I worked at Calendar Club part-time (Less than a year)
-My manager was great. She was very flexible when needed, and she kept my hours regular.
-Lots of hours
-Lots of free time since the store was mostly empty
-Fair starting pay (I was also able to get a $0.25 bonus after taking some tests for the company about their values and procedures)
-Coworkers were very nice
-Customers were very nice
-Owner would only spend money when absolutely necessary. They refused to pay for anything more than the bare minimum, even if it would've improved the store greatly.
-The plans for setting up the store didn't match the actual store at all, and many of the things they gave us (signs, posters, etc.) weren't compatible with the store at all.
-The lights and front sign of the store was broken for at least 2 months of my employment, but the Owner didn't help fix those
-The store wasn't supplied with a mop, even though it was in a location with lots of snow + salt. My manager had to go buy a mop for the store to prevent it from looking horrible half of the time. The Owner didn't want to reimburse my manager for the mop either.
-Worked alone for 90% of my time. Although I was fine with this, many of my employees struggles because they were either not as quick on their feet, or they didn't have a good idea of how the register worked.
-Lack of training
-VERY late with the first payment. I probably didn't get my first paycheck for a month and a half after I started. I was supposed to be paid every two weeks. After the first payment, it got more regular.
-Issues with payments. My first check had my name spelled wrong on it, and the amount was off. Many of my coworkers had similar troubles all throughout their time working there.
-Little warning about things. We wouldn't be told about upcoming sales, events, etc. until just before those things happened. It made things difficult to manage at times.
-We got way too much inventory. We were told we had to put ALL inventory received out on the floor, but our store was always way too full. We ended up having to store a lot of extra items in the back.
-The store I worked in wasn't as successful as the 6-7 other stores the Owner had, so they paid little attention to our store. The Owner often mentioned how our store wasn't making enough money.
Advice to Management
Improve communication and be willing to give more to those who work for you. Some things may not seem completely necessary, but they could really improve the store and sales.
I applied online. The process took 2 days. I interviewed at Calendar Club in November 2013.
Generic phone interview lasted five minutes. I was called back in ten minutes with job offer. Had no experience running a mall kiosk but had management experience. Sounded like they were desperate to get anyone. This should have been a red flag that this was not the place to work. Questions included past work experience and whether I could handle the job with out knowing all that was expected.
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