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What do you think -- is this company going to survive and thrive? Are they looking to expand their staff, or do you think layoffs are inevitable?

How does Home Depot stack up against the competition?

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Southern Cal. in Poway, California

88 months ago

layoffs are inevitable! Not a Family run company attitude, nothing but greedy corporate give me more and you less XXX XXXXXXX, mess up GE attitude

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Catherine in Bakersfield, California

88 months ago

Stock prices have been static the past couple years. I know long term employees who cashed out and invested elsewhere. Corporate attitude is aimed towardsthe bottom line. Why pay an experienced person who can up sell, and develope long tern relationships with contractors $14.00 to $18.00/hr when a kid will work for $8.00/hr.? Cutting employee hours and wages is the quickest and fastest way to boost the corp. bottom line. Hire 3 part timers to fill 2 full time positons. Part timers can be sent home during slow times and have their hours cut. Full timers must be scheduled 40 hrs and can't be sent home. Tell the public you give customer service but hire poeple who don't give a darn due to their low wages and don't have a clue about the department they are supposed to provide customer service in.

No air conditioning, only swamp coolers creates uncomfortable working conditions in hot humid areas. Lowe's has AC and pays commissions in specialty departments and seems to have lower employee turn over. HD is the training ground for future Lowe's employees. I'm surprised they have not realized this...or maybe they think constant hiring and training is cheaper than paying more to keep a good employee.
I've had a bad experience in applying to Lowe's though, so they are not THAT great to work for either.

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XXXX in Fairbanks, Alaska

88 months ago

Host said: What do you think -- is this company going to survive and thrive? Are they looking to expand their staff, or do you think layoffs are inevitable?
How does Home Depot stack up against the competition?

Now that they have a new CEO I think things will change. They need to change at the local level too. The Fairbanks Alaska store has been without a store manager for over 2 months. It has two assistants and one Hr manager that between the three of them they don't equal one.

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Tom in Louisville, Kentucky

88 months ago

I hear from managers that nothing is going to change at the Depot. I jumped ship for Lowes. The result 76 hours for Lowes is not quite, $50 less, double my Home Depot check for 80 hours. I have the same position at Lowes. Also, the Lowes managemnt will always help. That means pulling orders or, as I saw one night at closing, the manager cleaning the bathroom.

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Some guy. in Philadelphia, Pennsylvania

81 months ago

I've worked at Home Depot for 6 months now. And yea I get that kid amount $9 even though I took all training classes for paint and electrical. I also work in the lot which IMO is the worst job in the store. I work in pretty much every department but for 3 dollars less than the others inside. That plus in the lot now it's just me full time and 3 part timers. And you have about 7 head cashiers telling you to do different things when you already know what you are doing. That's the worst part I think. You can't have 7 people telling you to do completely different things that don't have to do with the lot when you're the only one outside. I wanted to quit about 14 times now. But I'll stick it out since I'm supposedly moving into paint. I was approved 2 months ago and I'm still pushing carts and throwing out trash bags as big as me full of beer and coffee spilling out the bottom. Worst job ever. Oh and the new aprons are horrible. :D

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!personal! in Norristown, Pennsylvania

81 months ago

Host said: What do you think -- is this company going to survive and thrive? Are they looking to expand their staff, or do you think layoffs are inevitable?

How does Home Depot stack up against the competition?

I think this company is going to expand because alot of people like home depot I don't think they would they would lay-off

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NavaJaz in Atlanta, Georgia

75 months ago

Oh yes inevitable... the big orange box due to let go another 1000 people at corporate by Feb 1,08. So YEA...I would have to say...INEVITABLE.

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B40 in wilbraham, Massachusetts

75 months ago

They should start with the home depot in massachusetts, wilbraham. That place is out of control. The clueless top managers should be checked out, and I mean literally. The managers runing depts there are abusing the codes of conduct! Actually what codes of conduct? Little managers left unsupervised need to be trained in sexual harrasement policies and then they need to follow those same codes of conduct with subordinates! Hello everyone!!!! Who hires these dept. people anyways?

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autoguy in Georgia

75 months ago

Hey whats goin on out there in MA at home depot? Doesn't sound like these employees care much about their job security? Especially with the economy and down sizing that might be happening. Maybe somone should report this stuff to the main Atlanta Ga office. Are the customers complaining too? Atlanta, you better check all of your cultural environments.

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dth in ludlow, Massachusetts

75 months ago

Pandora's Orange Box could reveal to much H.D. secrets. Glad I'm out of there now if this is coming out.

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LeeLa in Rochdale, Massachusetts

75 months ago

DH

What Home Dept secrets in the Big Orange Pandora's Box are you keeping? Let us here some real facts. I am sure there are many hidden secrets that could threaten the integrity of this company. I no longer work for h.d. for about a year now. One of my good friends shares some wild tales of the inner dating club that I read about in another post. Isn't this sort of practice considered unfair or a HOSTILE WORKING ENVIRONMENT? I would like to know how many employees really feel about the inner dating cult that is permitted? I personally felt middle managers had their favorite little orange pets. And I know for a fact that when bosses are dating the employees that work in the same store, there is nothing but resentment and low worker moral. This is unhealthy and the Big Managers need to discourage this practice. LeeLa

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Brad Gables in Brimfield, Massachusetts

75 months ago

dth in ludlow, Massachusetts said: Pandora's Orange Box could reveal to much H.D. secrets. Glad I'm out of there now if this is coming out.

Why don't you try approaching your store managers in an annonymous manner, give them an opportunity to act, if they do not, fo to the next level, Go as far as you need to so that these concerns get addressed, problem solved in a manner in which there is no finger pointing or threat of loosing jobs. This is all very unfortuanate. No one should have to be exposed to these miserable conditions. If this stuff is going on it needs to stop. CEOs wake up and move in fast before your corp. gets itself in legal trouble. There are ways to handle this stuff where employees and big mgmt. feel safe to do so. So Home Depot, get pro-active!

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DeeZ in Enfield, Connecticut

75 months ago

autoguy in Georgia said: Hey whats goin on out there in MA at home depot? Doesn't sound like these employees care much about their job security? Especially with the economy and down sizing that might be happening. Maybe somone should report this stuff to the main Atlanta Ga office. Are the customers complaining too? Atlanta, you better check all of your cultural environments.

Why sin't this getting reported to Atlanta? Is the big HD ignoring this? Why are we not seeing changes? Why doesn't anyone care? Is this kind of emplyee behavior happening at other retail places? How does Lowes handle this kind of stuff? Dee

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lilly Avello in Algonquin, Illinois

73 months ago

I went to apply at Lowes, but they said they wouldn't tell me what I would be paid until all my training was done. And that's only if they hire me on. What are the wages, so I don't waste all my time going to classes if they don't pay enough?

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Guy_ Dude in Marion, Illinois

73 months ago

"Home Depot lays off 3,000 Human Resource Managers" eff. May 1, 2008
Posted by Home Depot HR Manager on Thursday Apr 3

'Home Depot USA, Inc. announced yesterday, Wednesday, to all 3,000+ Store Human Resource Managers that all will lose their jobs effective May 1, 2008. Under the new HR structure, there will be one District HR Manager for every 6-12 stores and under that District HR Manager there will be three HR Managers who will support 3,000+ associates. Four total HR Managers for over 3,000 associates. Home Depot has also eliminated the Regional HR Manager positions. Home Depot makes this major cut as times have shown on Wall Street that Home Depot may not be able to hang on in the market.'

Uhhh...inevitable? Judge for yourself. Survive and thrive? Nope. Competitive? Well, Lowe's isn't forecasting the kinds of decreases this company is. At least Blake posted an $8.3 million profit...really pathetic...might as well just have left the door open for Nardelli's return. This company will never be what is was, and current leadership doesn't seem to even be trying to get there anymore. The Board of Directors of this company needs a serious head check, as does any investor who cares about the companies they invest in.

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Trustno1 in Marengo, Illinois

72 months ago

I am curious, Is Frank Blake really aware of what is going on, or is he just on auto pilot watching the bottom line? Getting rid of HR is probably one of many bad decisions. Yea cutting all those positions so they claim so they can put more aprons on the floor, part timers that are there to just get a paycheck and don't get the training they need anyway to provide customer service. If they wanted to put more aprons on the floor they should, IMHO, get rid of some corporate level jobs Start holding people accountable, upgrade their in house software to give the store managers and their "teem" ASM's the access to the information they need, video conference instead of sending people all over for meetings of which costs in reimbursements. Many managers don't spend enough time on the floor as corporate has them tied to there office to much for useless reports and emails. Gee don't announce store walks so the store manager can spend tons of OT hours getting the store in shape as it should always be anyway and put the hours to customer service instead. If the manager spends more time on the floor with customers and employees maybe they would know what's happening in their own store with there customers, employees, and inventory. How is it when the alert line is called by some employees about some issues about HR, Atlanta sends a message to the store where it happened and the store HR starts to investigate itself instead of the district Hr manager doing it? Now I know why problems at Home Depot go unreported. Employees don't want retaliation and now who are they going to go to. This makes for a terrible work environment and terrible employee morale, which all translates to BAD Customer service. BTW the donation program is a joke. In all Home Depot is very broken and being on auto pilot just wont cut it. Remember when HD was a small business that had good core values? They grew into this giant corporate company that lost its way.
MHO. Could go on for ever.

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jthorn9 in Pearl River, Louisiana

72 months ago

Will The Home Depot survive, yes, this much we know, how will they make it, this is not known. Due to the falling economy Home Depot has made drastic cut backs in "dead weight" inside the company, and has consolidated positions to give more hours to stores to help boost customer service and sales. The load on management has grown ten fold, however, while this can prove stressful at times, I feel that as a dept head myself that it's for the best because I have more control and knowledge about what goes on in my areas than ever before. The company is also expanding into new areas of business to help survive the recession, however I still believe that they will always be in the Home Repair and Construction business, however don't be suprised to see The Home Depot become more like Wal Mart, than the traditional Home Depot in years to come. There are already talks to open up small gas stations and food stores on low output stores to help meet the needs of customers in country areas, and there have been talks, on and off about widely expanding into the home entertainment business, and possibly even the automotive business.

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jthorn9 in Pearl River, Louisiana

72 months ago

Catherine in Bakersfield, California said: Stock prices have been static the past couple years. I know long term employees who cashed out and invested elsewhere. Corporate attitude is aimed towardsthe bottom line. Why pay an experienced person who can up sell, and develope long tern relationships with contractors $14.00 to $18.00/hr when a kid will work for $8.00/hr.? Cutting employee hours and wages is the quickest and fastest way to boost the corp. bottom line. Hire 3 part timers to fill 2 full time positons. Part timers can be sent home during slow times and have their hours cut. Full timers must be scheduled 40 hrs and can't be sent home. Tell the public you give customer service but hire poeple who don't give a darn due to their low wages and don't have a clue about the department they are supposed to provide customer service in.

No air conditioning, only swamp coolers creates uncomfortable working conditions in hot humid areas. Lowe's has AC and pays commissions in specialty departments and seems to have lower employee turn over. HD is the training ground for future Lowe's employees. I'm surprised they have not realized this...or maybe they think constant hiring and training is cheaper than paying more to keep a good employee.
I've had a bad experience in applying to Lowe's though, so they are not THAT great to work for either.

While I've seen this happen in many stores, especially stores in the North, our stores here in the South hire more towards middle aged to upper aged people with experiance. I am the youngest manager at my store being 22, and I may be the youngest in the entire district, however, just because I'm young doesn't make me inexperianced. I manage a crew of three ex electricians. One was the lead supervisor at the Superdome in New Orleans before he retired, and the other two are lifetime electricians. As an electrician I have very little knowlege, however I learn more and more everday.

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jthorn9 in Pearl River, Louisiana

72 months ago

Yes I am weak in the department I manage, however I can assist customers in nearly every department in the store, and only a handful of people can actually do that. Our store in general probably has an average age of around 39, my department for example is 55 with me included, but in our area, our stores lean more towards experiance on the sales floor than age/pay.

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bennies in Washington, District of Columbia

72 months ago

jthorn9 in Pearl River, Louisiana said: Will The Home Depot survive, yes, this much we know, how will they make it, this is not known. Due to the falling economy Home Depot has made drastic cut backs in "dead weight" inside the company, and has consolidated positions to give more hours to stores to help boost customer service and sales. The load on management has grown ten fold, however, while this can prove stressful at times, I feel that as a dept head myself that it's for the best because I have more control and knowledge about what goes on in my areas than ever before. The company is also expanding into new areas of business to help survive the recession, however I still believe that they will always be in the Home Repair and Construction business, however don't be suprised to see The Home Depot become more like Wal Mart, than the traditional Home Depot in years to come. There are already talks to open up small gas stations and food stores on low output stores to help meet the needs of customers in country areas, and there have been talks, on and off about widely expanding into the home entertainment business, and possibly even the automotive business.

I think a lot of department heads do not take advantage of the control that they do have though. I see it become more and more like Wal Mart...that's why I really think they'll get rid of the ASM's as well--most of them--give a lot of responsibilty to the DH's. It can be a very good thing, but a bad thing if those DH's do not have the support to do their job...and if they have to take up the slack for other DH's consistently.

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J.R. in Whittier, California

65 months ago

Host said: What do you think -- is this company going to survive and thrive? Are they looking to expand their staff, or do you think layoffs are inevitable?

How does Home Depot stack up against the competition?

The only difference is the amount of associates that are the floor. I currently work for Home Depot. Home Depot lose their edge against the other competitors when they let go their specialist (for example license plumbers and electricians)who helped the do-it-yourselfers under Mr. Nardelli operations. He felt that the products would sell themselves and all they had to do is hire a lot people to fill the shelves at $8.00 to $9.00 an hour. The past CEO reasoning sucks and maybe that was one of the reasons John Welch , the former CEO of GE, did not hire him.

Currently, Home Depot has certain hours of the day that are set aside for all associates to stop what they are doing and help the customers. It is called the "Power Hour." This one positive way that Home Depot is trying to win over their lost customers and keep the new ones, time will only tell.

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Dandy Don in Richardson, Texas

63 months ago

Hd announced Closing of Expo Stores that will impact 5,000 jobs as well as 2,000 support personnel cuts. Not sure where or what positions the Support cuts will come from at this time.

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leftcoaster in Lacey, Washington

63 months ago

Stores here in Washington state seem to be under pressure to find reasons to fire associates instead of just doing a traditional layoff. Apparently they must pay into unemployment if they do layoffs, so it's a more cost-effective option to fire some people. What's really crazy about it is the fact that everyone makes a mistake or two, but they just pick people based on preferences, not performance. I work with quite a few people who spend more time playing on the internet, texting, and hiding in the break room, than they should. I'm tired of getting the recieving end of sexually explicit comments and innuendo from the managers at my store. It is taken in silence out of fear o being the next target for termination.
What's an employee to do? No one seems to care about the level of hostility in the stores around here. I talk to associates in many of the surrounding stores, all are afraid to speak out and get the target on their backs too.

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centralvalley in Riverbank, California

63 months ago

It is hard to work at HD...you might as well not call the aware line to put in complaints against management because nothing is ever done about it. Management just says what ever is being said about them is not true and it is all dropped. Then you are a walking target for management. In our store we have a mental case for one of our asms. She verbally abuses people and gets away with it. There have been so many complaints about her but she just is let loose to continue her abuse on employees at the store. And yes, they do discriminate against older workers. I know, I am one and boy, the mental asm is continually harassing me and she gets away with it even though it has been reported to the aware line, to store management, to district Hrs....she not only harasses me she harasses other older workers in the store. She has even gotten a couple fired to feed her frenzy. I am looking forward to when HD gets rid of the asms because the DHs are doing their jobs anyway. HD can be a good place to work if the management team is on top of things and are fair to the employees, I worked for a HD like that a few years back but really was shocked when I started to work at the HD store I am at now. I guess I have to put up with harassment in this economy just to be able to pay my bills.

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bennies in Washington, District of Columbia

62 months ago

If going to HR does not work that is when you go to state labor management. The information should be located in the break room or next to the HR office at your store. If it is not, then you have that for a case against Home Depot and whatever you other grievances are. While ageism is kind of a hard case, you may make a case on your ability to do things. This, however, would involve lots of clinic/hospital visits (you need records and you need confirmation from an official saying what you can and can not do). Be prepared to write everything down that occurs--date, time, location, who was there--everything. You have to keep an account of these things--these are your lists of grievances.

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sandeigo flethcer in san diego, California

62 months ago

hey bennies. looking to help anyone from current depot who may read this. get ready and protect yourself.. I suggest( from after I got fired for fake local political and salary cutting ASM reason) to protect yourself from an unfair term. . I found stuff out to protect yourself. look up stuff on eeoc. find something your store does,( i am sure daily) and report it to the eeoc. this will protect you from future unfair terminations. If you like your ASM particularly tell them to do it also. they will and have cut people everywhere and will get you for sure if you are an ASM. spread the word. just read the eeoc web stuff. find something your store is doing that is unsafe or against any law or common sense and report it.

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Ray Tibod in West Hartford, Connecticut

52 months ago

I was termed in Nov for excessive tardiness - I was encouraged to apply for unemployment ins by the manager in my final exit meeting.

Today I received a letter disqualifying me from Unemployment Ins. Based on: “DELIBERATE MISCONDUCT IN WILFUL DISREGARD OF THE EMPLOYER’S INTEREST”.

I have given a lot of thought to why I would be late, and in every case it was because I was working on something; my home, my car, helping my son, etc. and lost track of time – not a lot of time, but enough to have to dash to work.

I’ve never been late for work deliberately or willfully – I simply got lost in the moment. Also, at least one of the occasions I was listed as being late was excused in writing by one of the ASMs.

I have to file an appeal ASAP. I’m in touch with my lawyer, but need all the help I can gather. Has anyone gone through the appeal process and can you offer ANY insight?

Thanks & MERRY CHRISTMAS!
Ray T

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sandeigo flethcer in san diego, California

52 months ago

Ray,
I hope you did not sign any progressive discipline notices from the managers. If h.d. does not have any signatures of yours on the discipline paperwork than you might win your appeal. good luck but if you are going to have a job make getting there on time a priority.

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Valiant in Salem, Massachusetts

52 months ago

sandeigo flethcer in san diego, California said: hey bennies. looking to help anyone from current depot who may read this. get ready and protect yourself.. I suggest( from after I got fired for fake local political and salary cutting ASM reason) to protect yourself from an unfair term. . I found stuff out to protect yourself. look up stuff on eeoc. find something your store does,( i am sure daily) and report it to the eeoc. this will protect you from future unfair terminations. If you like your ASM particularly tell them to do it also. they will and have cut people everywhere and will get you for sure if you are an ASM. spread the word. just read the eeoc web stuff. find something your store is doing that is unsafe or against any law or common sense and report it.

Does anyone in your store write legibly? You don't make any sense. It seems like your only goal is to get the home depot (any home depot) in trouble.

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Valiant in Salem, Massachusetts

52 months ago

Ray Tibod in West Hartford, Connecticut said: I was termed in Nov for excessive tardiness - I was encouraged to apply for unemployment ins by the manager in my final exit meeting.

Today I received a letter disqualifying me from Unemployment Ins. Based on: “DELIBERATE MISCONDUCT IN WILFUL DISREGARD OF THE EMPLOYER’S INTEREST”.

I have given a lot of thought to why I would be late, and in every case it was because I was working on something; my home, my car, helping my son, etc. and lost track of time – not a lot of time, but enough to have to dash to work.

I’ve never been late for work deliberately or willfully – I simply got lost in the moment. Also, at least one of the occasions I was listed as being late was excused in writing by one of the ASMs.

I have to file an appeal ASAP. I’m in touch with my lawyer, but need all the help I can gather. Has anyone gone through the appeal process and can you offer ANY insight?

Thanks & MERRY CHRISTMAS!
Ray T

I'd say you have a case, except for this ""I have given a lot of thought to why I would be late, and in every case it was because I was working on something; my home, my car, helping my son, etc. and lost track of time – not a lot of time, but enough to have to dash to work.""

You admit to being excessively late. Working on your home, car, etc. and LOSING TRACK OF TIME is no excuse!

It sounds like they gave you more than one chance, and you STILL came in late all the time! Grow up! No job is going to keep you if you think you're allowed to make your own hours.

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Valiant in Salem, Massachusetts

52 months ago

Host said: What do you think -- is this company going to survive and thrive? Are they looking to expand their staff, or do you think layoffs are inevitable?

How does Home Depot stack up against the competition?

The only major competition HD has left is L. Both the Orange and the Blue boxes are doing the same. They operate the same, they have the same lazy staff and unprofessional managers. HD will survive and thrive, as will L.

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Valiant in Salem, Massachusetts

52 months ago

Southern Cal. in Poway, California said: layoffs are inevitable! Not a Family run company attitude, nothing but greedy corporate give me more and you less XXX XXXXXXX, mess up GE attitude

The Home Depot (just like Lowes) has ALWAYS had lay-offs. It's part of how they operate. The corporate offices keep harping on how important the HD family is, but encourage laying off part-time employees at the end of every year. EVERY year, not just recently.

HD laying employees off for no better reason than the bottom line has been a life-long practice of theirs. Yes, it's going to happen again. It's inevitable. It happens every winter.

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Valiant in Salem, Massachusetts

52 months ago

Catherine in Bakersfield, California said: Stock prices have been static the past couple years. I know long term employees who cashed out and invested elsewhere. Corporate attitude is aimed towardsthe bottom line. Why pay an experienced person who can up sell, and develope long tern relationships with contractors $14.00 to $18.00/hr when a kid will work for $8.00/hr.? Cutting employee hours and wages is the quickest and fastest way to boost the corp. bottom line. Hire 3 part timers to fill 2 full time positons. Part timers can be sent home during slow times and have their hours cut. Full timers must be scheduled 40 hrs and can't be sent home. Tell the public you give customer service but hire poeple who don't give a darn due to their low wages and don't have a clue about the department they are supposed to provide customer service in.

No air conditioning, only swamp coolers creates uncomfortable working conditions in hot humid areas. Lowe's has AC and pays commissions in specialty departments and seems to have lower employee turn over. HD is the training ground for future Lowe's employees. I'm surprised they have not realized this...or maybe they think constant hiring and training is cheaper than paying more to keep a good employee.
I've had a bad experience in applying to Lowe's though, so they are not THAT great to work for either.

First of all, if you think Lowes is any different than Home Depot, you're wrong. They have different titles (like Zone Manager), but that's about it. Half the managers at HD are from L, and half the managers from L are from HD. It's the same store, different owner.

Second of all, in this economy we (at either of these stores) are lucky to have jobs; forget the stock situation. The stocks falling will eventually affect the community, but right now, I'm glad to have a job and a roof over my head.

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Valiant in Salem, Massachusetts

52 months ago

J.R. in Whittier, California said: The only difference is the amount of associates that are the floor. I currently work for Home Depot. Home Depot lose their edge against the other competitors when they let go their specialist (for example license plumbers and electricians)who helped the do-it-yourselfers under Mr. Nardelli operations. He felt that the products would sell themselves and all they had to do is hire a lot people to fill the shelves at $8.00 to $9.00 an hour. The past CEO reasoning sucks and maybe that was one of the reasons John Welch , the former CEO of GE, did not hire him.

Currently, Home Depot has certain hours of the day that are set aside for all associates to stop what they are doing and help the customers. It is called the "Power Hour." This one positive way that Home Depot is trying to win over their lost customers and keep the new ones, time will only tell.

The power hour is helpful, but the problem with the staff, is without being told what to do, they won't do it. The HD NEEDS the power hour (just like they NEED packdown lists) because otherwise, it's staff will do everything they can to hide from the customers. I see this happen everyday. The staff who are in their positions for the power hour are miserable and hardly helpful. The rest of the staff is lazy and unproductive. I am speaking in general, obviously, there are some employees who actually work for their money.
If the people applying with HD (or any other place) would just do their jobs, instead of looking for a free ride, all of our stores would be streaking through the competition on a daily basis.
I'm tired of picking up the slack for the other departments all the time. STOP HIDING IN THE BATHROOM AND DO YOUR JOB!

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Valiant in Salem, Massachusetts

52 months ago

sandeigo flethcer in san diego, California said: Ray,
I hope you did not sign any progressive discipline notices from the managers. If h.d. does not have any signatures of yours on the discipline paperwork than you might win your appeal. good luck but if you are going to have a job make getting there on time a priority.

Give me a break. It doesn't matter if he signed them or not. He admits to being late, excessively. He admits they gave him several chances. He admits he still screwed up. He's got nothing.
Maybe, if he's not working on his car, he'll get to unemployment before it closes.

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Valiant in Salem, Massachusetts

52 months ago

centralvalley in Riverbank, California said: It is hard to work at HD...you might as well not call the aware line to put in complaints against management because nothing is ever done about it. Management just says what ever is being said about them is not true and it is all dropped. Then you are a walking target for management. In our store we have a mental case for one of our asms. She verbally abuses people and gets away with it. There have been so many complaints about her but she just is let loose to continue her abuse on employees at the store. And yes, they do discriminate against older workers. I know, I am one and boy, the mental asm is continually harassing me and she gets away with it even though it has been reported to the aware line, to store management, to district Hrs....she not only harasses me she harasses other older workers in the store. She has even gotten a couple fired to feed her frenzy. I am looking forward to when HD gets rid of the asms because the DHs are doing their jobs anyway. HD can be a good place to work if the management team is on top of things and are fair to the employees, I worked for a HD like that a few years back but really was shocked when I started to work at the HD store I am at now. I guess I have to put up with harassment in this economy just to be able to pay my bills.

Don't feel like your being picked out, just because you're older. The management at our store thrives on 'performance punishment'. The better you do your job, the more they give you to do, the more they think they can talk down to you. It makes you want to do your job poorly, like the rest of the employees, just to get a break. And even after years of busting your ass for these people, they check off "Well Positioned" on your review.
I've been here almost 8 years. Never had a bad review. Half of them put me in for promotion "in 3 - 6 months". Yet, now, I'm only "well positioned". Idiots.

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Valiant in Salem, Massachusetts

52 months ago

The problem with The Home Depot/Lowes, is that they pay well. Well, we who have been there since before the economy went kaput, are being paid well. The rest of the new employees are getting shorted on pay and hours.

(A quick aside: I don't know about the rest of you, but our store "hides" hours in other departments. They do this to prove the job can be done with less people. They do this to keep from hiring more people. They do this for the stores personal budget. They do this for their bonuses (which anyone below management doesn't see on a routine basis). We have to kill ourselves to get the profit sharing check, and we get $40, maybe a little more. If we don't hit the goal, we don't get the "bonus". The people who are told day in and day out that they are the backbone of the company have to sit and watch their managers bring home $7000+ bonus checks for the little they actually do. Our managers are constantly looking for ways to pad their bonus checks. And what's our Holiday "bonus"? A 10% discount at the store. That's right, you get to give them their money back. That's your so-called bonus.)

Anyway, back to the subject. They pay better than other retail. That's the only reason I'm still with them.

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Valiant in Salem, Massachusetts

52 months ago

XXXX in Fairbanks, Alaska said: Now that they have a new CEO I think things will change. They need to change at the local level too. The Fairbanks Alaska store has been without a store manager for over 2 months. It has two assistants and one Hr manager that between the three of them they don't equal one.

A lot of stores do that. There has been many times we've been without an actual store manager for months at a time. That's nothing new or special. HD is cheap, no matter who the CEO is. In fact, the more he tells us its a time for friends and family and pulling together, the more our manager fires people, and refuses to give anyone time off around the holidays. Every time we're given an "uplifting" message, we're picked off like flies.

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sandeigo flethcer in san diego, California

52 months ago

Valiant in Salem, Massachusetts said: Does anyone in your store write legibly? You don't make any sense. It seems like your only goal is to get the home depot (any home depot) in trouble.

My goal is to help employees. Home Depot will take care of themselves. Look at the EEOC website, I am sure YOU will need it .

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Ray Tibod in West Hartford, Connecticut

52 months ago

Thanks for the push. I have been diagnosed as ADD for many years. This came up with my drug test for employment. The ADD interfers with time management - not to a great extent. It is mostly controlled by medication. I see a psychiatrist on a regular basis and have asked him to prepare aletter that might help in an appeal to the CT D.O.L.

Anything you can add will be sincerely appreciated.

Happy Whatever,
RT

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masterspec101 in Rancho Cucamonga, California

52 months ago

Valiant in Salem, Massachusetts said: Don't feel like your being picked out, just because you're older. The management at our store thrives on 'performance punishment'. The better you do your job, the more they give you to do, the more they think they can talk down to you. It makes you want to do your job poorly, like the rest of the employees, just to get a break. And even after years of busting your ass for these people, they check off "Well Positioned" on your review.
I've been here almost 8 years. Never had a bad review. Half of them put me in for promotion "in 3 - 6 months". Yet, now, I'm only "well positioned". Idiots.

I learned that you have to fight for an "O" rating, you have to present your case before the review is written, otherwise they base their entire review on the last 2 weeks before they are written. Keep a list of your accomplishments and be ready to plead your case, as long as they have justification, they can rate you an o. I got tired of my ASM mass producing the same lame review and just changing the name on it.

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