Pros: Fun workers, great associate discounts
Cons: No benefits if your not considered full-time, no discipline
At West Marine, you deal with all kinds of people. People who live on boats, people who live on islands, people who fish for a living, etc., You get the point. A typical day at work, you deal with angry people because your store doesn't have something in stock right away and you have to order it for them. West Marine doesn't do a good job at equally distributing products in demanding places. They favor the 'flagship' stores, or the bigger stores, and starve the smaller stores. Working at West Marine, I've learned a lot about the boating life and boating in general. In the past two years, I've met some awesome people and have developed lifelong friendships. The hardest part of my job must be catching the thieves, honestly, because we do have a lot of that. My store, in particular, is in a more poor part of town and people will steal what they can for a dollar. The most enjoyable part of my job is getting to socialize with all kinds of people and talking to my coworkers throughout the day.