Seems an attractive job at first glance, however looks are VERY deceiving.
A typical day begins by jumping in YOUR car and using YOUR gas to drive from store to store throughout the day, (my 5 stores are each 20 minutes, minimally, from one another - my entire route is 90+ miles from home, to each store, and then back home) merchandising your magazines and other merchandise at each stop. Totes are supposed to weigh no more than 50 lbs when full, however I generally find mine to be full to brim and therefore sometimes weighing as much as 75-100lbs. These totes must be loaded onto a flat U-boat cart when you can find one (they are scarce and hard to find at many stores). Many times you must unload a cart first, then find a place to put the merchandise you take off the cart, before you can load your totes onto it. Most stores do NOT have your totes located in a convenient spot and you either have to first move multiple pallets of merchandise to get to your totes or become a contortionist, risking personal injury, while trying to lift the very heavy totes up and over other things, all while working in a very tiny space that is barely big enough to turn around in. You will generally have 6 or 7 totes to merchandise per store, but it is not unusual to have as many as 9 or 10 totes per store. Merchandising will involve being on your feet the entire time, you will put a lot of miles in each day, so have good shoes, it will require reaching up, bending down, squatting, and twisting. It will likely involve many paper cuts as well, so carry bandaids and if you are a woman, do NOT expect to keep your fingernails. You are ahead of the game if you just go ahead – more... and cut them all off down to your fingertips because they WILL get ripped, broken, chipped and torn. Once you have completed the work at your first store you drive on to the next and so on. The ONLY tools you are given to do your job with are a plastic strap cutter and a plastic badge that says you are a TNG merchandiser (these probably cost the company about 20 cents a piece - that could be a high estimate). You are required to provide your own pens and markers for paperwork and marking the return totes. I also carry a box cutter and a foldable all-in-one tool (I call mine a McGuiver). You are also required to use your own computer, paper and ink for printing your schedule or any special instructions, and your own phone and mobile data, for logging into the time-keeping system and for taking pictures of special projects which must be emailed to yourself before you can upload them for use in answering required surveys. You do NOT get paid for the time it takes to complete these numerous surveys, nor are you reimbursed for the costs of your personal mobile data - or anything else you need for your work. You ARE compensated for the time it takes to drive from one store to the next, but not for the mileage or the wear and tear on your vehicle and tires. My route, being over 90 miles total, requires me to work approximately 3-4 hours first, just to cover the cost of my gas for work that day.
What I have learned is that TNG doesn't care about their employees and has proven that by not only never giving pay raises, but also announcing at Christmas time that they are giving us a pay cut beginning the first of the year. I have also learned that in addition to being cheap and physically abusing their employees, they expect far too much work (most of the time) for one person. They use you, burn you out and then throw you away. I've learned that communicating with the company is impossible except through your direct supervisor who you'd better hope is a good person. The only appreciation you will EVER get will be from your supervisor only, and THAT depends on the type of person he or she is.
Management IS your supervisor. There is no method or means of making contact with any management that is above your supervisor. So again, you need to hope that he or she is a great person who cares anything for other people, including the merchandisers he or she supervises.
You obviously have co-workers, but you will rarely meet any of them. The driver that delivers your totes to your stores is probably the one co-worker you will ever have any interaction with. Their job is completely different than yours, so if you need help with something or have a question, they probably won't be able to assist you. You may or may not have the opportunity to make small talk with your driver from time to time and the conversation will likely involve sharing how much you each hate your job and how badly you can't wait to find another one.
The hardest part of the job is definitely lifting the over burdened totes and maybe also finding a cart to move your totes out to the mainline where you actually do your work. I pity the one who can't find a tote, you might as well quit now because the first time you have to carry each tote by hand out to the aisle, you WILL quit.
The most enjoyable part of your job, aside from going home once your work is done to soak your feet and take aspirin for your aching back and legs and shoulders and arms (your entire body actually) and then clean your paper cuts properly and bandage them in an appropriate manner with something other than duct tape, must be that you don't have to deal with a boss over your shoulder for 8 hours monitoring your every move. The fact that you can start your day somewhat at your own discretion is also a nice feature, but if your driver is running late, that can destroy your entire day.
While they didn't ask for this information, I'm offering my recommendation: DO NOT take a job with TNG. You WILL be used and abused, they will not care about you or your personal life, they will force you to provide your own tools and equipment and you won't be reimbursed for anything. You might be wondering why I'm still working for them, well I'm NOT. I just stayed as long as I did hoping things would improve or change, but they never did. TNG only added MORE tasks to our job descriptions and forced more responsibility onto us without ever ONCE considering giving us a raise or any other compensation for the things they used us to provide for ourselves. I am currently without a job because there isn't a lot available in my area which is how I wound up with this job to begin with. Take a fools advice: Don't become yet another fool. – less