flexibility in scheduling for non-managers and doing a variety of things--never a dull moment..always something to do. pay for the are was decent for management

    Cons

    corporate sucked..once the new ceo took over things like holiday hours changed and got extended at the last second--such as Christmas Eve--with one day notice...manager schedules, esp. for certain positions sucked with closing late and opening early..the particular district manager we had was an absolute no-help..very power trippy person who played favorites and this carried down to the store level where promotions happened if your were friends with someone, even if you showed up to work drunk. I could name various violations that went on and othing was done about them. Despite the happy little videos ceo and corporate put it all they cared about was the bottom line and didn't care about the employees having any semblance of a personal life to get any normal sleeping/eating pattern..you got youur schedule literlly one day before the next work week started because the company is so disorganized with their trucking schedule..sometimes p/t employees were sent home after getting up in the very early a.m. because the trucks didnt show up when they were supposed to...the staff of part-time employees was a constant shuffle because the pay sucked and too often the ones who showed up late or didnt bother showing up were kept on staff because they supposedly couldn't find anyone better, while the managers would get blamed for this...i would NOT recommend this place as there are others who would treat the employees better ..I get the retail environment isnt the best, but you can definitely do better than what Big Lots has turned into. if you dont like having to be pushy about furniture sales, don't bother either, as this company has turned sharply that direction too. morale was VERY low at this particular store. I'm very happy to have found something where they actually care about the people and not just the bottom line.


  2. "Worst company"

    Star Star Star Star Star
    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee

    I worked at Big Lots full-time

    Pros

    Weekly pay, benefits, overtime and bonuses

    Cons

    Worst company to ever work for they does not care about their managers at all.

    Advice to Management

    Don't apply they will sell you a dream they turnover rate is extremely high


  3. "Great place to work"

    Star Star Star Star Star
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    Approves of CEO

    I have been working at Big Lots full-time

    Pros

    Fun staff and work environment

    Cons

    Hard to find consistent work life balance


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  5. "FSL"

    Star Star Star Star Star
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    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    • Comp & Benefits
    • Senior Management
    Current Employee - Fsl in Parkersburg, WV
    Current Employee - Fsl in Parkersburg, WV
    Doesn't Recommend
    Neutral Outlook
    Disapproves of CEO

    I have been working at Big Lots full-time (More than 10 years)

    Pros

    Good co-workers, most of the customers are very nice, you do get vacations and holiday pay, and floating holiday pay

    Cons

    Full time hours get cut, they try to tell you when u can take vacation, they black out certain days that only the FSL can not take off,work every weekend, no pay, hard work does not pay off there

    Advice to Management

    My advice really isn't to the management team but the higher ups, you can't keep taking and asking more out of your employee's. Don't threaten jobs with mystery shops. Your gonna drive the best front line employee's right out the door. We have very little money and time to spend with loved ones and you take hours and small holidays away from us. cut your fully payed health care back some and give the front line there perks back!


  6. "Store Associate"

    Star Star Star Star Star
    • Work/Life Balance
    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    • Comp & Benefits
    • Senior Management
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Doesn't Recommend
    Negative Outlook
    No opinion of CEO

    Pros

    Pay
    20% discount
    If you join the rewards, you get more money off your bill
    Rate of pay is negotiable
    Vacations are available after a year

    Cons

    Its retail
    They don't want you to have a closed schedule (aka they want to schedule you however they want)
    Barely get breaks
    Company black outs days so you have to work them
    Lack of union (either a pro or a con, your preference)
    No health insurance for part timers
    Only people that can be full time are managers
    No room to grow, some people will always be cashiers, some people will always stay stockers
    You will get 26 hours a week when lead manager doesn't feel like hiring (pro or con, your preference)
    They will only give you 26 or 29 hours because they don't want to give you full time

    Advice to Management

    We are not octopuses, we dont have 7 arms to do everything you want. We are human!


  7. "Minimal staff with lots to do"

    Star Star Star Star Star
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    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    • Comp & Benefits
    • Senior Management
    Former Employee - Store Manager in Phoenix, AZ
    Former Employee - Store Manager in Phoenix, AZ
    Recommends
    Neutral Outlook
    Disapproves of CEO

    I worked at Big Lots full-time (More than 8 years)

    Pros

    Always busy, good benefits, employee discount

    Cons

    Lots of freight that doesn't make sense, more and more tasks with fewer hours to complete.

    Advice to Management

    Decent job, but be prepared for extra hours as you are fill in for staff in all areas.


  8. "Work is work"

    Star Star Star Star Star
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee

    Pros

    Plenty of hours. 40 hours a week average

    Cons

    Not a whole lot. It's a typical retail store on a small scale.


  9. "cashier"

    Star Star Star Star Star
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    • Comp & Benefits
    • Senior Management
    Former Employee - N/A in Dallas, TX
    Former Employee - N/A in Dallas, TX
    Doesn't Recommend
    Neutral Outlook
    No opinion of CEO

    I worked at Big Lots part-time

    Pros

    basic working, alright working condidtions

    Cons

    hassle to deal with multiple tasks at the same time

    Advice to Management

    care for the employees more


  10. "Store manager"

    Star Star Star Star Star
    • Work/Life Balance
    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    • Comp & Benefits
    • Senior Management
    Former Employee - Store Manager in Dallas, TX
    Former Employee - Store Manager in Dallas, TX
    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    Approves of CEO

    I worked at Big Lots full-time (More than 3 years)

    Pros

    Good annual and quarterly bonus structure with clear metrics. Annual raises or chased you out if you hit the top of your pay range.

    Cons

    Long hours. Almost impossible for store managers to take vacation because you did not get hours to replace yourself. Incentivize managers to be at store daily.

    Advice to Management

    Fix the payroll system to allow a few hours a year to cover management vacations that can be floated anytime. A lot hours to train new hires for staff.


  11. "Cashier"

    Star Star Star Star Star
    • Work/Life Balance
    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    • Comp & Benefits
    • Senior Management
    Former Employee - Cashier in Danville, IL
    Former Employee - Cashier in Danville, IL
    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    Approves of CEO

    I worked at Big Lots part-time (More than a year)

    Pros

    Working with a team of wonderful people and the public.

    Cons

    Minimal hours for work unless seasonal

    Advice to Management

    Keep up good work



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