This is a good first job.
Department Manager (Former Employee) – Lakewood, WA – November 3, 2018
If you've never had a job and are in need of work, this is a good place to start.
I learned that to be successful in corporate retail, you have to be willing to play favoritism with upper management. You will not likely be noticed, even if you're doing a good job.
Advancement was nearly impossible. Even if you communicated with your leaders, they're more likely to hire someone from another place than from within. It's very corporate. You're a number, not a soul.
I gave three years here and it changed my life forever. I realized that I'm never going to work for a retail outlet again. I should be thanking these people.
Sales, being friendly to customers, flexibility helps...
I didn't enjoy this job. I tolerated it. There's a difference. Someone who enjoys his job never works a day in his life. This job will have you stressed any time you apply for a loan, any time you ask for a raise, any time you apply for an apartment... the pay-work ratio is awful.
For example: almost every department manager is required to know how to operate 2 kinds of forklift with certifications. And do they compensate you for these? No.
It's a big box corporation. You're just a number to these people. That makes it hard to really want to give your heart to them. That was my experience. I did work hard, many overnights, and deliveries, and travels and I deeply regret my time with this organization.
Low pay, hard work, minimal career opportunity, heartless management