Our research shows that Lowe’s does perform background checks.
What to know about background checks:
For some states, seven years is the farthest a background check can go. If your felony happened seven years ago or more, it may not be a problem for you in these states:
- New Hampshire*
- New York*
(* sometimes certain pay or salary bracket positions require one.)
More good news. In the following states, felonies in which you were declared not guilty will not show up on a background check:
- Indiana (limited check)
- New York
If you live in the states below, however, we have bad news. These states make your entire record visible to background checks. Guilty convictions, not-guilty — everything will be on the table. You may run into bigger challenges when applying living here:
- Indiana (extensive check)
- New Jersey
- North Carolina
- North Dakota
- Rhode Island
- South Carolina
- West Virginia
Lowe’s has a rating of 3.4 out of 5 on Glassdoor, with 61% recommending the job. Despite that average score, employees mostly had good things to say about the company.
When talking about the pros, employees praised the pay. Even with part-time hours, they said it’s possible to make good money. Employees also note that even part-timers are eligible for holiday pay and benefits like stock options!
On the con end, employees took issue with how full-time positions required open availability. They also said that, on the flip side, part-time can be very light on hours sometimes.
Make sure to keep these in mind to make sure you’re okay with them before applying!
What felonies Lowe’s will not hire
The company hasn’t said one way or the other if they have specific charges that will bar you from employment here.
What felony convictions might have a hard time getting hired here?
Above all else, Lowe’s depends on its customers. So if you have ever had any kind of violent felony, chances are Lowe’s will pass you up due to a perceived risk of bad customer interactions.
Lowe’s also deals with lots of small, valuable parts. If you have any theft-related felonies, be they burglary or even something more minor than that, Lowe’s will likely pass on hiring you.
There is also some indication that those with drug-related felonies will have a hard time getting hired at Lowe’s. There have been online examples of people being denied during the background check phase because of a drug-related felony.
Just when does Lowe’s hire felons or people with other criminal records? Well, it might be when your record doesn’t look like a threat to them. Do your best to show them it’s not!
Does Lowe’s hire sex offenders?
We haven’t seen any firsthand information on this. It’s a good idea to expect to have to address this if it’s on your file.
Does Lowe’s drug test?
Research shows that Lowe’s does perform pre-employment drug screens. There is also indication that Lowe’s will do them on employees who are either injured on the job or suspected of intoxication.
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