Pros: Great atmosphere to work in. The coworkers and benefits are great.
Cons: No room for advancement and varying schedules
Very active work environment with events and promotions going on all the time with a very friendly, family-like staff. A typical day in a sales associate position consisted of working the trucks of product that come in the mornings, pricing items, and stocking the sales floor in your department and others. Occasionally you deal with the suppliers and place orders and make plans for future products and displays. Being an active cashier throughout the day and having knowledge of multiple department product was a constant task for a sales associate. By the end of the day, a store wide clean up was conducted in which every associate would organize their department and others to be tidy and ready for the next day.
I learned that it was essential to work and communicate together as a team to be successful. Multitasking became very common practice as well as how to engage/manage a multitude of customers. I also learned how to use an array of electronics used to create product signage, view products in transit, and look up basic product information.
As I stated earlier, the co-workers were like one big family with everyone being close with one another. Morning and evening meetings were conducted every day bringing associates together to discuss the positives of the previous day as well as point out smaller yet meaningful things such as someone birthday or how they received a satisfied customer compliment.
The hardest part of the job would usual come around the high traffic holidays and/or the big sales events. These were normally more stressful times that relied highly on all associates being present and actively assisting many customers.
The most enjoyable part of the job would be putting a smile on a customers face for excellent customer service, product knowledge, and personable interaction.