Pros: several breaks, employee discount, flexible availability
Cons: union dues, bad management, low wages for part-time employees, unprofessional behaviours, lack of information/adequate training
A typical day at work at this particular store is often stressful. One does not have many customers to assist, but it can be straining to be the only person in the department and have to help several people at once. Mostly, one was heaped with a good deal of things to do with no help and often had to pick up the slack from the day shift. The most discouraging – more... part of the job was that all the day shift workers would talk about me and the other night shift employees behind our backs, saying how "worthless, lazy, etc." we were. The department manager was no exception. It was discouraging to see the manager engaging in such unprofessional behaviour. However, because the department was always short-handed, they would pretend to be civil to one's face but as soon as you weren't there, they'd begin to speak ill of you. The constant negativity only exacerbated the departmental "drama." The manager also had temper tantrums at times. The upper management did not seem to follow through with their promises, and it seemed as though they did not care to resolve the issues at hand. No one but the night shift believed in teamwork; day shift's motto was "every man for themselves." They did not say this, of course, but their actions and countenances spoke for them.
However, I enjoyed working with my other night shift co-workers as they were pleasant, hard-working people who helped one another. I learned how to operate different forms of machinery and I learned how to write on cakes, but aside from that I did not learn any new skills, only that this place was not right for me. If anyone were to try to join this department at this particular location, I would have to dissuade them as best as I could. – less