Pros: Flexible hours, decent pay
Cons: No breaks if you don't smoke and I don't
During a typical day at work, I run the cash register and deal with customers. We are assigned tasks for the day: stocking coolers, parking lot and trash, and cleaning the kitchen. I have learned how to calmly handle any situation. Many times I have to step back, think about the issue and find a solution in a matter of seconds because the customer is standing directly in front of me. The store manager is present until about 3 pm every day except Sunday, so any difficult problems can be handled by her and then we are on our own during second shift. I will call her if I have an important question that only she can answer but otherwise, problem solving is up to the employees who are working that shift. My co-workers and I perform well together. We always try to help each other when we can, either by giving someone a break at the register or helping with their assigned task for the shift. Whenever I have an issue with a co-worker I discuss it with my manager and she can handle the problem with the other person. I have never had such a major issue that mediation was necessary. The hardest part of the job can be dealing with customers for eight hours straight. Sometimes customers are difficult to deal with when they don't like a procedure that the company follows but I try my absolute best to keep my patience and explain to them that I have to follow the procedure because of store policy or federal law when it concerns alcohol or cigarettes. The most enjoyable part of my job is my co-workers. I love working with everyone and enjoy the time I get to spend with them during the day. I also enjoy seeing my regular customers because I have gotten to know them beyond the interaction at the counter. Many customers know me by name and know a bit about myself and I know a bit about them. I like to hear how they are doing and getting updates on their families.