Comment – March 17, 2013
Yes, I know what you mean. I was too hired and joined the Store Manager Training Program. I could have met you as it's been years since I worked for this company. Working in the small towns isn't that much fun as everyone is part of some big family or with all the gossip everyone knows everyone’s business. I was seen drinking in the local bar where I was a Manager and everyone talked about it. Like I was some kind of alcoholic. First thing I only went out once a week and second thing is 80% of that town was alcoholics. I will tell you and others that ALCO will hire young bucks with college or 3 or more year’s experience. Most of them will not see over a year so about 85% of them will be fired or pushed out of the company by quitting. The 10% or so that see more than a year are placed in the better stores. They have about 260 stores or so and only about 30 of them are an "A+" store....
Comment – January 5, 2013
I was in the so called Store Manager Trainee Program in Indiana for about 3 months. Got my own Store in Minnesota and spent a total of about under 8 months. I was in my mid 20's so was the rest of the Store Manager Trainee's. I was liked in my store by the women but the older crowd had their doubts. My Group Managers always pointed fingers at one another for stuff not done right and mistakes. I had to fire and do a lot of hiring when I got into my role at my store. Over all I hated it lack of training to really know what to do other then the basic knowledge to run the store. My DM wasn't helpful at all and I heard she didn't care if Store Managers come and go. Poor company really with it being said being in small towns isn't the smartest thing because the lack of good associates. I seen them come and go and most of them couldn't get a job because of the criminal records. Yeah small town America has more criminals then City’s. Don’t work here if you’re looking for a Store Manager role. You will last less than a year. All the Trainee’s in my group are no longer with the company and that was 15 of us guys training at the same time in different states. Not one last over 10 months and that’s really sad!!!!