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Pretty good place to work-but they always threaten to fire you

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Current Employee - Sales Associate in Bellevue, WA
Current Employee - Sales Associate in Bellevue, WA

I have been working at RadioShack

Pros

-Make as much money as you want, you just have to sell well
-If you don't like your store but are a good employee, they will usually let you transfer out to another store
-Managers are pretty laid back for the most part and let you get away with a lot of inappropriate behavior
-Fun place to work at overall, lots of very smart coworkers, although a koo-koo manager is not out of the ordinary

Cons

-Every "mistake" such as a return taken which cannot be resold comes out of the managers yearly bonus, so the manager is always complaining about their stupid bonuses
-Regular visits from District Managers and others higher up from him/her--so the store has to be in decent to good shape all the time
-Secret shops could go well or horribly--if they do not go well, the management knows who helped this person and attack you.
-You have to sell overpriced service plans ($6 for an SD card which costs 22$ for example) and if you do not sell at least 25% of the opportunities you had, they will give you a couple warnings and then fire you
-Management always breathing down your neck over sales, even if you had a good couple of months and this one month isn't going as well, they will destroy you.
-Willing to fire smart, knowledgeable people who have been with the company for a long time in exchange for people who don't know anything about electronics because one section of their sales (for example if you sell a cell phone with no accessories) is not sparkling.
-Known to fire people with no warning and often times for no good reason just to prove a point.

Advice to ManagementAdvice

Value your employees--whether it be a manager, district manager, or a sales associate. RS really gives respect to no one. It has potential to be a great job, and often times is. But management often times gets selfish and vengeful--which is not okay.

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  1. Stressfull!

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    Current Employee - Manager In Training in East Los Angeles, CA
    Current Employee - Manager In Training in East Los Angeles, CA

    I have been working at RadioShack

    Pros

    Very good comission. Flexible hours. Great place to start a sales career.

    Cons

    Very stressful great comission if you sell Cell phones not pre-paid so you have to try and convience every single person to get a cell phone and get ready to sell a lot of batteries and deal with a lot of old people trying to find parts for their old electronics wich have been discontinued for ages lol no set schedule if yore a key holder no extra salary. If people dnt come in to you get emails all day saying "come on people what's going on why are we not trying very demoralizing. Most time its ok but just lots of pressure to make you're quotas and when you do all you get is a bigger quota next month.

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    You're ATG's don't work you guys should have less confress calls and more face to face time with sales associates not only managment.

  2. Build Your Resume and Move On

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    Former Employee - Keyholder in Philadelphia, PA
    Former Employee - Keyholder in Philadelphia, PA

    I worked at RadioShack

    Pros

    looks good on a resume when looking for more profitable endeavors. Got me jobs at ATT, Sprint, and Verizon that all pay over 40k/ a year. If you don't NEED money but just WANT money and are into electronics it be fun. I had a few days where 8 hours zipped by like 3, those were very few days...really only good to get you into the wireless industry in my honest opinion.

    Cons

    Benefits are almost non-existence, horrible pay...minimum wage plus a poor commission structure to work with within an even poorer customer pool, no one goes to RadioShack, you need to cling to any customers you get like they are you last breath if you want to make sales that will get you comission. They only to make bread there is through wireless, you gotta push phones to everyone, even old ladies buying batteries for 30 year old alarm clocks!

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    GET A CLUE, just because you have an MBA doesn't mean you corporate phonies know anything about customers. Let people who are successful on sales floors make decisions and treat the employees like you care and maybe this job won't be held to the same regard as Walmart or Target...

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