Management. Favoritism. Toxic environment. Good employees work hard and are underappreciated. Low hours. If you are in with the management team, rules don't apply to you and you get more hours and promotions. But if you're not a favorite, you are treated differently and get pushed out.
They conducted 2 interviews, one with the hiring manager and one with the store manager. They usually wait about a week to give you your second interview but they managed to squeeze me in early, so I was interviewed 2 days in a row. Then, it takes about a week for them to contact your references and put you through a background check, after which they will give you their decision.
I had a lot of fun here at first, but the scheduling was horrendous. I would get scheduled maybe once or twice a week and if I worked in cafe, I would work completely alone, with only booksellers with little-to-no cafe experience as my backup. Then I randomly got thrown on the sales floor with hardly any training and I stopped getting scheduled in the cafe even though that was job I signed up for in the first place. The managers also put a huge amount of pressure on you to sell $25 membership cards to people who either already have a membership or people who come in to shop once or twice a year at most. It was overall just way too much stress for a job that paid and scheduled me so little.
They don't accept paper resumes at the store anymore, due to privacy issues (i.e. not letting your personal info lay around the break room LOL).
But do apply online, then go to your store and ask for the hiring manager. Meet, talk briefly, tell them you've applied and indicate your enthusiasm. It paid off for me. There is NO substitution for putting a face behind an online application!
With scheduling, if I need certain days off, do I just request them? And are they super flexible and okay with that? Or if I ask of days will I pay for it later?
You can request a day off, but if management doesn't like you, they will deny or ignore your request.
*To preface, I'm a barista and a male*
If you're scheduled to close then yes. There's an entire sheet of things to do with times that you're supposed to start doing things. This starts before closing time (around 7:45) and we aren't usually able to finish until around 10.