More headache than it is worth
Merchandiser (Former Employee) – Virginia – January 4, 2019
This is not like any other merchandising job I've ever done in the last 20 years. If you are used to signing onto jobs, doing them quickly and efficiently, then going on to the next, you will not like this one.
The materials you have to pick up from storage take over your car, house, mind. Missing materials are your responsibility, you have to sort for hours, count and record. You also have to instantly respond to all emails even when you are not "working."
We were also expected to go and count equipment in the storage shed.
As a long-time professional merchandiser I like scheduling my own work hours and have days off. Usually to work for another company to get hours. NAM makes that very difficult to impossible. I was basically on call every day because of up to 9 emails a day besides sudden changes.
I also trained other new people even when I was still new, covered for people as they quit. Had to drive to their homes to retrieve materials then was told I went over my alotted hours. I guess that, too, was supposed to be unpaid.
I quit when after a few months I found out that the person I was training was making $3 more an hour than me! With fewer qualifications.
News America needs to get it together so employees only have to work "in store." Especially for the low pay so they are free to work other jobs (as most do).
Only someone with very little merchandising experience would appreciate this job.
There is no work-life balance. Low low low pay.