Pros: decent break times are applied, varying on hours worked that day.
Cons: usually only part time employment, fewer shifts given in slower months, and health coverage is difficult to come by unless averaging 30+ a week regularly
Shifts generally run 4.5 hours to about 7 hours. Weekly hours vary on sales of the year before, the last week's sales, the estimation of possible sales for each day of the next scheduled week, and sales associates over all performance.
On occasion, seasonal changes and shifts require longer shifts; for example:
A floor-set shift tends to be a 9 hour shift over two-three over nights. A Black Friday shift maybe 12 hours in length depends on the start of an associates start time. While the hours can be long for these events, brakes are provided and the shifts can be fun if there is good chemistry with the other associates.
The overall atmosphere in the store is generally friendly, comfortable, and welcoming. Coworkers tend to be good natured, accepting, and helpful.
At times the job can be trying. There are occasions when ringing up customer one can find the customer unpleasant, and sometimes despite best efforts unable to appease the customer. Other times the long shifts can be a little overwhelming when the store is busy and there are many customers that need assistance at once.
However, in these situations I've found my coworkers and managers to be a good source of help, stress relief, and willing listener to hear what problems one might be experience. In these cases my coworkers often provide good ways to solve those problems, to ease the situation, and to make the passing of the day less stressful.