Make friends and explore new gear
Everything is great when you start out. Everyone is friendly and there is an almost family-like atmosphere among staff. You learn a ton of information about gear and outdoor activities, and get to meet the reps for various brands. The pay is also pretty great for a retail job, and goes up every six months depending on performance. Work life balance - more... is respected as long as you give lots of notice for days off you need or changes in schedule.
However, after a few months, you get to know how management works, and it isn't always pleasant. Store management plays favorites and senior staff is ... - less
ProsMake good friends with fellow staff, use great gear for free, learn a LOT about different brands and different outdoor activities, casual staff gets sick days, Great store discount
ConsStore management plays favorites, No opportunities for advancement, Very little communication regarding work performance or store issues, Repetitive, boring work, Mental health issues are not dealt with well and can lead to dismissal from work