Pros: rapid advancement for those who want it, decent hourly wage, guaranteed full time
Cons: non standard shift hours, poor work balance, no consistency in management, open 365 days a year (even christmas)
Amscot as a whole is a decent company but unless you want to be a branch leader and stay in the branches indefinitely then you need to have a goal of where you want to end up, such as the corporate offices in Tampa, a training location, or in maintenance or tech support. In theory Amscot does hire from within for all of these positions.
Each branch is unique. Each branch manager dictates what the atmosphere of the branch. Some managers are easy going and allow for more open communication between the employees and about mistakes being made, while others are more strict and very precise about what they want and expect.
There is no leadership or communication training at the corporate level as far as I can tell. Many managers achieved their current position by getting into the good graces of the manager who they worked with the longest, for that reason they seem to automatically inherit their former mangers general style of leadership (strict or relaxed)
Advancement can be rapid early on but there is a choke point once you reach the Co-leader position (Assistant Branch Manager). This is because of the large number of Co-leaders and the small number of openings to become a Branch Manager. Further advancement can be sought in the corporate office located in Tampa or at a training location if you ware willing to relocate.
Early advancement is easy if you listen to what your manager says, display some minimal competencies by keeping the number of mistakes you make low, and showing that you want to learn and move to the next position. This you are likely to get – more... promoted quickly. I was promoted from Financial Services Associate To Assistant Leader in 60 days and to Co-Leader in less than a year. To help make this happen you should expect to work holidays and since Amscot is open 365 days a year there will be plenty to work on. – less