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scheduling was terrible and hours were very bad
Department Manager (Former Employee) –  McAlester, OKFebruary 23, 2018
stressful, poor scheduling and very demanding hours.
high pressure retail
poorly trained store manager
friendly
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other employees
this job was very fast paced and customer friendly and employee hostile.
very little valuable home time
Pros
fair pay
Cons
bad scheduling
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Most enjoyable part of the job!
Department Manager - Plumbing, Flooring, Delivery (Former Employee) –  Destin, FLFebruary 20, 2018
There was always something new everyday. Management team was good and the employees I had under me were great. I had a great experience working with Lowes.
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generally good people to work for
Department Manager (Former Employee) –  Oklahoma City, OKFebruary 20, 2018
The company does a decent job of incorporating the workforce in the daily business of the store -letting people know how things are going- mostly optimistically
Pros
allows some latitude on customer satisfaction
Cons
customer satisfaction-interaction
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Bad Business Model
Department Manager (Former Employee) –  Concord, NCFebruary 19, 2018
A good place to work, but poor high level management. Not a place to advance or grow a career. No advance long term management potential. There is a place for everybody at Lowe's, but Lowes is not for everybody
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Poor company
Department Manager (Former Employee) –  Clermont, FLFebruary 18, 2018
company is trying to cut headcount by reducing hours and employee pay. Likes to hire seasonal so they don't have to pay benefits. Managers more interested in bonus than employees
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poor
Department Manager (Former Employee) –  Martinsburg, WVFebruary 17, 2018
niblock did away with department managers and created mini assistant store managers but with the same duties and more on top of them. the structure is not working
Pros
vacation
Cons
cluster mess
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Missing the Boat
Department Manager (Former Employee) –  St. Louis, MOFebruary 15, 2018
Company is trying hard to beat Home Depot while following in their past footsteps with cuts of higher paid more experienced associates. Staffing on the floor is very sparce and does not follow their core value of customer service.
Pros
benefits
Cons
understaffed, lack of leadership and vision
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Work hard high probability of moving up
Department Manager of Millwork (Former Employee) –  Toms River, NJFebruary 15, 2018
Intensive work and labor, consistent and dire need to complete task within a certain time frame. Constantly down-stocking and breaking down new stock for the department
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enjoyed the customers
Department Manager (Former Employee) –  GeorgiaFebruary 14, 2018
A lot of walking. The culture was demeaning and oppressive. There were a lot of work place injuries and management would fight you over allowing you to go to the doctor or attend physical therapy. You were not always allowed to take a lunch break and very rarely were given a 15 minute break. When complaints were made through HR, they were not properly addressed.
Pros
customers
Cons
management
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It's All About the Money
Department Manager (Former Employee) –  Woodhaven, MIFebruary 13, 2018
Lowe's was once a company that cared about it's employees. About 3 years ago, that all started changing. They started cutting positions left and right. They started cutting benefits.

There is a large amount of preferential treatment that takes place. Management doesn't really care, and the company does not investigate HR Complaints unless a lawsuit is started.
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great people, bad leadership
Departmental Manager (Former Employee) –  TexasFebruary 12, 2018
Lowes has a lot of very experienced people working at the stores. But last year they decided to remove all department from the sales floor and offer them less paying jobs in the store. They had one year to take a less paying job or be laid off. Needless to say, the money that was offered was far less than they were making and most of the former dept. mgrs. at the store I worked at have left. Lowes has no career advancements for a person wanting to make a career out of working there anymore. They did this to get rid of most people who had been working there for years and replace them with part time lower cost help.
Pros
great benefits and hard working employees
Cons
poor management and they lost focus on customer service
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Highly ill advised
Department Manager (Former Employee) –  Stafford, VAFebruary 12, 2018
Do not work here. Management is a joke. You will absolutely regret it. The pay is fairly poor, not bad but not great. Benefits were pretty good, not gonna lie. Im out.
Pros
Benefits?, Paint associate was pretty cute
Cons
Everything else
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Nice company
Department Manager (Former Employee) –  Avon, OHFebruary 10, 2018
I liked the majority of the people that worked at the 3 different stores I worked. However, it is a retail job so the hours are never consistent and the opportunity for advancement is minimal unless you are willing to relocate. For a corporation, they came across as more dedicated to family and community, which I liked.
Pros
The people you work with is key
Cons
Inconsistent hours
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good first job for students
DEPARTMENT MANAGER /SALES SPECIALIST (Former Employee) –  Seattle, WAFebruary 8, 2018
Lowes is a great first job for someone in highschool or looking to get their feet wet in the employment world, but it is not a company to stay with long term if you want to have a family/life outside the company and want to be paid what you are worth.

management is so overwhelmed that they are unable to adequately support the sales floor staff.
Pros
Paid time off and sick time, get to meet interesting people from all over
Cons
understaffed and underpaid, typical retail drama and "tough" customers
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Ok as a stepping stone job
Department Manager (Former Employee) –  Cary, NCFebruary 8, 2018
Great people work here and people looking for a paycheck. Plan on doing other people's work as well as your own. No advancement unless you move out of your store. No matter how great of an employee you are.
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management position stressful
Department Manager (Former Employee) –  Tarentum, PAFebruary 7, 2018
I enjoyed working with the public. Depending on the job or department your in, it could be a very stressful job. When you first start working at Lowes it looks and sounds like a great Company. Things change and they take away some of the perks. Think they care more about racing than the employees and now its all about the mighty dollar for corporate.
Pros
meet people
Cons
management did not give the best support
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Great place to work.flexible hours.
Department Manager (Current Employee) –  Opelousas, LAFebruary 6, 2018
Great company to work for. Benefits are real good.opportunity for advancing, is stressed. 401k, credit union, and employee stock options guarantee retirement goals.
Pros
Offer meals for goals accomplished.
Cons
Short training for new hires
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Fast paced customer focused friendly associates
Department Manager (Former Employee) –  Easton, MDFebruary 5, 2018
This is a customer focused organization. Associates are generally friendly and outgoing. Management is spread thin and needs to be better trained. Product knowledge empowers associates to increase sales, but staff turnover makes this difficult to achieve. Dedication to customers and results is respected by management, but not rewarded by the company. Accountability and results are managed primarily through documenting poor behavior as opposed to effective positive rewards. As a retail company, I rank Lowe's better than most with regard to employee's.
Pros
Employee appreciation events, (infrequent free food, group activities)
Cons
Staff stretched too thin and under-trained
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great benefits
Administration Department Manager (Current Employee) –  Pompano Beach, FLFebruary 3, 2018
Company standards and culture is amazing however most stores do not follow it, which makes the job stressful. Employee as non-management work can be good if you do as your told and go home. As a manager If most of the management team is on the same page including the store manager then it is great.
Pros
vacation, pay
Cons
management
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fun place to work
Department Manager/Sales (Former Employee) –  Oswego, ILFebruary 2, 2018
enjoy the interaction with customers, enjoy learning departments which help the time pass, always helping out departments that are in need of help , give input on how to clean up departments.
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