Home Depot is right for some, not for others.
Associate (Ancien employé) – Ottawa, ON – 30 janvier 2019
Home Depot in Ottawa offers a variety of locations, with stores having individual identities and character.
Pay at Home Depot used to be above average, but recent changes to the Minimum Wage Act caused the company to use fiscal restraint to accommodate these increases. In other words, fewer people are working on the floor and in support roles with higher expectations placed upon them.
Home Depot offers quality benefits for full and part-time workers -- benefits that are industry leading in their scope and value. You might start here with rough teeth and bad glasses, but you won't leave in that condition if you learn to use the value of the benefits offered.
Managers are often promoted from within or hired from the community with previous retail experience. It is rare to find a senior management team member with a university education in business, economics or another related field. It is important to understand that if you are going to work at Home Depot and are coming to it from a professional background -- you are likely going to have some challenges working with managers in the stores.
This is not to suggest these people are not quality people, it is just important to understand that Home Depot management is comprised of people who say yes and follow company dictates without adjustment. Overall, the company's policies are actually very good, but in the hands of less-educated management, interpretation of some policy can stray from intent.
The challenge, then, is that there is no way to get the word out if your store's management team needs some direction.
Advancement is limited to younger people and begins with taking on responsibility before getting compensated for the added work. It is not uncommon for department supervisors to have extended periods of running two departments instead of one, and constant reorganization is common in most stores. So, if you are looking for advancement opportunities, and you are either an older worker (over 45) or a recent university graduate, I would argue that Home Depot is not a good choice.
Part-time workers get erratic schedules and are seldom off on any weekend days. Full-time workers are off every third weekend, even though it would be possible for them to be off every second weekend if the company cared more about work/life balance.
With new minimum wages and Home Depot's unwillingness to manage labour according to actual needs, instead opting for labour being a percentage of gross sales, it might be that there are better options for job seekers in the retail market.
Home Depot has been through its peak years. They have not opened new stores in Canada for a very long time, and with online marketing and other challenges it might turn out that they close stores in the years to come.
Ultimately, Home Depot works for people who want to be there. Coworkers are usually great people as friendliness is a high score on the intake process. Typically, coworkers are friendly and helpful people who present with issues typical of retail workers, but with benefits to help mitigate their circumstances.
Overall, it can be a perfectly acceptable place to work, but you have to make it work for you and be willing to suck it up fairly often and stay the course.
Gold crowns and payday lunches
shift irregularity, kool-aid drinking management