Is Lowe's a supporter of higher education?

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miss_lamb

Summerville, SC

#1 Aug 11, 2008
I started working at Lowe's part time as a cashier while i was still in high school well over three years ago. I never had any intention of going anywhere with the company, my plan was to just work my way through college. After a few months I was promoted to TeamLead-HeadCashier and I had just graduated from high school. I continued to further my education at a local university while maintaining my career at Lowe's, It really never seemed to be a issue with my former store manager that I attended school. Six months ago I was transferred to another store in the district, the store manager was well aware of my schedule when I had transferred. He approached me after being there for a couple of weeks to enroll in EMTP and become the new TeamLead-Millwork. I was ecstatic, I love working for Lowe's and I see myself building a lasting career with the company. A couple of weeks pass I move to the millwork department,and after being it the department for three days the store manager calls me to his office and informs me that he was not aware of my school schedule and he will be retracting the job offer, I went on to ask him about the continuance with EMTP, he told me I could continue with it, but if I wanted to become a department manager I was going to have to quit school.I am still in denial about the whole situation. I was in the breakroom reading the LoweDown and stumbled across an article about an employee that has worked his way up to a zone manager and obtaining his bachelor's degree at the same time, with the tuition reimbursement option in effect as well. I am not sure where to go from here. I am not convinced that it is just my store manager that feels this way, I am sure more than 80% feel this way. I believe aslong as your Lowe's educated, higher education means nothing to the company.

Since: Aug 08

South Lake Tahoe, CA

#2 Aug 12, 2008
Cut your loses, now.
They may come after you, for some moniesssssssss..
anonymousrespond er27

Ocala, FL

#3 Sep 11, 2008
I no this is an old question, but i feel compelled to respond a month later. I had a similar situation working at lowes and going to school, trying to work my way up. I had to work part time for a little while but i worked hard and still got around 40 hrs.I got my degree through a big name university and the month after was enrolled in EMTP and moved into the next team lead spot. I have just completed MTP and am looking towards a zone spot and it has only been 7 months since i graduated. It takes time no matter where you work but the higher education does matter! I have surpassed people that have worked there for 5+ years as a department manager (getting into MTP) because of my work ethic and education. I hope to become a sales manager or maybe move towards operations manager within 2 years and still be under the age of 25. Lowes has treated me well, you just have to be able to deal with stressful times and take pride in your job. The rest will come in good time.
Oh yeah, most people that work with full time availabilities get their education through an online university and take advantage of the tuition reimbursements. I am starting my second degree for business management since lowes is willing to reimburse me for it. This will help me as well in trying to accomplish my goals.
THANKS
anonymousrespond er27

Ocala, FL

#4 Sep 11, 2008
oh yeah sorry about the spelling, i never pay attention to grammar when i am online.
lulu

Saint Louis, MO

#5 Jan 3, 2011
I work at Lowes and applied for the tuition reimbursement along with a friend and fellow employee. We are delivery drivers and our hours are chronically abused. We are forced (even after our schedules were approved) to miss class due to work or call in sick because "someone forgot about our school schedule". To top it off, I found out today that we are both being reduced to part time status effective next week (no longer eligible for tuition reimbursement). You tell me Lowes has it's employees interests in mind. Fuck Lowes, I busted my ass for 1.5 years for this one benefit and they are taking it away from me.
Sheep

Phoenix, AZ

#6 Jan 28, 2011
lulu is right. They don't care, but what do you expect? It called CORPORATE AMERICA! Miss lamb go find a better job
Cmoneyman

Jackson, GA

#7 Dec 24, 2011
I had a similar incident happen to me at Lowes. I was promoted to full time cashier in April and in august I decided to go back to school. When I gave my schedule to the hr manager she told me I had to go back to being part time and I felt like I was backed into a corner and had to agree to it. I was very upset and called the 1800number and the hr manager got mad and yelled at me at the front because I called the number. When I went to the store manager he had no idea that I was in school and did not even look at my availability and he told me I could have stayed full time. A couple of months later I looked at.my availability sheet and sure enough he did not sign on it or look at it. All the managers I spoke to said I could have stayed full time. I am still working 39 to 45 hours a week. I gave my spring schedule to the store manager this time. I am not really sure what to do or who to go to get this situation resolved.
NEDM

Pembroke, MA

#8 Dec 24, 2011
Are you going to school full or part time?

If it is part time this shouldn't be an issue. If it is full time then it probably will be.

Since: Oct 11

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#9 Dec 24, 2011
NEDM wrote:
Are you going to school full or part time?
If it is part time this shouldn't be an issue. If it is full time then it probably will be.
I think they have to accommodate your school schedule. It may take the SM to make sure it happens however. Some people like to try to exercise their so called power. Read the policy on education.

Since: Jan 11

Location hidden

#10 Dec 25, 2011
PopeyeIII wrote:
<quoted text>I think they have to accommodate your school schedule. It may take the SM to make sure it happens however. Some people like to try to exercise their so called power. Read the policy on education.
No, we do not have to accommodate your school schedule and many will not. We have to schedule to the needs of the business but I have always considered education to be paramount and have scheduled accordingly.
Sorry in Mich

Zeeland, MI

#11 Dec 25, 2011
It is the old slippery slope issue. if you are not available full time (open avail.) you can not be a fulltime statused employee. The reason is what may be important to you, (school) may not be important to the next person but bowling or golf or whatever IS. If you do not allow them, you are discriminating.
NEDM

Pembroke, MA

#12 Dec 25, 2011
Also if the company gives tuition assistance it is hypocritical to suggest that somehow they cannot use it. That would be like giving a stock discount and then you have to wait ten years to sell it!

Lowe's doesn't want people to do well as the days people work constantly changes.

Consider this..when they eliminated ZM, Admin, Ops, Sales etc those were positions that had training programs..heck now there's no department manager programs and HR might be gutted on store level...so pretty much NO ONE has any training...none. LLC is a joke.

No one goes into a retailer to ask for advice anymore..they'll google it.

Then again if the schedual is supposed to be open then that means all days are worth the same which means they have to create a fixed schedual for those that are part time.
In a perfect world

Zeeland, MI

#13 Dec 31, 2011
I was fulltime as a cashier and they paid for mine, but it was online and I took my classes in my off time. I had to maintain my open availability !
ChuckyDoll

United States

#14 Dec 31, 2011
In a perfect world wrote:
I was fulltime as a cashier and they paid for mine, but it was online and I took my classes in my off time. I had to maintain my open availability !
Don't you mean loader?? Ha!
In a perfect world

Zeeland, MI

#15 Jan 1, 2012
Hey chunky,

Still trolling around looking for trouble I see.
I hope your holidays were happy ones.
Happy New year !
ChuckyDoll

New Smyrna Beach, FL

#16 Jan 1, 2012
In a perfect world wrote:
Hey chunky,
Still trolling around looking for trouble I see.
I hope your holidays were happy ones.
Happy New year !
Happy New Year Imperfect! No trouble here...just wondering if you're still on top of getting all those carts in the parking lot??
In a perfect world

Zeeland, MI

#17 Jan 1, 2012
its a little tougher in the snow but I manage.
Thanks for the thought.
I've been on vacation, so I have missed a lot.
Dick

United States

#18 Jan 2, 2012
In a perfect world wrote:
its a little tougher in the snow but I manage.
Thanks for the thought.
I've been on vacation, so I have missed a lot.
Well you earned that vacation! Those carts are heavy! Hope you are well rested...this year's gonna be a bust!
Mad9823

Mooresville, NC

#19 Jun 21, 2012
I have worked for Lowe's for a long time so I know first hand how impossible they make everything. I have been going to school part time for a few semesters, and I have a 4.0 GPA. Lowe's boasts about how they pay for your education. In actuallity they only pay 2500 a year, which is nothing compaired to what you spend on school. Then after you pay and they semester is over, and you send them all the paperwork that they require, they nickel and dime you and refuse to pay the majority of it. It happens to me every single time I submit the information to them, every single semester. They spend more energy trying to not pay for your education than they do helping and encouraging your education.

Since: Oct 11

Location hidden

#20 Jun 21, 2012
Mad9823 wrote:
I have worked for Lowe's for a long time so I know first hand how impossible they make everything. I have been going to school part time for a few semesters, and I have a 4.0 GPA. Lowe's boasts about how they pay for your education. In actuallity they only pay 2500 a year, which is nothing compaired to what you spend on school. Then after you pay and they semester is over, and you send them all the paperwork that they require, they nickel and dime you and refuse to pay the majority of it. It happens to me every single time I submit the information to them, every single semester. They spend more energy trying to not pay for your education than they do helping and encouraging your education.
They do not support education! We have to go to school in secret to be able to keep our health insurance. "All full timers must have open availability, if not then you must go part time"
Tuition reimbursement is for full time only but you will pay a terrible price if you try & use it.

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