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I worked at Kmart part-time (more than an year)Pros
-easy work. A monkey could do most if not all of the jobs.
-If you have nice co-workers the job can be enjoyable.
-easy to pick up extra hours
-if you just need a secondary job outside of your primary work or schooling status, that you don't have to take too seriously this will work. Just remember your real priorities.Cons
-Non union...so they can do pretty much whatever they want as long as HQ passes a new policy to support it.
-Nearly all workers are part-time.
-You will be required to do any and all work that needs doing, if you're an associate, despite whatever position or department you were hired into.
-Your schedule will change almost weekly, this is a job that doesn't want you to have anything else going on.
-When I was still working there they passed a change of policy in regards to Bereavement Leave. You only get 3 days(unpaid) off to deal with the death of a close immediate family member. If they aren't immediate family(aunt, uncle, grandparent) you may only get 1 day or none at all. Any additional time off needed will have to be used in vacation time or personal days. If you don't have any of these left you will get points against you for every day you aren't there.
-No raises. The only raise you'll see is possibly the one you get after being there for 90 days. Performance reviews don't matter. Kmart employees haven't gotten raises in over 6 years.
-No room for advancement. You will not move up based on performance. All of the jobs require little to no skill. To move up simply stick around at this stagnant job long enough for those who have been there longer than you to vacate those positions. And when you do move up from associate to lead associate...no raise. New responsibilities, maybe more hours but no raise.
-You will do the work of 2 to 3 people, the stores never have a full compliment of workers. partially due to high rate of turnover and partially due to keeping wage costs low in each department.
-You will not be rewarded for hard work, so don't let them overwork you or stress you out. When I left this job I was one of only two workers in my department, the hardest department in the store, suddenly it became a 5 man job with me gone. Never got a raise, never got a promotion, lesson learned.
-Constant threat of store closings as the company fights to stay afloat.
-You will receive very little training depending on your department. Then in turn you will end up filling in the gaps in training for any new hires that come your way down the line.
-If you have a bad manager you are completely at his or her will and mercy.Advice to ManagementAdvice
Need incentives for workers to work as hard as they do for low pay and no benefits.Doesn't RecommendNegative OutlookNo opinion of CEO