Pros: schedule flexibility, approachable management/coworkers, benefits, charity business, discount
Cons: repetitiveness, heavy lifting, micromanagement, sanitation, throw-away policy, 48h policy, expensive price-point.
I liked the motto Savers/VV works behind. However, despite the premise of reusing and reducing, more does go straight into a compactor. In fact, if something were mildly scratched or even just a waste of space to put on the floor it would be thrown away. Virtually, we served as a free trash disposal for the general public (and people often abused it). – more... Expect heavy lifting and constant movement.
Although I only worked for a short period (during the summer in between school terms), I could see someone easily getting physically sick by directly dealing with the merchandise. All items are donated at random and not washed before put out (sometimes steam dried). If you are visibly male, you'll most likely be an OSD attendant (directly handling donations off the street), if female you'll be put on cash. This was for front store, but I noticed it to be a constant regardless of your preference.
Management could be difficult at times but generally very accommodating to scheduling and approachable. Your breaks are scheduled for you, and expect to announce them over PA. I also noticed their prices have significantly rose over the past few years, which you're sure to hear complaints about.
In positive regards, the atmosphere was light-hearted. Co-workers were pleasant to work with, the job was relatively straight forward and you were often recognized for your efforts. Benefits were awesome for full-time employees and your first week is entirely paid training, slowly enabling you into your full day's work - I loved that. You get a 50% discount on merchandise that's been out for 48h on the floor and for the most part you're working for charities. – less