Get to meet new people, which has its good and bad points.
Pros: getting to meet new people, hourly wage, pay for mileage, getting to cook and interact with the public
Cons: short lunch break, standing on hard concrete floor all day, rude customers
A typical day at work consists of getting to the store about 9:45 a.m., signing in at Customer Service. Once I get to the back of the store, finding boxes for the current day's event and labeling boxes for future events. After this, get the correct cart out for the day's demonstration, make sure appliances needed for the event (convection oven, coffee pot or electric skillet, etc.) are on the cart, then I proceed to the sales floor to set up my cart which is normally located in the Dairy Department. After set up, I located product and purchase the product with my comdata card, head back to my cart, merchandise product on cart shelves and finally begin preparing samples or product to be promoted. I then interact with customers by promoting the product, telling them important facts (health benefits, ingredients, allegens, etc.) and offering them a sample of said product. I take a 30 minute lunch around 1:30, come back and begin giving out samples again, then shut down at 4:00 and am out of the store by 4:15-4:30.
In this job I have learned how to interact with the public, not let every little comment get under my skin, promote products, manage my time and prepare samples according to health department guidelines. My supervisor visits stores once a month unless there is a serious matter that requires his attention. If we need him, we can call or email him anytime except on Monday's or Tuesday's, which are his days off.
As far as co-workers, I hardly ever have to work with the other lady assigned to my store, we get along well, she's really helpful and works with me if I need to trade days.
The hardest and most enjoyable parts of the job are the same, dealing with the public. As with any retail job, most customers are very nice but then there are those that seem like it is their mission in life to make every store employee miserable. Overall though, I've enjoyed this job, it's just not something I want to do the rest of my life.