Pros: management at my store is wonderful, sales associates very friendly, warm, very supportive staff
Cons: scheduling all over the place, pay and discount not high enough to afford to "project the j. jill image".
This is not a very busy store - you are catering to a certain type of clientele. Typically there is one manager and one sales associate on a shift. On the weekends there may be two associates and a manager, but there will only ever be one closing associate and one closing manager on weekend schedules.
If you open, you will likely be straightening and – more... cleaning the store, working on "product knowledge", opening new shipments (and there is almost always replenishment or new product) and steaming the clothes that have come in. Most customers (in my area), come in during the afternoon or after dinner, which is when you have the most time to be productive.
If you close, you'll be cleaning the store and straightening, possibly - if you get chosen for this, doing a new floor set, which is done 2-3 times a month. It can get confusing if you aren't chosen for a floor set, because things get moved quite fast, and you have to learn it in order to be able to direct customers to where they want to go, what they want to see, and if you don't know where it is, customers can get impatient.
Working with customers is mostly enjoyable. A lot of it is repeat business due to personal attention, so you get to know a lot of them quite well. You really do become like a personal stylist. The clothes are high quality, fit is pretty great, and women feel good in them.
Store managers are pressured to push their associates to meet credit card goals, individual item goals (scarves, sweaters, jeans, etc), and the stores get docked if they don't sell a certain amount in a certain amount of time. Sales associates can lose hours if they don't meet credit card goals or sell the whole package (shirt, pants, scarves or jewelry, etc).
If people window shop and the sales associates can't make the sale, conversion rates go down, and again, schedules can suffer as a result. – less