I worked 90 hours a week, mostly 7 day work weeks. I had my own stores plus covered stores due to lack of other merchandisers. I had drive times between stores of over an hour, yet didn't get drive time. The bonuses that were promised for covering stores weren't paid out, not was mileage. Forget about benefits.
I enjoyed the independent work environment and planning my week according to where I wanted to work on a particular day. But prior months of the various weekly projects not getting done due to the stores not having a merchandiser was horrible. The managers were angry and called corporate to complain, so that became my fault. The store managers didn't even know what merchandising companies were servicing what clients. Again, my fault.
Other merchandisers in the area are elderly, and when servicing my stores for some reason or covering stores, shopped or chatted with store employees only. I was witness to this and also fielded management complaints. It was too much to cover for.
Independent work environment, various projects
Managers, lying about bonuses, low wages