Pros: helping homeowners, assisting contractors, easy jobs tasks
Cons: lack of part-time healthcare, management indifference, unusual schedules
I spent most of the past few years as a Power Equipment Specialist in the Valdosta Home Depot, so I helped customers maintain their lawn with proper power equipment. I also handled ordering of Mulch/Soil, which taught me how to forecast sales and create sales opportunities to increase gross margin.
The management at the stores were easy to work for – more... if one does their job. Most of them helped me learn more about the company and the various responsibilities of a department supervisor. My co-workers were helpful at times, although many lack the drive to advance in the company. However, being able to work in many departments has, in my eyes, hurt my chances to be promoted to department supervisor, though I have applied and asked management to be considered.
The hardest part of the job I have now is that due to the transferring of stores for an overall better job market (Valdosta does not have the opportunities as Metro Atlanta), I no longer have on hand count change privileges, ordering abilities, shelf maintenance product placement editing, and I even lack cashier log in abilities. This has been immensely frustrating and current management has not heard my plea to have an increase department role.
The most enjoyable part of the job has to be seeing customers excited about their new purchases to help makeover their homes interior or exterior. Giving the consumer the confidence to improve their home brings me great satisfaction, even on long retail sales days. – less