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Hobby Lobby Gives Pay Raises To Employees

Thursday, April 16, 2009 10 comments

In these difficult economic times many stores are cutting back. Yet Hobby Lobby a craft store known for using biblical principles in their business practice is now giving pay raises to their employees. Some things I noticed about Hobby Lobby is the Christian music being played in the store. Also, the store is not opened on Sundays. Here is their statement of purpose:

"In order to effectively serve our owners, employees, and customers the Board of Directors is committed to:

Honoring the Lord in all we do by operating the company in a manner consistent with Biblical principles.

Offering our customers an exceptional selection and value.

Serving our employees and their families by establishing a work environment and company policies that build character, strengthen individuals, and nurture families.

Providing a return on the owners' investment, sharing the Lord's blessings with our employees, and investing in our community.

We believe that it is by God's grace and provision that Hobby Lobby has endured. He has been faithful in the past, we trust Him for our future."

There are 416 stores in the Hobby Lobby chain. Employees at all of the stores were gathered to be notified of pay raises. The privately owned store chain said it was increasing pay for more than 6,900 of its employees because business has been good in the past few years. The company plans to hire 1,000 new workers this year and continue store expansion plans. "Our employees are the backbone of our company, and we believe that giving them the opportunity to share in our success is the right thing to do," said David Green, CEO and founder of Hobby Lobby. Frame shop Manager David Perry said he wasn't shocked the company issued the pay raise. Hobby Lobby has a history of caring for employees, he said, as evidenced by the chain's policy of remaining closed on Sundays so employees can have family time.


10 comments: to “ Hobby Lobby Gives Pay Raises To Employees so far...

  • Steve Martin April 16, 2009 at 10:56 AM


    Good for Hobby Lobby!!

  • MikeT April 20, 2009 at 9:35 AM

    I wonder if there are any in our area.

  • Anonymous April 20, 2009 at 10:43 PM

    I work for Hobby Lobby and while they are nice in keeping it closed on Sundays and giving eveyrone a raise, it is also upsetting to see those half as long as others, making the same rate as those longer. Example, I have been with Hobby Lobby 4 years, done well, climbed through with merit raises and such and while I have done this, everyone hired into the company now makes the same as I do. It didn't seem fair, though I do love the rate increase. Makes me think all that extra time and energy was for no good.

  • Anonymous June 28, 2009 at 8:08 PM

    The majority of Hobby Lobby employees are part-timers. The company's success is due, in a large part, to the hard work of these part-time employees. Yet, no pay raise at all is offered to part-timers. Hobby Lobby honors management and corporate staff but attempts to ignore the hard work of the people "on the floor" who actually serve the customers everyday.

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  • Anonymous March 13, 2010 at 5:31 AM

    Ask the co-managers how many hours a week without overtime pay they have to work to get their salary. Ask how many lives and careers have been ruined when they were suddenly fired for no apparent reason other than a district manager wanted to hire a friend or releative. Or, they wanted to hire a new person who would earn less to boost store profits. Get a contract in writing before you hire in as verbal promises made do not mean they will be kept. Either home office doesn't know or doesn't care whats actually going on in the districs for their policies definitely do not agree with their published statments. Future hires in store manager or co=manager beware. Don't give up a good job to go to work for Hobby Lobby.

  • Anonymous May 4, 2010 at 6:51 PM

    I have worked part-time at Hobby Lobby for two years. I have received a 50 cent raise during those two years while some of those around me received as much as $3 or more an hour raise just because they work 35 to 40 hours a week. They received these raises without consideration of their work duties or how well they perform those duties. The managers then have to have enough payroll to pay these full time people their raises, so guess whose hours get cut? The part-timers who did not get raises then also get their hours cut back.
    These raises are good for the full time employees, and Hobby Lobby gets FREE PUBLICITY, but it is extremely unfair for the part-time workers that strive to do their best performance at their jobs and/or those part timers that have worked at Hobby Lobby for many years.

  • Sean The Pay Raise Guy September 1, 2010 at 5:40 AM

    I have noticed a few people here unhappy that others around them are getting pay raises while they are yet to receive them.

    I was always taught that the noisy bird gets fed - ASK FOR YOUR RAISE.

    Develop a case for why you are worth more, point out all of the ways that you are making the business money, and help your boss to understand that you are an investment, not a cost.

    You should be printing the press release on the pay increase, putting together your case on how you are adding value to the business and booking meetings with your boss this week.

    Good luck!

  • Anonymous April 15, 2012 at 4:28 PM

    I have worked for Hobby Lobby for six years. As of April 15th, every fulltimer will get a raise to $13.00 an hour, great pay for retail. Do we work hard? YES! But we worked hard for less before.

    Why should I resent new hires getting the same pay? If they work as hard, aren't their bills the same as mine? They are not taking food from my table. If they earned less, I doubt I would earn more.

    I appreciate Hobby Lobby sharing their $ucce$$ with us who work in their stores every day.

  • Anonymous February 26, 2013 at 6:59 AM

    just stopping by to say hey

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