From Toledo, OH — 10/27/2009
If you don't like working at Kohls, you don't know what work is -- especially restaurant work. I worked at Kohls for a year when I couldn't find a good job. I was dreading the experience after reading the reviews on this site. I'm sure there are good Kohl's and there are bad Kohls. It is entirely possible that I just lucked out and got a good Kohls.
Pay -- The pay is pretty crappy. It is a retail job. You don't exactly need a skill set to work there. But, with minimum wage, comes minimum work. If walking around a department store for 6 hours helping people find blenders, finding vacuum cleaners from the attic, and answering the phone while occasionally doing cashier work seems stressful to you, I recommend you find a way to get on welfare. Fast. Because this job is butt easy. Also, your customers don't expect much of you. Some of them yell. Some of them are rude. Who gives a shit? Try waiting tables or tending bar. Then you will see the evil people are capable of.
Respect -- Kohls is a corporation with over 1000 stores. You are NOT a beautiful and unique snowflake. You are a number. If this is a problem for you, work at a mom and pop store, or a locally-owned restaurant. Each has its drawbacks. One of the great things about Kohls is that you have half a brain, you will never be the worst employee there. Don't stand out. Stay in the middle. If you want to be the best employee ever (tm), go for it, but then you will probably get talked into taking a supervisor position (aka, people who have to do actual work). If you just stay on as associate, doing small things like staying an extra hour will make supervisors view you as the Risen Christ. It also helps to NEVER EVER bitch about your job. Nobody cares, and since it so easy, it only makes others hate you. Yes, stocking an aisle of toys for an hour and a half can seem like a real drag, which is why you should NEVER EVER wear a watch when you work there. If you don't wear a watch, it is like being in a casino. There is no time.
Benefits -- If you want it, you can get health insurance. That right there is worth the job for a lot of mothers looking for a little extra money. You get a 15% discount. It's not that great of a discount, but when you figure that you can spy all of the stuff you want and either hide it or put it aside for a day, you can get away with a lot. The longer you are there, the better you become at figuring out what is going to be going on sale. These are items you then stick in an obscure part of the store where nobody goes, and then retrieve later.
Job Security -- If you steal, you are gone.
Work/Life Balance -- You have to work a minimum of 15 hours a week. Management is responsive to requests for days off, and they also schedule around school and family obligations. When you walk out the door, you don't think about it. You walk in, you do your job, if you can even call it that, and then you leave.
Career Potential/Growth -- I've never wanted a career there, but everyone above me has started out in my position. So, figure it out. If that is what you want, you have the opportunity to pursue it.
Location -- Varies, obviously.
Co-worker Competence -- I wouldn't rely on co-worker competence. I've asked people questions. Sometimes they are helpful, sometimes they don't know, in which case I tell whoever is asking me that I don't know. Then I sincerely apologize (because I'd rather help them if possible) and then I walk away. How competent do you think customers expect you to be? Just say what I say: "I've never worked in this department before," or, "I just started." Easy.
Work Environment -- It's a frickin department store. If you've been to one, that is what it is like.
Anyway, sorry all the snotty teeny boppers on here haven't worked a real day of work in their fricking lives and think Kohls is a sweat shop. You have a rude awakening coming after college and high school.