Store Manager (Former Employee) – Minnesota – January 25, 2013
Years back I went to a job interview in Indiana for Store Manager in Training. I was young in my early 20's coming from retail management background. I was young, cocky and naive looking for a big shot position. Long story short got the job I was in training out in Indiana for about 3 months. Went to a week of corporate office training in Abilene, Kansas. I was part of a group of other manager trainees. We were all young so we got to relate to one another. Went drinking at the bar every night and during the day had those boring corporate training classes fun times. During my last two weeks in Indiana I helped out a store will say near Amish people. This store was so bad I would of just closed it by now. Anyhow got my own store in Minnesota and the rest is history. I was placed in a poor store that needed real big help. I hired almost a brand new team. My group managers were the reason that the store was poor and I ended up leaving the company. "Don't work for this company in Store Management". As a Store Manager u will not last more than a year just like any other discount retailer. It’s not a career it’s just a job here to get ur feet wet before you start a career with someone else.
40 to 50 hours a week wasn't to bad, my training store in hartford, indiana training was good learned what i needed to know.
group managers would lie or start drama, got into my own store in minnesota and had to hire another 10 people as they were short handed, my district manager was a lady who wasn't helpful at all didn't care about me.
I would help open the store, wait on customers for a few hours, stock and straighten health and beauty department or wherever needed to be taken care of. I would help unload the truck and put merchandise into the correct departments to be stocked.
I loved ẃôrking with everyone
I didn't like getting interrupted on the middle of a project
Tow motor operator (Former Employee) – Elyria, OH – April 17, 2016
The most enjoyable part of my job while I was employed with Alco was the environment I worked in it was very clean considering the work environment. Also the co-workers were very considerate and helping when I had an issue.
Very good to work for even though now they are closed. Boss was great, DM was ok. Coworkers were ok. The hardest part of the job was making sure coworkers changed the prices on merchandise when changing end caps
Cashier (Former Employee) – Conifer, CO – March 31, 2016
Great place to work. Lots of fun! To bad the Ceo did some wrong choices to make all the stores close down. It is even more sad since ALCO served the small community and at times they would be the only store in the area. Sad day
I grew in my jobs & people skills from the time I started.
Hardline Department Manager (Former Employee) – Preston, ID – March 21, 2016
I learned skills in making a great experience for the customers I helped. I helped my co-workers to feel good about the job they were doing. Everyone needs a boost in self-esteem, I was happy to give that. I learned supervising skills. This helped me to teach others, how they could be better at whatever job they were working on. We had a great working group with very little turn-over.
A place where you learn excetpional customer service skills
Sales Associate (Former Employee) – Imperial, NE – January 26, 2016
After school, I would to into work and they would tell me if I was on the register or on the floor. If I was on the floor I typically ran the the register and helped clean up. If I was on the floor I put of freight and helped customers find what they needed.
I obviously liked the company, I was there for 17 years. Learned a lot, made friends and enjoyed most of my time there. But having been there that amount of time, there were of course changes that I didn't like, but rolled with them as there also changes I understood.
My job location was in a small town, so I really enjoyed being able to get to know my customers and make helping them out more enjoyable. My co-workers were all amazing people, I made strong friendships because of this place. But the store itself was poorly kept up, and I felt because management was poor and couldn't set their priorities and get what was needed done first.
Cashier (Former Employee) – Emory, TX – July 3, 2015
A typical day at work was relaxed but had it moments of being busy. One time our power went out so we had to ring people up through a paper and a calculator. My co workers were great because they tried to get to know me and were open minded. The hardest part of my job was pleasing my manager because some days she would come in unhappy.
Cashier (Former Employee) – Delphos, OH – June 9, 2015
A typical work day at Alco was getting the days job to do list, ringing up costumer purchases, helping customers get what they are looking for, restocking and straightening products, folding and rehanging clothing, keeping the facility clean and organized, customer service.