Big Lots
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Good products and Ok management

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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.

Pros

Discount, and flexible hours

Cons

Pay, and short staffed
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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

Pros

Free lunches

Cons

Healthcare
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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

Pros

Nice coworkers

Cons

Pay doesnt reflect cost of living for community you live in
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It's typical retail

You are expendable. If you don't like it they will just find someone else. The hours suck, if you don't have kids your time is just not seen as valuable as those with kids (particularly when asking for time off)
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BigSucks

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.

Pros

Good discount.

Cons

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.

Pros

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

Cons

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

Pros

Pay and Benefits

Cons

Payroll and upper management
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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.

Pros

Good pepple to work with.

Cons

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

Pros

None pay is bad training is even worse

Cons

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.

Pros

Paid days off like holidays, sick and emergency days

Cons

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.

Pros

promotion, healthcare

Cons

long hours, uder-staffing
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Good

The job was good. The benefits were great and there was room to advance within the company. sales are big in this company and they reward you for that.
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Great place to work

I enjoyed my time working at Big Lots. The only downfall was that advancing meant you had to move. The pay rates were a little low for the industry.

Pros

Flexible Scheduling

Cons

Lower than industry in pay rate
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workplace can be fun and good opportunities for growth

The job can occasionally be stressful depending on coworkers. Good chances for job advancement. lunches can be too short or seem short only 30 minutes. sometimes tasks are given that are not realistic.
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its and ok company

Big Lots cares more about the money they make then the people that work there. they were made to come to work in terrible winter conditions . No time for family gatherings the store manager is all about him and not the employee

Pros

2wks vacation

Cons

no open door policey with in the store
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I enjoyed working for this company

Job was ok/good, some managers were good to work for and others were not, the discounts were pretty good depending on what you were buying. My last store manger was the reason why I left.

Pros

Paid weekly

Cons

Not having a working store manager
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Decent people and company

Pay isn’t great but managers were good and treated you fairly. Expectations were fair and decent room for growth. A lot of turnover though and retail in general isn’t the happiest place to be
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