Sales (Former Employee) – Vestal, NY – March 1, 2016
A day at Sam's Club is basically, work, get the job done, and leave. There won't be much different, but if it is, you are probably ok with it because it breaks the monotony of what you were doing. Don't get me wrong, the job isn't bad at all, it just can get boring.
Management, from my experience, is pretty good. They will listen, probably take what you had to say into consideration, and the management at my store even backed me up AGAINST the member a few times. I was shocked!
There is definite room for advancement. Some people at the job have jumped all around to different areas and positions. Tell someone you want to be a "coach" and they will tell you how to go about it... just do the job!
stable company, pay raises, advancement potential
hired at part time, floating shifts, work can be boring, can get wrapped up in workplace drama
Associate (Current Employee) – Woodridge, IL – March 31, 2016
Was a nice place to work. Current changes have meant smaller increases and less vacation time to those who have been there a long time. It also has meant more turnover and management not willing to hire people when needed. Going from part time to full time is almost unheard of because they don't want to give any extra benefits to anyone. Each area has its downfalls some more than others. Use to be a well balanced between home and work, thats no longer the case because they don't hire enough people so they can't give you the days off you need for family events. They want you to do everything as quickly as possible then when its not up to par they threaten to write you up. Again that goes back to not having help they needed. Bakery, Cafe, or meat your almost guaranteed to be left alone at some point and be required to do the work of 3 people. Even if you have PTO time (which they just started) they won't approve your time off most of the time.
The job at Sam's is a good job and it has its benefits. Whether it is stocking merchandise, selling phones, recovering at the end of the day, or helping members I always have something to do. I have learned that teamwork is vital for a company to work efficiently. However, the management could be better. For example they cannot schedule the right amount people for the day. On the other hand, having fun and supportive co-workers helps the day go by and they are the most enjoyable part of the job.
Meat Processor (Current Employee) – Henrietta, NY – March 22, 2016
Compensation lags behind other companies and raises are an insulting 2% Too many negatives to list but.. impossible to follow all corporate policies and get the job done when you often are the only associate in your department and you also have to help cover another department they move products around like they're on a merry-go-round so members can't find what they're looking for. not enough cashiers but to make matters worse they pressure credit and plus applications on all the members and that's just a thimble sitting on the tip of the iceberg that are the problems at this company.
clock in.. count money till. log into register; greet members with warm smile and question. Assist co-worker with lifting and counting individual merchandise. . I enjoy meeting new people, and learning about other companies and business/career opportunities. I enjoy helping others as much as possible. Clock out of my shift then return to my daily life outside of work.
Café Associate/Cashier/Food Prep (Former Employee) – Huntsville, AL – March 13, 2016
As a part time employee with open availability in the cafe area I had quite a few tasks. Unfortunately, as with any other restaurant/retail job I had a rotating schedule, so my shifts would start anywhere from 5 am and last from about 12 am, and they work part time employees up to 40 hours (sometimes more). I feel that if they had provided set schedules it would have kept the cafe adequately staffed the job would have been great. Unfortunately, I was only expecting 20 hours a week and was quite surprised to find out that I was expected to work 40 hours. I was not a fan of being expected to work full time without the benefits (healthcare, sick leave, etc.). Another issue I had was that customers were very abusive of employees and were not asked to leave or have to apologize, etc. I had customers throw things or become verbally abusive at me for things I had no control over (early closings for holidays, etc.). I feel it would have been better if management had put employee safety first because after several instances it became very frightening to go to work.
Membership Associate (Former Employee) – Huntsville, AL – January 17, 2016
Sam's Club was a good place to work at. My typical work day consisted of helping members with their problems, returns, orders, and credit card payments. I learned how to handle large amounts of cash for credit card payments, I learned about returns, I learned better customer service, and I learned how to help members the best way I could in a timely manner. The management was amazing at Sam's Club they were super friendly and always helpful when you needed them or when they thought you needed help. My co-workers were always friendly and always helpful also. The hardest part of working at Sam's Club was trying to help everyone in a timely fashion if they had a bunch of problems. The thing I enjoyed most while working at Sam's Club was how friendly and how helpful everyone that worked there was, if they didn't know the answer they would go find someone who did so that they could help you.
Depends on the department and your department supervisor and manager, It can be a great place to work or a nightmare. The hardest part of the job is getting the proper support needed at times from the higher ups. (Management, Supervisors, Team Leads) The most enjoyable part of the job is having co-workers who like to work hard but also have fun in the process, trying to help the environment less stressful.
Annual Bonus, Annual Raise, Insurance for FT workers
Do not care much about employees, Too much drama between each other, a lot of selfishness
It was faced paced so I liked that a lot and being a cashier I loved getting to meet all the people.
Cashier (Former Employee) – Casper, WY – January 21, 2016
Sams was usually my second shift for the day having two jobs so, as soon as I got there I would start cashiering till close then I would do the cleaning duties and once I was done with my tasks I would help with whatever was left to do. I learned that there is way more than there is to meet the eye about just checking people out and just doing what is asked of you. The management was good they were always helping when anyone had question. I loved my coworkers to death so, the hardest part was when I moved and had to tell everyone goodbye. I am a very happy person and am always smiling so the most enjoy able part was getting to talk with the everyone I got to help and maybe get them to smile or make their day better even if it was just in a small way.
Cake Decorator/Baker (Current Employee) – North Canton, OH – March 28, 2016
I really love working at Sam's Club. You build friendships and relationships with those you work with as well as customers/members, which makes it a very fun environment to work in. I have learned and been taught so much while working there. How to provide great customer service, and different skills- like decorating cakes, computer skills, cashiering, selling, etc.
Fun, 30 minute lunch, nice management, work as a team, benefits
I think Sam's Club is a great job but has horrible benefits. Yes I make more than minimum wage but we don't get good hours. Sometimes we have 20 hour weeks then go down to 10 or even less. I learned how to see credit cards and plus memberships and how to communicate well. I am a fantastic sales person. The co-workers are great and friendly. The hardest part of the job is the pressure from our bosses and the customers who are rude. I learned to work past all of the negativity.
no health care, lost sick days and loosing holiday pay
Cash Operation Supervisor (Former Employee) – VA – January 24, 2016
A typical work day included interacting with external customers and building rapport to enhance customer service experience. Management allowed associates to learn hands on within the working instead of gauging learning on module training only. The hardest part of the job is convincing customers to upgrade to the plus membership when they rarely shop in the establishment on a constant basis.
Room for advancement opportunities
Pressuring customers to obtain plus membership without added benefits
Cafe Associate / Cashier (Current Employee) – Sacramento, CA – March 24, 2016
Yes the Job is stable but you never know how many hours you are going to get as a result of over hiring to avoid benefits. I would like to move up in the company for the job security benefits but in reality they are just looking for people to work what they don't want to! And instead of giving people raises on based on job performance it only 2% per year
A typical workday at Sam's Club was very busy. Everyday i learned how to execute patience, how to deal with many personalties and still be polite and work at an up tempo pace. Management was always available when they were needed, my co-workers made sure we worked together as a team. the hardest part of the job would probably have to be unloading the truck and stocking the freezer. the most enjoyable part of the job was being able to work and assist the public everyday.
Member Service Associate (Former Employee) – Aurora, CO – February 5, 2016
For some, Sam's Club is a great place to develop a career through and support your home with. But as for myself, it was a way to support and fund my living while I was in school. I loved the people I met through the company and will have long standing friendships because of this. I do not however, agree with the management I observed during my employment with the company. There seemed to a sort of hierarchy system incorporated here whereas if you didn't have enough seniority, you were given scraps comparably to what those with more experience received (ie favoritism in scheduling, accountability). I enjoyed the work I did with Sam's Club overall because of the skills and experience I developed here. The hardest part of working for this company were the disagreeable things we were forced to do in order to "better serve our members." I never had an issue with compliance to the company policies enforced here; just the simple fact that in order to satisfy the customer, rules were bent and sometimes broken and I never agreed with this.
Co-Workers, Work Environment, Paid Membership through Employment
Produce Merchandiser (Current Employee) – Oxford, AL – January 19, 2016
This company has a very organized corporate structure, and they treat their associates very well. In a typical day, I encounter many different people, form different walks of life. One thing they all have in common, however, is that they choose our brand. I've learned how to be a better worker, how to be a major contributor to my community, and much more; I am still learning. I aspire to be a manager, so I tend to observe them, and ask them questions that will better teach me how to achieve this.
Productive and fun learning, but also frustrating at moments
Tire and Battery Technician/Sales Associate (Current Employee) – Illinois – February 20, 2016
Depending on your store you may be a; service writer, a technician or both a service writer/technician. But at the same time only getting paid the wage of one position. You write service orders for members based on their needs, then proceed with the service like any other automotive shop. You try to "upsell" anywhere you can,but don't have to meet certain quotas every week. You get real familiar with tires and batteries, because of the certified training the employer provides. Plus the whole retail aspect of the job from the service writing part. Managers will leave you alone as long as you stay busy and are doing everything correctly. But if not they will find something for you do and aren't always there when it comes to register and retail requirements. You work in pairs for safety reasons. It is a relatively easy job, it becomes second nature once you do it for awhile and isn't a bad place to work.
For most part flexible scheduling, hourly instead of commission just incase it gets slow, certified training
Hardly full time positions, benefits are hard to come by, management sometimes isn't there
Very Professional And Creative Working Environment
supervisor (Former Employee) – Columbus, OH – December 15, 2015
On a typical day at work, I would put my personal items away , grab keys for the podium and lock-up cages. I would give every cashier a register and a drawer to count down . I did money management counting every single drawer on the front end. ( checkout registers , podium, and membership registers ). I would get multiple " C.O.S." ( Cash Out Supervisor) calls to override transactions and answer questions& complaints for members. Being a managers assistant, I learned a lot about responsibility and sales tracking. I enjoyed being a C.O.S. simply being I was able to communicate with all members and they really enjoyed my work and kindness. My co-workers were so kind to me and very respectful. The hardest part of the job was making sure every cashier was making just as many sales and reaching our goal as a team. But overall, I enjoyed my experience there and loved the people.
The people i have worked with
Not enough benefits, and lower pay rate than expected
Overall good experience working for the company, Working at a steady pace, cutting, grinding, labeling, cleaning, wrapping, weighing, customer inquiries and displaying packaged meat for sales, price and productivity. Keep record of sales and waste. Clean, sanitize equipment and area per health and safety standards and procedures. Lunch breaks should be at least an hour...co-workers come in as scheduled not making it hard to work. Assist in Deli, making sandwiches or as needed.
seasonal center section constantly being changed ,displays set-up sometimes asked to re-arrange after complete if manager didn't like appearance, sometimes over whelming to complete before store opening. minimal yearly raises .