Pros: some of the perks of the job centered around 'giveaways', award ceremonies for the associate level personnel, such as spin the wheel for a gift card, or free day off with pay. also, the company occasionally held summer cook-outs for the associates.
Cons: company sponsored trips and picnics, were also held occassionally, although i never was able to attended any of them. the 3 times they had an outing, they were scheduled for the weekend when i was on vacation, not sure if that just ironic, or coincidence.
The hardest part of any job is feeling truly secure in it. This job was no different, even after 6 years of faithful and dedicated service, I still didn't fully feel I was a 'part of a team'.
My direct manager always preached teamwork, and unity across shifts, but then shifted negativity in his focus towards the shift that was struggling; even though – more... he was 'absent' from our facility a lot (sometime for months on end), and had no input or direction with what was happening operationally. Teamwork in the absence of consistent, approachable and available leadership, is merely a reflection of the lack of leadership, and was for the most part a free-for-all and looking out for number one to avoid being called to the principal's office. The hardest part of the job was the 'uncomfortable' feeling and lack of communication and teamwork with/from my superiors.
Although I enjoyed my work, and was very good at it, I felt that it was most definitely time to move on. I really enjoyed the work and the people that worked with and for me. Leaving behind such a talented group of folks was indefinably hard to do. – less