Department Manager (Current Employee) – Calgary, AB – 9 August 2018
I love everything about Lowe’s except scheduling. Your availability has to be 5 am- 11 pm everyday. Lots of closing and opening at the next day, you won’t get enough rest. One day work as opening the next mid or closing. Once an while you get weekend off.
DEPARTMENT MANAGER FREIGHT FLOW (Former Employee) – Sarnia, ON – 1 August 2018
I enjoyed my time at Lowes and would go back. Hrs are ok but it is retail so expected to work at least 2 nights a week and 2 to 3 weekends a month depending on position. The store I was at had 2 good managers and 2 that were really not warranted for the positions they were in. Store manager was great. A bit of a Micro manager but personality was awesome.
Department Manager (Current Employee) – Rocky View, AB – 11 July 2018
Overall good company to work for. Great benefits, good pay for the industry, but they operate with too few people and ask for way too much from those people. The company is operated very inefficiently and they use old, glitchy systems.
Department Manager (Current Employee) – Nanaimo, BC – 20 April 2018
Overall, Lowe's is a fantastic place to work.
They care about their employees, and not just at the store level. There's room for advancement, and management will actively help you grow if that's your goal. They touch base with you frequently to let you know where you're at and how you can improve. There's always a focus on positivity, not just negativity. You can tell they put a lot of thought into who they hire and where they place them; everyone gets along well and has a great attitude. There are also numerous events and fun stuff for staff, and they try to create a good work-life balance. The company has good values and they stick to them.
The wages are definitely above average for a retail environment. Annual increases aren't anything special, though; the best way to get bigger wage increases is to move positions. There are benefits for part time or full time employees.
I've also never been with a company that's so transparent about everything, which is refreshing. They've taught me a lot about how the business runs and have helped prepare me for when I start my own business one day.
Though it's not your typical miserable retail work environment, it's still a stressful place to work at times, and not everything at Lowe's is perfect. Their systems are outdated. The training program could be better. Most positions require full availability and aren't flexible about it.
If you want to be successful at Lowe's, be eager, adaptable, and, most importantly, just have a good attitude.
PLUMBING DEPARTMENT MANAGER (Current Employee) – Edmonton, AB – 2 April 2018
Customer service is uppermost. Department managers must be efficient in multitasking, training and delegating tasks. Dealing with requests from the store management team can be trying at times. Most enjoyable part of job is recognition from customers
Sales Specialist/Department Manager (Current Employee) – Calgary, AB – 5 March 2018
This was my first retail job. I never worked for a box store before. I love working at Lowe's (and still do), the people I work with make it fun to come in every day. After working there for 7 years, I have found that Management only sees the people beneath them as expendable and easily replaceable, whether you have experience or have been there for a long time or are brand new. There are people there that have given more than they should and are treated like they still have to earn their place, while others coast along with no repercussions not doing their job. I am sure favoritism is in nearly all stores on some level, but was disappointing to see first hand. If they feel you are too good in your department, you are moved to another because they don't want you to be too comfortable.
Enjoyed being part of the new store opening in Barrie, working from the ground floor up.
Department Manager (Former Employee) – Barrie, ON – 7 December 2017
Long hours yielded satisfaction when able to solve a customer's problem, advancement was attainable, team was great to work with. Hardest part was dealing with disgruntled customers. Management was all over the place, no continuity in their policies.