Pros: entertaining co-workers, good healthcare benefits.
Cons: low pay, intense pressure to sell, boredom, almost no opportunities for advancement, intense pressure to sell.
- Performed bank transactions, dealing with customer issues, opening new checking/saving/credit accounts in a workspace smaller than the average bedroom.
- The bank invested a lot in training new employees thoroughly (my training lasted a solid week and my trainer was very skilled and friendly), making you feel very capable when you finally return to – more... your bank location. I learned teller transactions, banking software, how to service and refill an ATM machine, superior cash handling skills, how to send wire transfers, etc.
- During my time there the management was really unstable. Within the space of 10 months, we lost an assistant manager and two bank managers. I never learned their reasons for leaving.
- My two coworkers were great. They had been there for quite a long time, loved the job (loved salesmanship and competition), and we worked together so often I came to think of them as brothers.
- The hardest aspects of the job for me were: 1) the crushing boredom, as there was often not enough work to occupy two employees, much less three, and 2) the pressure to sell bank products (i.e. open new checking accounts, and especially credit cards) with the veiled threat of perhaps losing your job if you don't meet sales goals. Having to generate pointless tasks to make me feel productive or "look busy", and having virtually no likelihood of advancing my career goals nor even learning new marketable skills in place of boredom was just torturous to me.
- The most enjoyable aspects of the job were: 1) my hilarious co-workers, 2) the very exacting and detail oriented nature of accurately handling money, and 3) learning some valuable things about my employment likes and dislikes, which helped me narrow down the kind of jobs I would seek in the future. – less