How much longer do you see yourself with Lowe's

Created by Bird on Sep 10, 2012

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Since: Oct 11

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#61 Sep 19, 2012
DMxMD wrote:
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They don't because it is YOUR benefit to claim and collect. They aren't going to chase you down to pay you. Not saying there isn't a better way, but that's just why they don't.
Well, then it would be nice for HR to inform those going out on leave what they are supposed to do-I have been out over 6 weeks and just assume the checks were late only to find out that all this is my responsibility. Makes me wonder what HR's responsibility is-look pretty and hand out phone #'s when things like this arise. This is one of the biggest complaints our people have with HR-they don't help the employees-they expect us to be experts in our benefit package. That is what they are there for-to help the employees instead of sitting their office or wandering the store looking for things to write employees up for.

Since: Jul 11

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#62 Sep 19, 2012
Pedro Rodriquez wrote:
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Well, then it would be nice for HR to inform those going out on leave what they are supposed to do-I have been out over 6 weeks and just assume the checks were late only to find out that all this is my responsibility. Makes me wonder what HR's responsibility is-look pretty and hand out phone #'s when things like this arise. This is one of the biggest complaints our people have with HR-they don't help the employees-they expect us to be experts in our benefit package. That is what they are there for-to help the employees instead of sitting their office or wandering the store looking for things to write employees up for.
I'm sure HR is also concerned about advising you regarding an agreement between you and an independent company. Liability for misinformation is the concern. Lowes is hugely liability conscious.

Since: Oct 11

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#63 Sep 19, 2012
exmanager wrote:
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I'm sure HR is also concerned about advising you regarding an agreement between you and an independent company. Liability for misinformation is the concern. Lowes is hugely liability conscious.
All they have to do is have a printed piece of paper that has the instructions on it-approved by corporate...that is gone over with the employee prior to their leave. The employee takes the paper home with them as a reference.

It is just plain communication--assume that we know--def. of assume-makes a ass out of u and me.

Those in this position ASSUME we know what they know-ie. medical disability etc. We cannot-we are not immersed in it like they are. It would be like assuming the HR person can re-key a lock because they saw the video once---
Percy

Tampa, FL

#64 Sep 19, 2012
LEF ,,,,,,,,,,ha ha ha ha,,,,,,,,,,,Every day the ship is sinking faster,,,,,,,,,,,,,,,,,,
Sly

Alabaster, AL

#65 Sep 19, 2012
Just got home from my shift as Department Manager of the seasonal department, and I agree with all that has been said. I have been with the company for over seven years (part time CSA, assembler, FSA, and now Dept. Manager). I have been looking for another job for the past six months, but no luck as of yet.

My gripes are as follows:

The pay (of course). As the department manager of the highest grossing and most dynamic department in the store, <$14 an hour is an absolute joke. That is not even a living wage. I've had to pick up freelance bartending just to make ends meet. This means working at a busy nightclub until 4 am, only to be back at work at 5:30 am at times.

The hours. If they aren't going to pay us a reasonable wage, the least they could do was give us a set schedule to allow us to hold down part time work. No employer is going to work around Lowe's random shifts. Believe me, I've tried. They preach to us about quitting smoking, getting in shape, etc., but somehow fail to realize that a regular sleep/wake cycle is the single most important aspect of overall health. If we had a normal work schedule, prepping healthy meals and getting to the gym would be routine. We would be more alert and this safe at work, not to mention less grouchy with customers and other associates.

Lack of coverage. Again, my department is the busiest department, with constant resets all involving more than one person. I have 3 associates including myself. 90% of my shifts I don't see anyone that works for me. How can I be expected to coach, lead, delegate, and hold accountable my employees if I never see them? I either open or close, never a mid. So I either throw freight, or zone up at night. That's about it. We are way behind on our holiday reset, and I am getting no help or support. It would be easy if I could pull some muscle from another department, but there aren't any associates there either.

I've worked many jobs. Some fast paced and high intensity, but nothing has been as demoralizing and exhausting as the last few years at Lowe's. I am overwhelmed and stressed far above and beyond what I am compensated.

As soon as I find a normal day job that pays similar to what I am making now, I will be more than happy to pursue bartending on a greater scale to improve myself financially.

This company is shooting itself in the foot and destroying everything that made this company great. We used to be known for friendly, knowledgeable staff, clean and well stocked stores with competitive pricing. Today, we are known for lack of coverage, empty shelves, and dead inside employees that hate their job and have no life or enjoyment because their lack of pay, opportunity, or normal work/life balance doesn't allow it.

People often complain of their "9-5 daily grind". I would kill for that kind of stability in my life.
Sly

Alabaster, AL

#66 Sep 19, 2012
Herpes wrote:
Until the end of time! The way I'm seeing it Lowe's is making changes to force the high paid to quit.
Well, I'm that Mother F'er they'll never get rid of. They will never make me quit because that's the type of asshole my father raised me to be.
I've never done any wrong in the company. I love my management team (changing on a monthly basis now). Have always showed up for work and exceeded my budgets.
Just recently Lowe's has seem to make the Specialists feel unwanted. No commission or spiffs, no more training and no more Specialist meetings. Lowe's was the one to offer my hourly rate. I did not force them to pay what I asked for. Now I'm at mid $20's per hour with allowance included and I'm the bad guy now. Seem fair? Nope. That's why I'm gonna mother f*ck this company til the end. I'll be the one helping security to lock the front doors on this place when it closes shop. Plain and simple!
I'm not gonna steel, damage merch on purpose, throw iPhones in the sh!tter, vandalize the delivery trucks, order a $$$$$$ special order wrong on purpose or any of the other crap disgruntled employees seem to do. I'm just gonna do my job and do it great.
I really do think Lowe's engineered this machine of failure on purpose to MAKE us quit! Like I said before, I'm an asshole. I put the oosh in douchebag! I'm that damn itch between your legs you'll never get rid of hence my name.
I love this company and mark my words when I say I'll outlast all of the top brass in charge. Some may say Lowe's can fire you for no reason. Not true. Hear me now and believe me later when I say that. It is VERY hard to fire someone for no reason.
Tough it out my fellow workmates! We'll overcome if we just hang in there! Peace and whoop it GANGNAM STYLE!
Liked for Gangam Style reference!
Percy

Tampa, FL

#67 Sep 20, 2012
Once again..........When you all were little children...I am sure your biggest dream in life was working in a big shitty hardware store........LEF..........
Cabdesigner99

United States

#68 Sep 20, 2012
I left Lowe's after 6 years jus last month. I am working for a design/build firm as a Kitchen/bath Designer. I do not miss Lowe's in the least. I can actually have a cup of coffee at my desk and no one says it's "unprofessional".... .....got news for ya, those stupid red vests are unprofessional. Stupid management, really stupid hours, and the company clearly has no value for their employees. Shame, it was a good company once upon a time...
Pearl

Lakeland, FL

#69 Oct 4, 2012
Has anyone else noticed the prices in the english and spanish ad circulars are different for the same product?
and now

Mooresville, NC

#70 Oct 4, 2012
we cannot leave the building to walk outside on a break or we get fired. We cannot talk about things in the store to the public or we will be in trouble for SLANDER. Wow. The ship IS sinking.
lowsman

Waxhaw, NC

#71 Oct 5, 2012
I will be leaving Lowes sometime in the not too distant future. I have over 20 years with Lowes. I just dont like the direction we are going right now. I realize that some change is necesary but Lowes went against many of the princibles that seperated it from the conversation.
DMxMD

Gardner, KS

#72 Oct 6, 2012
lowsman wrote:
I will be leaving Lowes sometime in the not too distant future. I have over 20 years with Lowes. I just dont like the direction we are going right now. I realize that some change is necesary but Lowes went against many of the princibles that seperated it from the conversation.
no offense, but you sound like the 30%. The 20+year people are the ones they are trying to get rid of. Not me, but the company. No one values experience more than a couple of years any more. Seriously, try finding a company in thus economy that is even giving an experience credit on starting wage any more. It's a buyers market. The 20 year people, like my mom, are fucked, because they don't really offer any skills that are rare in the 21st century any more. Their wages are actually decreasing, but they still think tenure should merit a raise every year above inflation. I would love to give charity, but companies aren't in that business. It sucks, but times are changing.
MuffDiverDon

Lakeland, FL

#73 Oct 6, 2012
DMxMD wrote:
<quoted text> no offense, but you sound like the 30%. The 20+year people are the ones they are trying to get rid of. Not me, but the company. No one values experience more than a couple of years any more. Seriously, try finding a company in thus economy that is even giving an experience credit on starting wage any more. It's a buyers market. The 20 year people, like my mom, are fucked, because they don't really offer any skills that are rare in the 21st century any more. Their wages are actually decreasing, but they still think tenure should merit a raise every year above inflation. I would love to give charity, but companies aren't in that business. It sucks, but times are changing.
I hate to admit it,,but you are 100% right on.....
jeffncharleston

Huntsville, AL

#75 Oct 6, 2012
It is true us old timers who once knew what hard work and loyalty could accomplish are left wondering, should i just sit and text all day is this the way of the future. It is certainly alot easier and the pay is the same, so screw working hard and showing loyalty to a company they dont deserve it. Work at lowes and shop at home depot there stores look a lot nicer now.
Neidermeir99

Dayton, OH

#76 Oct 8, 2012
This is the reason that Lowes is going to fail in their LEF makeover. In the very first sit down meeting they told us that 70% of all businesses that attempt this fail. Why is this? Look at jeffincharlestons post. You can not put a price on experience, on people who care about their job and the customers that they service. Lowes has taken away any and all reasons for long tenured employees to remain motivated. The employees who make a decent wage or still receive spiff money better realize that there is a target on your back. The future does not include you or your wages. The future is two part timers at $8.00 an hour to replace you with. They have no insurance, no sick pay, no vacation pay, and the payroll tax dollars are cut in half. They can abuse them up to 29 hours a week with any shift deemed necessary.
Nochance

Burlington, Canada

#77 Oct 8, 2012
Neidermeir99 wrote:
This is the reason that Lowes is going to fail in their LEF makeover. In the very first sit down meeting they told us that 70% of all businesses that attempt this fail. Why is this? Look at jeffincharlestons post. You can not put a price on experience, on people who care about their job and the customers that they service. Lowes has taken away any and all reasons for long tenured employees to remain motivated. The employees who make a decent wage or still receive spiff money better realize that there is a target on your back. The future does not include you or your wages. The future is two part timers at $8.00 an hour to replace you with. They have no insurance, no sick pay, no vacation pay, and the payroll tax dollars are cut in half. They can abuse them up to 29 hours a week with any shift deemed necessary.
I totally agree with everything you are saying, which is why I am waiting for"the other shoe to drop", which is what I can envisage happening at the end of october. I would imagine they will do a something similar to what they did with zones. Change the title, make us all csa's, change our pay, this enabling them to get rid of the 50% allowance they are paying us.
nedm

Pembroke, MA

#78 Oct 8, 2012
"You can not put a price on experience, on people who care about their job and the customers that they service."

I undrestand what you are saying but sadly the whole industry is going down. Pre internet and prebox store people went to retailers for advice and service. Now it is to yell and scream, complain over a few dollars worth of difference and threaten to complain to corporate.

Since: Oct 11

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#79 Oct 8, 2012
nedm wrote:
"You can not put a price on experience, on people who care about their job and the customers that they service."
I undrestand what you are saying but sadly the whole industry is going down. Pre internet and prebox store people went to retailers for advice and service. Now it is to yell and scream, complain over a few dollars worth of difference and threaten to complain to corporate.
I wish more people would complain to corporate-maybe things would change. Employees sure don't have any influence but the customers do.
Dirk Diggler

Boaz, AL

#80 Oct 8, 2012
I left 6 months ago, best move ever !! Spent a year there, doing every degrading task to prove my worth, got promoted to specialist only to get shafted on commissions. My income has tripled since leaving and I actually feel human again. The best feeling in the world is clocking out for the last time and throwing the red monkey best in the garbage. I do sympathize for all the current people still suck there and truly hope you all find something better !!
Larry

Macomb, MI

#81 Oct 10, 2012
Left 5 years ago and best move ever! Not easy, but now working mon-friday with one 4 hour shift on saturday and not in retail anymore. Lowes was really great for me from 1997-2002, then got shitty for 3-4 years, then I left.

Larry
www.lowesemployees.com

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