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History

The Home Depot was founded in 1978 by Bernie Marcus and Arthur Blank. Along with investment banker Ken Langone and merchandising guru Pat Farrah, the founders’ vision of one-stop shopping for the do-it-yourselfer came to fruition when they opened the first two Home Depot stores on June 22, 1979, in Atlanta, Georgia. The first stores, at around 60,000 square feet each, were cavernous warehouses that dwarfed the competition and stocked 25,000 SKUs, much more than the average hardware store at that time. Empty boxes piled high on the shelves gave the illusion of even more product.

From the start, associates were able to offer the best customer service in the industry, guiding customers through projects such as laying tile, changing a fill valve or handling a power tool. Not only did store associates undergo rigorous product knowledge training, but they also began offering clinics so customers could learn how to do it themselves. The Home Depot revolutionized the home improvement industry by bringing the know-how and the tools to the consumer and by saving them money.

According to Bernie and Arthur, the customer has a bill of rights at The Home Depot, and this entitles the customer to the right assortment, quantities and price, along with trained associates on the sales floor who want to take care of customers. Their philosophy of customer service – “whatever it takes” – means cultivating a relationship with customers rather than merely completing a transaction. As Bernie says in Built from Scratch, “At the end of the day, we’re in the people business.”

Vision

As the global leader in the home improvement industry, our ability to understand, embrace and operate in a multicultural world, where we serve a diverse array of customers, is critical to our success. In order to remain competitive, our workforce must mirror the diversity of the world we operate in.

To serve our customers, we must know our customers. To know our customers, we must reflect our customers. The greater the diversity of our people, the greater our ability to serve our customers.

People

The Home Depot Inc.
2455 Paces Ferry Road
Atlanta, GA 30309
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(770) 433-8211
(770) 384-2356 Fax

Benefits
The Home Depot offers our associates the opportunity to choose from a variety of flexible benefit plans designed to meet individual and family needs. Specific plans are available for part-time hourly, full-time hourly and salaried associates, and may cover eligible dependents, including same-sex domestic partners. Benefit options include: Health Insurance The Home Depot offers associates the peace of mind that comes with comprehensive health insurance. Health insurance packages can include:
  • Medical
  • Dental
  • Vision
Life and Other Insurance The Home Depot offers you and your family the protection you need in the event of death or disability. Insurance options can include:
  • Life Insurance
  • Disability Insurance
  • Accidental Death and Dismemberment (AD&D) Insurance
  • Long-term Care Insurance
  • Auto/Homeowners Insurance
  • Veterinary Pet Insurance
Financial The Home Depot wants to help associates retain their earnings. We offer several programs that can help build financial security, including:
  • Health Savings Account
  • 401(k)
  • Employee Stock Purchase Plan (ESPP)
  • Direct Deposit and Credit Union
Time Off Paid time off may be offered to The Home Depot associates in the following situations:
  • Vacation
  • Holidays
  • Personal/Sick Days
  • Leave of Absence (including military leave)
  • Jury Duty
  • Bereavement Days
Work/Life Other benefits of working at The Home Depot include:
  • Tuition Reimbursement
  • Relocation Assistance
  • Matching Gift Program
  • Adoption Assistance
  • Legal Services Plan
Tuition Reimbursement The Home Depot’s Tuition Reimbursement program encourages and supports associates who enroll in college, university and technical school courses in order to obtain an associate’s, bachelor’s, master’s, doctoral or technical degree. Our program allows eligible associates to receive reimbursement for approved courses that are related to company business. Part-time Benefits The Home Depot values all of our associates and offers part-time benefits that include:
  • Medical
  • Dental
  • Vision
  • Short-term Disability Insurance
  • Life Insurance

Culture
Inside our stores, distribution centers and offices, our associates create community by working together to provide the best products and service to our customers. But The Home Depot community doesn’t stop at the edge of our parking lots. The dedication of our associates and The Home Depot Foundation extends our community beyond our boundaries and into the neighborhoods and cities we serve.

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