Pros: good learning experience, you get a paycheck, good customer service experience
Cons: poor management, sometimes have unclear work expectations, manager does not trust his employees, can be a negative working environment
A usual day consisted of either closing or opening the store and working to finish chores and daily requirements quickly while helping customers. Typically, if there is a low-level of customer activity and you passed your probationary period, you will work alone, even at night.
I learned more about the value of hard work and responsibility, I increased customer service skills, and learned how to work harder under pressure more effectively. I learned a lot about the traits of good and bad management and how to lead well by example. I learned the value of being a friendly peer to my co-workers.
The manager would not usually visit the store. He seems very nice but often uses poor business practices that are ethically questionable, if not wrong altogether. There was a time that he insisted that his staff sell cakes that were spoiled even after a couple customers complained about how bad they were.
My co-workers were friendly but, unfortunately, many of them often tended towards a dog-eat-dog mentality because of low job security provided by this job. Some of my co-workers unfortunately reverted to negative gossip and backstabbing.
The hardest part of this job is working under pressure and knowing that if you mess up you have a chance of getting fired, even if you were not aware of your mistake.
The best part of this job was working with co-workers and accomplishing personal daily goals.