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The Home Depot Chicago Reviews

Updated August 14, 2018
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Pros
  • "Learn a lot about finishing material" (in 215 reviews)

  • "Benefits for part-time employees" (in 787 reviews)

Cons
  • "Work life balance can be hard to find" (in 497 reviews)

  • "Hard to get into a full time job" (in 893 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)

    "Chicago market"

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    • 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.

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

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    • 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


  4. "Sales"

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    • Culture & Values
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    • Senior Management
    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.


  5. 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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    • 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


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

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    • Culture & Values
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    • 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


  7. "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.

  8. "Sales Associate"

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    • 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


  9. "ASSOCIATE"

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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
    Positive Outlook
    Approves of CEO

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

    Pros

    steady work, fun people to work with

    Cons

    narcissistic managers that don't listen

    Advice to Management

    come down off your cloud and put your pants on the same way the associates do.


  10. "Special Service Associate"

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

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

    Pros

    Like the co-workers and customers. Quality of product sold are very good. Current culture is of respect and trust. Pleasant place to work. The systems are improving making the processes easier. I believe if an employee is committed to going beyond the call of duty they may be promoted or get a raise . It is possible.

    Cons

    The hours are inconvenient and the Pay is BAD. One may count on a less than Cost of Living (Inflation) increase per year. IE 2.7%. This is about 25 cents a year on $9.50. As a retiree from Corporate America management, I am ASTOUNDED at the low pay for the Special Service Associates. They work HARD! Pretty amazing. Now that the market is improving, management may have to crank up the pay to keep these hard workers!

    Advice to Management

    The hours are inconvenient and the Pay is BAD. One may count on a less than Cost of Living (Inflation) increase per year. IE 2.7%. This is about 25 cents a year on $9.50. As a retiree from Corporate America management, I am ASTOUNDED at the low pay for the Special Service Associates. They work HARD! Pretty amazing. Now that the market is improving, management may have to crank up the pay to keep these hard workers! How about some competitive wages? Forget handing out badges. Ever think about a base and commission?


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