Typical day: balloon orders, balloon walk-ins, finding stuff for customers, sweeping, merchandising, recovering the store from customer traffic.
What I learned: how to manage a team, customer service, preparatory for higher retail positions.
Workplace culture: fun, nerdy, hilarious, good times, family, hard working, no drama.
Hardest part of job, bad hires who are painful to work with.
Enjoyable parts: merchandising, making balloons bouquets, the learning, making customers happy.
Lots to learn, prepares for future retail management positions, fun environment, employee discount, benefits for full-time status workers, customers are happy 99.999% of time because they're looking forward to a party, 0.001% they are buying stuff for a funeral.
Balloon orders can be brutal (50 latex before 30 minutes opening for example), untrained and lazy hires can be a pain to work with if you're a perfectionist, can be too fast-paced sometimes.