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"Not the worst job in the world but would not stay there long term"

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  • Culture & Values
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Current Employee - Sales Associate
Current Employee - Sales Associate
Doesn't Recommend
Neutral Outlook
No opinion of CEO

I have been working at Petco part-time (Less than a year)

Pros

Have been working there for five months and have been allowed to take unpaid time off twice to visit family (a three day weekend and later a full week).

Reasonably flexible schedule (I suppose that varies between stores depending on the manager)

Pay is slightly higher than minimum wage (only slightly but every quarter counts)

Decent amount of hours for part time employees (usually around 16-22 hours a week, again that probably varies between stores)

Cons

Too much pressure on opening staff. One associate and one manager trying to hold down the fort until a cashier comes in later in the morning results in being pressured to rush through animals and get on the cash register so the manager can get things done.

After working there for a few months you realize how skeezy the pet trade really is. Even in a relatively clean store with knowledgeable and caring animal managers it is still a corporation, and when it comes down to it, making money is more important to them than making sure each store has the resources to fully and properly care for their live animals.

The new system of keeping track of customer engagements is good in theory, but much more difficult to practice in reality, and makes the job more complicated than it needs to be.

Advice to Management

More employees working at a time would be helpful. It is impossible for one opening associate to both do animals and work the register during their shift when you have to deep clean every cage twice a week, and as a result a lot of cages don't get cleaned as often as they should be. I would like to see a position in which an associate is not expected to cashier at all and is there specifically to clean cages and care for animals (perhaps after hours).

Other Employee Reviews for Petco

  1. "Very challenging"

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    • Work/Life Balance
    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    • Comp & Benefits
    • Senior Management
    Former Employee - Bather
    Former Employee - Bather

    I worked at Petco full-time

    Pros

    Not a good enviroment to work

    Cons

    I dont know what to say


  2. "Fun but corporate doesn't appreciate employees"

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    • Work/Life Balance
    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    • Comp & Benefits
    • Senior Management
    Former Employee - Aquatics Specialist
    Former Employee - Aquatics Specialist
    Recommends
    Neutral Outlook
    Disapproves of CEO

    I worked at Petco part-time (More than 5 years)

    Pros

    It's fun! Working with animals and their owners can be very rewarding. There's lots of room for moving up as long as you don't have family and you totally devote your time to the work.

    Cons

    No full time associates - only for management. Skimpy raises. The success of the company does not benefit the associates. The corporate big wigs do not understand how the stores function on a day to day, task to task basis.

    Advice to Management

    Give your employees more hours!!!

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