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The Home Depot Chicago Reviews

Updated December 8, 2018
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The Home Depot President & CEO Craig Menear
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Pros
  • "Learn a lot about finishing material" (in 222 reviews)

  • "Benefits for part-time employees" (in 806 reviews)

Cons
  • "Tough to have a good work/life balance" (in 522 reviews)

  • "I still can not get a full time position" (in 915 reviews)

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  1. "The South Loop Home Depot is Great!"

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    • Work/Life Balance
    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    • Comp & Benefits
    • Senior Management
    Former Employee - Sales Associate - Paint Department in Chicago, IL
    Former Employee - Sales Associate - Paint Department in Chicago, IL
    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    Approves of CEO

    I worked at The Home Depot part-time (More than 3 years)

    Pros

    The Home Depot is such a flexible place of employment whether you're looking to work full-time or like in my case, a college student looking for a part-time job. The pay is very competitive and the people you work alongside of are great. Believe it or not I had some of my best days working at the Depot.

    Cons

    It takes a while to move up the ranks but it is possible.


  2. Helpful (1)

    "head cashier"

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    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    • Comp & Benefits
    • Senior Management
    Former Employee - Head Cashier in Chicago, IL
    Former Employee - Head Cashier in Chicago, IL
    Doesn't Recommend
    Neutral Outlook
    No opinion of CEO

    I worked at The Home Depot full-time (More than 3 years)

    Pros

    many good people to work with

    Cons

    low pay, no discounts, must push credit cards, no real hope of advancement for many years, negotiated health care that you pay for that takes up much of the check every pay period, micro managed from the main offices in Georgia

    Advice to Management

    We all work very hard to make the corporation rich. I spend most of my time within your walls keeping up great standards. Pay us what we need to live and maintain our lives and dignities

  3. Helpful (2)

    "It’s the worst"

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    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    • Comp & Benefits
    • Senior Management
    Former Employee - Department Supervisor in Chicago, IL
    Former Employee - Department Supervisor in Chicago, IL
    Doesn't Recommend
    Neutral Outlook
    Disapproves of CEO

    I worked at The Home Depot full-time (More than 10 years)

    Pros

    The people that I worked with and worked for me

    Cons

    Worked for the company for over 13 years until I couldn’t take it anymore. My first few years were actually kind of fun, and I can attribute that to my co-workers and most of that particular management team. I moved up quickly to a department supervisor position. Even that was fun, until the management and direction changed. I have witnessed pettiness on a degree from a management team that I didn’t even see in high school. But this is what happens when a company doesn’t value higher education, maturity or leadership skills. Just gotta be able steam a mirror and kiss up to the right people. I went against the grain of that whole thing and created a department of inclusion and understanding that made it desirable for people to work in. Conversely this put me at odds with management since I would not be willing to do anything that I thought would harm this balance while staying within the company’s standard operating procedures.

    Speaking of SOP-anyone who works there, become familiar with this. This is the Bible of law for the company and will be violated on a regular basis by management teams for their own benefit. Knowing the rules will keep you out of trouble and not caught up in their garbage.

    And violations are a plenty within this company. Not only do they regularly violate the company’s rules, but also possibly criminal laws on a regular basis. Just hang around during an inventory preparation and actually taking of inventory numbers and bear witness to lots of number manipulation just to be able to increase management bonuses. It’s very dirty practices that sometimes get caught resulting in lots of firings. But more often is not caught.

    Advice to Management

    Get educated, take leadership courses, grow up, learn that you’re not important in the grand scheme of life and even within the company. Just like anyone else, you’re replaceable and if need be, reasons will be found to replace you


  4. Helpful (1)

    "Chicago market"

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    • Work/Life Balance
    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    • Comp & Benefits
    • Senior Management
    Current Employee - Asset Protection in Chicago, IL
    Current Employee - Asset Protection in Chicago, IL
    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    Approves of CEO

    I have been working at The Home Depot full-time (More than 10 years)

    Pros

    Bonus, stock program, 401k match.
    If you play the game you can move up easily.
    Nowhere to go in the AP field in Chicago, all AP next level AP positions are based out of Atlanta market (headquarters)

    Cons

    Brown nosing is the only way to move up in the Chicago market.


  5. "Easy work if you're experienced handyman"

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    • Work/Life Balance
    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    • Comp & Benefits
    • Senior Management
    Former Employee - Hardware Sales Associate in Chicago, IL
    Former Employee - Hardware Sales Associate in Chicago, IL
    Recommends
    Neutral Outlook
    No opinion of CEO

    I worked at The Home Depot part-time (More than a year)

    Pros

    Friendly people
    Easy tasks
    Opportunity to learn about different departments

    Cons

    Sometimes the hours aren't great
    Some employees don't have proper experience to give out project advice

    Advice to Management

    Properly train new employees
    Hire people with real experience


  6. "Sales"

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    Former Employee - Sales Consultant in Chicago, IL
    Former Employee - Sales Consultant in Chicago, IL
    Doesn't Recommend
    Neutral Outlook

    I worked at The Home Depot full-time (Less than a year)

    Pros

    some leads provided, but they want you to work the store for free to get your own.

    Cons

    work store for free, trying to get leads
    dissension among the sales people who had to work the stores for leads and those that did not.

    Advice to Management

    quit making sale people, work in your stores for free.


  7. Helpful (3)

    "There’s a few things I don’t like but overall this is a GREAT place to work to advance in your career in retail"

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    • Work/Life Balance
    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    • Comp & Benefits
    • Senior Management
    Current Employee - Pro Account Sales Associate in Chicago, IL
    Current Employee - Pro Account Sales Associate in Chicago, IL
    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    Approves of CEO

    I have been working at The Home Depot full-time (More than 5 years)

    Pros

    *pay advancement is great. If you’re a hard worker and work in a specialty dept or Pro, you get paid more than an average dept worker.
    *not as strict as other retail stores
    *you could move up to be a manager or district manager without a college degree

    Cons

    *favoritism is always at play. Sometimes it can work for you or against you
    -someone else might get a promotion over you because they’re liked more
    -you might have been late 3 times and get written up but because they like someone else, they could have been late 20 times and it wouldn’t matter

  8. "Worked at 3 different locations and I Should have never moved after the 2nd location"

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    • Work/Life Balance
    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    • Comp & Benefits
    • Senior Management
    Current Employee - Sales Associate in Chicago, IL
    Current Employee - Sales Associate in Chicago, IL
    Recommends
    Neutral Outlook
    No opinion of CEO

    I have been working at The Home Depot full-time (More than 3 years)

    Pros

    Depending on store and managers:
    can be fun
    Simple
    Learn about tools and material

    Cons

    Depending on store and mangers:
    Can feel like a prison at times
    Movement within seems impossible
    Hiring has slowed down since I first began in 2015

    Advice to Management

    Focus on employee development, instead of trying to better their own careers by focusing on store sales goals.

    The Home Depot Response

    Jun 28, 2018 – Client Partner

    Thank you for your review. Our nearly 300,000 associates share The Home Depot’s “orange-blooded” culture, which encourages inclusion, passion and respect both within the company and extending to all... More


  9. "Review title for this job."

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    Current Employee - Special Service Associate in Chicago, IL
    Current Employee - Special Service Associate in Chicago, IL

    Pros

    Friendly work environment for all.

    Cons

    None to report at this time.


  10. "Sales Associate"

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    • Work/Life Balance
    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    • Comp & Benefits
    • Senior Management
    Current Employee - Tool Rental Associate in Chicago, IL
    Current Employee - Tool Rental Associate in Chicago, IL
    Recommends
    Neutral Outlook
    No opinion of CEO

    I have been working at The Home Depot full-time (More than 3 years)

    Pros

    Flexible work hours
    Ability to climb the ladder

    Cons

    Not many cons that I can think of


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