Pros: Experience, pay
Cons: Poor conditions, health risks, exhaustion
This job was the worst job ever. I loved the work, don't get me wrong. But the atmosphere was absolutely ridiculous. You get run nonstop. Day and night, and it doesn't matter if you got one call, or 15, you still had to work the next day. There was never any sympathy or concern with anyone's well being. Special accommodations were made for one of the director's daughters, they even made a job for her. If you worked hard and pulled your weight, you would always be called lazy, no matter what. Forget trying to have a life, you will never have the energy to do anything after working 72-96 hours a week. Say good bye to your friends, family, and significant others too.
If you want to move up within the company, good luck. They give you grief if you want to go to school, even if you schedule classes on your off nights, and let them know about it. If you want a higher position, you'd have better luck finding the end of the rainbow. They make it so difficult to excel and move up. They do not care about your ambitions, only if you are running and producing to the levels they expect.
Most of the bosses have not had to work the bottom line jobs, so not only do they not care about your health and well-being, they don't understand why you're tired, sick, or cranky from no sleep. They have no experience with what it's like to work around the clock all week.
For someone looking for experience, it's a great job. It will let you know if you can handle the sights and smells you'll encounter in this industry. But if you're looking to build a career in the funeral service industry, run far away from anything concerning SCI. You will learn how not to treat grieving families by working here. They are overall cold hearted, and at the end of the day, only care about what package was sold, and if there will be catering or not. It's sad that they regard people the way they do. Families and employees.