A strong learning experience, but limited room for progression.
Overnight Stock (Current Employee) – Gibsonton, FL – June 19, 2015
At the age of 17, January 1st, I got my second real job working for Sweetbay. It was great. I was getting paid, I was helping people, and I was getting decent exercise pushing carts and running around, looking forward to seeing my $7.25 an hour add up at the end of the week. It was awesome. My work was so good, I got moved to working on a register, and by age 18, I was working as part of the Frozen Stock Crew. Life was good. Fast forward 4 years later, and Im at $8.00 an hour working in the Customer Service Center, occasionally leading the front end. Here's where the bad comes in. Although I have experience in many different departments of the store, my "official position" is "Front End Cashier." And as such, even when I work stock, my paycheck reflects working in the front of the store. 17 year old me wouldn't have minded, but 21 adult trying-to-get-off-the-ground me is beginning to see how the company holds back on their employees, disappointed at a lack of true progression and extremely limited full-time options. Now, at age 25, 7 years after my hiring date, I've had experience in working as a Customer Service Leader, and am currently working as Overnight Stock at $9.85.
Over all, I'd say its a great first job as a kid when you're getting your feet in the working field, but its a job where, with part time hours and part time benefits, it's impossible to support yourself as an adult. Especially where "true progression" took 5-6 years to see.
30 minute lunch and 15 minute break, Getting to know customers.
Part time pay, part time hours, part time benefits, limited actual progression