Hobby Lobby Reviews

Updated 28 August 2014
Updated 28 August 2014
436 Reviews

2.5
436 Reviews
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Hobby Lobby CEO David Green
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Review Highlights

Pros
  • Disappointed to say that the only "pro" that comes to mind is that HL is closed on Sundays (in 56 reviews)

  • Hobby Lobby has increased wages for full time employees by one dollar for several years (in 32 reviews)


Cons
  • Built and opened a new store with over 60 people with the expectation of being hired full-time (in 42 reviews)

  • When I was there, being part-time wasn't an issue, which has since changed (in 20 reviews)

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Employee Reviews

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  1.  

    A little company inside of a big company

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    • Senior Management
    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    Former Employee - Store Set Supervisor  in  Lakeland, FL (US)
    Former Employee - Store Set Supervisor in Lakeland, FL (US)

    I worked at Hobby Lobby full-time for more than 3 years

    Pros

    a great place to work. I started with them as a part-time cashier and worked my way all the way up to co-manager position where I ran my store pretty much because of an incompetent manager. they really take care of hourly employees with a good pay rate, insurance and every other weekend off. The way they open new stores is a really cool process too that brings jobs to the community. ive opened 30-40 stores for the company and took part in almost all stores built in florida. Great DMs in Florida, if you have the option on where to go id work for Nick Hiller.

    Cons

    not much of a work life balance because being salary you sometimes have to work every weekend. The pay for salary managers is also terrible for how much work youre expected to put in. For being a Christian based company with a very black and white attitude theres a lot of grey area in the way they do things. Most co's that come in from other big box retailers are terrible and have horrible work ethic. Growing to fast for their own good

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    I worked all over the country opening stores for the company.. Ray Baker was the best man to ever work for. Also my Dm in florida Nick Hiller was my favorite boss ive ever had. Also Lee in the Washington area was great as well. I think that recruiting needs to do a better job with the people that they bring into the company. The lady they put in my store as a Co is the reason im no longer with the company

    Doesn't Recommend
    Positive Outlook
    No opinion of CEO
  2.  

    Very nice store.

    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee

    I have been working at Hobby Lobby

    Pros

    I love my position in Custom Framing. Working with customers in this department is very rewarding.

    Cons

    The store can get very, very messy, mostly because of college students. This makes recovery at night long and arduous.

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    Please train management in how to manage poor/ineffective employees. We have a lot of unchecked ineffectiveness that gets put onto other employees. No performance evaluations and all employees get paid the same.

  3. 1 person found this helpful  

    Alright needs work.

    • Comp & Benefits
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    • Senior Management
    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    Current Employee - Cashier  in  Tinley Park, IL (US)
    Current Employee - Cashier in Tinley Park, IL (US)

    I have been working at Hobby Lobby part-time for more than a year

    Pros

    Off on Sunday, Great place for creative people, frendly co-workers. very fast pace.

    Cons

    only promotes from the outside. co-workers only care about there departments. We are suppose to have 24 hours to work freight. We really only have one day. Manager is very miniplitve, and likes to harass. work schederal is put out on Friday or saturday.

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    Start promoting from within. concider your emploiees, put out schedural sooner.

    Recommends
    Neutral Outlook
    No opinion of CEO
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  5.  

    The only thing constant is change

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    • Senior Management
    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    Current Employee - Warehouse Co-Manager  in  Oklahoma City, OK (US)
    Current Employee - Warehouse Co-Manager in Oklahoma City, OK (US)

    I have been working at Hobby Lobby full-time for more than 8 years

    Pros

    Excellent working conditions, Clean warehouse with newer equipment, Medical facility on site open to employees at no cost. Processes are set and easy to execute

    Cons

    There is a small amount of "good old boy" management structure but it is slowly being weeded out. Expect to work long hours and deal with large amounts of employees

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    Institute three 8 hour shifts instead of trying to work 2 shift 10-11 hours a day plus Saturday. More structure for managers is needed. Decide on what is needed for advancement and let people know expectations.

    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    Approves of CEO
  6. 1 person found this helpful  

    I have been working at Hobby Lobby

    Pros

    Decent starting salary for comparable jobs in this area: $9/hr for part-time, $14/hr for full-time. (2013)
    Pleasant work environment. Most employees friendly and considerate of others.
    Customer service is the highest priority. Monthly training videos reinforced skills.
    Store kept neat and organized.
    Store closed on Sundays.

    Cons

    The work schedule was posted at the last minute, making it difficult to plan for family/friend time or to make appointments. There was no method for scheduling holidays either. Employees only knew 2-7 days in advance whether or not they would work on a certain Holiday.
    No extra compensation for extra responsibilities (such as managing a department or assistant store manager), or for years of experience. Employees made the same wages whether they worked there 2 weeks or 20 years.
    Part-time employees are required to work every Saturday (no exceptions).
    Full-time employees are required to work every other Saturday.

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    Create a plan for Holiday work schedules: alternate who works or have a Holiday sign-up sheet for the whole year. Employees should know well in advance for planning family time, travel, etc.
    Extra incentives for a job well done would be a great motivator; additional Saturday off, more pay, etc.

  7.  

    Possibilities are there

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    • Senior Management
    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    Current Employee - Stockman
    Current Employee - Stockman

    I have been working at Hobby Lobby part-time for less than a year

    Pros

    Very friendly environment and easy to get a long with co-workers. Customers are welcoming and usually easy to please. There is perks being Full-time or above once you can get into the company.

    Cons

    Massive pay cut to what I am use to and looks hard to get a raise unless someone is fired or leaves.

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    Part-time people able to receive promotions and benefits like Full-time employees.

    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    Approves of CEO
  8.  

    Department Head

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    • Senior Management
    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    Current Employee - Department Head  in  Las Vegas, NV (US)
    Current Employee - Department Head in Las Vegas, NV (US)

    I have been working at Hobby Lobby full-time for more than a year

    Pros

    Closed Sundays. Christian values. All holidays OFF!

    Cons

    Schedule Not posted until Friday (sometimes Saturday) for the following week!

    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    No opinion of CEO
  9.  

    A good job if you enjoy retail work

    • Comp & Benefits
    • Work/Life Balance
    • Senior Management
    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee

    I have been working at Hobby Lobby full-time

    Pros

    Good pay. Twice the minimum wage for full time employees. Christmas bonus every year is a plus.

    Cons

    Work-life balance isn't the best, but it's better than what you get at other retail stores. It can be hard to get time off, especially if you work part time.

    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    No opinion of CEO
  10. 1 person found this helpful  

    not what you would expect

    • Comp & Benefits
    • Work/Life Balance
    • Senior Management
    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee

    I have been working at Hobby Lobby

    Pros

    good pay and bonuses after a year~ personal time and vacation for full time employees, but the management has their view of what is considered personal time.

    Cons

    Full time means 35 hours, never enough help, demanding management. Never enough employees scheduled so the customers can't ever find somebody to help them.

    Disapproves of CEO
  11. 1 person found this helpful  

    A very draining experience

    • Comp & Benefits
    • Work/Life Balance
    • Senior Management
    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee

    I worked at Hobby Lobby full-time for more than 5 years

    Pros

    They suck you in with good pay, benefits, holiday bonuses and Sundays off. I left with plenty of experience to put on a resume.

    Cons

    Due to increasing pay for full-timers, part-time employee hours were cut to one or two days a week. Department heads were left to pick up the slack; running our own departments, setting seasonal merchandise, helping customers, and running a register all at once in a busy store. Customers complained on a regular basis, were unable to read signs, and left piles of merchandise and garbage . Management expected miracles, but the stock room ended up with seasonal stock piled, literally, floor to ceiling. Outside help was needed, and both manager and co-manager quit soon after. Company "values" are superficial, essentially limited to playing Christian soft jazz music and cutting off the informative tags of expensive handmade Indian blankets because of the word "gods". Most decor items come from China or India, and are poor quality. Christmas decor started to be set in June, and by the time the holidays came around employees were left feeling disenchanted, albeit sparkly with glitter. During monthly stock tests, we were reprimanded when a customer bought all of a certain item. Some employees worked 12-13 hours on truck days; all freight had to be put up, and sometimes a last minute decision would arise to complete a reset or markdown.

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    Get in touch with your employees, realize when they are being overworked. Stop sending all seasonal stock at once when department resets are still being sent out.

    Doesn't Recommend
    Disapproves of CEO

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