From Portland, Oregon — 06/04/2008
Out of all the jobs I have worked for, this has been the best... Which isn't saying much, nor is it really an insult.
Pay - The pay is okay, at best. I'm off minimum wage and have actually received a 30 cent raise in the few months I've been there... So why so low on pay? No hours. Period. I'm working a shift a week and as this is currently my main source of income (I'm struggling, badly, to find a secondary job to help increase my income... But the market just doesn't seem to like me and retail in general seems to be comatose at best), it hurts badly. I don't get enough money to survive more than a week off of... I'm just glad I have a place to live where I don't have to pay rent or else I'd be on the street, starving. I understand WHY we don't have the hours, but it still ticks me off to no end.
Respect - Very high where I am. My store managers are all absolutely amazing and consistently give you praise when you do well. If you don't, then they respectfully point out where you're not doing well and will work with you to improve that. So yeah... I would say that on the lower rung of the ladder, that you're respected. Beyond that? I'm not sure. I don't know the DM or RM that well, so I can't pass any judgment.
Benefits - I don't take advantage of them. I've got access to hospital employee level benefits... So I'm leaving this blank.
Job Security - It's up in the air. I left this on the negative side because there have been some physical security issues that I'm aware of at my location. As for keeping your job, it seems to be based, heavily, on your sales numbers. Which should only be an aspect of what keeps you there, instead of the super-major driving force.
Work/Life Balance - I don't have much to say. I gave this one a positive number since, well, working as few hours as I do allows for me to have a lot of free time.
Career Potential/Growth - It seems like you can get promoted fairly easily (and not because managers all over the board quit every ten seconds, either) since it's based on sales numbers. Be a good seller, get more hours and you're more likely to be considered for promotion. At the same time, this hurts it. You're almost exclusively evaluated on how well you can sell the subscriptions and reservations, which I think is a bad thing. You should be considered depending on all sorts of things; dependability, job performance, customer service, sales, etc.
Location - There are a billion locations in my area that are all super easy to get to, even on bus lines. Yeah, they rule in that department in my opinion.
Co-Worker Competence - It seems most people agree; your co-workers rock here. I have no issues with any of them and they work just as hard as I do, which creates an odd situation when management is trying to figure out who is the best out of them all. >.>
Work Environment - We have a fairly clean store that happens to be rather old. It's in a very fast paced area that gets disorganized really quickly. I left it at a 0 because there's some things wrong with it that I can't identify and some things I can't identify that I like about it.
Overall, it's a decent starter job. If you want to make it a career, you can... Just don't think that this is a retail job... As it's more sales intensive than most retail jobs. Oh! The incentives are pretty good, too. You get discounts on things you simply shouldn't. ^_^