Pros: management salary, benefits, lots of pto
Cons: no deviation from the rules, harsh punishments, no 3 strikes and you're out
I worked for NY&C for a year and a half and enjoyed it quite well. I had an amazing group of assistant managers and employees who were always willing to help out with whatever was going on and some were quite talented with merchandising. The pay for management was good (based on experience) and there was a great bonus structure in place as well, as long as your inventory numbers were good. If not, you would lose up to 75% of your bonus, which I did because the previous manager and many of her employees had been stealing money and merchandise. They would change the sales a lot and sometimes with very short notice, which would make it difficult to complete before the store opened. Sometimes markdowns and promotion changes could take all day and there was usually no extra payroll to bring in additional employees to help. Work/life balance was good and I rarely had to stay late or work more than 40 hours a week if it wasn't during the Thanksgiving-New Years time frame. One word of warning: do not ever get lax with the rules. They are very stern with the rules. If an auditor shows up and you leave your lunch box in the manager's office, you will get a point off for something as simple as that. I had to give a final written warning to one of my best associates because she unknowingly processed a credit card discount incorrectly. I made a mistake with an employee discount and as soon as loss prevention discovered it, I was let go. The only other offense I'd had in a year and a half was submitting donations for St Jude in the wrong way. I was doing it in good conscience, but because I submitted it wrong, I was written up. That, along with the discount error, got me fired. My advice is to follow the rules to a tee or they won't hesitate to get rid of you. After I was let go, they systematically let go the majority of the rest of my staff as well (one of whom was out on maternity leave after recently having a baby), many who were amazing assets to the company and the store.