Pros: working with plants
Cons: working all holidays and weekends- usual retail hours
The store manager and the regional managers were very enthusiastic and supportive. Assistant managers were hit and miss depending on the personality of the individuals but this can happen anywhere.
Working outside obviously had its pros and cons with the weather.
I loved being there in the morning with the plants before it got really busy and the heat came on.
All employees are treated as seasonal workers as far as holiday pay etc is concerned even full time, they work all holidays especially during busy season.
Department and store managers are employed permanent full time, year round, but department managers are asked upon hiring to sign agreement to work overtime during busy season but not get paid time and a half.
Employees are required to buy their own shirt (not very hot weather friendly shirt) for $30 plus buy all your work gloves, pruning tools and work boots. I found this excessive financial burden for the seasonal minimum wage employees.