I have been working at Sears full-time (More than a year)
Specific to the non-retail side of SHC's business, there are amazing challenges to work on that many early/mid-career employees wouldn't have at other companies until much later in their careers. You will be exposed to myriad opportunities to transform commerce and retail in non-traditional terms. There are innovative tools for members (customers) and employees, which are helpful when exploring what this organization has to offer. If you can think outside the box, you'll have a great place to apply your thinking.
This is not the place for the easily frustrated or traditionalist. Make no mistake, the CEO is not interested in running a classic retail operation, his thinking is, appropriately, on the future of commerce.
Benefits are very expensive relative to market comparisons and compensation is largely static, once you are in the door (not impossible to get a raise, but there is no annual merit review process).
Advice to Management
Align on the strategy that will differentiate Sears, Kmart, and ShopYourWay from the competition, and clearly articulate that to both the market and your own employees.
I applied online. I interviewed at Sears.
When I applied 5 years ago it was a different set up from what it is today. Now days you deal with a market recruiter with no Human Resources in the store. One interview will be with your direct manager and the second will be with the store manager. Overall process can be lengthy, especially if you've moved a lot, then the background check can take a while.