Through my hometown's Giant Tiger, I got to experience being both a cashier and sales associate. As the duty of a main cashier I was assigned very important duties such as handing tobacco and lottery, stocking and facing anything nearby that was needed to be done. We would as well, when not busy, be hanging any returns, filling the slushies or completing reclamation slips. Sometimes they would allow some cashiers to go into the back and assist with stock(making you kinda like a sales associate too).The days can feel so long and some so small.
You may have the really rough moments like being so exhausted after the hours you had worked or even a rough day with some customers and even your personal life situations. But they definitely do have moments that make the bad into pleasant ones. Like associates to laugh with, say you did a good job and support you through your worst, or that mysterious person who leaves a tip as a piece of candy, and the people who remember your face like you remember theirs.
In conclusion, I recommend this job to anyone willing to make a learning experience out of a job.It had taught me so much about patience and speed, responsibility, and how to make a customer or team member's day more pleasant.They give you lots of hours if you're looking for a full time job and still a decent amount for students.
P.s.The pros and cons are all neutral in my opinion
Great associates, friendly customers, learning field, active job, benefits, many hours given
Long hours, standing at a cash for a long while, extremely busy(at times) and difficult customers