Sales Associate, Muskegon, MI - December 8, 2017
I worked at 5 different locations over the years. When I first started, I made great money (a couple thousand dollars a month in commission alone) but the more successful you are, the harder they make it for you to be successful. The company pays you a base hourly wage and you get commission that fluctuates according to your gross profit and the goals that you hit. In theory, this would be beneficial to someone who thrives in a competitive commission sales environment, and enjoys getting compensated for working hard and being successful at sales. However, this is unfortunately, not the case in practice. If you are lucky enough to work at a busier location, you have the opportunity to make a higher volume of sales and if you are good at it, you could potentially make great money. The sad thing is that every time the sales staff begins thriving in a new structure, upper management changes the structure so that the company gets that profit instead. I saw it happen time and again while working there for several years. If you are unlucky, and work at a slow location, your goals are unreachable period, and you will work for peanuts while getting browbeat for not "squeezing water from stone". Also, the environment fosters a cut-throat atmosphere where sales people are constantly snaking sales from one another. Management competency varies from store to store, but in general they are ineffective at best, and a liability at worst. If you are a person in your early 20's with no kids, and don't have a ton of bills and/or responsibilities, you can gain some decent sales experience, but be prepared to work for your hourly wage and don't count on your commission for anything other than a "bonus". The one thing I can say, is that they do promote from within, and it is fairly easy to work your way up to management, especially if you are willing to relocate.