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The Home Depot Chicago Reviews

Updated September 5, 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)

    "Good for short term."

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    • Work/Life Balance
    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    • Comp & Benefits
    • Senior Management
    Current Employee - Customer Service Sales Associate in Valparaiso, IN
    Current Employee - Customer Service Sales Associate in Valparaiso, IN
    Doesn't Recommend
    Neutral Outlook
    No opinion of CEO

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

    Pros

    Homer Fund is a great program, great co workers, flexible scheduling.

    Cons

    Was once a company that valued it's employees, now it's all about dollar signs.
    Hours are cut on a continual basis despite the store being #1 in the district. The message that you're just a number is very clear.
    The store running on a skeleton crew is the norm.
    Management is hit or miss, some are great while others are inept.
    Most employees do not last a year.

    Advice to Management

    Care about your employees and they will care for the customer.

  3. 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.


  4. "MET overnight"

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    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    • Comp & Benefits
    • Senior Management
    Current Employee - MET in Palatine, IL
    Current Employee - MET in Palatine, IL
    Doesn't Recommend
    Negative Outlook

    I have been working at The Home Depot full-time (More than a year)

    Pros

    It is a very flexible work environment.

    Cons

    Not really any cons that I can think of.


  5. Helpful (2)

    "not really what you think"

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    • Culture & Values
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    • Comp & Benefits
    • Senior Management
    Current Employee - Flooring Specialist in Schaumburg, IL
    Current Employee - Flooring Specialist in Schaumburg, IL
    Doesn't Recommend
    Negative Outlook
    No opinion of CEO

    I have been working at The Home Depot full-time (More than a year)

    Pros

    Good customers great employees better than others

    Cons

    horrible management at location I work at

    Advice to Management

    treat your employees with more respect


  6. "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


  7. "Sales"

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    • Work/Life Balance
    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    • Comp & Benefits
    • 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.

  8. 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


  9. "Nice place to work part time"

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    • Work/Life Balance
    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    • Comp & Benefits
    • Senior Management
    Former Employee - Part Time Employee in Algonquin, IL
    Former Employee - Part Time Employee in Algonquin, IL
    Recommends
    Neutral Outlook
    No opinion of CEO

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

    Pros

    Part time benefits are available.
    Possibility to transfer.
    Stock purchasing program for employees.

    Cons

    Concrete floors can be hard on your feet/legs.
    Always working weekends.
    Slow opportunities to advancement.
    Average pay at best.

    Advice to Management

    Rotate weekends off for ALL associates.
    Do not have your cashiers push credit cards to customers during checkout, customers HATE it.
    Train sales associates BETTER based on their Department, HD use to be all about product knowledge; once your starting wages dropped so did the quality of sales associates on the floor.


  10. "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


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