I worked at Travel Traders part-time (More than a year)
My direct boss was a responsible, coordinated manager. Never had any problems with scheduling or rescheduling for shifts or resolving issues.
Fair compensation compared to the surrounding area for a basically entry-level retail position.
Nothing majorly problematic about the work or fellow employees.
It's also food service depending on the kind of store you end up in, so I hope you enjoy making coffee.
Basically no contact from the company at large. There were two locations Travel Traders oversaw in the Milwaukee area at the time I was there and they were all staffed by the same people from either location. I was formally introduced to the District Manager only once to never see them again for my tenure with the company.
If you are unfamiliar with the term "planogram," be prepared to learn of it and very soon afterward hate it. Company-wide planograms are issued to every store with practically no regard to space or layout and retail employees will spend an inordinate amount of time figuring out how to reorganize walls of items according to a plan that doesn't match the physical limits of the space. You know, how retail works.
As with every retail job you'll be afflicted from time to time with secret shoppers, so just be aware that at any point your performance is being scrutinized.
Advice to Management
Provide the tools and assistance for your stores to adhere to the initiatives you hand out from half a country away, or give them the autonomy to decide how to conduct the running of the store themselves.
The process took 1+ week. I interviewed at Travel Traders in August 2015.
I saw an ad online and brought in my resume to the Gift Shop. I got a call to schedule an interview. I arrived to my interview and was asked to fill out an application. I turned it in and had my interview. She went over my availability and then saw that I wanted 9.50 as my wage but she said that the wage was 9.00 and I wasn't okay with that. She says that it was their terms and if I didn't agree she would have to end the interview. I did not agree since I've had a decent amount of experience. Guess it wasn't the right job for me.
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