Current CEO: John Menard, Jr.
Menards is a privately held home improvement department store chain found throughout the Midwest. In addition to carrying its own signature brand, it also stocks famous name products. Dutch Boy Paint, Mastercraft Doors, Tuscany Faucets, and Ultradeck are among its offerings. John Menard, Jr. is the founder and current president of the company. Major competitors are Lowes and Home Depot.
Menards has more than 45,000 employees dispersed among 262 stores in 13 different states. Headquartered in Wisconsin, other locations include Indiana, Illinois, Iowa, Kansas, Michigan, Minnesota, Missouri, Nebraska, North Dakota, Ohio, South Dakota, and Wyoming. It is listed by Forbes magazine as the 42nd largest privately owned organization in the United States.
Working at Menards offers corporate job opportunities, as well as careers in retail, manufacturing, and distribution. The typical retail store hierarchy is one manager, two assistant managers, and individual department managers. Floor personnel are retail sales team members, cashiers, and office workers. Receiving crews work in the back, handling lumberyard shipping and delivery logistics.
The corporate location employs computer programmers, construction project managers, accountants, attorneys, marketing professionals, and fleet mechanics. The company has interests in other areas, which are also handled at this location. It maintains a commercial and residential real estate company. Services include leasing and sales of land, commercial buildings, and residential homes.
Several self-storage warehouses are managed through this branch. Menards also owns a racing team. Menards careers in the manufacturing and distribution centers are varied. Common positions are CAD Operator, Maintenance Mechanic, Engineering Programmer, Information System Specialists, and Warehouse Worker. Mernards operates Midwest Manufacturing, a subsidiary that supplies building materials.
Menards benefits include annual profit sharing bonuses based on longevity. Additional bonuses are offered for working weekend and holiday hours, and managers can receive incentives for meeting store goals. Medical and dental insurance is available. Paid leave includes vacation time, personal days, and certain holidays. Employees can take advantage of a 10% storewide discount on purchases. Retirement savings is available through a 401(k).
The Menards culture at the corporate level is highly competitive and reflects a desire to grow. The company is expanding rapidly, increasing the number of retail stores and manufacturing facilities each year. In the larger stores, Menards has added groceries to the product line. Many locations also have automotive centers. By offering a diverse line of services, the organization strives to stand out from the competition. The retail environment is goal-oriented.