Pros: promotions from within, opportunity to travel and relocate, fun work environment, popular products offered
Cons: high saturation of stores, compensation was not enough for the varying work schedule, left with minimal time to seek other opportunities and further education.
A typical day at work began with operational duties and preparing the store to open for business. Once open for business, my main focus was ensuring that the customers were having a great store experience and that our associates had what they needed to be successful at customer service and sales. Throughout the day I had tasks such as training, recruiting, – more... interview, and conferencing with upper management and other stores. At least once per week I closed the store for business.
This career taught me how manage large groups of people and how to stand-out from my peers to create my own promotions. It taught me the importance of self-reliance and that communication is key for the success of any team.
Management styles differed from person-to-person. I worked under district managers that provided me with much support, and others that I rarely saw face-to-face. As much as I appreciate autonomy, the style of management that I flourished under was the kind that was more available.
My co-workers were my biggest support because we all went through the same experiences and developed strong relationships. Most of them were just as enthusiastic about our brand, or even more. I learned more from some of my peers than I did from some of my direct superiors.
The hardest part of the job was managing the different personalities and occasionally encountering some resistance because I was promoted above other assistants that worked for the company longer than I did. I dealt with this by constantly building them-up and giving them new challenges that would elevate them to the level that I had reached with the company.
The most rewarding part of the job was getting to know my associates and customers. My job was to be the leader of the team and developing them to their highest potential professionally, and seeing them succeed was very fulfilling for me. – less