Pros: in a shopping plaza so there were plenty of stores to explore in my free time, selling products i genuinely loved, whole foods across the street
Cons: very uncommunitive staff, no benefits, not much sense of "mentoring"
A typical day at work for me always included scanning the store for things that need to be replaced or refilled, keeping everything as neat and tidy as possible, and making sure to interract with anyone who walked through the door. Paper Source taught me that I really do want to work in an environment where I can express myself creatively, for I feel – more... most productive then. I feel happier, thus more helpful to everyone else. I also learned that being an employee to a company means you have a responsibility to do your job and to do it well. Being late is never okay, regardless of the reason, whether it be 2 minutes or an hour. Your co-workers count on and depend on you. The co-workers I had while at Paper Source had all been employees with the company for a year or more. It was almost a clique and I didn't want to get involved in gossiping and such, so that cast me out a bit.
The hardest part of the job was always wondering whether not I did a good job that day. My manager was very nice and willing to help me learn, but was never clear about what was "right" and "wrong," unfortunately it ultimately lead to the end of my Paper Source career. There were many enjoyable aspects of the job. I like to craft, and at the Paper Source there was a "demo table" in the front of the store. It was stocked with mostly all products we carried, and part of our job was to create things demonstrating the kinds of paper we carried or the kind of stamps we had that season. It was all very creative. – less