Great place for experience, too much to do
Store Manager (Former Employee) – Peoria, IL – June 21, 2016
For many years there was great opportunities, but with the new ownership taking over last year we lost most benefits to working there. Our 401K was ended, along with the matching funds. All seniority was lost and every manager was set back to $11.50/Hour. Payroll hours were reduced to only cover the hours the store was open (example, if store was open a total of 78 hours/week, that was your payroll hours). I always enjoyed the freedom to run my store and merchandise the way I felt best suited my customers. I also liked being able to recruit, interview, and hire my staff. The hardest part of the job was being in charge of everything. Managing, selling, training, banking, recruiting, hiring, loss management, cleaning, P/L reviews, employee weekly/monthly reviews, merchandising, local marketing/advertising, sales numbers collection, everything regarding my business I was in charge of top to bottom. I was there for over 23 years, what I learned was how to run every aspect of a Business. They closed all the stores in a large area which left me looking for something new. I would like to end with this, I have made so many friendships over the years and watched so many of my employees blossom and grow either within the company or leave to grow and develop with other companies, it is my proudest achievement as a manager to have some part in the successful careers that they accomplished.
Make your own schedule, several paid days off
Most benefits to job taken away by new ownership