Have worked for Lowe's since 2006. There are some good people there at corporate. BUT be aware that their turnover rate is 40% or better, consistently every year. That is something you should pay attention to, and heed what it says about upper management or what Lowe's really does against employees (versus what the propaganda and spin-doctors there in HR say).
A very good analogy of the "Lowe's philosophy" is from the Lego's movie, perhaps the first 15 minutes and then the overall hidden message of the movie. The theme song is "everything is awesome, everything is super when you work as part of a team" where you are totally devalued as only a necessary cog to bring more profit to the stock price. Seriously, in a corporate environment, they expect you to go down to a gathering place weekly and do a "Lowe's cheer" ("give me an "L", give me an "O", etc). That also says a lot about their mentality.
So if you are a mindless drone, you might fit in and do very well. That's the kind of person they really want and promote--- though their PR and HR materials and recruiters swear otherwise. If you can swear by the Lowe's brand... live and die by it... then you are good to go.
Oh, another interesting aspect to upper management... they are completely and utterly obsessed with overtaking Home Depot. Every decision made also asks if something might allow Lowe's to overtake HD, and if the answer is "yes", the project begins despite any other rational objections to it.
One last thought... the CEO flies in to work on the corporate helicopter and lands on the helipad next to the employee parking deck. But the managers stopped the free employee shuttle bus as it "was costing too much money". What does that tell you about your actual value to upper management?
I have been with the company for almost a year. I am good at what I do; I'm courteous, knowledgeable, and patient with customers. That being said, I am not patient with the management. for almost two months of every year they roll back everyone's hours, right after the holidays when budgets are tight. They claim its because of the average of customers in the store in years gone by, but I have never worked busier shifts. When I do work it is alone (The associate in the shift before me buts up against my hours but never overlaps). That leaves me anywhere between 5-9 hours alone in two departments (I'm back and forth between mixing paint and cutting and special ordering blinds.) Coming up I have a 7 day off streak, they are giving my hours to one of the full time associates not in my departments. I have tried on several occasions to apply for part or full time work, but instead of hiring full time they hire peak (cheaper because they don't get benefits and can be fired or worked to their max without repercussions). All of my managers "hear" me when I point out the flaws, but they never act. I was also supposed to receive retro-active pay for an overnight stint I worked, but after I'd finished the work they told me no, wouldn't tell me before knowing I wouldn't do the work. Lowe's only interest is in working the cheap workers as hard and fast as they can to maximize profits for their shareholders, no care is given to employees or customers unless it directly benefits the holders.
schedule changes with new kronos system are a nightmare. I printed out my schedule which starts on a Saturday and supposed to be firm for 3 weeks. then I plan my life. within a day or two the scheduled has changed. so far this week I have had Thursday be rescheduled in hours twice, then not even working that day when I show up for my shift ! Saturday afternoon I left work and didn't have to be in work until Sunday late morning, or so I thought. Surprise! Sunday morning that they told me I was late because they rescheduled me for 7am. Rollercoaster ride for sure! I shouldn't have to check the schedule daily for changes and see if I'm still even working that day. very frustrating & hard to plan around. what would I need to plan? an interview, somewhere else I'm thinking. Who can Italk to about this? Well, my first thought was someone in HR, but that can't happen because I was told the HR person is being laid off & is on leave until then. Lowe's somehow succeeds in spite of itself. I'm seasonal because of being in college year around. I gave my available hours but the scheduling doesn't appear to take that into consideration. I need predictability, not being scheduled then rescheduled then dropped then rescheduled again.