Pros: Being able to pay bills during an incredibly rough economic period, being in a dept. with the best VENDOR bonus plan in the store.
Cons: Everything else
Without overly disparaging the company, they were a family owned retail operation that was successful for 125 years because their employees were known for great customer service. That they decided to forego that background and simply pound and denigrate the contributions of the hourly workforce is unfortunate. One simple fact of life there was NO MATTER WHAT level of sales an associate accomplished or how well-maintained their department, the only factor that management was concerned about was getting credit applications, a result of putting their corporate card with GE Financial.
Everyone knows you don't get rich in retail, but there was no reason for the way they have been treating the employees for last 4+ years. For co-workers, there remained a desire to produce because thats what you do in a sales job, but that ethic has been beaten into the ground.
That they hire managers from other retailers, even while running a management training program is an obvious factor in a 90% loss of experienced managers in 2012-13.