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  • hirilos hirilos Jul 22, 2010 8:41 PM Flag

    Why does lowes say they want college graduates?

    and on what basis does one get a raise for having a college degree? does the current position require a college degree - probably not so a raise is not appropriate. and in case no one told you in college, the degree without experience is limiting. second, if you are already working they should give you a raise just because....? Not really how business works. third, the individual should apply for more demanding positions, one that has a college degree requirement perhaps since she/he already has experience in the store. fourth, this inidvidual should go to the internship program if he/she would like a leg up on a future with Lowes.

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    • dsc20601 • Jul 23, 2010 12:47 PM Flag
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      You should reward someone for acquiring a degree. Second offer the college grad a better position. By doing neither it shows lowes does not want good people.

    • You should reward someone for acquiring a degree. Second offer the college grad a better position. By doing neither it shows lowes does not want good people.

    • "and on what basis does one get a raise for having a college degree?"

      On the basis that it is required by a number of positions and raises are given in many government jobs for obtaining a degree. If you enter the military with a degree you can enter as an officer and not a private. There are also raises for police and fire departments depending on the state/local government. Massachusetts has the Quinn bill that gives a raise for an associates, bachelors and masters degree. It resulted in much fewer civil rights complains which saves the government money.

      "does the current position require a college degree - probably not so a raise is not appropriate.

      "and in case no one told you in college, the degree without experience is limiting."

      Depends. Simply working isn't exactly an experience either. When a form of employment becomes a somatic it ultimately plateaus. For example if someone runs a store for say 10 years and you compare that to someone that runs a store for 15 what exactly is that extra five years going to be worth? There's a limit generally to experience especially when a job has little variance. Education varies as no curriculum has ever said to say read a chapter in a book and repeat it for the rest of the school year. As I illustrated earlier lowes has lower standards than most other retailers.

      Take any form of competition and if organizations start to raise standards it can pressure others to do so. For example when seatbelts came out they were options in a few brands of cars in the late 50's...then became mandatory in the early 60's. Who wants to be known as the company that didn't offer it?

      "second, if you are already working they should give you a raise just because....? Not really how business works. third, the individual should apply for more demanding positions, one that has a college degree requirement perhaps since she/he already has experience in the store. fourth, this inidvidual should go to the internship program if he/she would like a leg up on a future with Lowes."

      There's not much for internship positions at lowes..not unless you want to drive quite a bit. They don't allow much in the way of store autonomy...frankly it doesn't hurt to ask for more money because of the high turnover rate. Pay more to retain people or they'll be lost. Lower amounts of employees there mean higher accident rates, lower productivity and lower sales.

      There are no higher positions at lowes that require a degree..it's not required for store managers, district managers, regional vice presidents, senior regional vice presidents etc.

 
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