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Posted: 01/12/12 11:14am Link  |  Print  |  Notify Moderator

http://bottomline.msnbc.msn.com/_news/20........home-depot-hiring-70000-seasonal-workers


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Everything helps, but the question is how many will be hired for full-time positions, with benes, as opposed to seasonal, or permanent part-time.


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Posted: 01/12/12 01:18pm Link  |  Print  |  Notify Moderator

retiredtraveler wrote:

Everything helps, but the question is how many will be hired for full-time positions, with benes, as opposed to seasonal, or permanent part-time.


Headline states........"70,000 Seasonal"

Article states....."Temporary positions can lead to permanent jobs, according to Tim Crow, executive vice president for Human Resources"

And then states...."About half of The Home Depot’s 2011 seasonal hires stayed on in permanent positions as cashiers, sales associates, lot associates and garden associates, he said"
But DIDN'T clarify what 'permanent positions' entailed (permanent part-time, full-time etc.)

I know from conversations with many of the employees at a Home Depot in NM that they were 'permanent part-time' No benefits and held another job........

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A friend applied for one of those seasonal jobs at HD in October. Got a call, they wanted to interview him for an "Inventory Specialist" position based on his warehousing and database skills. The job entailed coming in at 3:00AM and restocking items, returning returned goods to the correct locations and random inventory checks. The starting pay was $7.75. Less than FIFTY CENTS more than minumum wage. 30 hours per week, no benefits. He passed.


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Big Katuna wrote:

A friend applied for one of those seasonal jobs at HD in October. Got a call, they wanted to interview him for an "Inventory Specialist" position based on his warehousing and database skills. The job entailed coming in at 3:00AM and restocking items, returning returned goods to the correct locations and random inventory checks. The starting pay was $7.75. Less than FIFTY CENTS more than minumum wage. 30 hours per week, no benefits. He passed.


Was your friend working before or since?

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Old-Biscuit wrote:

Big Katuna wrote:

A friend applied for one of those seasonal jobs at HD in October. Got a call, they wanted to interview him for an "Inventory Specialist" position based on his warehousing and database skills. The job entailed coming in at 3:00AM and restocking items, returning returned goods to the correct locations and random inventory checks. The starting pay was $7.75. Less than FIFTY CENTS more than minumum wage. 30 hours per week, no benefits. He passed.


Was your friend working before or since?


He has worked his entire working life in manufacturing, production, inventory control, purchasing and customer service at one company.

No job since they closed down.

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I find that wage (7.75/hr) a bit low, until I stop to consider that we've made these big box monsters what they are. The American consumer has become soooooo discount driven that these high volume, low margin retailers are our larger employers, paying the smallest of wages. We're simply getting what we've asked for..

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I would think that these "Seasonal Jobs" are aimed at the young, just out of college age group, since so many graduate with little real world work skills.
And "Partying" is not considered a job skill.
Some jobs at HD pay as much as $12-18 per hour, but it ain't for beginners.

Back in the OLD DAYS there used to be apprentice programs, where one would would they're but off learning a trade to be a journeyman, which led to high pay, but now the young want top pay for knowing nothing.

No country for old men.

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Big Katuna wrote:

Old-Biscuit wrote:

Big Katuna wrote:

A friend applied for one of those seasonal jobs at HD in October. Got a call, they wanted to interview him for an "Inventory Specialist" position based on his warehousing and database skills. The job entailed coming in at 3:00AM and restocking items, returning returned goods to the correct locations and random inventory checks. The starting pay was $7.75. Less than FIFTY CENTS more than minumum wage. 30 hours per week, no benefits. He passed.


Was your friend working before or since?




He has worked his entire working life in manufacturing, production, inventory control, purchasing and customer service at one company.

No job since they closed down.


The longer 'out of work', the least likely to get employment. Seems employers don't want to hire someone that has been out of it and more & more employers won't even consider someone that is 'unemployed'. Yep....won't even consider. These are some strange times but with economy the way it is, employers can do as they please.

That HD 3am job would provide employment, paycheck & time to pursue other employment while employed.

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lwmuddy wrote:

I would think that these "Seasonal Jobs" are aimed at the young, just out of college age group, since so many graduate with little real world work skills.
And "Partying" is not considered a job skill.
Some jobs at HD pay as much as $12-18 per hour, but it ain't for beginners.

Back in the OLD DAYS there used to be apprentice programs, where one would would they're but off learning a trade to be a journeyman, which led to high pay, but now the young want top pay for knowing nothing.

No country for old men.
In the past 20 years, I'm not aware of any "apprentice programs" at the Home Depot. If anything, the reverse is true - Home Depot hired experts in their trade to work specific departments in their stores. Why a skilled tradesman would reduce their income by working for a low paying retailer, is anybody's guess. I have worked as a vendor with The Home Depot, as well as Lowe's, for over 20 years.


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