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The Home Depot Chicago Reviews

Updated February 19, 2018
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The Home Depot President & CEO Craig Menear
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Pros
  • The benefits are great also learn a lot (in 201 reviews)

  • Part time employees schedules will be worked with (in 736 reviews)

Cons
  • Work Life balance is usually unbalanced (in 469 reviews)

  • Hard to get into a full time job (in 853 reviews)

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  1. "Cashier"

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    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    • Comp & Benefits
    • Senior Management
    Current Employee - Cashier in Chicago, IL
    Current Employee - Cashier in Chicago, IL
    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    Approves of CEO

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

    Pros

    Taking care of customers and them being happy

    Cons

    Customers not being happy when leaveing


  2. "They Take Good Care of Associates"

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    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    • Comp & Benefits
    • Senior Management
    Current Employee - General Warehouse Associate in Joliet, IL
    Current Employee - General Warehouse Associate in Joliet, IL
    Recommends
    Positive Outlook

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

    Pros

    I was at a store at the Service Desk f/t for a year and half before transferring to the RDC. Best move! Our RDC encourages career growth, and provides tools and support to make it happen. There is open communication with the supervisors and managers. We have a very diverse culture at the Joliet RDC, and it is refreshing to see everyone work together as a team. Overtime is often available.

    Cons

    Because we have 10-hr days, 2 weeks' vacation time gets eaten up fast. It amounts to 8 days. I wish we'd see 3 wks given at the 3 or 4yr mark at the RDC's.

  3. "A good place to work"

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    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    • Comp & Benefits
    • Senior Management
    Current Employee - Sales Associate in Carol Stream, IL
    Current Employee - Sales Associate in Carol Stream, IL
    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    Approves of CEO

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

    Pros

    Great people. Friendly, respectful colleagues. Management is courteous and does listen

    Cons

    Brutally low pay. Hours can be tough, late nights and weekend schedule I'd typical


  4. "Sales Associate"

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    • Senior Management
    Former Employee - Sales Associate in Ingleside, IL
    Former Employee - Sales Associate in Ingleside, IL
    Doesn't Recommend
    Neutral Outlook
    Disapproves of CEO

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

    Pros

    Everyone treats you like family. There you get to learn about several different departments. Garden, Paint, Plumbing, Hardware and many more.

    Cons

    The operation of how they run things. During power hours you are not aloud to clean, straighten out the product on the shelves so it make the store look bad. Most of the employees are not aware of many safety rules put in by the company.

    Advice to Management

    When you hire new people on, you should really let then know that you can really get hurt in that store. Always watch out for unsafe situations.


  5. "ASSOCIATE"

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    • 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.


  6. "Freight Team"

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    • Culture & Values
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    • Comp & Benefits
    • Senior Management
    Current Employee - Freight Team Associate in Naperville, IL
    Current Employee - Freight Team Associate in Naperville, IL
    Recommends
    Neutral Outlook
    Approves of CEO

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

    Pros

    Good training and good benefits

    Cons

    This position requires staying on your feets entire shift


  7. "Special Service Associate"

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    • 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?

  8. Helpful (2)

    "Merchandiser"

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    • Comp & Benefits
    • Senior Management
    Current Employee - Merchandiser in Valparaiso, IN
    Current Employee - Merchandiser in Valparaiso, IN
    Doesn't Recommend
    Negative Outlook
    Disapproves of CEO

    I have been working at The Home Depot full-time

    Pros

    Being on the Merchandising team I'm separate from the normal sales associates.
    I'm Mon-Fri 0500 to 1330. So weekends and most major holidays off with pay.
    Often I get to work alone with limited "interference" form my supervisor.

    Cons

    Pay.
    Managers trying to convince said pay is exceptional. Scheduling in each department. e.g. No Plumbing associate in in the dept from 6am to 9am. This is the norm. Pick multiple departments randomly each week and it will have no one in it. This is a con to the merchandiser team per customers will seek merchandisers for technical, time consuming help/answer.
     I received employee of the month and many other accolades through out the year and only got a 0.30 raise. Other got less or no raise at all. Profit sharing is a joke even if your store comes in first place. It's a heavily taxed bonus.

    Advice to Management

    Current store Mgmt seems to be above avg as far as performance and fairness. Their budget for labor all but mandate being shorthanded and having steady turnover.


  9. "Customer Order Specialist"

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    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    • Comp & Benefits
    • Senior Management
    Current Employee - Cos in Chicago, IL
    Current Employee - Cos in Chicago, IL
    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    No opinion of CEO

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

    Pros

    The company has great benefits and it has a great opportunity for promotion if your career path is management.

    Cons

    If you do not want to go into management, there are few options for promotion on the retail side.

    Advice to Management

    Inspire associates to thrive by leading by example.


  10. "Home Depot Review"

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    • Work/Life Balance
    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    • Comp & Benefits
    • Senior Management
    Current Employee - Front End Cashier in Chicago, IL
    Current Employee - Front End Cashier in Chicago, IL
    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    No opinion of CEO

    I have been working at The Home Depot part-time

    Pros

    Exposure to a variety of customers, some of which can be great resources.

    Cons

    The hours aren't flexible during certain seasons.

    Advice to Management

    provide consistent hours and consider more promotions.


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