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Lowe's Chicago Reviews

Updated April 3, 2017
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Pros
  • Great company with good pay for a summer job or something just looking to do on the side (in 900 reviews)

  • Good benefits fun people to work with (in 820 reviews)

Cons
  • The hours do not allow for a good work/life balance (in 296 reviews)

  • Full time personnel work long stretches with one day off (in 482 reviews)

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  1. "flower power"

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    Current Employee - CSA Garden in Chicago, IL
    Current Employee - CSA Garden in Chicago, IL
    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    Approves of CEO

    I have been working at Lowe's part-time (More than a year)

    Pros

    Lowes is a cool place to work because you can learn multiple things. plumbing, electrical, millwork, OPE, gardening, power equipment, and glass cutting, blind cutting, flooring, appliances, carpet, and lumber. There are all kinds of stuff to do and learn. The employees and the people that you meet are always pleasant for the most part and I enjoy being there to wear my vest and to make someone smile.

    Cons

    difficult people who are mean spirited and want to cause havoc.

    Advice to Management

    communication is key.


  2. "Lawn and Garden Associate"

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    Former Employee - Lawn and Garden Sales Associate in Chicago, IL
    Former Employee - Lawn and Garden Sales Associate in Chicago, IL
    Doesn't Recommend
    Neutral Outlook
    No opinion of CEO

    I worked at Lowe's (More than 3 years)

    Pros

    Loved working with plants and helping people with landscape issues, watering and caring for plants. I came to work and nobody micro-managed me.Miss the work.They were good about accommodating family needs..

    Cons

    Revolving door of associates, yet a loyal dependable one could not get full time. Don't miss the lack of respect by not being considered a valued employee.

    Advice to Management

    Maybe 10 full time positions (including management) at a store that employs 100. Why would I give my loyalty, wisdom and hard work for someone that does not value me and find me worthy of benefits? My manager lied to me and told me he would hire me full time,I cannot work for someone I can't trust, I found a better job, so thank him for that in the end.,

  3. "Department manger of administration"

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    Former Employee - Administrative Department Manager in Chicago, IL
    Former Employee - Administrative Department Manager in Chicago, IL
    Recommends
    Neutral Outlook
    No opinion of CEO

    I worked at Lowe's full-time (More than 8 years)

    Pros

    Good benefit. Years ago they had an excellent Entry management Training program. Most co workers were helpful and wanted to see you succeed.

    Cons

    The usual workplace politics and gossip. If you don't get involved with store drama you will be ok. Managers have favorites like with most companies.

    Advice to Management

    Be fair to all employeess


  4. "Store manager"

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    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee in Chicago, IL
    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee in Chicago, IL
    Recommends
    Neutral Outlook
    No opinion of CEO

    I worked at Lowe's full-time (More than 10 years)

    Pros

    Great pay and benefits. Vacation

    Cons

    No holidays off. Long work hours. Constant changing of structure and priorities.

    Advice to Management

    Focus on results of staff and customer service. Roots will close the gap with the competition.


  5. "Customer Service Associate"

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    Current Employee - Kitchen Designer in Chicago, IL
    Current Employee - Kitchen Designer in Chicago, IL
    Recommends
    No opinion of CEO

    I have been working at Lowe's part-time (More than 3 years)

    Pros

    Decent pay, flexible scheduling, and opportunities for advancement.

    Cons

    Poor management structure - lack of accountability across the management team.


  6. "Great place for someone that needs flexible hours"

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    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee in Chicago, IL
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee in Chicago, IL

    I have been working at Lowe's part-time (More than 3 years)

    Pros

    If you are good with people this is an easy job. Perfect for someone in school and some good experience.

    Cons

    Some costumers come mad and can be very difficult, but they ask for the manager directly so it's no big deal.


  7. "Assistant Store Manager"

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    Former Employee - Assistant Store Assistant Store Manager in Chicago, IL
    Former Employee - Assistant Store Assistant Store Manager in Chicago, IL

    I worked at Lowe's (Less than a year)

    Pros

    Love working with customers with there ideals to inspire

    Cons

    This job requires you to work a lot of weekend and holidays...

    Advice to Management

    Love the position that I had

  8. "Empty Promises"

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    Former Employee - CSA Tools - DMiT in Chicago, IL
    Former Employee - CSA Tools - DMiT in Chicago, IL
    Doesn't Recommend
    Neutral Outlook
    Disapproves of CEO

    I worked at Lowe's full-time (More than a year)

    Pros

    Ability to gain knowledge

    Cons

    Empty promises of promotion, compensation, and time-off.

    Advice to Management

    Learn how each store is not being run the same as others.


  9. Helpful (2)

    "Sales Specialist"

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    Current Employee - Sales Specialist in Chicago, IL
    Current Employee - Sales Specialist in Chicago, IL
    Doesn't Recommend
    Positive Outlook
    No opinion of CEO

    Pros

    Organized company with many benefits. Employees appear to be happy-go-lucky and outgoing. Great place to work if you're a bachelor or don't want to be home with your family at normal hours.

    Cons

    Terrible schedule. I have a four year degree in design and was expecting a more adaptable schedule for my family/child/wife/life. Never get a whole weekend off, shifts that run 11-7 which destroy an entire day as it lands directly in the middle of it as well as shifts that occur 1-10 which is just unacceptable in my opinion for somebody who has put in the time to get the best training. This job is not for the educated and trained for this reason.
    Also, one hour lunches which again take away from valuable time at home with my family. I haven't been able to make a proper dinner for my family in some time since beginning employment at Lowe's.
    They are only closed Thanksgiving and Christmas and don't observe any other holidays which again is disruptive to an individual's family life.

    Advice to Management

    My recommendation to Lowe's would be to reserve the 8-4 shifts for their degree individuals M-F and hire part timers to fill evening and weekend shifts. I believe that they (management) are so used to working with individuals who have no degree and are just oblivious to the expectations of people who have gone through the ropes to get valuable degree training for the sake of a better life.


  10. "Lowe's is an alright retail company. Better than most"

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    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee in Chicago, IL
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee in Chicago, IL
    Recommends
    Neutral Outlook
    No opinion of CEO

    I have been working at Lowe's part-time (More than 5 years)

    Pros

    It's retail but it's not a bad company to work for. better than most. Pay is typical ... nothing special but a good store to work for in retail.

    Cons

    It's still retail, so you still have dumb stuff like cycle counts and mumbojumbo ... but I love selling stuff to customers ... other baggage not so much... Hey you go break your back and lift 100 bags of mulch for some lazy customers...

    Advice to Management

    Look for the hard working associates and promote them. Keep the good people that benefit the company and store and stop hiring useless seasonal people. All that does is Annoy us employees and customers.


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