Not really sustainable, but kind of a fun diversion
Sales Associate (Former Employee) – Cincinnati, OH – May 20, 2019
A goofy, unique retail job - if you're on summer break or looking for a second source of income, it's worthwhile compared to other retail jobs. Otherwise, seek out something full-time.
Rewards for sales goals are nonexistent, like in most outlet settings, but there's no real pressure to meet them because of the immense turnover and the (pretty bad) state of mall sales as a whole.
The co-workers are fantastic - extroverts will automatically thrive, while introverts will find a relatively relaxing space to learn sales, marketing, ad copy, etc. Since management tends to perceive most of the associates as unscrupulous or juvenile, drama and rumors abound. You're probably not going to be there longer than a year or so, though, so the relationships stay pretty fresh and the management doesn't get too obnoxious.
Teens don't really hang out in malls anymore but the ones who do tend to perceive Spencer's as of a cool place to wander around and/or shoplift from. I didn't mind them, but if you struggle to be around or openly confront kids, you might find the position annoying.
If you're at all looking to work your way up to a supervisory position, look elsewhere. You sign up for this job knowing you'll be an associate as long as you stay there, working no more than 18 hours a week at no more than whatever's the minimum for retail workers in you area per hour.
But hey, beerbongs! Gag gifts! Fun!
Fairly atypical retail experience, Not as much of a slog as big-box stores or comparable mall outlets, Draws interesting and fun co-workers thanks to idiosyncratic products/company mission
Sales associates are totally redundant, Zero chance of advancement even to supervisor or assistant supervisor positions, Hours are terrible/nonexistent until several months in, Only worth pursuing as a summer job