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Menards / avoid working at menards at all costs!!!

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Menards is by far the worst job I have ever had! Good place to shop but not to work. Nothing really positive to say. I was glad to get out of there and using my degree for a new and more rewarding career. Good place to work as a student, and they work around your classes. IPS if your store qualifies. Extra 2.50 on weekends. Met some good friends there. Most co-workers are cool though and most hate working there and are plotting there way out for something better. Lots of career opportunities at the store/department management level due to high turnover but hard to advance into corporate from there. Lots of hours during the busy seasons (summer & holiday season) and hardly any in the slow seasons (winter). I won employee of the month and several service hero awards so I worked my butt off for this place despite me not enjoying the job and being treated poorly. The point system does weed out the bad workers but there's many policies that are ridiculous that punish the good hard workers who are reliable. With managers, it's all black and white but no grey with enforcing the point system as stated below. This job is the typical dead end job unless your in corporate. They use IPS and just enough benefits to lure unsuspecting people in, but it doesn't make up for the lack of pay and perks, no work/life balance, and the c***/harassment you have to put up with daily there from rude customers and clueless co-workers/bosses. I felt like I was in high school again. All their money and benefits isn't worth your time and sanity to stay here in the long run. Managers are a joke and most are unqualified for the position. They move anyone into these positions even ones with a lack of knowledge on their department since they don't last long (see below). Most managers are lazy, liars, lack ethics & professionalism, play favoritism, clueless on how to run a business, and don't appreciate & are disrespectable to employees, but they sure are on a power trip and let you know. Get a life, you work at Menards! Few managers have never anything positive to say or acknowledgement for things done right, always point out what's wrong using negative reinforcement. This is likely due to them being forced to be this way by what corporate says to keep their jobs and really think a lot of them are good people. Some managers stepped down because corporate practices got to them and changed them for the worst. Though, some managers are real tools and think their king. It all depends. In general, management has no life since they work 55+ hrs every week, fined for every petty incident, must relocate stores constantly to move up, and follow ridiculous policies & procedures from the General Office (corporate), no thanks! The negative outweigh the positives for moving into management. High turnover due to workers being burnt out/overworked, stressed out, and/or no job security from there write up happy policies & procedures for petty things. Most of the gifted workers have left like me. Corporate runs this place based on fear from them from there crazy policy and procedures which change daily. There is no sense of vision or direction and a lack of accomplishment. Pay is low for the amount of work you do, especially for managers and workers with college degrees. Likewise, benefits for full timers are sub par, such as no personal/sick days, lack of vacation days your first several years, terrible health insurance coverage and high cost to you, no 401K match, employee discount has a limit and out of your paycheck, and any bonus or reward is store credit or clothing instead of money. Working irregular, long hours and no set schedule, a.k.a your life is Menards. Full timers must have an open schedule meaning you must work anytime or any day no matter what. So say goodbye to your family, friends, and hobbies. Your health, both physically & mentally, begins to suffer as a result. Attendance policy is very strict, written up for anything including calling in sick with the flu or a car accident that's not your fault before your shift. Also, I felt like big brother was watching us on the cameras. They use them to spy on employees to see if they do anything wrong or steal anything, not catch thefts. I guess they have trust issues or something. Lack of job training provided, learn as you go and they depend on the In-Home training. In-Home training is a joke and should be paid for doing, just teaches you the basics and what you know already. I could go on, but you get the point. To sum up, Menards is not an employee friendly place and is more like a blend of a Chinese sweatshop and a military lifestyle without the benefits. Avoid at all costs!!!

Fr
May 31, 2014
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  • Ta
      21st of Jun, 2014

    Menards is one of the most disgusting companies I've ever had the misfortune of doing business with,

    a total ### company.

    +4 Votes
  • Tr
      21st of Jun, 2014

    okay, shop some other store ...

    -2 Votes
  • Re
      21st of Jun, 2014

    So what did they do to you, or are you just spouting off steam?

    0 Votes
  • Do
      21st of Jun, 2014

    What Menards are you complaining about? The one I do business with is exemplary. The store is clean and neat, all the staff are very friendly and knowledgeable, they stock items the box stores don't carry; what's your beef?

    -3 Votes
  • Be
      21st of Jun, 2014

    Why clutter up a complaint with pesky things like details.

    -5 Votes
  • Mc
      16th of Dec, 2016

    @Bellamie Do you have an attention span of a 2 year old? This person is giving an in-depth analysis of their working experience to let other people who are thinking of applying to work there judge if this is the job for them.

    +2 Votes
  • Do
      21st of Jun, 2014

    Bellamie, you're right on again. He's like that neighborhood dog who barks and barks at nothing.

    -4 Votes
  • Fr
      22nd of Jun, 2014

    I used to work at one of the Chicagoland stores. Its the way management treats employees and their unethical practices. They create a hostile work environment by there constant mind games and harassment. I complained to HR for the way the store GM harassed me and nothing changed. I worked my butt off for this company and still they didn't appreciate my hard work. Most of my co-workers hated working there for the same reasons and as well complained to HR about harassment. That's why I moved on to better career. All I'm saying is if your thinking of working here, its not worth your time and sanity and there's better jobs out there. My beef is not what the store sells or its products, its the way management/corporate treats employees. I still will continue to shop there as they do have good stuff there and reasonable prices.

    +4 Votes
  • Fr
      22nd of Jun, 2014

    Here's one example. One of the department managers asked the store GM why he treats his employees like crap. He said that if he treated them nicely they would take advantaged of him and not work as hard. What a load of crap! I couldn't believe it that this actually happened.

    +4 Votes
  • Fr
      29th of Jun, 2014

    Hey Don Tarr, your a tool. Unless you worked for the place, how would you know how they treat employees firsthand. I would have think the same thing too before I worked there, but unfortunately they do treat employees like c*** and it doesn't have to do with the products they sell. Your probably a GO who trolls websites to put down negative complaints against Menards. They actually do that. Your first comment was valid, but your second one is insulting to me and others who worked there and have been treated like c*** and taken advantaged of by this place. Get your facts straight before you bark like the dog at nothing. Why don't you ask the employees at your store how they like working there. I bet you most of them hate working there. We are paid to be nice and friendly to customers, that's our job to give good service. You have no clue and are blind to what goes on behind the scenes there since you have not worked there. Oh well, I'm glad to be not working there anymore and using my college degree for a better career! Sorry to bust your bubble, but the truth hurts sometimes.

    +4 Votes
  • Mc
      6th of Mar, 2016
    Best Best Advice

    I agree 100% with your comments. Menards isn't an employee friendly place and could care less about their employee's well being. There low prices come at the expense of their employees. Don't be fooled by Don Tarr and others, because they don't know what their talking about and haven't experienced working there or they are corporate trying to deceive to you and put a positive spin on employment there. There is better careers out there than this "dead end hell-hole job".

    +4 Votes
  • Do
      20th of Mar, 2019

    My son came down with a really bad flu, and had to go to urgent care for a doctors excuse. Then menards called and said if he did not take his vacation time while he was sick, he would no longer be a full time employee. What the??? They don't care if they put other employees at risk of being infected, all they care about is filling the position. Last year he was sick for one day and lost his bonus for the year. Don't work for menards they suck!!!

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