Pros: Co-workers are fun, Life Balance
Cons: Pay, Mangament, no Benefits, no Advancement, Payroll
I work in the print department, which is the most stressful place.
STAFF pretty fun for the most part. We generally share common interests
FLEXIBLE They are very flexible when it comes to scheduling. an ideal place if you are in school.
PAY is low and they expect you do do alot. Pay is minimum wage and to be honest, they ask alot from you, especially at the printing area, where you have to know alot of programs and how printers work with the advance features. alot of things you have to go to college to know about.
PAYROLL is always low. payroll allows you to staff. You have x amount of hours to use on your staff and you can't go over. We always seem to have the minimum amount of people working, which is about 4 to 3 people per shift, so maybe 8 people per day. In our print department, there is 1 person per shift and if it gets busy, sorry charlie. Generally, only the print person knows how to run the equipment back there, so a co-worker will come back to "help", look at the 6 people standing in line and tell the customers they'll have to wait and walk away.
BENEFITS are non-existent unless you are a manger. They work you to the max and then drop your hours, so you don't get anything, like healthcare or paid vacation, because of the payroll they tell me.
ADVANCEMENT is also non-existent. They'll just hire in somebody rather than promote them. I have worked here for 4 years and when a management position came up, I told them I would like to work it and they said they were just going to hire somebody in, instead. This person they have now has had – more... no management experience or experience in the field that they are managing.
MANAGEMENT is a joke. I'm specially speaking of the higher ups. It is sell, sell, sell, get the insurance on said product, sell our brand paper, give them our rewards card, make sure they take the survey, make sure they have our PC cards, ect, ect. They push way too much and micromanage to a fine point. I'm not sure why they are doing this, since in a year, they'll be gutted, since Depot wants to sell themselves to Staples and Staples wants to buy and Depot.
OVERALL, unless you are in school I wouldn't go for it or you really need the work. Plus with Staples buying OfficeDepot, they'll be closing alot of stores soon too.(Sometime next year) – less