I worked at The Home Depot part-time (More than a year)
Great schedule, M-F Daytime in a retail location
Pay too low to live off of.
I have been working at The Home Depot (More than 3 years)
Great benefits. 401k, stock purchase program, tuition reimbursement, small but twice-a-year bonuses, paid holidays, above average medical and dental plans. (if you choose to pay for them)
They've implemented set schedules in the stores that I work in. If you're a hard worker and a butt-kisser you can climb the ladder pretty quickly.
The pay sucks at the entry level. One does NOT work at HD for the pay unless you're management material. I started at $10.65 an hour four years ago with 30 years of experience in the trades and am STILL not even making $12 an hour. Small, but annual raises. The store closest to me has a new Lowes in town and is starting associates with zero experience in retail or construction at a minimum of $12 an hour. Real fair. Be prepared to work with some VERY lazy co-workers.
Advice to Management
An example of the type of hypocrisy that exists at HD: My manager came to check on the project that I was involved in last night and asked how things were going. I replied that it was going well and that I was waiting for a piece of machinery to become available so that I could drop more product. He proceeded to encourage me to not let the lack of a reach-truck interfere with my productivity in spite of the fact that when he approached me I had plenty to do and was working hard. Needless to say I was miffed but I've become used to this sort of stupidity and ignored him. The kicker? One of the associates that he was supposed to be supervising in another part of the store was sleeping in the break room less than 50 feet away and had been sleeping for almost two hours. Oblivious.
I worked at The Home Depot part-time (More than 5 years)
-A lot of nice people (customers and coworkers)
-Not knowing everything and customers asking questions which I do not know the answer to.
-Some mean angry customers
-Being mistreated by coworkers and customers sometimes.
Advice to Management
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