A home is never finished. If it was possible to build an abode and never once modify or replace a single part of it ever again, then stores like Lowe’s wouldn’t exist. Think about it, at some point you’re going to need a new washer, an extension for an upcoming addition to the family, new carpet, a replacement pipe for the one that’s leaking under the sink, and so on. There’s nothing wrong with improving or maintaining your home, I just don’t know how to do it.
You do though, and that’s why we need to get you a Lowe’s application that you can use as your ticket to the wide world of home improvement. With over 2,000 stores worldwide, this growing business sits comfortably in the top three home improvement stores in the United States. Who doesn’t want to work for a company that’s eyeball deep in success? We’ll show you how to apply, and more importantly, how to stand out. It all starts with a good knowledge of the company’s history and vision.
The Company’s Vision and History
See what I did there? Lowe’s is an American chain of retail home improvement and appliance stores. There are locations in the United States, Canada, and Mexico. The company started here in the U.S. and it wasn’t until 2007 that it expanded into Canada with the first location being in Hamilton, Ontario. Two stores were constructed in Mexico in the city of Monterrey in 2011. There are plans to build over 150 stores in Australia over the next five years as well.
Lowe’s is ranked #43 on the Fortune 500 list. As of 2010 the headquarters are in Mooresville, North Carolina. It is currently ranked as the second largest hardware chain in the United States behind The Home Depot and it’s ahead of Menards. Globally the company is also ranked second behind, you guessed it, Home Depot. So, let’s see where all of this cutting, welding, gluing, and selling started from.
It all began in North Wilkesboro, North Carolina in 1921 when Lucius Smith Lowe started Lowe’s North Wilkesboro Hardware. He was a Baptist man who ran the business until his death in 1940, at which point his daughter, Ruth, inherited the family company. She apparently wasn’t interested in running it, because she sold the company to her brother Jim that same year. Jim took on a partner named Carl Buchan in 1943.
With Buchan in charge, the store moved away from the original focus of notions, dry goods, horse tack, snuff, produce and groceries, and instead switched to hardware and building materials. The company purchased a second location in 1949 located in the glorious city of Sparta, North Carolina. The two partners started thinking about different ways to move forward and it ended with them splitting in 1952 and Buchan taking full control of the company. The actual Lowe in this equation went on to open the Lowes Foods grocery store chain in 1954. Ever heard of it? Me neither.
Buchan died of a heart attack in 1960 at the age of 44, at which point his executive team took the company public. By the time 1962 rolled around, Lowe’s had 21 stores and had annual revenues of $32 million! There was a small dip in the 1980’s when Home Depot and other big-box stores started moving in on the same territory, so the company was forced to adopt the big-box theme themselves.
Lowe’s won eight consecutive Energy Star awards from 2003 to 2010 which also included four Energy Star Partner of the Year awards for educating the consumers about the benefits of being energy efficient. In 2010 the company also received a Energy Star Sustained Excellence Award in Retail. Seriously, now they’re just making these up. Turns out they’re not because the award was given to the company for reducing greenhouse gas emissions by promoting energy-efficient products and educating customers along the way.
A company with strong roots, good standing, and they care about the environment? What’s not to like? Let’s talk paper now, the employment kind.
Since Lowe’s is situated at number two in the top three hardware store chains, it’s time to weigh in on the other stores and put your name forth with them as well. Check out Home Depot, which we’ve featured extensively on the site. Menards is also looking like the place to be, especially their flagship store in Wisconsin. Finally, check out the information we have on Ace Hardware, each store is individually owned so you have an opportunity to really make a solid impression.
Lowe’s Application Online
We’re not talking about selling Christmas decorations here, so you’ll need to be at least eighteen years old to apply. That being said, head over to the career’s page of the Lowe’s website to get started. On here, you can search for local job openings by specifying your location and the job category you wish to apply for. Once you find one that piques your interest, you will create a profile and start the process.
During the process, you will provide information about your availability, job history, and you will also complete several personality and skill tests. When you’re filling out these fields remember to be honest and accurate. They aren’t testing for someone in particular, they just want to know who you are, which is the perfect person to work at Lowe’s, so just be yourself. Because the company receives a lot of applications on a regular basis, they will not comment on your status via phone or email.
Alternatively, you can stop into the store where you applied and speak with a manager directly, but you will most likely hear from the store via phone within a week or two if they wish to conduct an interview. The company prides itself in a streamlined process though, so you don’t need to worry about your employment form getting lost in the pile.
Each location employs up to 150 people at a time, in addition there are also distribution centers where you can load and unload deliveries. Working in one of these will require you to lift up to fifty pounds consistently and daily. These distribution centers also offer management positions to supervise the safety and efficiency of the workers.
All associates at Lowe’s receive some level of benefits, which is a nice touch. Entry-level employees can expect the following options:
- Flexible Scheduling
- Compensated Job Training
- Competitive Pay Rates
Of course, when you work your way up in the company, there’s always additional benefits that you can expect to receive. Here’s some long term things to look forward to:
- Future Planning
- Health and Wellness
- 401(k) Retirement Plans
- Life Insurance
- Stock Purchasing Plans
- Medical Insurance
- Dental Insurance
- Vision Insurance
- Short Term Disability
- Paid Time Off
- Tuition Reimbursement
- Employee Discounts
What are you thinking? I’ll bet you’re ready to fill out a Lowe’s application right now, so I won’t keep you much longer. A few final tips though, if you don’t mind. Firstly, I would highly recommend that you stop in if you don’t hear back within a week after applying. Remember, they won’t take inquiries via phone or email so it has to be face-to-face. Going through this process shouldn’t be difficult, but remember to keep your wits about you and answer everything truthfully and honestly.
Thanks as always for reading, and if you enjoyed this article, be sure to check out some of the other companies featured in the direct competitors sections above. Best of luck to you!