Pros: hour lunch, various equipment to learn, full-time benefits
Cons: workplace ethic is just terrible.
A typical day at work was spent looking for things to do between customers, trying to help customers in someone else's department while it's associates were in another department grouped together talking about how wasted they got last night and when the next party was.
I did learn how to operate all the different departments equipment, such as the – more... tile saw, blind cutting machine, lumber saw, glass cutter, carpet cutting machine, carpet roller, and became certified for the order picker.
Management in most other departments were pretty helpful actually, my particular departmant (flooring) had a great department manager, but the section manager who hired me pretty much told me I was nothing more than the department janitor and he changed the name on all my major sales to be under one of the flooring sales associates (I was a customer service associate at the time), which would have prevented me from promotion.
Co-workers normally didn't do their part of work assignments and this was by their personal philosophy which is, if you never do what you are asked, you won't be asked to do more. Most of the surrounding departments hid from customers, called other department phones to play pranks, pressed help buttons in the store and walked off, played on power equipment, and were generally not at all serious about work other than getting paid.
Finding someone to help you when customers are looking at you like you should know technical info about departments on the other side of the store. Finding the HR when she was actually there.
Learning new things in different departments. – less