Pros: good benefits, major company, good and stable business; job, given just the task at hand, was pretty likable and fit
Cons: unconcerned management to employees' needs and well being, claustrophobic and often crowded work areas and conditions, work often tedious and not concentrated enough on task at hand, unexpected and inconvenient work scheduling
Hardest part: Very claustrophobic atmosphere; always working in small, confined spaces where there was no place to organize items. Not enough room in which to work or spread out which did not help in trying to stay organized and keep everything together in one place or spot. Often had to carry around box or borrow one of their supply carts in order – more... to help with that. Not that it could be prevented, but I was always working in other people's way and had to dodge and/or move around them causing constant interruptions in both my work and theirs. Sometimes had to work with what was way too many people assigned for doing that one particular job or task. Stock bins were sometimes overloaded, messy, and placed awkwardly and narrowly making it difficult to get to, see, and count. Also made for extra time in trying to pull out, sort, and arrange stock for easier counting (which I spent much more time doing as opposed to actually counting).
Typical day at work: Track inventory cut times and verify if any new inventory had been placed; counting high dollar inventory locations; counting order pick and back stock locations. Putting away items that were either astray from location, weren't assigned a location, or were returned by customer.
Management: Not enough time or opportunity to communicate with management; sometimes difficult to discuss work difficulties and rationalize with. Management would make decisions in work schedule changes usually without notifying employees well ahead of time - i.e., if we were going to have to work weekends - usually didn't know until Friday evening. (Give credit where it's due, though- they usually didn't know ahead of time either and were given last minute notices themselves from higher management). Supervisors were usually not available to ask questions about something I didn't know or understand about a particular job or task and were often difficult to locate and find at times when they were needed most.
Co-workers: Lots, but certainly not all, of my co-workers seemed to display a prejudiced, racial, and/or hatred attitude.
Most enjoyable part of the job: being able to exercise my ability to
mentally do mathematical calculations and instigate new ones
and apply them to taking inventory, which made for counting items much faster and easier.
What I learned: New techniques developed on my own for calculating numbers and applying them to counting inventory.
Also try to improve on staying focused on my work, paying
attention to detail, and not getting too distracted. – less