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"Crochet Needles Under My Fingernails is Better Than This"

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Current Employee - Cashier in Fairlawn, OH
Current Employee - Cashier in Fairlawn, OH
Doesn't Recommend
Negative Outlook
Disapproves of CEO

I have been working at Hobby Lobby part-time (Less than a year)

Pros

Most coworkers are decent people
Sundays off
Store closes at 8:00
15% employee discount, can be combined with sales discounts
Decent starting pay
Make schedules for several weeks in advance

Cons

Managers couldn't be bothered to tell you anything important until you've messed up... and then you get written up for a mistake you didn't know existed.
No trial period for new employees; if you mess up big on day one, you get written up.
Customers frequently try to argue with you about sales prices, even though the signs and flyers say, bluntly, what is and is not on sale. And then they act as though it's your fault that fragrance oils are not 50% off, even though the candles are, even though they're sitting with the candles, and even though they get rung out under the 'candle' section.
The managers play favorites. A lot. And the favorites get away with murder; they can stand around socializing without doing a single thing during their shift, they can wander the store and totally ignore customers, and yet the managers are buddy-buddy with these people, so no disciplinary action is taken.
Don't expect a raise.
The company tends to preach a lot. There are even Bible passages in the employee handbook. Come on guys, save it for church.
As with any position that deals with the public, you get your share of nice people, and you get your meanies too: a lot of grumpy old people that somehow got out of the home, some uppity wealthier types who talk down to you, and serious crafters with no social lives - and no social skills as a result. Just try to laugh it off.
No scanners; we must enter the price by hand, remember an item's department of origin, and determine whether or not it's on sale. It gets easier in time, but it's still tedious.
If a manager doesn't like you, or is mad at you, they sometimes schedule you to close every night, rather than rotate people fairly.
Straight pay; if you're asked to stay late, you do not get time-and-a-half wages. An extra nine dollars an hour is not worth the agony of remaining at that store for any longer than is necessary.

Advice to Management

An employee works harder and cares more when they know that they're doing well; instead of criticizing their every movement, how about paying a compliment? This goes for all managers, everywhere.
You need to train new employees and tell them things they need to know before they mess up.
Be patient with employees. There's a lot to remember at Hobby Lobby.
Stop playing favorites; it breeds deadweight employees and causes resentment among others. You hired them to do a job, and that is, technically, what they are there for. So make them do that job.

Other Employee Reviews for Hobby Lobby

  1. Helpful (1)

    "Working at Hobby Lobby is physically taxing and an example of a "sweat shop" in America."

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

    I have been working at Hobby Lobby part-time

    Pros

    There are perhaps two pros: Hobby Lobby is open Monday through Saturday (closed on Sunday), and open until 8 p.m; and, employees get a 15% discount.

    Cons

    Hobby Lobby is a non-union business, doesn't care too much about its employees. Only get 30 minutes for lunch, which includes clock in and out times. No one goes out for lunch because you don't have the time. The floors are linoleum over concrete and if you can imagine standing on "hot coals" that's what your feet feel like after 2 hours. Cashiers get no breaks, standing 4 or more hours. Other sales and stock employees rarely take breaks and everyone complains about their "feet." No store employee is scheduled more than 38.5 or 39 hours, leaving one to assume that all employees except the store manager is "part time" -- without health benefits, at minimum salaries around $9 an hour. Every week, an employee in each department literally counts and orders as needed every single item in their department (with pencil and paper); then each week, truck delivery is made to store...and again, the employees price and put in place every single piece of merchandise -- nothing is computerized (still using pricing guns for everything). Framing department does substandard work, which explains why you can frame a "sports jersey" for $100. Management treats employees as if they are brainless idiots; no self-respecting person could work there for very long. Hobby Lobby should have its managment enroll in "diversity training" and "seminars about treating employees with respect."

    Advice to Management

    No self-respecting person is going to tolerate "abuse by management." Apparently yelling at and belittling employees is a standard part of the Hobby Lobby culture.


  2. Helpful (7)

    "Dishonest about job expectations and work requirements in the Art Department at Hobby Lobby Corp."

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    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    • Comp & Benefits
    • Senior Management
    Former Employee - Graphic Designer in Oklahoma City, OK
    Former Employee - Graphic Designer in Oklahoma City, OK
    Doesn't Recommend
    Neutral Outlook
    No opinion of CEO

    I worked at Hobby Lobby full-time (Less than a year)

    Pros

    - Wide range of projects
    - Great co-workers
    - Top of the line technology
    - Learning new techniques

    Cons

    Expectations not clearly defined, high turn-over, unstable department, and lack of communication. Micro-managed with each project but the result is still not satisfactory, blame goes down instead of up. No proper training for the required work. Unchristianlike management style and policies. Instead of building you up to where you need to be as an employee they are quick to cut you down and toss you aside.

    Advice to Management

    Provide proper training to all management and design team, work together to make it a success instead of scrapping it and starting over. You should be a team instead of a group. The company places emphasis on their "Christian values", but the department management style is contradictory to Christian teachings which emphasize family caring and personal dignity. They take action first and aren't concerned with the consequences.

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