Lowe's Reviews in Los Angeles, CA

Updated 2 September 2014
Updated 2 September 2014
4,085 Reviews
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Pros
  • They have very good benefits to help in this rough economy (in 228 reviews)

  • Working for Lowe's provides decent benefits and a good pay for retail (in 209 reviews)


Cons
  • Retail hours and commitment makes the work-life balance difficult to achieve (in 73 reviews)

  • You can't keep a steady sleep schedule as a part-time or full-time employee (in 150 reviews)

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  1.  

    Lowes has its ups and downs

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    Current Employee - Customer Service Associate II  in  Santa Clarita, CA (US)
    Current Employee - Customer Service Associate II in Santa Clarita, CA (US)

    I have been working at Lowe's part-time for more than a year

    Pros

    competitave pay. good benifits friendly work environment

    Cons

    Hard to get noticed. Promotions only evaluated once a year

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    Invest more in promoting from instore rather than highering out of store help

    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    Approves of CEO
  2.  

    Customer Service

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    Former Employee - Customer Service  in  Los Angeles, CA (US)
    Former Employee - Customer Service in Los Angeles, CA (US)

    I worked at Lowe's part-time for more than 8 years

    Pros

    Company growth , if the store management likes they give you the position

    Cons

    Company favoritism, not enough hours when you're part time, rude customers, managers change their policy by customer, HR doesn't do anything to help out associates

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    Get on the same level and policies,

    Recommends
    Neutral Outlook
    No opinion of CEO
  3.  

    As corporate as you can get

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    • Career Opportunities
    Former Employee - Cashier/Cart Fetcher  in  Huntington Beach, CA (US)
    Former Employee - Cashier/Cart Fetcher in Huntington Beach, CA (US)

    I worked at Lowe's full-time for less than a year

    Pros

    You Learn how corps work, good retail and customer service experience. Good first job.

    Cons

    Can't really grow in the company, don't train very well on the knowledge of the products, and gets boring real quick.

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    Give incentives for work performed, like training in something, or ways of growing and moving forward.

    Doesn't Recommend
    Neutral Outlook
    No opinion of CEO
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  5. 1 person found this helpful  

    A Complete Waste of Time!

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    Former Employee - Sales Specialist Plumbing  in  Rancho Santa Margarita, CA (US)
    Former Employee - Sales Specialist Plumbing in Rancho Santa Margarita, CA (US)

    I worked at Lowe's full-time for more than 3 years

    Pros

    "Any Port In A Storm"
    was some sort of income to survive... the great recession...

    Great for meeting new people (customers) and learning to read people: body language, buyer vs. time waster, etc...

    Cons

    a) Store Management has no plans, strategy, marketing programs, or problem solving capability. Worst of all they don't even know they need this!

    b) Store Management seeks to cut employee hours, pay and have you work under duress of being fired (and replaced by a part time worker at less than half your pay and no benefits). Lowes and all Retailers just want to have a minimal staff to deter shoplifting and keep the store open. Nobody cares if you have any skills or are capable of doing anything at all; just that they can always get someone CHEAPER than you in this economy...

    c) Corporate Software Applications are obsolete "1970's" and not integrated with each other; Corporate has no desire, budget or plan to fix any problems. iPhones in store are constantly broken and too slow due to lack of network bandwidth and obsolete slow corporate applications!

    d) Corporate has No real vision to compete in eCommerce with Amazon, Wayfair and others -- just an ineffective slogan "Lowes of the future"

    e) on balance -a brilliant credit card strategy: give on to everyone (with highest interest rate) and make money on the interest.

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    1) Fire yourselves and give your pay as a bonus to the hard working employees below you; Give Bobby Niblok or current CEO an Award for going along with it!

    2) Too much useless management is the problem! Store Manangers: you just "brown nose" up and don't fix problems or create new business or generate new revenue opportunities.

    3) Management does not teach how to sell cause they themselves don't know how; it is all left to local supply and demand...

    4) Lowes will soon go the way of Sears -- which was once the #1 Retailer... (Short this stock or buy the PUT Options long term)

    Neutral Outlook
    Disapproves of CEO
  6.  

    Great company. If you want to move up in this company, they provide the tools.

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    Current Employee - Appliance Sales Specialist  in  Los Angeles, CA (US)
    Current Employee - Appliance Sales Specialist in Los Angeles, CA (US)

    I have been working at Lowe's full-time for more than 10 years

    Pros

    Great company to work for with great benefits.

    Cons

    The schedule is not that great, but it's expected in retail.

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    They should bring back department bonus program. It's unfair to have a department making all the numbers and working hard and never getting a bonus, due to other departments not doing their part.

    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    Approves of CEO
  7. 1 person found this helpful  

    Complex

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    • Career Opportunities
    Former Employee - Installed Sales Coordinator  in  Los Angeles, CA (US)
    Former Employee - Installed Sales Coordinator in Los Angeles, CA (US)

    I worked at Lowe's full-time for more than 3 years

    Pros

    The pay is good and there are a lot of different positions available. Just like all companies every store is going to give you a different experience.

    Cons

    It's hard to get promoted past a department manager. There is a lot of disconnect between the associates and upper management. The customers that shop at Lowe's can be out of control sometimes and managers will allow them to treat you poorly.

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    Stop trying to roll out programs that are not well thought out or are too complicated, stores will not follow them and they will be dropped in a few months. Don't change policies because you have an angry customer because then all customers know you are just a bunch of push overs that will give them a free kitchen if they yell loud enough. Give lower level associates a chance to show their skills because most of them could do a better job than the ASMs who got promoted when it was a lot easier to get promoted in the company, those ASMs are usually lazy and don't care about furthering their education for the company.

    Recommends
    Neutral Outlook
    No opinion of CEO
  8. 1 person found this helpful  

    hard manual labor

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    Former Employee - Employee  in  Santa Clarita, CA (US)
    Former Employee - Employee in Santa Clarita, CA (US)

    I worked at Lowe's part-time for less than a year

    Pros

    ok benefits which will kick in after couple months of working there. if you are a manager there, your responsibilities are relatively lighter compared to other cooperate stores, and pay + benefits are great. they are pretty flexible when it comes to working hours.

    Cons

    difficult to move up, unless a manager quits/retires/ or is fired. which doesn't happen often. working as a starting employee is difficult, as expected, but still harder than other cooperate stores. especially as a guy, all the heavy lifting are on the new guy's shoulder vs. females who usually are put on lighter work locations in the store. benefits are miserable or none at all as a starting employee and the pay is minimum wage.

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    once you are manager, you can stay as long as you want, unless you mess up. so don't mess up!

    Doesn't Recommend
    Neutral Outlook
    Disapproves of CEO
  9. 1 person found this helpful  

    Easy Going Job, Bad Management

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    Current Employee - Customer Service Associate II  in  Burbank, CA (US)
    Current Employee - Customer Service Associate II in Burbank, CA (US)

    I have been working at Lowe's part-time for more than 3 years

    Pros

    Starting pay higher than most. The job itself is not bad. You are free to take breaks and lunches at your convenience. Technology improvements are making work experience easier. Customers are usually very kind and easy to get along with.

    Cons

    Management. Most managers lack a college degree and use their inflated egos to manage. For every good manager there seems to be 3 bad ones. Don't expect Lowes to work much with your schedule. If they do, they make it known it's a major inconvenience to them. Lack of trust between management and employees.

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    Management needs to realize there is a work-life balance and needs to treat employees a little less condescending. Stop acting like minor problems are the end of the world.

    Doesn't Recommend
    Neutral Outlook
    No opinion of CEO
  10.  

    CSA

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    Former Employee - Customer Service Associate  in  Los Angeles, CA (US)
    Former Employee - Customer Service Associate in Los Angeles, CA (US)

    I worked at Lowe's part-time for less than a year

    Pros

    Great pay
    Helpful human resources.
    Weekends off.
    Bonuses.
    Company parties

    Cons

    -Little hours.

    -The women employees get hit on

    -Politics within employees. Catty cashiers.

    -Not enough training. (They show you videos on safety and you're supposed to keep up with training everyday but somehow you're not allowed to complete; there's always a reason you can't take the courses)

    -You don't get any benefits unless your full time. It's hard to become full time.

    -Forms of sexism within departments: Certain managers kept putting me at windows and decor when I was better in the paint, plumbing or electrical department. Not even the manager of that department wanted to be there so i was always there substitute whenever anyone didn't show up.

    -Make sure you like what you do or else it can get boring very quickly

    Recommends
    Neutral Outlook
    No opinion of CEO
  11.  

    This is a retail job

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    Current Employee - Department Manager  in  Long Beach, CA (US)
    Current Employee - Department Manager in Long Beach, CA (US)

    I have been working at Lowe's full-time for more than 10 years

    Pros

    The benefits are the best thing the company has to offer. The company is also stable and you will probably never get a lay off notice.

    Cons

    You may not get the chance to move up. You probably won't have a very good mentor. The managers are not trained and developed before hand.

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    Train and develop your people.

    Recommends
    Neutral Outlook
    No opinion of CEO

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