How do get Lowes training to move int...

How do get Lowes training to move into a managers job?

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NewBee

Van Alstyne, TX

#1 May 18, 2012
I have 20+ years in DIY and Home improvment/ Home building Managment/Sales/Inventory experience, but no college degree.
nedm

Pembroke, MA

#2 May 18, 2012
Degrees aren't required. If it was me hiring I'd hire you in a heartbeat. It is hard to say what they specifically want these days.
charlie Chapman

Faribault, MN

#3 May 18, 2012
nedm wrote:
Degrees aren't required. If it was me hiring I'd hire you in a heartbeat. It is hard to say what they specifically want these days.
They want young YES people who they can train their way--reminds me of Amway-there is a system in place but it sucks and you better be a puppet or you won't get any attention from those above. Lowes has plenty of older folks who probably have more management experience, life skills experience and other knowledge that would be beneficial but if it isn't Lowes idea or way it won't fly. I think that is why the results of the surveys we do each year are poor-Management doesn't want to change and won't listen to their employees-those young YES bucks have all the answers because they have been to Lowes school and drank the red koolaid.

Since: Feb 12

United States

#4 May 18, 2012
Learn all you can about connections, the iPhone, Mylowes, and every other new program coming out. These things will be very helpful to you when you interview for a management position. Know what LEF is and how it applies to the way we do business. If you are actually looking to be promoted then try acting as though you are already in that role. Take lead. Take charge. Start a connections page. And don't listen to the shit on these pages. Some people know what they are talking about. Some people don't. Some parts of the business suck ass. Some don't. Some stores are completely broken. Some aren't. Get the picture? Be the type of leader regardless of your role that really tries and cares.

Since: Oct 11

Location hidden

#5 May 18, 2012
Anonymous9797 wrote:
Learn all you can about connections, the iPhone, Mylowes, and every other new program coming out. These things will be very helpful to you when you interview for a management position. Know what LEF is and how it applies to the way we do business. If you are actually looking to be promoted then try acting as though you are already in that role. Take lead. Take charge. Start a connections page. And don't listen to the shit on these pages. Some people know what they are talking about. Some people don't. Some parts of the business suck ass. Some don't. Some stores are completely broken. Some aren't. Get the picture? Be the type of leader regardless of your role that really tries and cares.
I agree-we are somewhat in control of our destiny. The IPhone is great when it works but there are times it takes a long to load. But, every system has problems that need to be worked out.
redvest monkey

Dunn, NC

#6 May 19, 2012
Management is a club. nothing you can do short of them likening you will get you moved up. I have see great asm passed over for years.
nedm

Pembroke, MA

#7 May 20, 2012
"They want young YES people who they can train their way--reminds me of Amway-there is a system in place but it sucks and you better be a puppet or you won't get any attention from those above."

Spot on I'd say. AMO's and lowes sell motivation (NCAA thing, Racing for results, the rings etc) and there's the same confusion between those on the top and what gets trickled down. SRVP, RVP, MD, SM etc
NewBee

Van Alstyne, TX

#8 May 20, 2012
Pedro Rodriquez wrote:
<quoted text> I agree-we are somewhat in control of our destiny. The IPhone is great when it works but there are times it takes a long to load. But, every system has problems that need to be worked out.
Thank you for your reply, however I am having trouble discovering what LEF is, do you have any suggestions on getting that info?

I see what you mean about the negative remarks,but I have been employeed with them for less than 4 months and have moved from sales to department manager, but I am not haveing any luck in getting some type of plan to follow toward my goal of store manager.

I have 20+ years till reaching retirement age, my children are grown so, I have nothing holding me back from engulfing myself into developing my Lowes career. So any suggestings from any of you that are reading these post will be greatly appreciated.
Than you
NewBee
NewBee

Van Alstyne, TX

#9 May 20, 2012
Anonymous9797 wrote:
Learn all you can about connections, the iPhone, Mylowes, and every other new program coming out. These things will be very helpful to you when you interview for a management position. Know what LEF is and how it applies to the way we do business. If you are actually looking to be promoted then try acting as though you are already in that role. Take lead. Take charge. Start a connections page. And don't listen to the shit on these pages. Some people know what they are talking about. Some people don't. Some parts of the business suck ass. Some don't. Some stores are completely broken. Some aren't. Get the picture? Be the type of leader regardless of your role that really tries and cares.
I see what you mean about the negative remarks,but I have been employeed with them for less than 4 months and have moved from sales to department manager, but I am not haveing any luck in getting some type of plan to follow toward my goal of store manager.

I have 20+ years till reaching retirement age, my children are grown so, I have nothing holding me back from engulfing myself into developing my Lowes career. So any suggestings from any of you that are reading these post will be greatly appreciated.
Than you
NewBee
AAA

Woonsocket, RI

#10 May 20, 2012
LEF-Lowes Experience of the Future- what this really entails is all the new technology coming in, IPHONE, MYLOWES, new computer systems.upgrade to make it easier for employees to sell and for customers to shop. There is more to come we just dont know what, but should all be positive
nedm

Pembroke, MA

#11 May 20, 2012
newbee in all due respect but working for four months isn't going to give yo ua plan to be a sm. I knew a salary (now asm) that told me he planned to be a sm in two years...yeah that didn't happen.

They don't open up as many stores as they did in the past. We're talking 10 a year instead of 100-200. Yes a sm might not last that long but I wouldn't anticipate constantly moving up like years ago. This I wouldn't call lowes a career. It isn't so much the company but rather the bureaucracy and any interior connections some already have with the company.

There is no more emtp or mtp so without having training programs as a metric there's not much of a real qualification for moving up.In all due respect I wouldn't want to be a sm...or a asm for that matter. Too many hours and too much responsibilities for a position with a lack of controls.
ahole

Damariscotta, ME

#12 Apr 28, 2013
LEF = Lowe's Experience of the Future.
NewBee wrote:
<quoted text>
Thank you for your reply, however I am having trouble discovering what LEF is, do you have any suggestions on getting that info?
I see what you mean about the negative remarks,but I have been employeed with them for less than 4 months and have moved from sales to department manager, but I am not haveing any luck in getting some type of plan to follow toward my goal of store manager.
I have 20+ years till reaching retirement age, my children are grown so, I have nothing holding me back from engulfing myself into developing my Lowes career. So any suggestings from any of you that are reading these post will be greatly appreciated.
Than you
NewBee
Devils Fan

Indian Trail, NC

#13 Apr 28, 2013
Yeah, 4 months is a tad early to worry about a Store Manager position. If your experience is in DIY you have no business managing a store. Your experience is best used staying on the floor.
I'm not sold on the new technologies Lowes is embracing right now. Most of it is a failure and rules and regulations change on a weekly basis.
Once you get into upper management you WILL be a target and be the first to be let go when your underclassmen do not achieve goals.
As for the "young bucks" go these are the ones that impress management for 6 months or so and leave for another job. They are not stupid and know when they are taken advantage of. I've been doing this business a long time and technology will not change it.

Since: Oct 11

Location hidden

#14 Apr 29, 2013
LEF, Never Stop Improving, Just In Time, ect-great phrases but usually little substance behind them.

I love the one "Never Stop Improving". What does that mean? Our SM has the people skills of a toad-has had for the 6 years she has been there-had the same at the last big box store they came from. Our EOS scores demonstrate the poor interpersonal skills our management staff has. What are they doing to improve their management, people skills? What professional organizations does management belong to outside of Lowes? What professional plan does their management staff have for them? What professional magazines do they subscribe to? What continuing education classes are they taking.(I am talking about all layers of management-DM's included.

Never stop improving-is this just for the the floor people and what exactly does that mean? Learn the Iphone, Lowes.com --anything else?

Great catch phrases, one liners etc but not much substance behind them. They make great posters, banners etc but what else?

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