I have been working at Landmark Industries full-time (More than a year)
I really love the management I work with. According to a lot of the reviews, that's not the case with many stores. They have truly bent over backwards to meet some of my schedule needs and still get me the 40+ hours a week. The job is insanely easy and especially being the overnight guy, I am able to do things like read and meditate and improve my spirituality. This is very great. Also, the starting pay is pretty awesome too. Granted, I'm a college age student so $9/hr is pretty good for me. At my store we close the doors, which I like because it adds a certain level of security to my safety. I've talked one on one with my manager about possibly moving to the day shift and she said it was a possibility! I love it here because at my store, I don't feel like 'just another employee'.. I feel like I am valued and heard. All in all, this is a very mediocre job, that has an extradinary pay for the work any employee has to do. I have worked the day shift and the tasks I had to do during the day shift weren't hard or tedious at all. They were very easy and I had a team to work along side with me.
Timewise hires pretty much anybody. This being said, the people I work with tend to not be very intelligent. I don't have anything against foreigners, but about 50% of my co-workers are foreign and I see them more than the other people so it can be difficult to speak to them because it's hard for them to understand me. One thing anybody should know about the night shift, is that it is a lonely position. :( .. I don't have much face to face interaction with anybody which sucks. I also don't feel like this job really utilizes my skills that I do have. I interned as a marketing assistant and a downfall about working here for me, is that when I see something that could be changed to up sales, even though I can say something to management, it doesn't really get changed because it is a huge corporation. So where as my voice does matter through out the store, I can't very much so be heard through the company and/or suggest any changes to the way things could be done. Another downfall about working at night, is that I do have a pretty replicant fear that if a customer leaves unhappy, that they'll break into my car or mess it up. Another thing I dislike, is that I do t get much face to face time with management. There is a coworker that I have wanted to talk to my managers with since last Friday (it's Thursday now) and tonight is my first opportunity to do that since I've had the problem pop up. Also, when it gets boring, there is nobody to talk to. There's nobody to crack jokes with or anything so that kind of sucks. For anybody who has never worked the night shift before, you should know one thing.. espcially if you are an extravert (luckily I'm an introvert). Working the night shift means that you are going to be awake, while all of your friends are asleep and you'll be asleep while all of your friends are awake. Also, something I personally have against the store is that THERE IS NO HEALTHY FOOD. Despite the oranges, apples and bananas, there is no healthy food at all. I wish there was like a salad they sold or something.. but sadly, there is nothing like that. Also, there is no real food to eat either. Also, although I love the people I work with, I feel like it isn't a team. I have worked on very intense committees and teams for a lot of my life and coming here, it seems like the management has a fear of confrontation with other employees. Maybe it's just me because of how often I see the management, but I do feel like that is pretty valid.
Advice to Management
I think that if I had any advice to management, it would be to:
1) be available for every employees shift (even just 30 minutes where you aren't busy will go a long way)
2) incorporate healthier food choices.. or real food choices in the store.. don't continue on with the 'just gas station food' idea people get when they see a timewise. Be more. Treat yo self
3) I feel like management should have an intensive team training requirement. I feel like the team training should be almost parallel to what they teach in the book '5 dysfunctions of a team'
I applied online. I interviewed at Landmark Industries (Georgetown, TX) in January 2014.
Applied online, they called from a different branch and said they were shorthanded. I owned the first interview with the store manager and he seemed nice, then I got a second interview with the regional manager (tremendous prick) and started working.
I was told that I have the job, not asked to confirm my desire for it. I was told what wage I would earn because I had a lot of experience and that it was not up for negotiation.
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