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I worked at GameStop full-time (More than 3 years)
I sold fun, and got paid for it. Nothing will ever beat the feeling you get when your customer comes back, totally in love with the recommendation you made. Lots of free stuff. Discount was nice. Being on the cutting edge of gaming. Fully paid week long trip to Gamestop Expo, and Store Manager Conference.
30% turnover rate. Almost 1 out of every 3 managers will be fired. It is sink or swim, and survival of the fittest. There is no training program, and you are literally left to figure out how to run your business, without any real coaching. You get it and do it, or you flounder helplessly until you ultimately fail. Upper management can spot which category you fall in to, but will do absolutely nothing to guide you. If you don't fit into the Store Manger cliq, forget it - you won't make it. You cannot have a personal life, if you expect to be successful. You need to be in your store, every day. Expect long hours, long weeks, and frequent calls, on your days off. Payroll is severely limited, even for the busiest of stores. They will want you to be clean-cut and presentable, but the corporate mouthpiece is a store manager who is a bearded cartoon character with large earrings, and a bald head, that goes by Captain Redbeard. You will be asked to reset your store on Monday, tweak it a little on Tuesday, complete overhaul on Wednesday, then, Thursday, back to the original set from Monday, and then on Friday you'll have a completely different setup from every other day... and I'm not exaggerating. That happened in my district, the week before Christmas. Regional visits are like colonoscopies. They will find everything, and then make it sound like they are surprised you even knew how to tie your shoes, before coming in to work. Oh, and they did that on the Saturday, of previously mentioned week, 3 days before Christmas.
Advice to Management
Your Store Managers will follow you into Hell, if you just step up and lead them.