Pros: 10% discount, minimum of 16-hour-work-week, flexible schedule, customer interaction
Cons: poor management
The Safeway store I worked at was the store my late grandfather worked before he passed away. Feeling like I'd accomplish some semblance of "continuing the legacy", I took a job there as a courtesy clerk. Granted, the job was fairly easy: gathering carts, bagging groceries, assisting customers and cashiers, keeping the place clean, and doing pretty much any little task that my superiors asked of me. I met some very good friends at that store and it was actually more painful than I expected when I told them "good-bye". However, management proved time and time again that its attention was on the wrong aspects of the store. The shelves in the store were old and falling apart, the work schedules were frequently placing too little cashiers at a time and interfering with my college class schedule, and whatever change there was done always seemed to be more of a quick patch job than a long-term fix. The hardest part of the job seemed to be dealing with trouble customers. Many times, there would be someone with an attitude that demanded 150% customer satisfaction, but I always fell back on my professionalism and never lashed out verbally and did my best to make sure all customers were satisfied, even the bad ones. The most enjoyable part of the job though was my coworkers. If I hadn't made such good friends at that store, I don't know if I would have lasted as long as I did. Being around people who are happy to see me really helps with the working spirit.