Big Lots
3.6 (54)
Industry: General Merchandise Stores - HQ: Columbus, OH
http://www.biglots.com

Big Lots Reviews

On average, employees at Big Lots give their company a 3.6 rating out of 5.0 - which is 5% lower than the average rating for all companies on CareerBliss. The happiest Big Lots employees are Cashiers submitting an average rating of 3.9 and Assistant Managers with a rating of 3.6.

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Average Rating
(based on 32 Big Lots Review Ratings)
Company Culture 3.3
Growth Opportunities 3.1
People You Work With 4.2
Person You Work For 3.7
Rewards You Receive 3.3
Support You Get 3.5
Way You Work 4.0
Work Setting 3.6

54 Big Lots Company Reviews and Ratings


Customer Service Supervisor
Posted 2 months ago in Capitol Heights, MD

"I been working at big lots since February 2014. The company cares about their employees."

Company Culture 5 / 5 Rewards You Receive 5 / 5 Work Setting 5 / 5
Growth Opportunities 5 / 5 Way You Work 5 / 5 People You Work With 5 / 5
Support You Get 5 / 5 Person You Work For 5 / 5

Company-Industry Rating Comparison

3.6
Big Lots (54)

4.6 Highest Rated in this Industry is Lehigh Press (7)
2.7 Lowest Rated in this Industry is Aaron Brothers (14)
3.6 Average of All Companies in this Industry (4,692)
Assistant Manager
Posted 2 months ago in Colorado Springs, CO

"I love where I work and the people I work with. Big Lots is an excellent company that puts the focus on their customers as well as their store employees, not those at the corporate level."

Support You Get 5 / 5 Way You Work 5 / 5 Person You Work For 5 / 5
Company Culture 5 / 5 Work Setting 5 / 5 Growth Opportunities 5 / 5
People You Work With 5 / 5 Rewards You Receive 5 / 5

Average Big Lots Ratings in the Past 5 Years

Year Salary
2011 $3
2012 $3
2013 $2
Anonymous Employee
Posted 4 months ago

"Most of this company's stores are run-down and dirty. Merchandise is always strewn on the floor. Not enough payroll to get work done. We are always running on a skeleton crew. Ads and signs are misleading and customers are usually confused, thinking they are to get a better deal than they really get. Communication is non-existent and we are treated like dogs, constantly threatened with being written up, terminated, etc. Terrible place to work! I am burned out, tired of doing the work of 3."

Rewards You Receive 1 / 5 Support You Get 1 / 5 Company Culture 1 / 5
Person You Work For 1 / 5 Way You Work 1 / 5 Growth Opportunities 1 / 5
People You Work With 3 / 5 Work Setting 1 / 5
Manager
Posted 9 months ago in Atlanta, GA

"Terrible. Not near enough payroll to get everything done."

What do you like about working at Big Lots?

"We have a good variety of merchandise, and we get a good discount."

Do you have any tips for others interviewing with this company?

"Realize when you are interviewing for a management position that when they tell you the truck gets done in 48 hours, it cannot. You also do not get enough hours to cover the register and the floor."

What don't you like about working at Big Lots?

"There are not enough hours to get all the work done."

What suggestions do you have for management?

"Get into the stores and see how long it takes to actually unload a truck and get it processed."

People You Work With 2 / 5 Growth Opportunities 1 / 5 Way You Work 1 / 5
Person You Work For 1 / 5 Rewards You Receive 3 / 5 Support You Get 1 / 5
Company Culture 1 / 5 Work Setting 3 / 5
Floater
Posted last year in Buffalo, NY

"Cashier Stock furniture recovery its a good experience for a first job"

What do you like about working at Big Lots?

"One thing I like about the company that I work for is the teamwork"

Do you have any tips for others interviewing with this company?

"A tip that I have for others interviewing with this company would be to be experienced"

What don't you like about working at Big Lots?

"One thing that I don't like about working at the company is that there is no set schedueles"

What suggestions do you have for management?

"A suggestion that I have for management is that the scheduele needs to be more organized"

People You Work With 3 / 5 Support You Get 3 / 5 Work Setting 3 / 5
Rewards You Receive 3 / 5 Person You Work For 3 / 5 Company Culture 3 / 5
Growth Opportunities 3 / 5 Way You Work 3 / 5
Assistant Store Manager
Posted last year in Garland, TX

What do you like about working at Big Lots?

"The store was very challanging and lots of work never a dull moment."

Do you have any tips for others interviewing with this company?

"Ask lots of questions and dress up for the interview"

What don't you like about working at Big Lots?

"Most of the associates spoke very little english somewhat of a communication barrier"

What suggestions do you have for management?

"The managers should give associates more responsibility so the management team doesnt have to work so hard"

Person You Work For 4 / 5 People You Work With 4 / 5 Support You Get 4 / 5
Way You Work 4 / 5 Work Setting 4 / 5 Company Culture 4 / 5
Growth Opportunities 3 / 5 Rewards You Receive 4 / 5
Associate Manager
Posted last year in Fargo, ND

What do you like about working at Big Lots?

"I get to work with people. Seeing people smile because you were able to help them is a huge plus."

Do you have any tips for others interviewing with this company?

"Negotiate for everything. Don't just take what they're offering. If you have good reason and can back it up, they can do it."

What don't you like about working at Big Lots?

"How little control I have. There is no grey area. If something is done different, it is wrong."

What suggestions do you have for management?

"Do more for associates. New associates don't have any sick or personnal time, or profit sharing and can only get 25 cents more than minimum wage."

Rewards You Receive 2 / 5 Work Setting 3 / 5 Person You Work For 4 / 5
Company Culture 2 / 5 Growth Opportunities 1 / 5 Way You Work 3 / 5
People You Work With 2 / 5 Support You Get 3 / 5
Furniture Manager
Posted 2 years ago in Redlands, CA

"Fun, interesting, knowledgeable"

What do you like about working at Big Lots?

"The constant interaction, and communicating with the customers and employees."

Do you have any tips for others interviewing with this company?

"Be on time, dress nice to the interview, and always be ready to work."

What don't you like about working at Big Lots?

"Such a great company, not much I can say bad about this place."

What suggestions do you have for management?

"I was part of management here, so I know it can be stressful at times, so my advice is just to take on one task at a time."

Rewards You Receive 5 / 5 Growth Opportunities 5 / 5 Support You Get 5 / 5
Company Culture 5 / 5 People You Work With 5 / 5 Person You Work For 5 / 5
Work Setting 5 / 5 Way You Work 5 / 5
Store Manager
Posted 2 years ago in Greenville, TX

"Was a great position in a not so great company"

What do you like about working at Big Lots?

"The freedom of the position to operate the store as I saw fit."

Do you have any tips for others interviewing with this company?

"I would recommend shopping the store and reviewing the history of the company (any company) before applying."

What don't you like about working at Big Lots?

"Limited product, low corporate support, poor product quality, dilapidated facilities"

What suggestions do you have for management?

"Most importantly, I would say to operate your store to the best you see fit regardless of the absent corporate presence and inconsistent policies"

Growth Opportunities 3 / 5 Way You Work 5 / 5 Rewards You Receive 4 / 5
Company Culture 2 / 5 Person You Work For 3 / 5 Work Setting 3 / 5
People You Work With 5 / 5 Support You Get 2 / 5
Store Manager
Posted 2 years ago in Bradenton, FL

What do you like about working at Big Lots?

"There was nothing enjoyable about the job. It was high stress and they did not give you enough payroll hours for what they wanted done."

Do you have any tips for others interviewing with this company?

"Ask about the amount of payroll given. Ask how long it takes to unload and put out a truck. They will tell you two days but most stores work on it all week. Ask about task Manager and how many projects corp. office puts on per week. On top of running the store I was getting 100 extra tasks that had dead line dates. I didn't have the payroll to get them done. Noone did. People ended up signing off on tasks they didn't do to stay out of trouble. Every store manager has all these problems. If you suck op to your Dist. Manager they will give you extra hours. Some store managers who lived near the Dist manager and saw her all the time, would get 150+ extra hours a week. Hours that should have been shared with all the stores."

What don't you like about working at Big Lots?

"Everything. They don't care about the employee's or the tools you need to get the job done. Most of the Dist. Managers on up have never worked in a Big Lots Store. They have no idea. My first year my Dist. Manager spent 4 1/2 hours total in my store. Only saw her when she thought her boss was going to visit."

What suggestions do you have for management?

"Make sure the stores had the hours they needed to get the job done. Make sure people were trained. Bring in Dist. Managers and LP managers that know what there doing."

Person You Work For 1 / 5 Work Setting 1 / 5 Growth Opportunities 1 / 5
Company Culture 1 / 5 Rewards You Receive 3 / 5 People You Work With 1 / 5
Support You Get 1 / 5 Way You Work 1 / 5
Furniture Sales Associate
Posted 2 years ago in Owensboro, KY

What do you like about working at Big Lots?

"I enjoy having a paycheck. Some of the workers are easy to get along with."

What don't you like about working at Big Lots?

"Rules that come down from corporate make no sense. It's as if they do everything on paper and never even visit stores."

What suggestions do you have for management?

"Get corporate to actually work in a store for a while before allowing them to make decisions."

Rewards You Receive 1 / 5 Support You Get 3 / 5 Work Setting 3 / 5
Way You Work 4 / 5 Company Culture 2 / 5 Person You Work For 3 / 5
Growth Opportunities 2 / 5 People You Work With 3 / 5
Customer Service Representative
Posted 2 years ago
Growth Opportunities 2 / 5 Way You Work 4 / 5 Company Culture 3.5 / 5
Rewards You Receive 2.9 / 5 People You Work With 4.2 / 5 Person You Work For 3.6 / 5
Support You Get 3.9 / 5 Work Setting 4.2 / 5
Cashier
Posted 2 years ago in Fairview Park, OH
Growth Opportunities 3 / 5 Rewards You Receive 2 / 5 Company Culture 3 / 5
Support You Get 2.3 / 5 Person You Work For 4 / 5 Way You Work 3.8 / 5
Work Setting 1.2 / 5 People You Work With 4.9 / 5
Retail Store Manager
Posted 2 years ago
Work Setting 4.7 / 5 Person You Work For 4.8 / 5 Rewards You Receive 3.2 / 5
People You Work With 4.9 / 5 Support You Get 4.8 / 5 Growth Opportunities 2.1 / 5
Way You Work 4.8 / 5 Company Culture 2.1 / 5
Sales Associate
Posted 2 years ago in North Haven, CT
Person You Work For 4.7 / 5 Rewards You Receive 4.6 / 5 Support You Get 4.5 / 5
Company Culture 4.8 / 5 Work Setting 4.7 / 5 Way You Work 4.7 / 5
Growth Opportunities 4.8 / 5 People You Work With 4.7 / 5