Home Depot to Hire 80,000 As it Preps for Spring

Home improvement retailer has more than 350 openings in Massachusetts alone.

Home Depot plans to hire 80,000 for its spring selling season. Photo Credit: Home Depot
Home Depot plans to hire 80,000 for its spring selling season. Photo Credit: Home Depot
By Liz Taurasi

Home Depot announced Wednesday it plans to fill 80,000 positions nationwide as the spring selling season approaches.

"Spring is our peak hiring season, giving us the opportunity to find some of the best associates who are passionate about customer service," said Tim Crow, executive vice president of Human Resources for the home improvement retailer in a press release issued Wednesday.

The website currently lists more than 16,000 jobs nationwide, with 359 in Massachusetts,159 in New Hampshire and 71 in Rhode Island. Job seekers can research openings and apply online at www.careers.homedepot.com.

Home Depot has 2,263 retail stores in all 50 states, the District of Columbia, Puerto Rico, U.S. Virgin Islands, Guam, 10 Canadian provinces and Mexico.
Tyler Jozefowicz February 13, 2014 at 12:35 PM
All low paying jobs with no benefits. Nothing you can support a family on. Need 3 of those jobs to break even. Keep bashing unions , and turning a blind eye when corporations hire overseas, ship factories and subcontract overseas, and outsource jobs to foreign countries. Middle class is screwed. I don't expect any confluence from the retirees here still living in the 50s.
steve forte February 13, 2014 at 01:28 PM
Shop local. Buy from Littleton lumber. Homedepot is just walmart with wood.
BH February 13, 2014 at 01:43 PM
So don't work there. I see a lot of young kids and elderly working at Home Depot, they needs these part time jobs also.
Rob C February 13, 2014 at 01:51 PM
As usual Tyler just bashes companies hiring people and is clueless of the facts. All you have to do is click on the provided link and see that half the jobs listed in MA come with medical/dental, 401k and tuition reimbursement and pay ~$12.50/hour. Hourly wage for a cashier is ~$9.30 and ~$11.60 for those on the floor. Not exactly high paying but well above minimum wage and it is no skilled part time work. You can’t support yourself or a family on part time. You support yourself and a family by learning a skill and making something of yourself, not getting by at the lowest level for your entire life.
Rob C February 13, 2014 at 01:52 PM
I agree with Steve, smaller yards and local hardware stores are the way to go if you can still find them. Costs a little more but the quality of the wood and other products is superior to Home Depot and Lowes. However not always an option.
Joe Viglione February 13, 2014 at 01:55 PM
Your post was pushed down on the search engine thanks to Malden Access TV "Clerk" and board member Julie "The Jarhead" Kelleher wanting to bully her post above yours. Medford Patch is where she did it.
BH February 13, 2014 at 01:57 PM
Home Depot and lowes are necessary as are mom and pops. Contractors can't go to the lumber yard, small hardware store and paint store in one day, they require one stop shopping. As a homeowner I prefer to give my money to a smaller family owner. Neither has to be eliminated.
Steven Sadowski February 14, 2014 at 08:24 AM
1st.) While mom and pops are great, I think we over-romanticize them a bit as well. As a worker, you have zero chance of advancement since blood is usually thicker than water as the mom and pop leave the store to their kids (nepotism). In a chain store you can start out as temp, become full time (Obamacare willing), work hard make it to shift super., asst. mgr, mgr, regional mgr. etc. Many of the top CEO's of large companies started out at the bottom...###.... 2nd) Big chains become big by finding out what we as consumers want, delivering it well, and then replicating that model several times (like a science experiment) until they become large. Sometimes mom and pops stay mom and pops because the mom and pop like to stay simple, but in many cases, the mom and pop model is inferior, or has a structure/product that cannot be replicated regionally.
BH February 14, 2014 at 09:06 AM
Steven, why wouldn't mom and pops hire and promote their kids? That's their prerogative. They own the (usually) one location business. Home Depot had tens of thousands of employees and hundreds of corporate jobs. Kinda apples and oranges. The idea is to give money to a family that may own one true value instead of an international conglomerate where the owners are billionaires.
Steven Sadowski February 14, 2014 at 09:20 AM
BH: I didn't say mom and pops shouldn't be allowed nepotism. That's their right. I was speaking from a workers POV. One of the hallmarks of this country is for caste movement from one strata to another, not a resigned station. One of the things corporations deliver is that freedom of movement based upon hard work, dedication and education. 2.) "Yes," this an apples to oranges comparison but isn't that the point of this thread? Comparing mom and pops to Lowes/HD? What have we been discussing for the past 7-9 posts? 3.) Why "give money" to a business? When you do that, it stops being a business and starts becoming a charity. A true business has to earn your transaction regardless of what it is or how big/small it is. That is the beauty of what little is left of our free market economy is that in a free market exchanges are voluntary. CVS, for example, can't force you to buy there, they have to lure you with competitive prices, products you want, and consistency.
BH February 14, 2014 at 09:54 AM
I think people are intelligent enough not to work for a small mom and pop with aspirations of advancement. Often times times it is family members or people that only need part time work filling these positions. I don't think there is any over-romanticizing at the thought of giving my money to a family owned business with roots in my town or a neighboring town rather than a billionaire owned conglomerate. And I don't think we need the lesson on a business earning our money, that goes without saying, people know theyare free to spend what they want, where they want.
Steven Sadowski February 15, 2014 at 09:18 AM
BH. I didn't say workers were being duped only that there are differences between the two models. There are pros and cobs to each. I be worked for both and saw the good and bad in each. Your billionaire quip is refuted in many ways. 1st most of these corporations have stock that probably buoys your 401k and the title of this post says it all. The day Sales Pizza guess 80k during Obama's recovery then we can start talking apples to apples. Until then you re right.... It's apples to oranges.
Steven Sadowski February 15, 2014 at 09:20 AM
Sorry on my phone. Several typos due to the swipe checker.
Paul John Maisano February 17, 2014 at 08:13 AM
I enjoy each opinionS offered. However, the fact remains that corporate America is not going to go away!! Agreed, as consumers, we must spread our purchasing power to the many smaller businesses, at minimum insuring their survival in the local community. Corporate America is not worried about people!!! The focus of any corporation is sales, profit, and stockholders dividends.....not workers. Most retailers are shifting to historically high numbers of part time workers to avoid paying higher wages, benefits, and the potential of organized labor initiatives. For nearly twenty five years' the HOME DEPOT, under the watch full eye of its founder, Bernie Marcus, maintained decent full-time jobs with the average workers wage floating around $ 15.00 per hour, note this slightly varied within the regions of the country. Now with its founders in retirement, the younger guru's work to further the corporate entity, as they enhance their personal stock options, abandoning the American worker. Like most corporate entities they have adjusted their policies to maximize profits at the expense of working people. Look within our own lives, or around your home, examine the contents of your closet.....what in there is MADE BY AMERICANS. We are as guilty for this mess as any offshore corporation!!!! We must attempt to purchase products, MADE IN AMERICA, even its just a a shirt, or pair of shoes. The American consumer still maintains the highest disposable income in the world. We are the worlds largest consumers of products.......if we all just spent a few of those dollars on our own products, it would be a great start!! Just a thought, by PAUL MAISANO.
BH February 17, 2014 at 08:35 AM
I disagree that corporations do not care about people. They absolutely care about the consumer, that's why you can have such a wide selection of products at low prices at a large store. These companies are not forcing anyone to work there. If an hourly employee does not want to work at Home Depot, they are well within their right as an American to further their skills or education and seek alternate employment. And your argument is basically that capitalism is the root of evil. Be that as it may, it's the root of our economy and Home Depot is doing nothing illegal. It's up to the consumers to do something about this, the blame does not fall on the capitalist (operating within the law) business owners.
Paul John Maisano February 17, 2014 at 09:31 AM
Thanks for your perspective, although I must maintain my position. I define this matter as a mutual responsibility. Obviously, you have not fully comprehended my written words. I make no such innuendos of any such activities within any corporate entities. However, my research indicates a clear pattern of behavior within the flawed corporate policy of reducing the majority of full-time employment positions to part-time employment for obvious reasons. Incidentally, it is coincidental to the rising initiative abandoning long term older experienced dedicated workers who, after a decade, or so, now earn a higher wage, but are unfortunately over fifty-five. A few corporations elect to employ younger individuals, at half the compensation, part-time without any benefits. You may choose to investigate the long record of factual information publicly available !! To your point, corporations offer a variety of products to maximize your shopping experience, as it maximizes their bottom line ....that's good marketing. Agreed, workers can freely choose who to work for, and continued educational benefits are within, particularly at Home Depot. However, the benefit threshold is reserved for mostly full time workers, a shrinking minority percentage of the workforce. My point is not defining the potentiality of CORPORATE GREED, or illegal behaviors, as you defined, it's the need for SHARED RESPONSIBILITY!! Finally, I have enjoyed your comments so much that I wish to invite you to share your positions publicly to a larger audience on my TV cable show on public issues with Paul Maisano. Check it out on youtube if you wish! Contact me directly by email, blackstone2923@gmail.com for more information. Your viewpoint is valuable to publicly air, and most of all preserve....even though I believe it is flawed. I look forward to hearing from you.....and a huge thank you for commenting regards from Paul Maisano.
BH February 17, 2014 at 09:47 AM
Hey Paul, pardon me if I'm skeptical as most commenters post their opinion and then simply insult others who may disagree. I understand your points and agree with some. I have a conundrum when it comes to business however. I believe in capitalism and the free market, and I'm an advocate for less government intervention as they have all but made it impossible for small businesses to establish, operate and grow in this country, and this state. But I do think there is a role government needs to play when it comes to these large corporations and their incredibly uneven financial structure. It's completely hypocritical of me to think that way, but I agree there is a major issue. Thanks for the invite Paul, I'll check out your channel
Paul John Maisano February 17, 2014 at 11:45 AM
I'm with you....please contact me. We might just be capable of doing what Washington, DC can't...work together!!!! Enjoy your holiday. Regards Paul Maisano.
Steven Sadowski February 17, 2014 at 08:33 PM
The goal of a corporation is to establish a monopoly. In a free market this would be done by providing unparalleled service at unbeatable prices. However we do not have a free market. What remains outside of the govt's administration is partnered with govt. As crony-capitalism. The only true threat to a monopoly is a start-up. I can give you dozens of examples but most recently ADT is losing business to small businesses that offer the same thing w/o the long term contract. There will be an answer to Home Depot but not just because it's made in the USA but because you can get a ton of stuff for remodeling cheaper. If not? Guess what It's Home Depot or Lowes. Maybe there is no mom and pop solution?
steve forte February 18, 2014 at 07:14 AM
Well mon and pops are offering a different product. Maybe I shouldn't say a different product , but they are delivering it in a different way. When Im working and I have to run to a hardware store Im already pissed at myself for not having said item in the truck already. Im not looking to drive 5 miles, walk across a huge parking lot then wonder a warehouse for an item. A mom and pop offers me the ability to park next to the door, waltz in , get what I need in under 4 minutes and be on my way. Yes I may have spent $1 or $2 more for said item ,but I will more then make up for it in less lost billable hrs. Same with working around my home. Time I have to do that is limited and I don't want to waste it .
BH February 18, 2014 at 02:46 PM
To each their own Steve. I'm with you, unless I need an array of different products that my local store may not have.


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