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Lotto Winner in Charlotte, North Carolina

64 months ago

Well, the name Lotto Winner is just dream so I don't have endure "My Only Lowe's Life" schedule. I did the math, not good. Will you post a two week REAL schedule you work/worked at Lowe's?

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Tom5304 in Danville, California

64 months ago

As I wrote about in a different thread, when I was hired by Lowe's they had me fill out an availability form. They said that Fridays, Saturdays, and Sundays were 100% necessary for availability, otherwise, no job offer. That was a little hard to swallow, since I have another part-time job on Saturdays and I was hired on at Lowe's for only 20 hours per week. In the real world, with two part-time jobs, it's tough to keep three days in a row open for exclusively for Lowe's. But I wanted the job so I listed only two half-days out of the whole week that I was unavailable: Tuesday and Thursday from 2 until closing. When my first Lowe's schedule came out, guess which two days I was scheduled to work... That's right, Tuesday and Thursday from 12:30 to 8:45. Thanks, Lowe's. Thanks for working with me. Idiots. For that reason, and a few others, I decided to cut my losses and quit now instead of later. I could see pretty early that Lowe's wasn't for me.

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Lotto Winner in Charlotte, North Carolina

64 months ago

Tom5304 in Danville, California said:
Tuesday and Thursday from 12:30 to 8:45. Thanks, Lowe's.

I think Lowe's would have more coverage on the sales floor if would have everyone on a consistent schedule instead of bouncing the schedules around like they do.
12:30 - 8:45 What kind of schedule is that? I understand it wasn't the day you were supposed to work but even scheduled on the correct day, 12:30 - 8:45???????

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Lotto Winner in Charlotte, North Carolina

64 months ago

It is a fact that a schedule that is different every day is bad for your health.

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B in Philadelphia, Pennsylvania

58 months ago

In a big box store paying $40K a year salary and demanding a 55 hour work week, they're paying you $12 an hour with 15 hours a week in "mandatory overtime".

That's if you get away with only 55 hours. There's Christmas, Inventory, "a visit", etc., almost any excuse will do, so it averages way more hours than that.

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Stopb in Canton, Pennsylvania

56 months ago

I just was hired as a full-time Sales Specialist, they told me I'll only get 39 to 40 hours a week. It this incorrect, should I expect 50 to 55 hours a week?

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Stopb in Canton, Pennsylvania

56 months ago

I'll be a Sales Specialist in Flooring. I'll be starting at $12.66 plus bonuses, with raises after 90 days and year to date.

Can you tell me a little about a Sales Specialist position? I been a car salesman for almost 10 years. I did a lot to get that re-pore started with my customers, for example I'd swing buy local businesses and drop off donuts, send out holiday cards, and things like that. Is this something I should be doing for Lowes as well?

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salma7 in galveston, Texas

54 months ago

What do think the total pay would be for a cabinet sales specialist with 20 years of cabinet sales experience? Are all CSS positions hourly plus commission? What are the ranges of hourly rate? Are the work schedules any better for this position? This is in Texas.

Thanks for any feedback

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DW in Sugar Land, Texas

50 months ago

I havent had a weekend off in 2011. Its mid April. I was scheduled for one, but was called in. And I had one in March, but it was because I was in the hospital so I had to use sick time. Has anyone else experienced this? Is this the new 2011 matrix. Ugh its so demoralizing

My 2 week schedule currently
Sat- 2-11, 7-4
sun- 12-9, OFF
Mon-off, 10-6
tues-0ff 7-4
weds 7-4 2-11
thurs 7-4 2-11
fri-7-4 OFF

This is a very typical schedule for a specialist or full time CSA at my store. thanks lowes for the family time and social life.

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desertdtb in Peoria, Arizona

48 months ago

I am a part timer and Lowes basically runs my life. I have almost no free time and work long hours all the time. I am treated basically like a low life - only there to fill in for full-time people and when I spoke to someone about my schedule they basically said "like it or lump it". I too have had no weekends off for several months. The managers don't care what you think. They can just get another DOG in there to fill your position. Great for the morale of the store and employees!

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windsorgirl in Windsor, Connecticut

42 months ago

Tom5304 in Danville, California said: As I wrote about in a different thread, when I was hired by Lowe's they had me fill out an availability form. They said that Fridays, Saturdays, and Sundays were 100% necessary for availability, otherwise, no job offer. That was a little hard to swallow, since I have another part-time job on Saturdays and I was hired on at Lowe's for only 20 hours per week. In the real world, with two part-time jobs, it's tough to keep three days in a row open for exclusively for Lowe's. But I wanted the job so I listed only two half-days out of the whole week that I was unavailable: Tuesday and Thursday from 2 until closing. When my first Lowe's schedule came out, guess which two days I was scheduled to work... That's right, Tuesday and Thursday from 12:30 to 8:45. Thanks, Lowe's. Thanks for working with me. Idiots. For that reason, and a few others, I decided to cut my losses and quit now instead of later. I could see pretty early that Lowe's wasn't for me.

lol thats crazy

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Shannon Hoffman in Spring Hill, Tennessee

38 months ago

Lowe's sucks, they want employees to be flexible but they don't want to be flexible with work schedules.
It's their way or the highway. I don't know why Lowe's employees don't contact the retailers union. People that work at Lowe's are suck asses, especially the managers.

I'm about to quit my job at Lowe's but I want to do it in a way that will cause the managers with difficulty servicing customers because I quit.

Retail sucks period, it doesn't matter where you work.

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LTL Dog in Reno, Nevada

37 months ago

I worked for Lowe's for 2 1/2 years. One year part time in hardware/tools and the last 18 months as the stores LTL stocker. They fired me last week for something I didn't even do. It is absolutely the WORST place to work and the WORST job I've ever had, mostly because the managers don't really know what they are doing and actually make your job harder than it needs to be. When I first got my insurance through them, my wife went to use her new insurance card and we found out that the so called "HR manager" had signed us up under HIS name. What a moron! It really is true that they treat you like a dog. The managers all want you to know that they are better than you. The only good thing about this right now is that they moved the store to a new location and it is not doing well at all financially, losing about 8 Mil so far. So, I'm pretty sure they will end up closing the new store before too long. I'm also glad to see that I'm not the only one that feels that Lowe's is a SUCKY place to work.

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toolrunner in Los Angeles, California

29 months ago

desertdtb in Peoria, Arizona said: I am a part timer and Lowes basically runs my life. I have almost no free time and work long hours all the time. I am treated basically like a low life - only there to fill in for full-time people and when I spoke to someone about my schedule they basically said "like it or lump it". I too have had no weekends off for several months. The managers don't care what you think. They can just get another DOG in there to fill your position. Great for the morale of the store and employees!

I don't get it. You're a part timer but have no free time and work long hours? Are you sure you aren't a full timer? Just a little confused about your statement. Thanks in advance.

I went in for an interview with HR and then the Service Manager. Was told it was a part time position CSA Tools. I'd really like to get full time but right now any time is better than no time I guess.

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Shannon Hoffman in Spring Hill, Tennessee

29 months ago

I worked at Lowe's for about 6 weeks, couldn't take their schedule so I quit. Other than the schedule it was not a bad place to work.

These days you are like a modern day slave if you want to keep your job.

PS. The department of labor defines full time as 37 hours a week or more but Lowe's seems to not abide by that. They think they can make their own rules.

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ellijay in Ellijay, Georgia

29 months ago

I have applied numerous times for positions at local lowes. Only to be turned down after taking assessment test. I would have loved to actually gotten some feed back from a live person, instead of a computer generated email. However, after reading posts on here, I really am not so sure Lowe's would be a decent place to work.

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Shannon Hoffman in Spring Hill, Tennessee

29 months ago

This is retail and retail work schedules suck!
Lowe's isn't any better. The managers don't care about the workers, the only thing they care about is sales.

I think a person needs to be a suck ass to advance at Lowe's

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Shannon Hoffman in Spring Hill, Tennessee

29 months ago

It's not true that face to face interviews are a thing of the past, I've had plenty of face to face interviews.

The problem comes that you must agree to all the terms of your employer fair or not if you want to work for them. One of which with Lowe's is being available to work whenever they want you to work. They will not compromise, it's their way or the highway.

On top of that the pay is very low.

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Toolrunner in Los Angeles, California

29 months ago

Hi Shannon. I probably should have been more specific when I said that. What I meant was there used to be a time where you could walk into a business, speak directly to the owner/manager, ask if there were any openings and many times you would have the interview right then. Today with all the online applications going on you are never given an opportunity to sell yourself with a real person right from the start. There was a time when I could go to 3 - 5 places and find a job. With the new way I've applied to 200 -300 places online and only received one call for an interview. It wasn't from lack of qualifications, history, record, drinking or drugs. So it makes me wonder what puts the breaks on moving into the interview process.

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Shannon Hoffman in Spring Hill, Tennessee

29 months ago

I understand, and agree with you, the flip side is you are exposed to more job opportunities online then you would be otherwise and it's easy to apply.

The job market has also changed drastically, employers are looking for different qualities in prospective employees than they did in years past.

In the case of Lowe's, my opinion is they are looking for "yes", but Lowe's is not the only employer who want "yes" people.

Also I think qualifications have less to do with landing a job these days, employers are more interested in your personality than your experience.
Personally I think most employers expect a lot for the low wages they are willing to pay and the crappy hours they want you to work. Especially in retail.

I am very fortunate to have worked most of my career for General Motors and other unionized companies.
For those of you who hate unions, well you suck and that's probably why you do well at non union job because they love suck asses.

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ellijay in Ellijay, Georgia

29 months ago

Shannon Hoffman in Spring Hill, Tennessee said: I understand, and agree with you, the flip side is you are exposed to more job opportunities online then you would be otherwise and it's easy to apply.

The job market has also changed drastically, employers are looking for different qualities in prospective employees than they did in years past.

In the case of Lowe's, my opinion is they are looking for "yes", but Lowe's is not the only employer who want "yes" people.

Also I think qualifications have less to do with landing a job these days, employers are more interested in your personality than your experience.
Personally I think most employers expect a lot for the low wages they are willing to pay and the crappy hours they want you to work. Especially in retail.

I am very fortunate to have worked most of my career for General Motors and other unionized companies.
For those of you who hate unions, well you suck and that's probably why you do well at non union job because they love suck asses.

Companies have always wanted yes people. that really isn't something new. As far as unions, they have their good points along with the bad. But most of us live in states that don't have unions to start with.

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Toolrunner in Los Angeles, California

29 months ago

Shannon Hoffman in Spring Hill, Tennessee said: In the case of Lowe's, my opinion is they are looking for "yes", but Lowe's is not the only employer who want "yes" people.

Also I think qualifications have less to do with landing a job these days, employers are more interested in your personality than your experience. Personally I think most employers expect a lot for the low wages they are willing to pay and the crappy hours they want you to work. Especially in retail.

I am very fortunate to have worked most of my career for General Motors and other unionized companies.
For those of you who hate unions, well you suck and that's probably why you do well at non union job because they love suck asses.

More companies than not would prefer "Yes" people and to an extent that is understandable but not always reasonable depending on what you're saying Yes to.

Personality will always play a big part in getting hired and I do agree with that more so where you need to deal with the public. As for low pay, the bottom line is the profits but that more often than not leads to less personable/qualified workers.

Is your state a "Right to Work" state? I know states that passed that are going to be hurt by it since its nothing more than a Union busting law. Not all unions are good though. Local 44 is a prime example of bad. I was a member for 16 years and they just kept beating us down to nothing. Its one of the reasons I left the industry. I know auto workers and transpo are pretty good unions though.

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Shannon Hoffman in Spring Hill, Tennessee

29 months ago

I grew up in Michigan, back then it was a strong union state but recently they became a right to work state. Yes it will hurt the workers. Politicians think it will draw more business into the state.

I moved to Tennessee 20 years ago. Tennessee has always been a right to work state and personally I think it sucks.

Statistically right to work states pay lower than average wages and collect more money from the federal government than they pay in federal income taxes.

As for bad unions, I'll take a bad union over no union any day.

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Shannon Hoffman in Spring Hill, Tennessee

28 months ago

Lowe's or Home Depot do not care about their employees, they use them and trow them away.
seems to me they would want to treat people right so their turnover rate would be lower.

This country SUCKS when it comes to how easy it is to organize a union at a company.
People who are against unions are ignorant and deserve being screwed over by their employer.

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James Matthews in Rome, Georgia

26 months ago

Shannon Hoffman in Spring Hill, Tennessee said: Lowe's or Home Depot do not care about their employees, they use them and trow them away.
seems to me they would want to treat people right so their turnover rate would be lower.

This country SUCKS when it comes to how easy it is to organize a union at a company.
People who are against unions are ignorant and deserve being screwed over by their employer.

It is easy to see why some people don't like Unions, as many unions are the reason why the job markett the way it is. Because some factory or auto workers felt they deserved $30+ an hour to do basic assembly work , with full beneifits and vacations lead Business owners to take their manufacturing overseas. Unions were started to make working conditions more safe and reasonable, but since then they are often unreasonable and leave business owners with no choice but to go elsewhere.

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As bad as Wal-Mart in Reno, Nevada

24 months ago

LTL Dog in Reno, Nevada said: I worked for Lowe's for 2 1/2 years. One year part time in hardware/tools and the last 18 months as the stores LTL stocker. They fired me last week for something I didn't even do. It is absolutely the WORST place to work and the WORST job I've ever had, mostly because the managers don't really know what they are doing and actually make your job harder than it needs to be. When I first got my insurance through them, my wife went to use her new insurance card and we found out that the so called " HR manager " had signed us up under HIS name. What a moron! It really is true that they treat you like a dog. The managers all want you to know that they are better than you. The only good thing about this right now is that they moved the store to a new location and it is not doing well at all financially, losing about 8 Mil so far. So, I'm pretty sure they will end up closing the new store before too long. I'm also glad to see that I'm not the only one that feels that Lowe's is a SUCKY place to work.

Hilarious! I just quit the Sparks store (the new store you referred to. Everything you wrote is true. I'm a single dad with a young school age child. They would schedule me to be in a 5am on school days... even knowing I couldn't get a baby sitter to watch my child and take her to school in the morning. I DID work it out but it was stupid... What I loved is I could count on having my schedule changed with out informing at least 7 times in a two week schedule. Managment simply couldn't figure out schedules. And the HR guy? dumb and evil. Glad to be out!

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retiredgramma in East Peoria, Illinois

23 months ago

Bad work schedules...you can't make plans or have a life with your family, you will miss out on birthdays, reunions, wedding and parties.

Managers are a BIG JOKE....period!

Head Cashiers are all drunks and come in to work hungover everyday. Then they stand and giggle and reminisce about their drunk night...what they remember anyway. But wow, don't get caught talking to another employee and get up front on your spot NOW...hahaha who the heck do they think they are?

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strick in Montgomery, Alabama

20 months ago

LTL Dog in Reno, Nevada said: I worked for Lowe's for 2 1/2 years. One year part time in hardware/tools and the last 18 months as the stores LTL stocker. They fired me last week for something I didn't even do. It is absolutely the WORST place to work and the WORST job I've ever had, mostly because the managers don't really know what they are doing and actually make your job harder than it needs to be. When I first got my insurance through them, my wife went to use her new insurance card and we found out that the so called " HR manager " had signed us up under HIS name. What a moron! It really is true that they treat you like a dog. The managers all want you to know that they are better than you. The only good thing about this right now is that they moved the store to a new location and it is not doing well at all financially, losing about 8 Mil so far. So, I'm pretty sure they will end up closing the new store before too long. I'm also glad to see that I'm not the only one that feels that Lowe's is a SUCKY place to work.

My husband signed up for life, health, short/long term. HR Tiffany failed to or benefits failed to take out of his check. The day he fell down at work with a seizure (never had seizures) they tell me he had massive heart attack. 4 days later I take him off vent - get medical records - they lied to me he left him alone out in a dark parking lot by himself having a seizure - probably because he had to cover the whole store that night from call ins or lazy people. Now they wont pay workers compensation and say they wont pay his life insurance. I am a widow now - losing her house and have nothing - not even my house of 37 loveing years and Lowes could care less. Cry!

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Shannon Hoffman in Spring Hill, Tennessee

16 months ago

Shannon Hoffman in Spring Hill, Tennessee said: Well James, you apparently are one of those idiots I was referring to.
Have you ever been in a union? Do you even know what unions do?
Or perhaps you are one of those Suck ass employees Home Depot and Lowes' like to have.

Have you ever worked in an auto factory? I have, for 30 years and I promise you it's not the way you think it is.
Autoworkers are worth every dime they make, most people (including Lowe's employees) are worth more than they are paid.
It's not that autoworkers are overpaid, most people are underpaid.
There is a larger pay gap between the CEO of a company and the workers in the US than in any other country in the world.
To each their own but in my opinion retail jobs suck anyway.

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Lori Graeme in Here in, Texas

11 months ago

retiredgramma in East Peoria, Illinois said: Bad work schedules...you can't make plans or have a life with your family, you will miss out on birthdays, reunions, wedding and parties.

Do you still work for Lowe's is this still the case at yours? I ask because we're on rotations at my location so we know in advance what our off days are. For example, you might have:

Week 1: Weekend off
Week 2: Off Sunday & Friday
Week 3: Off Thursday & Friday
Week 4: Off Monday & Tuesday
and it repeats every week after that (now some things may throw a wrench into it--i.e. "mandatory" work days like Memorial Day weekend that might cancel your weekend off).

But for the most part you know when you'll be off for planning vacations & such. But besides that your examples you generally know ahead of time, so you can put in requests for time off or work certain hours on that day. Or you might be able to switch with someone.

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The Everywhere Specialist in Perkinston, Mississippi

1 month ago

toolrunner in Los Angeles, California said: I don't get it. You're a part timer but have no free time and work long hours? Are you sure you aren't a full timer? Just a little confused about your statement. Thanks in advance.

I went in for an interview with HR and then the Service Manager. Was told it was a part time position CSA Tools. I'd really like to get full time but right now any time is better than no time I guess.

Yeah thats a problem that I have as well. I work long hours and have barely any free time except for school but I am not considered full time because I do not have "full time availability" Basically, Lowe's wants you to have no life. When you work for them, Lowe's IS your life,

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