Pros: free product, fun co workers, great friends
Cons: corporate, treated with no respect, no one says thank you
I was a manager for City Sports for a few years and it started off great. There were multiple managers on my team at first (always 4 or 5 at every store) but then it slowly became REQUIRED 9 hour shifts (I got paid salary for only 40hrs a week, not 45) with only 2 managers at every store and then key holders. The key holders were essentially managers that got paid half as much. I felt bad about how taken advantage they were.
There is nothing but negative reinforcement. Even if the store looked beautiful, people from corporate would come in and bash something. Nothing was ever good enough. It seems the only people that move up are because they were favored by someone at the office. Most of the time they had zero skills or qualifications.
At the store level, my manager team tried to make it a great work environment by not letting the constant negativity from higher up effect our attitudes. I did learn a lot of valuable management experience but the moment I finished school and was able to get a new job I was done. This company is failing fast and there is very little opportunity for advancement or even raises. They treat everyone so poorly it's a joke. If you want a retail job, choose somewhere else.