Pros: pay/benefits, training, phone discount, most customers, many good employees.
Cons: gossip, some evil coworkers, stress, creepy district and regional directors
I worked on the retail sales floor as a PT2 I believe. I received benefits and typically worked 30 hrs. in the Phila. PA market. It took a while to ramp up on knowledge and working everything for about 6 mos. My manager helped a great deal with mentoring and co-employees were helpful. At times it was hectic, but I made some decent money. I was there – more... over two years, and the second year I made about 45K which is great for not needing a degree with the hours.
On the downside, eventually co-workers trashed me, along with the manager to upper management. Some of it was my fault, because people can be treacherous if you don't always do or say the right thing in their estimation. There is also jealously if you're doing well. Some people don't like older people (I'm not super young or very old), but many young people work there, and there could be a bias.
They eventually transferred me to non-performing store and cut my hours instead of firing me. I worked the new store for about 2 months and also did well there (seasonal store-dead in winter), but they came at me again over mostly made up gossip stuff, and asked me to resign or move yet again to another even worse store. I decided to walk away with the deal they gave me. It was unfortunate since I really didn't hate it there or anything like that.
I still have a sour feeling about the way they dealt with me. You can make money and have a good time there learning a lot if the right circumstances exist, and the same things don't happen to you. Then it can get ugly.lol – less