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"Hard work pays off but patience is a virtue."

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Current Employee - Dispatcher/Warehouse/Yard/Co-manager in Greenville, SC
Current Employee - Dispatcher/Warehouse/Yard/Co-manager in Greenville, SC
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No opinion of CEO

I have been working at 84 Lumber full-time (More than 10 years)

Pros

started at the bottom at $8.00 per hour. Worked my way up to manager in about 5 years and made over 100k 3 years in a row. However the downturn of the housing market caused my store to be closed in 2011. They did move me to another store as an assistant manager and I didn't have to move. Company is very good about keeping you employed if your willing to move or take on other roles,etc. When times are good the compensation is great and so are the benefits.

Cons

When times are tough like right now, the money is just so-so. Very,very,very,very understaffed, which requires each person to do so much work that evryone at the store is burnt out. Corporate "red tape" makes doing daily operational duties like ordering material very difficult. Overall it takes a lot more time and effort to do daily things than it really should. Leaning towards being management heavy. Very very very difficult to get time off other than weekends. If one person at the store is gone for a day or a week it puts a huge strain on the rest of the associates.

Advice to Management

The "cart" before the "horse" mentality looks good on paper but when you go out and land big accounts before you have the staff to support it, all that does is create problems being able to come thru for existing accounts, i.e. timely deliveries, accurate orders, etc. Then you burn out the staff because they can't keep up. Asking a new hire to take $8.00 an hour and run a 20,000 square foot warehouse which includes unloading all incoming shipments of stock and special orders, checking them for accuracy, recieving them in the computer, loading outgoing shipments, and a whole lot more is why we have had 4 different people just this year running our warehouse. Increase the pay for store associates and hire from a much more talented and hard working pool of people. You get what you pay for.

Other Employee Reviews

Other Employee Reviews

  1. "Work Hard, Make Little, Learn alot"

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    Former Employee - Manager Trainee in Nashville, TN
    Former Employee - Manager Trainee in Nashville, TN
    Approves of CEO

    Pros

    great job experience.
    excellent entry level job
    hire almost exclusively from within

    Cons

    they will work you until you cant give any more, then ask for more, then forget to thank you for your commitment to the company.

    expect you to be grateful for the opportunity to work but will ask ask ask and rarely give

    Advice to Management

    staff the stores fully. alot of positions were cut when the economy went south and so the workload for 15-20 is distributed to 10-15.


  2. Helpful (1)

    "miserable."

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    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee in Sacramento, CA
    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee in Sacramento, CA
    Doesn't Recommend
    Disapproves of CEO

    Pros

    starting pay isnt great. but as you progress it gets better.

    Cons

    long hours. incompetent area managers.

    Advice to Management

    stop closing stores idiot.

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