Pros: Great atmostphere, great layout
Cons: No breaks except lunch, high expectations
Most of my weeks at Bed, Bath, and Beyond consisted of four weekdays, with the occasional Sunday shift. I'd arrive around 6 A.M. and immediately start pulling replenishment. Our goal was to restock all the items sold the day before before the store opened at 9 A.M. After that, we would back-stock whatever freight did not go out the day before. After this, it was typically lunch time followed by unloading freight. This process required scanning the box in, emptying the box, pulling the plastic off the pieces, checking the price and stamping it correctly with a price gun, and finally placing it on the appropriate cart for the floor team to work it.
Typically, the only break we take is lunch, which can be rough for some of the 9-10 hour shifts, but if I ever need to smoke, they were willing to work with me. Even though we were freight associates, we had to learn about the products, how to conduct online orders, and even be able to ring people out. I learned more than I can count about small electrics and just about everything in the store.
Management was great. They knew the right balance of when to have fun and when work needed to be done. Although they could at times feel a little pushy, I was thanked every single day for the work I did.
Co-workers were also excellent. They made you feel welcome and were always happy to lend an ear, or help with a difficult question.
The hardest part of the job is remembering that the customer is king, even when you're behind on freight times. You'll also have to get used to climbing a ladder and lifting/lowering objects from them, which can be physically taxing.
The most enjoyable part of the job for me was our morning huddles. Everyone seemed to let off some steam then, and the next best was knowing you did a good job.