Hobby Lobby Reviews

Updated 17 April, 2015
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Hobby Lobby CEO David Green
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Pros
  • The fact that the store closes at 8PM nightly and is closed on Sundays is a big deal (in 70 reviews)

  • Hobby Lobby has increased wages for full time employees by one dollar for several years (in 39 reviews)

Cons
  • They KEEP you from being full time so they don't have to give you benefits (in 51 reviews)

  • As a part-time worker you have very little say in when or how much you want to work (in 29 reviews)

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  1. Helpful (1)

    Good on the surface

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    • Career Opportunities
    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee

    I worked at Hobby Lobby

    Doesn't Recommend
    Neutral Outlook
    Disapproves of CEO
    Doesn't Recommend
    Neutral Outlook
    Disapproves of CEO

    Pros

    -The store is closed on Sundays so you can generally plan on not coming in that day although sometimes there are shifts available on Sundays for inventory and special projects
    -The pay when I worked there was about 50 cents above minimum wage

    Cons

    -Management kept me at 33 hours per week to avoid promoting me to full time which would have nearly doubled my pay and offered me health care
    -Management in general is incompetent, egotistical, and lazy
    -You are discouraged from taking your full (legally required) break time
    -Tiny infractions can lead to write ups or termination

  2. Helpful (4)

    Would be a great place to work with good management!

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    Former Employee - Department Head
    Former Employee - Department Head

    I worked at Hobby Lobby full-time (more than a year)

    Neutral Outlook
    Approves of CEO
    Neutral Outlook
    Approves of CEO

    Pros

    Enjoyed the work and co-workers; enjoyed having Sundays off. Opportunities are for the most part, given to those who work the hardest.

    Cons

    Manager at the store I worked at was horrendous--no respect for employees or life outside of work--even if you are sick the manager did not accept that as a reason to miss work and insisted you take medicine for it and come in right away. Long hours on most days, especially truck days when you stay until ALL departments are done. The schedule is put out ONE day in advance and only for a week out. Schedule is often changed and rarely adhered to.

    Advice to Management

    Review your management team and don't just assume they are qualified because they have been in the company for a long time. Stick to schedules and be upfront with employees about how much they will be working on days like truck days/inventory and order days.

  3. Helpful (1)

    For retail a great job

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    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    Former Employee - Department Head of Home Accents in Broken Arrow, OK (US)
    Former Employee - Department Head of Home Accents in Broken Arrow, OK (US)

    I worked at Hobby Lobby full-time

    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    No opinion of CEO
    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    No opinion of CEO

    Pros

    Pay and benefits were good. Sundays off. Closing by 8pm, even on holiday seasons. Black Friday/Saturday closed by 9.

    Cons

    Constantly redoing the inventory, reworking the products. Managers were mostly trained by the seasoned employees. High turn over on managers. LONG truck days.

    Advice to Management

    Train management better, advance the seasoned store employees who sometimes know more than managers do. Listen to the "little people" of your company.

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  5. Helpful (2)

    Stockman

    • Comp & Benefits
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    • Senior Management
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    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee

    I worked at Hobby Lobby full-time

    Doesn't Recommend
    Neutral Outlook
    No opinion of CEO
    Doesn't Recommend
    Neutral Outlook
    No opinion of CEO

    Pros

    Decent pay, closes early, and closed on Sunday.

    Cons

    Management is terrible and they do not care about the employees. Everything is about money.

    Advice to Management

    None

  6. Csm

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    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee

    I have been working at Hobby Lobby

    Recommends
    Neutral Outlook
    No opinion of CEO
    Recommends
    Neutral Outlook
    No opinion of CEO

    Pros

    Pays well for what you'll do

    Cons

    Gets busy and hectic during Christmas

    Advice to Management

    It can be better

  7. Helpful (1)

    seasonal department manager

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    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee

    I worked at Hobby Lobby full-time

    Recommends
    Neutral Outlook
    Recommends
    Neutral Outlook

    Pros

    Slow paced, Christian faith environment, stay home moms are main customers a small discount rarely used mine could learn a craft or a new hobby

    Cons

    Management very mean, system outdated didnt get alot of hours somewhere between 32 to 35 hrs was considered a full-time employee no one recieved overtime

    Advice to Management

    Up date management system check out system ordering system be nicer to employees. For most part cool work environment iit ok

  8. Helpful (2)

    Love my job. Not so keen on their advancement opportunities.

    • Comp & Benefits
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    • Senior Management
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    Current Employee - Department Lead
    Current Employee - Department Lead

    I have been working at Hobby Lobby (more than 3 years)

    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    No opinion of CEO
    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    No opinion of CEO

    Pros

    Pay and sense of family

    Cons

    33 hour work weeks high management turn over no room for advancement

    Advice to Management

    Promote from within like they claimed they would. Work as a department lead to help understand the job better

  9. Very good place to work.

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    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee

    I worked at Hobby Lobby

    Recommends
    Neutral Outlook
    Approves of CEO
    Recommends
    Neutral Outlook
    Approves of CEO

    Pros

    They had good hours to work.

    Cons

    Slightly boring of a place to work.

  10. Helpful (1)

    Working at Hobby Lobby has gave me a lot of expierence with customer service and working in a fast pass environment.

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    • Senior Management
    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    Current Employee - Part Time Cashier in Grandville, MI (US)
    Current Employee - Part Time Cashier in Grandville, MI (US)

    I have been working at Hobby Lobby

    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    Approves of CEO
    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    Approves of CEO

    Pros

    Closes at 8:00 pm, pay rate starts off at $9.00 p/h, closed on Sundays.

    Cons

    Not enough hours, have to be full time for benefits.

  11. Helpful (4)

    on the fence with this company but need the job

    • Comp & Benefits
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    • Senior Management
    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee

    I have been working at Hobby Lobby full-time (more than 5 years)

    Doesn't Recommend
    Neutral Outlook
    No opinion of CEO
    Doesn't Recommend
    Neutral Outlook
    No opinion of CEO

    Pros

    good starting salary for full time
    sundays off
    most associates are really good hard working people

    Cons

    never hire full time, always just part time until a full time position is open, which there are few
    cutting hours to keep the big wigs rolling in the dough
    expecting everyone to work nights which usually follows with a 8 am call for morning
    not paying fair wages to dept managers
    new hires get the same full time salary that those who have been there for many years , everyone should get their own merit / annual raises that goes beyond new hire wages
    expect each person to do the work of 3 people in an unreasonable amount of time and when they do it instead of encouragement and praise for a job well done you only get more criticism of how you should now do even more
    Dave Green has no idea how hard we work to keep him in the millions and while most of the wages are fair, there are many gaps that should be better, and there should be more appreciation for what we do instead of criticism pushing for more when we already to so much more than we should have to because they keep the store understaffed

    Advice to Management

    Treat your dept heads fairly especially in the depts that have the most work like framing. Framing manager should get more than just 50 cents above full time, responsibilities are outrageous and when there is a problem with their team dept head gets the heat. The stress of demands on the framing manager is extreme and there is no reward for going above and beyond what it takes to keep the shop running, spotless, and keep customers happy and coming back ex:.my store manager is now talking about hiring a part timer at 2 dollars above the minimun wage for part time and yet the framing manager is only making 50 cents more than regular full time. this is completely unfair and unreasonable, there are so many extra responsibilities along with the regular shop functions and 50 cents is more of an insult

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