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The Home Depot Chicago Reviews

Updated January 18, 2019
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Pros
  • "Learn a lot about finishing material" (in 223 reviews)

  • "Great part time job while in college" (in 808 reviews)

Cons
  • "Tough to have a good work/life balance" (in 523 reviews)

  • "I still can not get a full time position" (in 916 reviews)

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  1. Helpful (1)

    "Fright team"

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    Current Employee - Electrical/Fright Associate in Hammond, IN
    Current Employee - Electrical/Fright Associate in Hammond, IN
    Recommends
    Neutral Outlook
    No opinion of CEO

    I have been working at The Home Depot part-time (Less than a year)

    Pros

    Flexible hours and relax atmosphere. A great place to work if you are going or trying to further your education

    Cons

    Management at times can be Petty and immature. Lack of direction and product by knowledge makes it difficult to get proper training .

    Advice to Management

    Pay attention to the the time it takes to do particular task . Don't be afraid to send someone home because you can't or won't do the work yourself


  2. "Good Part Time job"

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    Former Employee - MET Associate in Hobart, IN
    Former Employee - MET Associate in Hobart, IN
    Doesn't Recommend
    Positive Outlook
    Approves of CEO

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

    Pros

    Easy work, decent pay for those taking classes or need something to do

    Cons

    You get the co-workers who complain. The lifers who hate you because to you its just a part time job

    Advice to Management

    Provide more opportunities for the lifers at the store level

    The Home Depot Response

    Jan 17, 2019 – Client Partner

    Thank you for sharing your review. Our associates are key to our success. We strive to create an environment where all associates feel they are respected, their contributions are valued and they have... More

  3. Helpful (1)

    "Rewarding Experience"

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

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

    Pros

    The hours. M-F weekends off

    Cons

    Salary could use a little adjusting for the better. We are hard working people

    Advice to Management

    You have wonderful older adults who love to serve the public. A raise in pay would be appreciated


  4. "No good management."

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    Former Employee - Customer Service Specialist in Schaumburg, IL
    Former Employee - Customer Service Specialist in Schaumburg, IL
    Doesn't Recommend
    Negative Outlook
    No opinion of CEO

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

    Pros

    Benefits were decent. Good fellow associates.

    Cons

    No room for advancement. Promises were broken.

    Advice to Management

    Stop nit picking. Let your good employees advance.


  5. Helpful (1)

    "I have been a supervisor and also an associate on the sales floor."

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    Current Employee - Service Desk in Valparaiso, IN
    Current Employee - Service Desk in Valparaiso, IN
    Recommends

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

    Pros

    Benefits. Pay for an associate is comparable to other retailers. Full-time has set schedules (as long as the supervisor doesn't take the good hours) supervisors are to have open availibity but some stores give them the good set schedules.

    Cons

    Supervisor pay is on the low side and you have extra stuff to do all while still being an associate of the sales floor.

    Advice to Management

    Management should be fair. Most of the time they already know who they will promote (yet they still interview 7 or more people-why waste everyones time?).


  6. Helpful (1)

    "head cashier"

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    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


  7. Helpful (3)

    "It’s the worst"

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    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

  8. "sale associate inventory dow stocking"

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    Former Employee - Plumbing Aasociate in Frankfort, IL
    Former Employee - Plumbing Aasociate in Frankfort, IL
    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    Approves of CEO

    I worked at The Home Depot full-time (More than 5 years)

    Pros

    if you pick a department ,like plumbing they will supply you the best training for that department ,that is very valueable.

    Cons

    low wages for a family,trying to support family pay bills and decent way of life. Every time you train new associate they leve for more money


  9. "You learn a lot because they take the actual time to teach you and not just throw you to the wolves."

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    Current Employee - Warehouse Associate in Joliet, IL
    Current Employee - Warehouse Associate in Joliet, IL
    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    Approves of CEO

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

    Pros

    Flexible schedule, Care about employees and fun atmosphere

    Cons

    Wish we could wrk the full shift during first training weeks but that's really not a con lbvs

    Advice to Management

    Keep up the great work!


  10. Helpful (1)

    "decent place to work to get by"

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    Former Employee - Cashier in Shorewood, IL
    Former Employee - Cashier in Shorewood, IL

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

    Pros

    flexible schedule, fast paced, decent pay

    Cons

    bad management, unorganized, too many people cycle in and out


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