Better suited to a retiree
Demonstrator (Former Employee) – Barrie, ON – 27 December 2013
Arrive at site 1 hour prior to shift start. Visual inspection done by assistant manager to ensure your uniform was correct. Incorrect, go home, no pay. If correct then check assignment list to see what you would be promoting. Take note of assigned lunch break. Set up table in assigned area, then pick up items required for assignment. Help other demonstrators if necessary. Begin completing promotion & shift forms.
Costco opens. Promote, promote, promote. Manager & assistant manager do walk by assessment. Non-stop customer interaction, continue completion of promotion & shift forms. 30 minute lunch break - timed by assistant manager. Acquire more product if necessary (included in lunch break). Back to assigned area. Another walk by assessment done by either manager or assistant manager.
Store closing - hand in completed promotion & shift forms to assistant manager, remove & put away items from assigned area, help others, tidy up all storage areas including trash disposal & washing/drying of any cook-ware, individual shift & promotion evaluation performed by assistant manager. 1 hour after store closing, go home.
Hardest part of the job was standing in one place for 12 hours, as well as the feeling of being under a microscope due to the ever-constant management presence. Difficult enough being in one spot for the entire shift, let alone being under constant scrutiny & wondering if I'll still have a job at the end of my shift!
Most enjoyable part of the job was going home - physically & mentally drained.
No formal education required
Constant scrutiny of mangement, no benefits, long hours being in 1 spot