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Manager Customer Service (Current Employee) –  Toronto, ON18 February 2019
Good place to work with ability to move up in the company without relying on seniority. Benefits for full and part time employees. As in store mid-management my biggest complaints are pay grade and the hours are all over the place. Early mornings to late nights.
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3.0
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Productive and challenging
Cashier (Former Employee) –  St. Albert, AB18 February 2019
Management wasn't that nice, but the job itself was enjoyable. I enjoyed constantly learning as I was a cashier in different areas of the store such as lumber and garden center. Hardest part was standing for 9 hours
Pros
free lunches on occasion
Cons
long hours not long enough break
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Store managers are driven by profit lines and bonus eligibility
Human Resources Manager (Former Employee) –  Alberta15 February 2019
Store mangers value numbers not employees
Store managers challenge all HR practices to suit their need to bonus.
The store culture can be toxic when employee loyalties programs are not made a priority.
Some store managers are better than others.
Pros
great benefits
Cons
benefits are hard to access based on eligibility
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3.0
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Alright place to work part-time
Cashier (Part-time) / RTV & Receiving Associate (Former Employee) –  Ottawa, ON13 February 2019
It was a good place to work while going to school. I found that the management was not really that great in managing the employees. There were not great incentives to getting the workers to work harder.
Pros
Free lunches
Cons
Management was not supportive
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5.0
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Good Job
Paint associate (Former Employee) –  Calgary, AB11 February 2019
Very busy and always lots of customers who need a hand. Nice staff and management. Good benefits and a nice work/life balance. They seem to care about the staff. No discounts for employees which I don't agree with.
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4.0
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Fun place to work with lots of benefits for the associates such as dinners and games but very poor management
Retail Sales (Former Employee) –  Dartmouth, NS10 February 2019
Fun place to work with lots of benefits for the associates such as dinners and games but very poor management. The on floor managers and head cashiers were always unpleasant and emotionless.
Pros
Free water bottles for employees
Cons
They eventually stopped giving free water bottles to employees.
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3.0
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A challenging environment
MERCHANDISING ASSOCIATE (Current Employee) –  Yorkdale, ON4 February 2019
its a place with various kinds of customers. some days would be really hard to pass due to the kinds of occurrences during the day. at times it is just a fun place to be. the workers respect each other and work together as one whole big family. all new faces are welcomed. the supervisor is an amazing person who mostly twice in a month would give free coffee with some snacks. people leaving the job are bid a nice farewell to be a good memory.
Pros
occasional free meals
Cons
tough hours
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A Decent Well Paying and Professional Job
SEASONAL ASSOCIATE (Former Employee) –  Kitchener, ON2 February 2019
Working at the Home Depot was great because the benefits were good and the applications for the skills learned were large. Unfortunately out of the three Home Depots I've worked for employees have discriminated against and profiled young people as being prideful, stuck-up and overall not good workers. Management could also use some work with having a more centered viewpoint on a conductive workplace environment. Overall though, they were a good place to work for if you want real life applicable skills and knowledge.
Pros
Lots of opportunities for employee awards and rewards
Cons
Non-flexible scheduling
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Salary and Benefits good
Administrative Assistant (Former Employee) –  Toronto, ON31 January 2019
I found Home Depot corporate office to have a lot of redundancies.
At that time there were lots of Managers but they seemed to be more like Supervisors. I would recommend the company hire people who lead teams.

The salary and benefits were good.

Thanks for the opportunity....always good to learn from both the good and bad.
Pros
Salary and benefits good
Cons
Poor Management
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Productive and learning
Customer Service - Sales Associate (Former Employee) –  Vancouver, BC31 January 2019
Good Experience. good workplace and work culture. giving free coffee and snacks. salary always on time. gives free apron to all employees. overall nice experience.
Pros
weekend Lunch
Cons
not providing seating
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4.0
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Home Depot is right for some, not for others.
Associate (Former Employee) –  Ottawa, ON30 January 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.
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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.
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Pros
Gold crowns and payday lunches
Cons
shift irregularity, kool-aid drinking management
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very good
SEASONAL GARDEN CENTRE ASSOCIATE (Former Employee) –  Bradford West Gwillimbury, ON29 January 2019
The managers at The Home Depot are very friendly and are always there if you need help. This job is very good if you wish to learn more about home projects.
Pros
learn a lot
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4.0
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Great people, and great place to work.
Vault Associate (Current Employee) –  Duncan, BC23 January 2019
Work hard and you will be rewarded. Good opportunities for advancement.
Great benefits for part-time associates too. Retail is hard work. Good training opportunities.
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2.0
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Good for a brief stint while re-entering work force or starting out
Associate (Current Employee) –  BC22 January 2019
Ideally suited to semi-retired who just want a few hours a week to get out of the house or teenager who doesn't want to work in a restaurant.

Pay is low and advancement opportunities are poor.
Pros
Low level employees are friendly with each other
Cons
Low pay, always expected to find new ways to do more with less
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Pushes a lifestyle.
Freight Team Associate (Former Employee) –  Orleans, ON21 January 2019
A typical day at home depot consisted of routinely replenishing stock unless it was a day of four hours of training. It was boring but I learnt a lot about supply chain logistics.
Pros
Free lunches
Cons
Bad scheduling
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HD Culture
Customer Service Transportation Coordinator (Former Employee) –  Toronto, ON15 January 2019
Home Depot is a company that harness your skill-set to optimism the value of there goods and services making you feel valued and apart of a strong team.
Pros
great environment to work in
Cons
salary
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teamwork
Assistant Store Manager (Former Employee) –  Toronto, ON15 January 2019
was able to meet lots of new people and build strong relationships. learned a lot about home renovation materials and techniques. great benefits and health packages
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Not the greatest
Department Associate (Current Employee) –  Spruce Grove, AB10 January 2019
It's a job. Not challenging, the pay is very low, the benefits are skimpy, and they don't exactly set the bar very high for working there (as demonstrated by the lack of common sense used by coworkers).
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Not bad for Big Box Retail
General Associate (Current Employee) –  Kitchener, ON10 January 2019
In our specific store, there is a team effort and everyone gets along for the most part. Customers will be customers, which is not the stores fault. Managers come and go, some better ... some challenging.
Pros
Great Benefits for both Part Time and Full Time, pretty flexible scheduling when you need it
Cons
Big Retail Customer expectations can be taxing
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Good Summer Job
Cashier (Former Employee) –  Chatham-Kent, ON9 January 2019
Worked here for a summer during university. Management was good, frequent feedback, lots of training and there were many incentives and rewards for being a good worker.
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