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Stop micromanaging everything. This company is so overrun by pennypinchers that they actually control the lighting and hvac for each store from the corporate office in Hudson Ohio, They control when the air conditioner runs, apparently they have never learned that it takes less energy to keep a store cool than it does to re-cool it each day. Each store has an override button with which they can turn on the lights to work before the store opens, but if they use it, the employees are reprimanded for it. They constantly cut employee hours and then complain that stock isn't making it from the backroom to the sales floor. Yet they constantly spend money on ridiculous stuff like fixtures for items that are seasonal, which they then throw out once the season is over and repurchase again the following year. Now they are spending money on an electronic "customer counter" which seeks to see how many people enter the store vs. those who actually buy something. People don't buy because they can't find any help, because often there are no more than 3 employees in a store, 1 cashier, 1 person for the cutting counter and a mod (manager on duty) who is trying to stock, help customers, do paperwork, and do resets. Which is another thing, they are constantly moving items all around the store in an effort to appear "Fresh" then, what few return customers they do have, must take away from the employees already limited time, so that the employee can take them to the item they would have been able to find on their own had it not been moved. They get upset when the competition beats them to a seasonal reset. (last year, Hobby Lobby got their Christmas items out before Jo Ann's, oh the shame!!) so this year Christmas is being set before Halloween arrives. Or it will get set if the powers on high see fit to actually give the stores employee hours to do it.

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Starting pay for any (non-management) team member is almost always minimum wage. People with experience that apply are lucky to get an extra .25-.50 cents more at the most.

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The organization is delayering. Management knows this and are spending an inordinate amount of time preventing efficiency, to save their job. In the meantime, our competitors remain ahead. Don't you dare present any idea that saves money or time. You will be blacklisted.

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They didn't drug test anyone at my store as of August 2018

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I put an application in on friday, got a call on saturday, set up an interview on tuesday, went in and did the interview and then I got the job. I came in the next week for my first day.

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Following the implementation of the ACA, many full time positions such as RTL or "Receiving Team Leader" were eliminated and part time employees were limited to no more than 28 hrs /wk in an effort to make sure that they never accidentally crossed into full time territory. Part time employees receive no benefits

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8.75 an hour for part time as of August 2018. This varies by state though.

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Many are off shift

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My store manager didn't email people. When I was hired, he called me a few days later.

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Only if asked, never asked, can't say.

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