When I started at Michaels it was typical retail, fifty hours a week, not enough payroll, but there was not a lot of pressure. Managers got every other weekend off. Then it got sold, and the culture changed. Gone were the weekends. Managers got one weekend a month, but that was only if you were able to take it. Payroll went through the floor and the work week went to 70 plus hours a week and enormous pressure to get everything done. Upper management became abusive. Retaliation was rampant and obvious. You could not call HR on abusive DM's because they would fire mangers that did. Almost every manager in the Atlanta district turned over because they called HR on their DM.
The only reason I gave a one on the job work/ life balance was because there was not an option for negative numbers.
Met some good people.
Long hours, low payroll, too much pressure, and too many people were hired for upper management from other failed retailers.