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Review averages

  • 243 employees say

    Excellent (64)
    26.337448559671%
    Good (61)
    25.102880658436%
    Satisfactory (55)
    22.633744855967%
    Subpar (63)
    25.925925925926%
    2.97
  • 11 applicants say

    Excellent (0)
    0%
    Good (0)
    0%
    Satisfactory (1)
    9.0909090909091%
    Subpar (10)
    90.909090909091%
    1.19

Reviews for Big Lots Stores

Reviews - What employees say

2.97 Employees say
1.19 Applicants say
  • 04.Jun 2018
  • Employee

Support from management

I was on the stock team and the manager in charge called me "worthless, "stupid", and told me "I couldn't do anything right".

Teamwork

Everyone there was out for themselves, if I could I would give it no stars.

Freedom to work independently

2/4 of my manager's let me do what I needed too, while the other 2 constantly breathed down my neck.

Internal Communication

My manager's almost always kept me updated on our reviews, what sales were coming up, etc.

Gender Equality

All my manger's were women.

Attitude towards older colleagues

Everyone is just a body to them, so they don't care about age.

Career Development

There's no moving forward, it's a high school job. Unless you're real close with the higher up's you aren't going anywhere.

Overall compensation for your work

They make you do way more work for very little money, I was considered for a manager's position, but the raise was only .50 cents more so I would've made only $11.00 hourly.

Office / Work Environment

The registers constantly crashed, and the warehouse was cold but the front was hot?

Environmental Friendliness

We used so many plastic bags it was terrible.

Work-Life Balance

They don't care. I got a second job and could only work morning's. I changed my availability and told my manager's, the next week they had me working ALL nights. When I tried to have it changed they told me "we can't change it." i had to call out the whole week and they tried to write me up for it.

Company Image

I take a lot of pride in my work, so working for any company I take pride in it since I try to do my very best when working.

Job Security

We had an employee quit and they kept her on the schedule for 3 extra months.

Handicapped Accessibility

We have about 10 handicap spots right up front.

Workplace Safety

It depended on the manager.

Challenging Work

They will work you to the bone for very little money, they will use you until you're dead tired and even then keep working you. It's beyond challenging and I used to love it.

Suggestions for improvement

  • Learn to deal with harassment.

What I like about the company

the employee discount was 20% so that was nice.

What I dislike about the company

They only care about the money.

Company Culture
3.00
Support from management
1.00
Teamwork
1.00
Freedom to work independently
3.00
Internal Communication
4.00
Gender Equality
5.00
Attitude towards older colleagues
5.00
Career Development
1.00
Overall compensation for your work
1.00
Office / Work Environment
3.00
Environmental Friendliness
1.00
Work-Life Balance
1.00
Company Image
3.00
Job Security
5.00
Handicapped Accessibility
5.00
Workplace Safety
3.00
Challenging Work
5.00
Inclusive / Diverse
3.00

The following benefits were offered to me

Parking is offered
  • Company
    big lots
  • City
    Glendale
  • Are you a Current or Former Employee?
    Former employee
  • Position
    Employee

The following perks were offered to me

Employee discounts is offered
  • 20.May 2018
  • Employee

Career Development

Room for advancement...if you're willing to sell your soul and family life to the company.

Overall compensation for your work

Too much bonus money for upper mgmt., while the rest of us get measly .20-.25 annual "merit" increases. lol

Company Image

Customers incorrectly expect our pricing to be similar to a "dollar store!" WAKE UP. People! It's NOT a dollar store.

Job Security

Not what it should be...Mgmt. always asking for MORE productivity.

Workplace Safety

Monthly Safety meetings

Challenging Work

Hugely excessive daily tasks from management (in Task Manager) Corporate and customers control almost every minute of your day. Our ASM-Merchandising has to spend almost every minute of his day setting planograms, and helping load large furniture items into vehicles, due to purposeful under-staffing from Corporate!

Suggestions for improvement

  • Sixty-five hours weekly budget for the Furniture Dept. is not NEARLY enough to provide minimal service for our customers and to maintain standards. The department is (supposedly) open for business 83 hours/wk. Recently issued topstock guidelines are unattainable without more DTS labor hours. This task alone requires at least 15 additional hours than the previous expectations.

What I like about the company

Benefits and 20% employee discount are the ONLY pluses!

What I dislike about the company

Upper management has too much focus on earnings for our board members (too many of them) and stockholders...but little concern for the daily lives and low income of those in the trenches. We have the LOWEST starting pay of any of the 20 or so retailers and fast-food operations in our immediate area.

Company Culture
1.00
Support from management
1.00
Teamwork
2.00
Freedom to work independently
2.00
Internal Communication
2.00
Gender Equality
3.00
Attitude towards older colleagues
2.00
Career Development
2.00
Overall compensation for your work
1.00
Office / Work Environment
2.00
Environmental Friendliness
2.00
Work-Life Balance
1.00
Company Image
1.00
Job Security
2.00
Handicapped Accessibility
3.00
Workplace Safety
3.00
Challenging Work
1.00
Inclusive / Diverse
3.00

The following benefits were offered to me

401(k) is offered Flexible spending account is offered Paid time off is offered Healthcare (including vision and dental) is offered Life insurance is offered
  • Company
    Big Lots Stores, Inc.
  • City
    Glen Burnie
  • Are you a Current or Former Employee?
    Current employee
  • Position
    Employee
  • Department
    Others

The following perks were offered to me

Health and wellness programs is offered Employee discounts is offered
  • 07.May 2018
  • Employee

Suggestions for improvement

  • At this moment I can not think of anything

What I like about the company

Took care of associates who lost their homes in the stotms

What I dislike about the company

I disapprove of nothing. Great company

Company Culture
5.00
Support from management
5.00
Teamwork
5.00
Freedom to work independently
5.00
Internal Communication
5.00
Gender Equality
5.00
Attitude towards older colleagues
5.00
Career Development
5.00
Overall compensation for your work
5.00
Office / Work Environment
5.00
Environmental Friendliness
5.00
Work-Life Balance
5.00
Company Image
5.00
Job Security
5.00
Handicapped Accessibility
5.00
Workplace Safety
5.00
Challenging Work
4.00
Inclusive / Diverse
5.00
  • Company
    Big Lots, Inc.
  • City
    Cullman
  • Are you a Current or Former Employee?
    Current employee
  • Position
    Employee

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Review averages

  • 243 employees say

    Excellent (64)
    26.337448559671%
    Good (61)
    25.102880658436%
    Satisfactory (55)
    22.633744855967%
    Subpar (63)
    25.925925925926%
    2.97
  • 11 applicants say

    Excellent (0)
    0%
    Good (0)
    0%
    Satisfactory (1)
    9.0909090909091%
    Subpar (10)
    90.909090909091%
    1.19

kununu score comparisons

Big Lots Stores
2.90
254 reviews

Industry average (Consumer Goods/Grocery/Retail)
3.18
115,252 reviews

kununu average
3.30
2,677,000 reviews