Not really. My end of days management was unsupportive. And before that, mainly critical of just about everything we did in our store. Our team worked very hard, for not much above minimum wage. We hardly ever saw our DM or our RM. The CEO and RM, came in about once a year. The last visit was very disappointing.. we worked really hard at getting the store in tip top shape ( although, we did that on a daily basis, regardless ). But the visitors were looking out the window. They seemed very disinterested in what was happening on the floor.
Aside from the company itself, our customers were fantastic. We were a destination store. We built many meaningful relationships. I miss those customers, so many of them were in tears upon our closing. I wish Hallmark would treat their employees as we treated our customers.
"When You Care Enough to Send the Very Best". Those were the good, fun days of Hallmark.
I did, however, have a great opportunity for learning the ins and outs of running a business and managing 'a team'. We became a family. Together, we created an upbeat atmosphere with each other and with our customers. Time constraints were always an issue... the to-do list from Hallmark was ridiculous. They took away our merchandise managers and our assistant managers and our hours. Do more, with much much less...I'd say that was the most challenging for all of us.