I've been with Akira for 5 years. I started in an entry level position and gradually moved up to the store manager role.
The main reason I've stayed with the company for so long is that no matter what my position was, I've felt valued. I've been given new challenges to tackle and the tools to succeed along the way. I believe that if you are motivated, hard working, honest and genuinely believe in Akira's principles you will fit in here. Not only that, but you can experience a level of growth and opportunity that can be hard to find in most retail environments.
At Akira, especially in management, you will have a fair amount of freedom in your work. But with more freedom comes more responsibility. You will be responsible to continually evaluate the business, your team, your own performance and find new ways to continue growing/expanding.
I've put in a lot of work here, but I've always have fun at work and never dread coming in for a shift. I've also met many great people at Akira and have made many friends over the years.
Overall, it's been a rewarding experience. I can understand, however, why some people may not have a positive experience. Like I mentioned above, if you're not prepared to put your best honest effort in each day and treat the business as you would your own, you will most likely fail here.