Decent start to a future in the workplace.
Pros: Simple objectives, solid hours, pleasant co-workers and customers.
Cons: Staff rooms could use cleaning up
I've gained quite a few helpful skills in this placement that I wouldn't have from sitting around the house, including giving a much-needed boost to my social skills which was my most feared part of working in the service/retail industry.
A typical work day would be riding the bus to school, hopping a second bus to the store and walking my aisles, looking for any customer in need of assistance and doing so to the best of my knowledge and ability. Aside from that, I would set up merchandise displays and restock existing ones, along with the occasional trip to the waste compactor to dispose of extraneous cardboard.
The working environment was decent. My co-workers were great to be around, but the locker room conditions left a bit to be desired, giving off a wrecked, grungy look to the place. It seems they only ensure the storefront is clean - the layers of dust on the furniture and computers in the break room could be seen a mile away and holes were punched in the lunch table with gross substances often visible from the outside-in.
Overall, working at Walmart (this one anyway) was a mostly pleasant experience, at least much better than I'd expected, and the customers were as well.
I wouldn't trade this first job for anything, because it perfectly defined what I was good at and accentuated and propelled what I wasn't. I'll always be grateful for it.