I have been working at The Home Depot part-time (More than a year)
Decent bonuses if your store does well, especially for full-timers
You learn a lot
Common in retail, sometimes staff is short
You could come in late or not come in at all, the penalty is the same
I have been working at The Home Depot full-time (More than 3 years)
I am retired and work to supplement my income. It provides security in a regular paycheck
To many people who have been employed there for a while control the politics with too many games and gossip about other employees. No policy is followed, it depends on who is the manager for the day whether they will override your decision to follow policy in any instance. I am seeking other employment in a more civil environment with structure.
Advice to Management
Follow policy and don't make the employees look like they don't know the procedures and policy which allows the customers to continue to be disrespectful in dealing with the associate.
I have been working at The Home Depot full-time (More than a year)
Full time associates get great benefits and time off gets better once you hit two years with company (total of 16 day PTO) not including several holidays. Tuition reimbursement is a major plus but you need to figure out on your own how to take advantage of it the same is true with employee discounted stock purchasing program.
I have seen some great leaders at the home depot but most of them for me were at the district level or at other stores. Self serving store managers can ruin a stores culture, it starts with giving favors by hiring an employee’s friend or relative then next thing you know you have these cells of laziness that cover each other’s butts and steel time. If you are a manager in the store trying to intervene in these situations be aware of the fact that these lazy groupies will call the aware-line on you and tell lies in an attempt to get you off their backs.
Advice to Management
Be fair and support one another at the store level. You can’t play favorites and approve the "in-crowds" time off request and deny others if you expect to keep hard working and talented employees. The valuable associates don’t have time to hang out in the break room all day making buddy with managers and supervisors because they are diligently helping customers.
When I was promoted in this company I knew my boss was worthless when he told me “being promoted has its benefits because you don’t have to work as hard those below you” call me old fashion but anyone being paid more or in a leadership role should have the intestinal fortitude to lead by example and bring value to the company. My advice to management is to foster an enviornment condusive to what this great company really is!
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