Guys, I have to agree with the ASM above.
Folks who have been with this joint for MULTIPLE years have told me what to watch for as the economy gets soft, and these folks have been right on several points. Pay, hiring, hours, schedules... if you're looking for an employer that will actually invest in YOUR personal growth as well as things that only benefit them, look elsewhere. THD is bean-counter and corporate parachute driven.
What they WILL invest in is your ability to make them money, period. Everything else they say is justification or rationlization or just a simple cover up for the way they really treat you. (Like 'I Am Empowered'. Oh, really? NO MARKDOWNS any body who costs us a markdown for any reason will be written up. Rationalize that for Mrs Jones who is pointing at that button you have to wear...)
I have had worse jobs. (Like, sitting at a desk in an empty room for 12 hours with no lunch, breaks, or restroom available).
I have also had MUCH better.
I guess if you have a degree and land in the mid-mangement space, THD is about like the rest. But at the store level, well, lets just say if you can read or write in any coherent fashion you won't be happy for long employed at THD.