Pros: responsibility, employee discount, great atmosphere
Cons: management, salary, time off, etc.
I started as an Asst. Mgr. and turned out to be more responsible than my Store Mgr. They were constantly late and taking time off on a whim due to relationship problems (not related to the company).
My job was to manage the open/closing of the store, prep/send and receive shipments, properly stock and add to inventory, update pricing/sales and displays – more... on a regular basis. balance register, make bank deposits, lead team members in sales and training, handle disciplinary actions, etc.
Highlights of my day were customers who weren't sure what they were looking for. I could assist them in figuring out what worked for their budget or what they were really after by trying on different shoes, giving them information/descriptions of the products and their intent.
As an Asst. Mgr. I was given a weekly salary plus commissions for reaching/exceeding my sales goals. These goals were unrealistic as I typically was in the store alone and could not manage customers alone. Also, many times I was left doing work in the back while my hourly employees (who didn't make any commissioned sales) were on the floor selling shoes. Lastly, I ended up covering/trading shifts with my manager many times to my detriment, taking the slow morning shifts. – less