Lowe's Home Improvement - Worst Place I've Ever Worked At
BRADENTON, FLORIDA -- I've worked at Lowe's for almost a year now and it has to be the most backwards run store I have ever worked for.
Staffing is a joke, to boost numbers and make management look good they keep payroll as low as possible, often departments will not be staffed and associates from other departments (who have no experience in neighboring departments) will be asked to cover their department as well as the one next to them. So you may end up getting the plumbing associate helping you in electrical and he has no idea what to recommend to you so you are pretty much SOL because no one was scheduled in electrical that day.
They also place no value in their associates and what their associates want? Want full time status? Nope too bad. Conversely (this really happens) you only want 20 hours a week? Well we're going to need you to work a 40 this week regardless, we don't have the coverage in your department. Want to transfer to a new department? Well ok but it'll be a few months as we drag our feet hiring someone new to replace you in your current department.
And the demands on associates are really unreal, so many nights I failed to complete the laundry list of tasks I was assigned because in addition to my long list of tasks that are difficult enough to complete, we also need to provide "WOW Customer Service!" (dropping whatever we're working on and holding the customers' hand through their shopping experience), AND that is all in addition to getting conflicting assignments from different managers! And when I come in for my next shift I will almost literally be grilled by a manager as to why I didn't finish everything they wanted me to do.
If you have to work there then so be it, but it is honestly the most negative and demoralizing job I've ever had.
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