Seasonal/Outdoors dept. employee
Pros: profit sharing, good work environment
Cons: (some) rude customers, little opportunity for advancement (as a student)
Typical day at work may include any of the following: making sales, cleaning up department's section of the store, stocking shelves, organizing product on shelf or in warehouse, cleaning up messes left by customers, talking to customers, offering retail advice to customers, offering mechanical advice to customers on products handled by our store (by our department specifically), collecting carts from parking lot, sweeping, vacuuming, dusting, setting up / taking down displays, BBQ/patio furniture assembly, aisle reconstruction at seasonal changeover periods, and loading/unloading vehicles.
Gained insight into retail work. Learned to manage customers (often several at once).
Fellow employees were main reason for staying as long as I did. Work environment friendly, management fairly personable.
Hardest part of the job was staying helpful, polite, and attentive in front of customers who were decidedly not.
Most enjoyable part of the job was my fellow employees.