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I am sitting here wondering if I should take a position as an assistant manger. I am middle aged and need a good check to live off of. Being honest, the pay for assistant or manager is rediculous! This is why the company has no debt and doing well, because staff is under payed. This is sad. If people are paid well they do a better job and feel appreciated.

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The inconsistent hours for part times is what really got me: 7 hours one week and 14 the next. Also, lists of changes to the schedules at the last min. People would see the schedule, then decide they did not want to work a certain day due to a heavy shipment coming in but instead of saying, “I’m lazy and don’t want to work in a difficult afternoon,” they would call in sick, or suddenly their Bana would become ill, etc. Thrn others are “called in”. The pay is lousy anyway, but it’s even worse if you take into consideration that you are basically being treated as an “on call” employee at times. Also, work load is extremely high. Done part timers get away with murder in stores without cameras. They stay on their cell phones on the floor often and do not do any work to help. My work ethic and values are different so I worked. But I constantly felt taken advantage of. Add to that the fact that some lazy employees attempt to justify their lack of work by toying with and making fun of those of us who do work, and you see the problem. You either become a rat and run tell on people constantly ( which creates more issues and management does nothing anyway ) or you just grit your teeth and do your job. Eventually, you have no more teeth to grit.

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You are responsible for the money in your register. You and your manager will count it at the end of your shift, and when you, as a part-timer come to work later in the afternoon evening ( because most part timers work afternoons/nights and some weekends), you should stand nearby and “be a witness” to the counting of the register you will use as the person who has been on that register is leaving—the manager will count her time in that register too. However, you can request a count of your register, with a manager present of course at any time. My manager is good to do this if I ask. I might ask her to do this IF I just think I forgot to give someone a nickel or something g, just to ease my mind... but my register is always correct. Also, if a customer ever says you gave them the wrong change, you should demand a count of your register right then with a manager present. I’ve never had a customer do this, but I was told that this is procedure. You do not want to be short on your register. Anything over five cents once in a 6 month period, looks bad. If it’s seceral dollars that you are short, you could be written up. At five dollars short, pretty sure they write you up no matter who you are. Never had this happen, but that was what I was told. It’s Cato’s money, so you want to be extra careful with it.

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About the “taking you out on the floor to have you pick out an outfit” bit. Do not sweat this and just do the best job you can. A manager told me years later that this is not so much to see if you are a fashion DIVA who belongs on a runway in New York as much as it is to see how you would speak and act in front of a potential customer who might ask for your help finding a particular outfit for say, a funeral or a bridal shower. If you just stand there like an idiot or you don’t speak or carry yourself well, you’re “not the one”. However, they usually need people so badly that if you don’t do a terrific job, they usually are willing to train you.

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It is a ridiculous process. You'd think you were applying for FBI

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Terrible for salaried managers. Required to work over 45 and only get paid for 40!

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I was told that I would move up in the company because she wasn't going anywhere and that I am to never where my hair up and that i was to always wear make up.

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I believe they are in the process of changing their dress code policies, but I was told no sneakers, no shoes that would be considered ones you’d wear on a beach or at a pool, no piercings, no visible tattoos, no jeans unless they are polished, dress jean material as in, I guess, a knit type of jean. You do not have to dress in a business suit each day but think “ business casual”. Some of the younger managers wear leggings, wear extremely minimal or basic sandals, and they often wear a cute top they have bought at Cato. No piercings at my store, but we do have several people with ratios who do not hide them. Nothing has been said ... yet.

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$7.50
Part Time hours are less than 30 a week.

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Yes, some of the benefits include a certain percentage off of a purchase for being an employee.

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