Pros: Consistent Schedule, Overtime Opportunities, Challenging
Cons: Work-life balance, Stressful amounts of work, Bad Culture
Typical day at work for a Loss Prevention Manager is relatively consistent day to day. Depending on how busy the store is, daily routines can take anywhere from one hour to the whole day.
LP is very operations focused. External theft response is a joke. Recoveries trump all at Lowe's. If you want to become well-rounded in this field, it's definitely the place to learn the other side of LP that other externally-focused companies may not provide. You must be good at talking to people. The job requires you to identify weaknesses in processes and ensure that they are followed. If you can't get buy-in from people, you won't succeed.
Management is hit and miss. There is rarely any public recognition, and rarely and conveyance of confidence in each others competencies. From my personal experience, most employees have a whats-in-it-for-me attitude (this was noticed across several stores). Cohesion is low, there's definitely a lot of cliques, and there is often times very little support between upper management and all other employees. There is an air of strictly tolerance of one another, but no cohesion or care for each other whatsoever.
Hardest part of the job is the amount that one has to learn. LP takes care of external theft, internal theft, a ton of auditing and documentation, hazardous materials compliance, safety and a ton of programs that are difficult to keep running if employees aren't intrinsically driven or motivated. Only prizes seem to garner attention.
The schedule is hit and miss. You follow a corporate schedule, so you know what you are dealing with a year ahead. Problem is that it is hard to balance work-life the way they have it set up. Days off aren't enjoyable because you end up thinking about how early you have to sleep to make those early mornings.