Pros: discounts, personal development skills
Cons: compensation, physical labor, high stress
Bloomingdale's is a very structured organization. The job, like other retailers requires you to be hands on and active. Working in the Ladies Shoes department you are required to complete a stock assignment before every shift, insuring that the cleanliness of the stock room. I learned how to retain information and locations of the shoes, finding the right shoe for the customer could make or break a sale. My co-workers for the most part are friendly to your face, and cut-throat behind your back. That is to be expected in a commissioned zone, usually the meaner you were the more money you made. The managers had a laid-back and relaxed attitude for the most part, but when the senior management put pressure on the sales managers, the sales managers put pressure on us. At times the managers focused more on the employees that earned the most because they were more likely to succeed. The hardest part about he the job was he actual physical labor, running around in a two-story stock room for hours did not guarantee a positive sale day, especially when getting returns were inevitable. The most enjoyable part about the job was being able to meet interesting customers, and developing relationships. I learned a lot about how to market myself and how to create relationships on a professional level.