Big Lots
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Store level culture is great, but corporate not so much

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The people I worked with were great and team players, but as soon as the corporate office or district manager got involved with anything problems come soon after. Fulfilling work selling furniture and helping people with individual needs, but the pay is so low for a manager that I wouldn't recommend unless you're just starting out.


Benefits, work environment, fulfilling work


Low pay, micro managing corporate
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No help

No help, no hours, management sucks!!! Especially store manager who do the scheduling and hiring. They complain when work is not completed but when there’s no help you can’t do much when you have to do the work of 3 people.
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Fun workplace, but hours and pay suck

The limited amount of hours Big Lots gives the stores results in not enough workers being able to get the job done. If you're a worker that is not a manager, stable and secure hours aren't available. The pay sucks considering the work you're expected to do.
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Laid back atmosphere, helpful caring management and co-workers.

I loved my time at Big Lots, the people are wonderful. I always loved the store as a shopper.I highly recommend working there for people who want to. I would still be there myself, butfull time hours were not available to me.


Employee discounts. Pizza and other food were regularly brought in.


unfortunately, full time hours are not guaranteed.
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Bad management

Just don’t do it. Really think twice about what you are getting into. Pay for management is really decent but pay discrepancy with full time and part time is crazy
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Fun place to work with something new always going on.

Its a good place to work. You have to put yourself on the district stage if you want to get promoted. Always fun to change over the store for each season (Christmas, Summer, etc.)


It's not bad


Can't get promoted if you are really good and held up by your manager.
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Love it

Best job I ever had. Staff is great. Great discount. Good benefits. Great hours. Very happy to have found this job and could not be happiest place ever


Free lunches


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Horrible pay and schedules

Mgrs only paid cents more over frontline staff. Get a raise, they reduce your hrs. Get OT they reduce hrs the next week. Schedules are a 1 day notice


Nice coworkers


Pay doesnt reflect cost of living for community you live in
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Good products and Ok management

Wasn’t a bad job, the management was there to do their jobs. Store often felt understaffed and not enough time to do tasks, but that’s all of retail. Store life wasn’t bad, and the pay was ok.


Discount, and flexible hours


Pay, and short staffed
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No room for advancement, store managers care nothing towards you and manipulate salary pay just so they can work the least amount of hours. They care nothing for the supporting manager staff. There is no one to talk to about problems. Pay is way below average for the back breaking work that is required for this job. I have been here for almost a year and have been steadily looking towards the door because no matter what you do or how hard you work you will not be recognized. Extremely toxic work environment.


Good discount.


Short breaks, no room to advance, bad management, toxic work environment, unattainable goals
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I loved promoting within the big lots company

Now before proceeding thinking this is a permanent job it is not it’s like McDonald’s this is a place of employment for teenagers and people who only want PT work. So the pay does reflect that but with good work ethics it’s easy to promote and get bonuses and raises, as with any company seasonal changes are tough and fast paced and sometimes stressful. But for someone looking to get their feet wet with a first time job, first time retail job this is a great place to start.
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Great company to work for.

Love the location I work at! Managers are awesome! Great work environment. I never dread going to work.. Great benefits. 6 paid sick days per year. 2 weeks vacation after 1st year. 4 floating holiday days. Short term disability at no cost to employee. Free life insurance. Very resonable health and dental insurance.


Management is awesome, always thanking their employees. Very easy to approach and talk with.


Not very many full time positions available.
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good work place good people

Great associates and customers a nice place.Hard work with no hoursWe had bad leadershipGood FT benefitsTrust learning experinceThe culture good at Times


Pay and Benefits


Payroll and upper management
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They will work you to you drop not enough hours or pay. The minute you get hurt your replaced. I love working in sales though you meet interesting people.




work all holidays
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Good people to work with.

We are like a family there. Most people have been there for years. One of the worst things there is you can do several no call no shows and you still will not.get fired.


Good pepple to work with.


No benefits. Cant be full time
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Horrible place to work

Big lots is a horrible place to work no loyalty at all what so ever, unless u kiss behind laid off 3000 people last year with no warning 7years given to that place for nothing had to basically beg for raises never when all of the pay wages went up how can u have regular employees making close to your managers and expect them to break there back for them. It’s all about the good old boy click I strongly recommend no one to work there as it sucks ur life from ur body


None pay is bad training is even worse


They don’t care about there employee at all you are just a number to them
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Everyone is supportive ,very friendly and family oriented

I loved working for Big lots . I worked for a couple different locations and got to know management and other associates at other store location. We all help each other and encourage everyone to keep up excellent customer service and store standards.


Paid days off like holidays, sick and emergency days


No benefits unless your full time, the schedule can vary in hours due to holidays and sale days
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Store manager was cool. Everyone else terrible personalities.

Spent 3 years of my life on the management team. Got 3% annual raises. Also customers frequently complained to me about how bad customer service was when i wasnt around.
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A decent place to work. A little overworked and a little underpaid, but a great boot camp for learning retail skills.

Big Lots was not a bad place to work or a bad employer. As with any retail store setting, pressure could be high, you are perpetually understaffed and the only thing consistent about the shift hours is that they are erratic. It is not conducive to a regular M-F banker's hours lifestyle. It can make it very hard if you have school age children. The fact that the stores are open 364 days a year (Christmas Day is the ONLY observed holiday) makes having any kind of social life very difficult. Vacation times with family are very difficult to obtain as most holidays are big sales event times and taking time off during these times is blacked out. A manager can not take off ANY vacation time between October and January... period. Again, that is the nature of big box retail. Benefits are normal. Full-time and management have access to decent and reasonably priced health insurance. Full-time and management receive 2 weeks of vacation time per year, with one week added for every 5 years, capped at 4 weeks. The employee discount, which is available for nearly all merchandise, including sales and clearance, is a surprisingly large 20%. This, coupled with the wide variety of household items, food and furniture sold at already low prices, make it a very nice and well-used discount. All positions except store manager are hourly with all management being full-time. Assistant managers are 40 regular hours and 5 hours of overtime, guaranteed and mandatory. Associate managers and furniture managers are 40 hours weekly with very little overtime allowed, typically no more than - 
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Great Place

Great Place to work. Raises are small and you have no benefits unless you are full time. People are great to work with, family oriented friendly employees
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They are good at promoting from within,

If you work hard and are reliable you can get promoted however once you get to salary, they work you to death. The reason being they were habitually under staffed.They did however pay pretty well.


promotion, healthcare


long hours, uder-staffing
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2.8 out of 5 stars for Compensation/Benefits
2.9 out of 5 stars for Job Security/Advancement
3.2 out of 5 stars for Management
3.2 out of 5 stars for Culture

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