What makes over 290,000 employees stick around at Lowe’s? The $11.70 starting hourly wage probably has something to do with it. The big-name hardware store has small-town roots. Today, though, it’s the second biggest home improvement retailer in the country. Lowe’s has 2,370 stores including branches in Mexico and Canada. This brand is known for offering competitive wages and lots of other perks that contribute to employee longevity. All Lowe’s staff gets a 10% discount. Even part time employees can get in on the health insurance benefits which includes dental and vision. A unique aspect of Lowe’s is their trade skill development programs, offered in Charlotte, Richmond, Denver, and Pittsburgh. Lowe’s will actually pay someone to get on the job training, develop their trade skills, and even place them outside Lowe’s in an apprenticeship with a contracting network site.