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charles

98 months ago

I got an offer from Home Depot - they offered 45K with a small bonus based on store performance. They wanted 50 -55 hours a week, also you had to be there for the second and third shift during the week, as well as working Saturday and Sunday periodically. There is much burnout I understand.

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Roberto Morfa in Miami, Florida

98 months ago

I'm master in Trade Administration and Marketing. I have experience in sales and commercial actions, national and internationals business.
I live in Miami Lakes, 33016 and I’m 50 years old. I do not have problem with the time.
Please, analyze my professionalism.
I wait for your answer,
Fraternally,
Roberto Morfa
Phone: 786 337 169

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Willow in Walnut Creek, California

95 months ago

It seems to me that an offer of $45-65K per year makes alot of crap worth putting up with. Including 55 hr work weeks and occasional weekends.
I applied at hd today. I hope to get a call.

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Carol in Elk Grove Village, Illinois

94 months ago

Willow in Walnut Creek, California said: It seems to me that an offer of $45-65K per year makes alot of crap worth putting up with. Including 55 hr work weeks and occasional weekends.
I applied at hd today. I hope to get a call.

Did they call yet?

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Richard Lockmiller 931-967-6047 in Dover, Florida

94 months ago

Dont work for Home Depot or Wal-Mart. Management at both companies treats their Employees like small Chidren.

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Chirs Mitchell in Dover, Florida

94 months ago

Please dont work at Home Depot Ask god to bless You a diffrent way.

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Woofie

93 months ago

Skip in Mesa, Arizona said: How is Lowe's? Any better? I hear employee's enjoy it there...

Same CRAP....Different color! Trust ME! Former HD associate. Stay Healthy & Thank God you will work somewhere other than a big box retailer!

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Paul1947 in Shickshinny, Pennsylvania

88 months ago

The HR Manager Job for stores under 35M are going away!!

Be carefull!!

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Fair_and_Balanced in Elizabethtown, Kentucky

88 months ago

Paul1947 in Shickshinny, Pennsylvania said: The HR Manager Job for stores under 35M are going away!!

Be carefull!!

I'd be interested in finding out where you got your information. Rumors in a company this size are abundant, but few have any merit. Nonetheless, I'd be one who would be affected. Personally, I can't see it happening. HRMs are saddled with a huge amount of responsibility in the store and I've not seen too many ASMs or SMs skilled enough to handle the burdens they already have plus absorb the HRMs work, too.

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Janmariej in Modesto, California

87 months ago

Patrick0369 in Cartersville, Georgia said: I have past the phone interview and have been asked to wait 6 weeks for a face to face. I wondered if you can give me some insight on what will happen on this 5 ½ hrs interview. I have 8 yrs in HRM and never have I had a 5 ½ hr interview. I love HRM and love HD I also need this job in order to keep from moving to some new location I don’t know. I have been offered great pay and I want this job. Also how does the bonus work? Please help if you can. Thanks!

Hi Patrick
I went through the process about seven years ago. The interview takes 5 1/2 hours, because they give a test to everyone in the room. There are about 4-6 applicants, everyone has to complete an application, then they administer the test. It is ridiculous. You also have to take into consideration, HR in the retail environment is very different from HR in the private or Corporate sector. The culture is the same across the retail board. Target, Walmart, Lowes, Home Depot they are only interested in "bottom line". They do not value their most important asset.....their employees. They are only interested in getting as much out of an employee as they can. That is why their customer service and seriously lacking. HD was in the news about a year ago, regarding their falling numbers and complaints about poor customer service. What do you expect when you don't invest in your employees. When an employer treats employees bad,.....they treat customers bad. Additionally, if you read all of the comments, they all pretty much say the same thing. Retail wants kids right out of high school, they are the only ones who will gladly accept the low pay, ridiculous hours and bad treatment. If you are older, they might hire you if they feel they can control you; and you will support their BS. It is those type of HR people that transition into to corp and make bad HR managers.

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Mark Has Questions in Madison, Ohio

86 months ago

Where did you get the information that HR jobs were going away? Is this a reliable source?

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PghDan in Pittsburgh, Pennsylvania

86 months ago

RHRM and peer hrs..it was announced at a asm mtg in ohio to.

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PghDan in Pittsburgh, Pennsylvania

86 months ago

June 30th is the date. have a lawyer ready.

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Mark Has Questions in Madison, Ohio

86 months ago

Why would they announce this at an ASM meeting? Where in Ohio was the meeting. I need something credible. Why June 30TH?

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Liz Hayes in Alameda, California

84 months ago

I have read through all these blogs on Expo and Home Depot. I have worked for the company for several years. As hourly or salary the company takes care of its people. I completely believe that the issues discussed above are caused by people with a lack of work ethic. I was raised with a work ethic that when you work for a company you stand out and be the best. Home Depot is one company that helps its associates and managers grow with continued training that never ends. What each individual does with the training is up to them. I started out a sales associate and now I am in management (I know how to run every aspect of the store). Yes Home Depot asks for you to be available to work 55 hours but that is only if you are not where you need to be with your business. If you do your job correctly and manage your time, accomplishing your tasks and sales....you can reduce your hours. It is all dependent on how well you do in your position. Walks with upper management are very easy if your run your business correctly. If you are making sales, instock, labor hours are good, and store appearance is kept up then walks are a breeze. You only get negative walks if you wait till the last minute to prepare your store for a walk. Delegation is key and being able to lead a team is what makes you successful. Home Depot pays on your experience you bring to the table. I have not seen any other company out there pay better than Home Depot (Retail - big box). Also the company has 401k, health benefits, stock plans, college tuition reimbursment, car insurance, corporate discounts, and more. Many associates with the depot have been with them for 15 + years. If it was a bad company why are they still with them? I am extremely happy, the company stands behind its associates, I stand behind the company. True Work Ethic! People need to realize that being happy at work comes from self accomplishment.

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DJC

84 months ago

Until they call you into a meeting, tell you it is a "business decision" and then give you a letter saying that your position has been terminated. They will tell you that it is nothing personal, but that in this economy they have to meet numbers and again remind you that it is nothing personal. Then your work ethic becomes looking for another job.

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jthorn9 in Pearl River, Louisiana

84 months ago

Well HR positions for The Home Depot have now been fully eliminated on the store level, however, IMO, HRs had it extremely easy. They did have to work the long 50+ hour work load, however 95% of that time was spent in their office doing absolutly nothing, and that's no joke. I'm a dept manager for the company, and while I had great respect for the HRs, because at times they would actually have a huge workload, their position wasn't that difficult, not nearly as intinsive as that of an associate, specialist, manager, or assist manager.

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maliceinwonderland in New Orleans, Louisiana

84 months ago

jthorn9 in Pearl River, Louisiana said: Well HR positions for The Home Depot have now been fully eliminated on the store level, however, IMO, HRs had it extremely easy. They did have to work the long 50+ hour work load, however 95% of that time was spent in their office doing absolutly nothing, and that's no joke. I'm a dept manager for the company, and while I had great respect for the HRs, because at times they would actually have a huge workload, their position wasn't that difficult, not nearly as intinsive as that of an associate, specialist, manager, or assist manager.

jthorn9, the only truthful statement in your message is that Store HR's have been eliminated. Did you say we HR's had it easy??? That's just not true. Did you ever ASK your HR what he/she did in that long 55 hr work week spending 95% of their time in the office? HR's had to deal with associates, customers, managers, DM's, DAPM's, RHRM, audits, hiring, terminations, reviews, claims & claimants, legal issues, non-profit organizations, schools, hospitals, the corporate office, transfer requests, payroll, benefits, former associates, awareline investigations & responses, walk-in candidates, conference calls, hiring events, unemployment hearings, volunteering,training, schedule variance, hours, meal breaks, loa...AND you must remain compliant with federal and state employment laws and company policy. It was a very intense job and there's not a lot that you can delegate to your scheduler. While all this is going on - you must maintain the "open door policy", improve morale & be the advocate for the associate. Don't get me wrong, I'm not complaining. I loved my job...it was challenging, rewarding and maddening. But for you to say it wasn't as intense as a DH, ASM, Specialist or associate position? We were the firewall, honey. I'm glad we made it look so easy...

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bennies in Washington, District of Columbia

84 months ago

I totally agree with you malice. It looks easy but its not. It's incredible to me what people consider easy or I guess how much people can turn a blind eye or refuse to notice when someone is doing a good job...you know what I notice is that people appreciate people primarily when they are laughing, hanging-out, hanging on to the coat tails, and/or being a yes man with and for them...and not those people who aren't really good ass-kissers, but will do the job, because it is a job and because things need to get done.
The HR position is an extremely difficult and intense position particularly satisfying and juggling management/associate/corporate concerns.
Never been a HR, but I noticed. I appreciated it.

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maliceinwonderland in New Orleans, Louisiana

84 months ago

bennies in Washington, District of Columbia said: I totally agree with you malice. It looks easy but its not. It's incredible to me what people consider easy or I guess how much people can turn a blind eye or refuse to notice when someone is doing a good job...you know what I notice is that people appreciate people primarily when they are laughing, hanging-out, hanging on to the coat tails, and/or being a yes man with and for them...and not those people who aren't really good ass-kissers, but will do the job, because it is a job and because things need to get done.
The HR position is an extremely difficult and intense position particularly satisfying and juggling management/associate/corporate concerns.
Never been a HR, but I noticed. I appreciated it.

That's really nice to hear that we were appreciated, bennies. Especially now that we HR's have been kicked to the proverbial curb! I think b/c a lot of HR work took place behind closed doors...and a lot of battles people thought we were goofing off! I would have never exposed a disagreement, conflict or dissenting opinion on the sales floor to be scrutinized by associates. I argued/disagreed/yelled/negotiated behind closed doors so that we managers could PRESENT a united front. No need to give ammo to the "divide & conquer" tactic. I think the only good thing that will come out of this is that HR's are no longer direct reports of store managers. The close relationship you had to build and maintain with your SM made it difficult to be a real adversary. Thank God my SM was a decent personn b/c there are bad eggs out there. HD has no system of checks & balances now that the HR culture has been absorbed in the HD culture. LOL! That's BS. The butt-kissing, hanging out, coat-tail hangers-on will have a field day now...

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anoninneworleans in La Place, Louisiana

84 months ago

I have read your blogs, malice, and my heart goes out to you. I, too was an hrm in the New Orleans area. It has been difficult to reach out to our peers for fear of hurt feelings, etc. Everyone is in such a different step of the job "grieving" process. Every hrm in our area was a respected colleague. I hope that we are all able to find opportunities that are worthy of us.

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bennies in Washington, District of Columbia

84 months ago

maliceinwonderland in New Orleans, Louisiana said: That's really nice to hear that we were appreciated, bennies. Especially now that we HR's have been kicked to the proverbial curb! I think b/c a lot of HR work took place behind closed doors...and a lot of battles people thought we were goofing off! I would have never exposed a disagreement, conflict or dissenting opinion on the sales floor to be scrutinized by associates. I argued/disagreed/yelled/negotiated behind closed doors so that we managers could PRESENT a united front. No need to give ammo to the "divide & conquer" tactic. I think the only good thing that will come out of this is that HR's are no longer direct reports of store managers. The close relationship you had to build and maintain with your SM made it difficult to be a real adversary. Thank God my SM was a decent personn b/c there are bad eggs out there. HD has no system of checks & balances now that the HR culture has been absorbed in the HD culture. LOL! That's BS. The butt-kissing, hanging out, coat-tail hangers-on will have a field day now...

I'm really hoping my HR knew that I understood and that at least I cared. For every nasty person there are a few good of us out there who knew/who understood...at least a little...heh.

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maliceinwonderland in New Orleans, Louisiana

84 months ago

bennies in Washington, District of Columbia said: I'm really hoping my HR knew that I understood and that at least I cared. For every nasty person there are a few good of us out there who knew/who understood...at least a little...heh.

I'm betting your HR knew you understood and cared. Usually we can tell who's jaded, uncaring, or just in it for a paycheck. Are you planning on moving up in the company or has this restructuring changed your plans?

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maliceinwonderland in New Orleans, Louisiana

84 months ago

anoninneworleans in La Place, Louisiana said: I have read your blogs, malice, and my heart goes out to you. I, too was an hrm in the New Orleans area. It has been difficult to reach out to our peers for fear of hurt feelings, etc. Everyone is in such a different step of the job "grieving" process. Every hrm in our area was a respected colleague. I hope that we are all able to find opportunities that are worthy of us.

I'm glad my messages evoke some type of feelings. This is a form of reaching out. Working as a HD HR makes you a pretty tough damn cookies, so I hope all the pity parties are over. I'm not trying get sympathy or hatred for HD, just an understanding of how the #2 retailer can let this kind of sh** happen and we end up paying for their lack of business sense! Maybe those HD execs paid millions of dollars to should also be looking for opportunities worthy of them too! The unemployment line forms to the left!

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bennies in Washington, District of Columbia

84 months ago

maliceinwonderland in New Orleans, Louisiana said: I'm betting your HR knew you understood and cared. Usually we can tell who's jaded, uncaring, or just in it for a paycheck. Are you planning on moving up in the company or has this restructuring changed your plans?

Oh no, I've never cared about moving up with this company. Before I even started working for them, I kind of felt that retail was evil...although HD is technically my first and only retail employment. However, I've met a lot of people and well you got to work. I love my job, I just think it takes a great need or a certain type of person to move up in this company and when it comes to retail, I am not ambitious...just want to do a good job, go home, get some sleep, finish school and eventually quit. I think to a certain degree, you have to be a schmoozer...nothing wrong with that, but I'm bossy and I don't mind telling anyone and everyone how I feel if I think that they are wrong...or if I want to refuse to do something. Ha. But I love my job, my bosses and my co-workers usually love me. I think I do pretty awesome stuff...know my stuff, just don't have the ambition to do it. Some things are just hard to deal with and sometimes you have to make somewhat callous decisions and that is very unattractive to me.

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Sendog32 in Jackson, Mississippi

84 months ago

I have seen first hand the things the bg-box retail HRms go through and these poor souls have to be eagerly searching fo a new job i know. I frinds that were Lowe's HRMs and they were on the verge of walking out after only 3 months. Retail is not for everyone and HR role do vary depending on the industry. Moreover, if you store has CRAPPY equipment and even worse processes in place your job as an HRM will be a living HELL!!!1

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masterspec101 in Rancho Cucamonga, California

82 months ago

I make 56K/yr as the electrical dept DH. I was promoted from master specialist so I'm actually filling 2 jobs. I only work 40 hrs per week and I'm home for dinner with my family most days. My store asm's are pretty nice and I love my HD job.So please stop whining, If you're a hard worker, you'll get recognized and promoted, If you're a slacker and can't even get to work on time, then you'll probably hate working here. HD is without a doubt the best job I've ever had.

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Diana from NC in Charlotte, North Carolina

80 months ago

I have been with Home Depot for 12 years. I was a DH for 8 years by choice and finally took the offer to be an assistant manager at one point. I worked all kinds of crazy hours and had no problems with it. When I realized it wasn't worth it I took another position. I loved every year That I worked for Home Depot with the exception of this year. I gave 12 years of my life with them and gave them 110% every day. I recently became very sick and explained to the store manager that I need to try try to get rested and not work so late. I was ignored and now they try to find ways to write me up for every little thing. They get mad when they realize they can't. So now I have my doctor getting involved and I may have to get a lawyer involved. Just because some associates make $65K out there doesn't mean that everyone else out there is being appreciated. I was appreciated once but I was never naive to the rest of the world. I worked with many managers that have no idea how to be managers and "the good old boy system" still exist in some states. I have never, ever hated this company so much like I have this year because of the way they treat people and not just me. You can't talk to any part of management because you can't trust them. The DM is best friends with the HR and the wife of one of the store managers in the district ect... So before anyone criticizes others for speaking about their issues with this company you need to take three steps back and look at the big picture...Not just your little perfect world. Because, trust me it will end some day. Good luck!

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John Dunson in Wylie, Texas

22 months ago

charles said: I got an offer from Home Depot - they offered 45K with a small bonus based on store performance. They wanted 50 -55 hours a week, also you had to be there for the second and third shift during the week, as well as working Saturday and Sunday periodically. There is much burnout I understand.

Charles, what position did they offer you?

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mdc76082 in Littleton, Colorado

22 months ago

Zorro in Palm Beach Gardens, Florida said: I just graduated with a master degree in HR A/D and I was planning to apply to HD just for the experience and padding my resume, Thank you for the advised I already have high blood pressure. Thanks

Wow! You have your MBA and you are taking advisement that is posted on a blog site? You seriously need to go back to school and turn in your MBA and start over. Anyone in business that takes the advise on comments posted on a blog as 100% gospel, is someone that I would not want managing any aspect of my business. What are they teaching in university these days? Its very questionable at best.

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Yolymar in Calgary, Alberta

21 months ago

whoizdisguy in Los Angeles, California said: I've always wondered what the ASMs salary range is. I looked it up on the interenet (not sure if that's factual) and noticed it was fairly high near $50K. I mean I make quite a bit more than that but I'm 32 and educated and to be honest was quite impressed that you can make a lot of money at HD at an early young age. I took a part time job there cuz hey who couldn't use some extra cash for the hollidays and they have been very nice about being flexible with my main career but like I said I gotta admit it boggeled my mind that there are opportunities out there (obviously outside of sales or any entertainment arena) that you could make the money these really young ASMs are making...there must be a catch...I was thinking high turnover...anyone know?

ASMs don't make that much, I have been a store manager for over 5 years and I know very well their salary range, The higest they can go with extensive and impresive experience is 40k and these cases are very rare, avarage 32-36k

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bennie in Rockville, Maryland

20 months ago

Yolymar in Calgary, Alberta said: ASMs don't make that much, I have been a store manager for over 5 years and I know very well their salary range, The higest they can go with extensive and impresive experience is 40k and these cases are very rare, avarage 32-36k

Actually, the amount an ASM makes depends on the area that the store is and the amount of money the store makes and the number of years the ASM has been with the company...and the type of raises given. One of the stores I came from was around 40K which is very sad considering some associates make that in some of the same stores but the store that I am at now starts around 50K and goes up for ASM's

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J2371 in Santa Rosa, California

11 months ago

Yolymar in Calgary, Alberta said: ASMs don't make that much, I have been a store manager for over 5 years and I know very well their salary range, The higest they can go with extensive and impresive experience is 40k and these cases are very rare, avarage 32-36k

So I have to agree with the last poster....that the post above is a little incorrect. It actually depends on the market you are in, the volume of the store, your own experience and of course your own performance. Personally, I stumbled on these posts because my husband works for THD as an ASM, and is interviewing for his own store in other districts and states. His current salary is $72K/yr, with bonuses he made $103K last year. WE know he makes good money, he deserves every penny. WE also live in the San Francisco Bay ARea, and he works in a VERY HIGH volume store. HE DOES work long hours...sometimes he has put in 13 hour days before a walk. But because he puts in the hours when he has to, he also has the flexibilty during baseball season to coach our sons baseball team. He has been able to be at all of his games so far. So, I was wondering, as I found this post...if he will have to take a pay cut if we move to a smaller market. It's possible. But I have to say that The Home Depot has been good to us, and good to him. He started at the bottom. He did years of night crew that I hated, but it all pays off in the end.
The reason I chimed in is not to be argumentative, but encouraging. I think Home Depot offers great opportunites to people. Good salaries, stock incentives, benefits...things that are becoming harder and harder to find, BUT in exchange they expect you to suit up and show up! And then work hard and not whine about it.

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jimnjant in Melbourne, Florida

11 months ago

I was hired by Home Depot as a cashier. Before I was turned loose on the registers, I spent 40 hours on their training computer. I was paid only $8.00/hr and was scheduled to work for only 24 hours a week, standing constantly with a 10 minute break after 2 hours. After 3 months, I accepted an easier job that allowed me to sit and stand, only to discover from a Home Depot greeter that he was paid more than I as a cashier with more training. I would not recommend working for HD, unless you are starting out as a young person with plenty of time for advancement. It's not easy work. In addition, corporate is constantly hammering the cashiers to get new credit card accounts opened at an interest rate of about 29%.

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joel in San Diego, California

10 months ago

What do you do

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