Pros: some of the staff are friendly, it's like getting paid to work out
Cons: missing hours in paycheck, lots of stress, low pay, all weekends, inferior supervisor
I worked at two R&Fs as a warehouse associate for nearly a year. If you are even considering applying as a warehouse associate a brief summary here will let you know what to be prepared for.
First and foremost be prepared to be stranded for a few hours by yourself. This will mean moving china cabinets solo across the sales room floor or loading dressers – more... by yourself into customer vehicles. There should be a second associate there to help you but from my personal experience I found that, to save hours, it will probably only be you and the manager. It's a company that loves to tout "safety" about issues they previously gotten sued for but won't bat an eyelash when your lifting a granite topped table with no help.
There will always be at least three customer service reps, 2-3 managers and about 7-10 sales associates and there will only be one you. Most of the other associates will heap projects and tasks upon your shoulders while you are already overworked.
Management- your supervisor will insist on working 9-5 Monday to Friday and will hardly touch a weekend. This includes holidays (I was left alone for all three of their biggest sale event weekends)
Most of the time the manager will either be screwing around on a computer or talking on the phone while you are building and moving furniture.
The visual managers are polite and easy to work with, part of your job entails that for a few hours a day you rearrange furniture on the floor so it's aesthetically pleasing to the eye.
Hours- here is one of the most frustrating aspects of the job. R&F will automatically deduct a half hour from your shift as your "lunch" break. Since you are usually by yourself you never have time to take a break. By my estimation I only took my lunch break one fourth of the time I was there. I was owed at least a weeks wages. This is pretty much illegal and I'm sure it will catch up to them one day. They also use the old Walmart trick of harassing you to no end so you clock out and finish your work.
Also get ready to be yelled at customers and management as sales staff will promise the customer that the "warehouse guy" will build their item for them.
All this for a partly 11.00 an hour – less