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MassLowesGuy

United States

#1 Aug 1, 2012
Anyone recently started working at or know anybody who has jumped over to depot?
Seems like an easy transition Very much organized company And in the right direction... I never thought I would Be thinking about that..
DMxMD

Gardner, KS

#2 Aug 1, 2012
MassLowesGuy wrote:
Anyone recently started working at or know anybody who has jumped over to depot?
Seems like an easy transition Very much organized company And in the right direction... I never thought I would Be thinking about that..
Read the home depot topix forum. They all seem to hate it.
Thatoneguy

Cape Girardeau, MO

#3 Aug 1, 2012
Same thing different vest.
rickys folley

Mooresville, NC

#4 Aug 1, 2012
Thatoneguy wrote:
Same thing different vest.
Grass isn't any greener just a different yard
HD police force

Tucson, AZ

#5 Aug 23, 2012
MassLowesGuy wrote:
Anyone recently started working at or know anybody who has jumped over to depot?
Seems like an easy transition Very much organized company And in the right direction... I never thought I would Be thinking about that..
That might just be the dumbest move you'll ever make. Take it from someone who has been at the depot for several years.
nedm

Pembroke, MA

#6 Aug 23, 2012
I haven't worked there but it could be argued at least their stock has done better. They haven't closed stores so the security would be there as well...nowhere near the debt levels of lowes etc. It used to be at lowes at least you could make spiff/sos and get 10% off. Now all it is the 10% off.

Since: Oct 11

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#7 Aug 23, 2012
Why go to HD or Menards? We know what we have at Lowes, we don't know what it would be like at HD or Menards. They are still big box stores with retail hours and the pay is probably the same. I May move when I can find a job in my field and I can make more money and I can have "normal" hours.

If you have yrs at Lowes you get 3 wks vac-that is a decent perk. You start over at other places.
Question

Novi, MI

#8 Aug 24, 2012
I need x-tra income...is it illegal to work for depot and lowes?
FormerSM

United States

#9 Aug 24, 2012
Question wrote:
I need x-tra income...is it illegal to work for depot and lowes?
You won't go to jail but you will get fired. Conflict of interest.
nedm

Pembroke, MA

#10 Aug 24, 2012
Might be a conflict of interest but how would they find out? Obviously it would impossible to work full time at both but not so much part time.

Vendors are often seen at both depending on the vending company. Secret shoppers can do both as well.
DMxMD

Gardner, KS

#11 Aug 24, 2012
nedm wrote:
Might be a conflict of interest but how would they find out? Obviously it would impossible to work full time at both but not so much part time.
Vendors are often seen at both depending on the vending company. Secret shoppers can do both as well.
They find out when you inevitably open your big mouth to the wrong person. Not to mention, between fast scheduling at depot and kronos and the rotation at lowes, you could never make both work. Who said anything about vendors or secret shoppers? Nedm, that's why we get pissed at you. One of us makes a point, like "the sky is blue." You then spend an hour researching and then writing a novel about how the sky is actually NOT blue when there is a storm, when it is night, under water, when wearing sunglasses, or on mars. No one ment any of those scenarios, but you still want an excuse to tell us how we might possibly, maybe, in some weird circumstance or alternate reality, be wrong. Why can't you just agree the sky is blue?
FormerSM

Fort Wayne, IN

#12 Aug 24, 2012
DMxMD wrote:
<quoted text> They find out when you inevitably open your big mouth to the wrong person. Not to mention, between fast scheduling at depot and kronos and the rotation at lowes, you could never make both work. Who said anything about vendors or secret shoppers? Nedm, that's why we get pissed at you. One of us makes a point, like "the sky is blue." You then spend an hour researching and then writing a novel about how the sky is actually NOT blue when there is a storm, when it is night, under water, when wearing sunglasses, or on mars. No one ment any of those scenarios, but you still want an excuse to tell us how we might possibly, maybe, in some weird circumstance or alternate reality, be wrong. Why can't you just agree the sky is blue?
Couldn't have said it any better. And why is it a conflict of interest? Come on nedm you're smarter than that. How about the risk of sharing proprietary information? And to DM's point ....no secrets at Lowes. You only think there are.
nedm

Pembroke, MA

#13 Aug 24, 2012
??

What propreitary information? There's no non competitive clause within the labor agreement at lowes (at least for hourly).

"Not to mention, between fast scheduling at depot and kronos and the rotation at lowes, you could never make both work."

Open availability is only for full time employees. When people work part time they usually do it on the side for extra cash..say weekends or after 5pm. So if one part timer says they only want to work saturdays at lowes and then they go to depot and say sundays then how would that be blocked?

What specifically would be drawing the line. I mean if HD is wrong would a plant store also be wrong? If hd is wrong would a electrical store be wrong?

Let's say you have a lumber associate that works part time and works at a plant nursery on a full time basis. Would that be blocked? There's plenty of competition other than hd and to only block hd would be a bit odd. On the other hand much of what lowes sells is found in other places so to try to block all would result in potential lawsuits.

I just saw some office max product sold at lowes so if someone works at staples would they try to block that as well?

Look at the members of the boards of directors. They have much more sway then even a sm and yet they sit on the boards of OTHER companies.
http://investing.businessweek.com/research/st...

Dollar General, VF corp etc. It might be argued that they don't compete but what bout RLJohnson?
http://www.rljcompanies.com/about/

"Within The RLJ Companies portfolio, Johnson owns or holds interests in businesses operating in hotel real estate investment, private equity, consumer financial services, asset management, insurance services, automobile dealerships, sports and entertainment, and video lottery terminal (VLT) gaming."

Nope no potential conflicts of interest here :-> It's not like hotels don't need lumber and fasteners and drywall right? Sports arenas are made of um..
Insurance services...so if it is house insurance lowes is connected to not only rebuilding your house but also insuring it..um..

Maybe this isn't on purpose..who knows but it does illustrate that the board of directors don't hold their primary attention to lowes alone.

Since: Oct 11

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#14 Aug 24, 2012
nedm wrote:
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What propreitary information? There's no non competitive clause within the labor agreement at lowes (at least for hourly).
"Not to mention, between fast scheduling at depot and kronos and the rotation at lowes, you could never make both work."
Open availability is only for full time employees. When people work part time they usually do it on the side for extra cash..say weekends or after 5pm. So if one part timer says they only want to work saturdays at lowes and then they go to depot and say sundays then how would that be blocked?
What specifically would be drawing the line. I mean if HD is wrong would a plant store also be wrong? If hd is wrong would a electrical store be wrong?
Let's say you have a lumber associate that works part time and works at a plant nursery on a full time basis. Would that be blocked? There's plenty of competition other than hd and to only block hd would be a bit odd. On the other hand much of what lowes sells is found in other places so to try to block all would result in potential lawsuits.
I just saw some office max product sold at lowes so if someone works at staples would they try to block that as well?
Look at the members of the boards of directors. They have much more sway then even a sm and yet they sit on the boards of OTHER companies.
http://investing.businessweek.com/research/st...
Dollar General, VF corp etc. It might be argued that they don't compete but what bout RLJohnson?
http://www.rljcompanies.com/about/
"Within The RLJ Companies portfolio, Johnson owns or holds interests in businesses operating in hotel real estate investment, private equity, consumer financial services, asset management, insurance services, automobile dealerships, sports and entertainment, and video lottery terminal (VLT) gaming."
Nope no potential conflicts of interest here :-> It's not like hotels don't need lumber and fasteners and drywall right? Sports arenas are made of um..
Insurance services...so if it is house insurance lowes is connected to not only rebuilding your house but also insuring it..um..
Maybe this isn't on purpose..who knows but it does illustrate that the board of directors don't hold their primary attention to lowes alone.
I bet there would be a scheduling problem. Lowes doesn't follow one's availability and I would be HD is the same. Sooner or later one would get caught by not being able to honor the schedule. I would bet Lowes or HD would find a way to get rid of someone who was working both places.
nedm

Pembroke, MA

#15 Aug 25, 2012
Maybe but like I said considering all the product lines there's only so far the company can go. A small appliance store opened up a few miles from my old store and no one knows it even exists, there's a plumbing supply that hardly advertises down the street etc.

There's another way to mask this..school. Let's say someone signs up for a class and the professor makes it online (it can happen these days). Since that class time is still reserved off they use it to work at hd or vice versa with lowes. One could use religion as well say if they say that they attend mass sunday mornings and might not be able to start until noon...and instead they deliver a sunday newspaper or something for a few hours that morning.
FormerSM

Fort Wayne, IN

#16 Aug 25, 2012
nedm wrote:
Maybe but like I said considering all the product lines there's only so far the company can go. A small appliance store opened up a few miles from my old store and no one knows it even exists, there's a plumbing supply that hardly advertises down the street etc.
There's another way to mask this..school. Let's say someone signs up for a class and the professor makes it online (it can happen these days). Since that class time is still reserved off they use it to work at hd or vice versa with lowes. One could use religion as well say if they say that they attend mass sunday mornings and might not be able to start until noon...and instead they deliver a sunday newspaper or something for a few hours that morning.
I'm not referring to compete clauses. The minute this person walks into HD and says anything about Lowes sales, profit or processes , while still employed at Lowes, that is sharing proprietary information. Lowes sends out emails, at least monthly, about sharing this information. It is a no no. Did you know nedm that it is also against company policy to have a commercial account and be employed at Lowe's? I know, I know.....you know someone who knows someone who was employed at Lowes and also had a commercial account. Please don't waste your time sending endless links about proprietary information laws. I don't care. I'm simply telling you what would happen at Lowes if you worked at both places.
DMxMD

Gardner, KS

#17 Aug 25, 2012
Unrelenting what-if scenarios...

Since: Oct 11

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#18 Aug 25, 2012
DMxMD wrote:
Unrelenting what-if scenarios...
What would you put on your application for work history? Leave off that you work at HD you are lying on your application which is usually a termination.
nedm

Pembroke, MA

#19 Aug 25, 2012
I'm not talking about full time at both but what if someone was part time at both. In terms of work history sometimes the amount of time given to part timers can be as little as 8 hours a week. If a store gives some time off it can be nothing.

"The minute this person walks into HD and says anything about Lowes sales, profit or processes , while still employed at Lowes, that is sharing proprietary information."

True and I understand that. But at the same point what if one store actually wants information from the other so they don't fire them. This could play out in a number of companies. Coke/pepsi, cvs/walgreens, walmart/target, microsoft/apple (microsoft now has stores, don't ask me why). My point is that outside of the major competitors it ignores the potential for others. Would woodworkers warehouse count? would lumber liquidators count?(wood) Would Sears count (applianes)? would best buy count (appliances and av cables), would HH gregg count(appliances)? would harbor freight count (tools), sherwin williams? how about container store?

If you went by every single product line and cut every employee that worked on those on the side you'd be laying off quite an amount of employees. Some might be working a few part time jobs because they cannot find full time and thus are waiting for the other for more hours.

There's so much information the company gives out that it is hard to see the security around it. Daily meetings are in front of customers on the selling floor, any employee can print out information at any time and can show anyone walking in nearly everything. Personally I don't see why a CSA should see sales information but they can at the portal.

"Lowes sends out emails, at least monthly, about sharing this information. It is a no no. Did you know nedm that it is also against company policy to have a commercial account and be employed at Lowe's? "

I can see that. Just as it is against policy for employees to sell the stock short.
HD police force

Tucson, AZ

#20 Aug 25, 2012
Question wrote:
I need x-tra income...is it illegal to work for depot and lowes?
Why would it be against state or federal law to work for both at the same time? Just don't get caught by either store and you'll be fine.

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