Pros: pretty good healthcare benefits package, paid time off, paid holidays, fun atmosphere
Cons: you're only as good as what you sold yesterday
If you're going to make a career in retail, do it at Nordstrom. They have a sales-is-king culture and reward those who sell a lot. As a makeup artist working for them and not a sales-minded individual, it was not a perfect fit for me. I enjoyed my days and my coworkers, but the pressure of sales goals is not something that has ever appealed to me, nevermind the "shark"-like attributes of some of the other employees, seeking to do no more than make their commission and go home. That being said, I gave it a lot of my life and I've learned a lot from them and made a lot of great memories.