Pros: lots of autonomy throughout the day
Cons: zero work-life balance
I was hired with the expectations of one particular schedule (8 hour shift out of a 10 hour work day, split with another colleague) and slowly that began to be taken away, creating longer and longer shifts throughout the week, and days off that weren't static. As a single parent, that made making child care arrangements for my children very difficult, and also left me very little time to seek other employment without using what little personal time we had. I was very excited to get hired on with this company, as my friends who worked there had been there a very long time, and told me it was such a great culture. But the changes in my work schedule became a real problem for me and my family. It would have been one thing if I had been told from the beginning that we would be expected to work a 55-60 hour work week. But I was told that the Cincinnati market only worked 40 hours, maybe 50 during a big sale(holiday) week. In addition to that, I found out after leaving that I was passed over for a promotion after 4 out of 5 people on a panel selected me for the position because, even though I was the best candidate for the job, I hadn't been with the company for 12 months. This wasn't a prerequisite for the position, or I wouldn't have applied. Overall, I really enjoyed this position at the start, and made some great friends, but things went downhill very quickly. Very few of the people that worked there when I started are still with the company, and that includes people who had been with the company for several years.