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I have been working at ThinkGeek part-time
Even though it is a retail job, the upper management doesn't want you to be a mindless zombie salesman. While they have goals they would like you to meet, it isn't the focus of the company. They encourage you to play with the product, demo it, and generally just geek out with the customers.
They don't give out many hours. Most weeks I only get 4 hours per week.
Advice to Management
Upper management could give store managers some more hours to give out. The normal employee needs more than single digits hours a week.
I applied online. I interviewed at ThinkGeek (Arlington, TX) in October 2017.
I was contacted via phone very quickly to set up an interview on the next day. The interview itself was a very casual, one-on-one interview. It felt more like a conversation, which is always a plus. It mainly covered specific qualities ThinkGeek was looking for, i.e. pop culture knowledge and open-mindedness towards various aspects of geek culture. We also discussed specifics for the job I was applying for, and the interviewer explained very well the types of expectations and pressures that would be placed on a person in the Lead Geek position. Overall, I was very pleased with the experience and impressed by the honest, friendly, and informative interviewer.
Unfortunately, while the position is the equivalent of a team lead position, it was only part-time at $9/hour with no benefits. While it's over the state's minimum wage, it's still not a livable wage. I ultimately couldn't afford the risk as it would have meant a cut in pay, hours, and benefits. Had they offered full-time and at least a dollar more pay, I probably would have accepted the loss of benefits and taken the job.
Pros: Fun, friendly atmosphere - you can let your geek flag fly! Low stress interview. This would be an ideal job if you're looking for a little supplementary income.
Cons: Low pay, few hours, no benefits.
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