Pros: Introduces young people to tough skills, like adult-level stress and high pressure situations.
Cons: Everything but threat to bodily harm, besides hot water burns.
I don't wish to go into too heavy of detail. On a broad spectrum, it was a hostile work environment. Colleagues were cutthroat and deceptive to each other, management, and customers. We had to be in order to do what was expected on a daily basis. Harsh micromanagement on a daily basis, high turnover, and extremely stressful days. This may seem like a spiteful review from a spiteful person, but I tend to think positively and usually hard work solves most problems.
I was a manager in my time there. The hardest part of my job, and why I looked to quit soon after, was trying to explain to one colleague that her efforts were not showing through and we need to get her back on track. She cried in front of me, and asked me if she was getting fired. I witnessed people crying, raging, snapping, and beaten down on any average day.
The regional manager and even higher management bred fear and distaste. The only good news was no news and no visits. I watched my store manager get ripped apart verbally at least twice, with plenty more I'm sure I wasn't aware of.
I just realized I said I would be brief, so I will stop here. I'm getting re-stressed just thinking about these things. In summary, it was high pressure, low reward, no recognition, no value in redeemable qualities, revolving door employment, and had shady management tactics.And keep in mind, this is the viewpoint of a top performer and manager.