Profiting on the military and AAFES employees
Financial Analyst (Former Employee) – Dallas, TX – October 2, 2018
Profiting makes you feel kind of icky.
A huge source of their profit comes from their credit cards. Most of their sales entice soldiers/airmen to use the AAFES store brand credit cards, in hopes that it takes months for them to pay them off.
They claim to do so much for the military members. They indeed have programs in place to help the military, but it's at the cost of other military members. There is no competition on base- AAFES is the the sole retail entity allowed on base (any other retail sources must pay fees to AAFES to operate), so prices on all bases are the same as you could get in town when the item is on sale. Sure, it's tax-free on base, but they don't have discounted prices like elsewhere, and the variety is mediocre.
HQ lunchroom is a food court. There are very few microwaves so you're almost forced to eat out every day. No water coolers, no coffee machines- you can buy water bottles and coffee at the on-site Starbucks or on-site convenience store. It's convenient, but I always felt as if we were a huge source of their profit. Perhaps all retail entities operate this way, but it just feels wrong.
Flex work schedule, Starbucks on site
Too much work, not enough time, profit from employees & military