I'd do it again.
Pros: working with people
Cons: corporate dealing. pay was terrible. in six years we had one 25 cent raise.
First of all, I thoroughly enjoyed working at CWC. Typically I would find out when I arrived at work what my job would be for the day. whether I would be working on the sales floor, handling incoming stock, assisting customers in the dressing room or replenishing items on the floor from the stock room.
I learned about retail marketing and the visual aspects of setting up the sales floor. Learning to gage customers and how they reacted to sales help. Some women want to shop by themselves and some want all the help you will give them. We were pushed to "expand the sale" and I was a little uncomfortable with that. I learned to pretty well judge when a customer "had spent enough". I also learned that honesty with the customer is the best policy. She would be walking out of our store as a CWC image. I wanted that image to be a good one for her and for the company.
Management at CWC was, for the most part, very good. Our store manager and our assistant manager who was also our Visual manager, worked well together as a team and guided our team of sales associates toward the same goals. Our second manager was one of the worst I've ever worked for. She was replaced by the original team. Corporate management, though was not very well in sync. Our store meetings, mandated by Corporate, were often very confusing and I thought they lost track of their customers wants and needs. As most know, it got worse.
My co-workers were from all walks of life and I enjoyed getting to know them. But there were some women who simply didn't fit the needs of a large, high end retail store. We started – more... as a team of thirty six ladies and by the time the store closed in 2014 we were down to a dozen. There were only two of us who had been there from the time the store opened. I made some lasting friendships.
The hardest part of the job? There really wasn't one except perhaps picking up after women in the midst of a sale. LORD!
The most enjoyable part was the women I worked with. We saw each other through life crises and joys and it was a pretty happy family . We shared the work load. I also enjoyed working with the clothing. Most of the time it was colorful and stylish. I ought to know. I have a closet full. – less