Pros: awesome perks, discounts, coworkers, management, parties
Cons: typical retail cons.
I started as an hourly seasonal employee last holiday season, and after working hard enough to distinguish myself, I was kept on as a regular, part time associate. After a few months, I distinguished myself enough to become a part-time manager. After a few more months of working hard, distancing myself from others, and making a name for myself in the – more... company, I was recruited to a full-time corporate position.
I'm not going to lie - it was rough. The pay wasn't GREAT, the hours were long sometimes, but it paid off, because I knew my endgame. Management was always there to help out, told me what I needed to do, how to do it, but, as always, it was because I asked without being told, and did things without being asked.
As a store employee, working in the store was fun - getting to know regular customers, helping them plan dinners/events, learning about new products and foods, etc.
The fun times continued as a corporate employee. Corporate parties, food contests, awesome upper management, etc.
If you work hard and distinguish yourself, you can go far. – less