Pros: Freedom to take allotted breaks at own discretion
Cons: Dealing with irate people, whether customer, coworker, or management
Day shifts would consist of setting up merchandise displays, maintaining the shelves with more product, cleaning up the aisles, helping customers, keeping records of cleaning and inspecting, and other miscellaneous tasks. Nights would be similar but with the addition of unloading the daily trucks. In the later years evening shifts would be hectic after 7 as the in-stock team would often be understaffed which would require floor associates in the grocery department to work in tandem with the in-stock team by assisting and working as an in-stock associate. Variety was an opportunity as multiple departments often needed help, so once the tasks of my own department were finished I gained experience with other departments. Management was very hit or miss as some managers were great, while others were infamously awful. Similarly co-workers were hit or miss, however most would get their jobs done, with problem employees being the exception rather than the rule. The work environment was overall pleasant. The most frustrating part of the job was the miscommunication of priority of tasks by management as it would make an employee seem less professional to certain managers for not completing certain tasks because of listening to my direct manager. The most enjoyable part of my job was working as a team to accomplish large jobs as it was satisfying to accomplish such a job in that time.