I transferred to a much larger store after working in a boutique-size store for a year and a half. I had more experience than the girls who were working as senior stylists, and I was clearly a valued team member, but it took 5 months for them to give me a promotion, and within 2 weeks, the minimum wage in NYC went up, so I've been making a dollar more than I would have been if I weren't in a senior position.
After holiday, we had a lot less payroll, so the schedule was very thin and we'd work only 4 hour shifts. It became obvious that the stylists were only there so managers could go on break, and I began to feel a little exploited.
I loved the people I worked with at the beginning, but almost all of those managers have left the company. I have no ill will against the company, but I am feeling a little burnt out after 3 or so years. Free People is very focused on money as a large corporation, and it's hard to escape that fact after working there for a while.