Fair entry level pay, difficulty varies.
Assistant (Former Employee) – WV – August 9, 2018
I had the opportunity to work both a larger store and one of the smallest in my district. Experience varies based on management and the hours to be divided among staff. The company culture is progressive in policy, though not always in practice. In my area, SW took steps to discipline the worst offenders.
Experienced local managers understandably support larger stores, while inexperienced managers tend to occupy places with less volume. Many quickly move on in some form, making smaller locations very chaotic and inconsistent. As assistant manager of a small store in a seasonal resort town, I frequently worked alone and never had more than three employees of any rank on the roster.
You need to be willing to wear all hats and seriously see being behind as an opportunity if you want to be content here, let alone advance. Having a stable, fun, and competent team is not guaranteed but is the difference between a smooth or back breaking day. There is a lot to be said for developing a routine and just showing up for shifts. Job carries good reputation and training, plus many opportunities to network. As others have said, there are limited options if you aren't willing to relocate. Customers are generally grateful and work with you.
Strong benefits, stock matching, vacation time. Some very enthusiastic and good people, but challenging environment and expectations.
Better than average training, brand, contacts, and compensation.
Variety between locations, promotion tied to relocation/travel, high turnover, staffing issues, always another task.