A nice environment to train and further self confidence.
Voluntary Store Assistant (Temporary) (Former Employee), Arbroath, SCT – November 8, 2013
Pros: good environment to learn.
It was a good place to train in skills needed for the current world of employment while also being fun and productive. My typical day would be a few hours on till and stock sorting. My manager was very nice and encouraging and my co workers were good people to be around.
Cons: heavy lifting of donations and moving furniture, dirty work environment
Donations arrive at all hours day and night. So first thing in the morning after opening the store you bring in the donations to start sorting items. The day is split into shifts so if you are on Cash first thing you would start putting clothing or items out on the shelf. The person that isn't on cash first helps with these tasks and then goes to sort – more... items and prices items for the following day. While in this position I learned to process customers as well as identify there needs. Because of the nature of this job while prices are suggested it is a judgement call when pricing items so everyone has different ideas on what to price things. The hardest part of the job was sorting through the donations which even though people figured there donations were great useful items. The most enjoyable part of this job was assisting customers as well as creating interesting displays – less
Volunteer (Former Employee), Winnipeg, MB – August 20, 2013
Volunteering at the Salvation Army was a great experience for me, everyone i worked with welcomed me with opened arms. i was treated as if i worked there for years. a typical day working at the Salvation Army involved lots of helping with customers and organizing clothes, putting them away, pricing items and etc. it was very busy and very fast paced – more... which is good because you never got bored! the management there was amazing, the co-workers were also amazing. the job wasn't that hard, i enjoyed it a lot. i enjoyed being able to help the customers find items that they wanted, i love helping people so working at the Salvation Army was a great experience. – less
fun work place with common room, exercise room and dinning room
Janitorial/ housekeeping (Current Employee), Edmonton, AB – August 12, 2013
Pros: free foods
My work is night shift from 11pm to 7:30 am. I learned to speak nice and good to all the resident and make friends with them. I have to manage my time of doing noisy work for the residents not be disturbed. I love team work so i listened and make suggestion to my co-worker. The hardest part of the job is when nobody helps and you do all the jobs. So – more... its very enjoyable when somebody helps or works with in order to finish job easily. – less
Productive workplace of many different jobs to handle
Volunteer (Former Employee), Brampton, ON – August 7, 2013
Pros: flexible job positions
The job is to either handle clothing at the back by sorting the type of clothing or handling incoming clothing donations and transferring them to the designated areas, or to handle clothing in the store by sorting out the clothing with expired tags from the ones with valid tags. The volunteer opportunity gave me the experience of working under pressure, – more... and under multiple supervisors. The management was very friendly, understanding and generous. The co-workers were quite helpful as well. The hardest part of the job was when the job you were given gets too repetitive. But the most enjoyable part was when that happens, you could go talk to your supervisor and they appoint you with another job. – less
Working at Salvation Army makes me feel good because they help a lot of needy people and I'm part of it
Store Associate (Current Employee), Calgary, AB – August 2, 2013
Pros: we get 25% off on our purchases
Cons: we get less but more responsibilities
A typical day at work is to make sure the sales area is clean and tidy, customer service, multi-task to meet the quota for the day. I have learned how to deal with other people and be patient enough to customers that are not easy to please. The management is good especially our manager. She's so approachable. You will never feel like she's the manager – more... of the store because she mingles and works with us but we respect her as our manager. I don't like my other co-workers because they tend to be more bossy than our manager. I find multitasking is the hardest part of the job especially when we're lack of staff. You'll be everywhere in the store and do everything to meet the quota. What I enjoy most on my job is you can get good staffs at a lower price. – less
LEAD RESIDENTIAL CARE WORKER (Current Employee), Toronto, ON – July 30, 2013
Pros: helping people from self harm.
Cons: seeing individuals harm themselves.
I help individuals rehabilitate from substance addiction coupled with mental health issues. This position primarily is inter-personal relationship building coupled with business administration. It is extremely fast-paced and rewarding. I never sit down and am always working on a task at every moment of each shift and I love it.
A job where you feel you've made a difference,even for a moment, in an addicts life.
Addictions Support Worker (Former Employee), Edmonton, AB – July 11, 2013
Pros: seeing the addict persona leave and the authentic person start to take control, little by little
Cons: working midnights, knowing a lot of people in sober living aren't ready and will relapse..
Typical day would be dispensing meds, finding out if any of the tenants are having a hard time coping and seeing if you can help them get through it. Keeping logs of all issues going on in apartment, doing random drug screens and ensuring the women are attending 12 step meetings, working and not falling back into old patterns. Co-workers were great. – more... A real team effort as we all wanted to see these women flourish and get out of their disease, especially for their children's sake.Hardest part was seeing young girls unable to let go of boyfriends who were unwilling to get help,knowing if they go back to them, they will relapse. Best part is when you are talking to a patient and you really see a light bulb turn on, and you know they are on their way to a new life because they just give up control and listen to others who have been where they are. – less
The staff and managers I worked with over the years were great.
SALES ASSOCIATE/STORE ASSISTANT MANAGER (Former Employee), Langley & Surrey BC – June 6, 2013
Pros: finding unique treasure and meeting new people
Cons: finding unique treasure and meeting unique people
There were a couple of managers that I worked under that made all the difference in making it a great job. We also had some great team members that we managed at the various stores we managed. Upper management at Head office wasn't always a pleasure to work with or for, but it's the team you work with on a daily basis that really matters. Salary was – more... average and there was opportunity to move up as a store manager but not anywhere beyond that. The hardest part of the job was probably dealing with customers, but it was also the most rewarding. A typical day working in a Thrift store was ensuring that donations were sorted and what was salable was priced and then put onto the sales floor. It was not an easy job but was truly fun because you never knew what you'd find in that next box! – less