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NightAngel
12-30-2006, 01:23 AM
Okay, so here's the list of places I've decided I'm going to apply for my next bout of long term employment in no particular order:

Barnes and Noble (kinda my #1 choice at the moment- love the atmosphere as a customer anyway)
Target (maybe, big box stores tend to give me a headache and all that RED...ow)
GameStop
BestBuy

Uh, well... that's my list so far anyway. Please feel free to scream "NOOOOO" or add something to it if you've had a good experience somewhere.

Thanks! :)

ZumZum
12-30-2006, 01:31 AM
I have heard that Game Stop is actually a good employer. We are a gaming family, but DH did a little research on them (for DS's future employement? I have no idea), and found that they treat their employees well. I am sure there is someone on here that knows someone that works for them and can help you out.

Kiwi
12-30-2006, 01:55 AM
If I may add a suggestion

since you line barnes and noble....

why dont you try for a small independantly owned boutique store rather than a larger store. You could specialise in any particular product you wanted, have alot of regular customers etc. No big nameless corporate to follow, your boss would see how their rules directly effect you and their customers so their more likely to be logical. your more likely to have stat days off etc etc.

I have worked for both kinds and prefer the smaller stores, less product to remember, your relationships are usually closer, a better chance of doing a little bit of everything (merchandising, sock, inventory, sales etc) plus the owners usually treat their staff really well as they rely on them more.

there are downsides of course but no more than working for a larger store. Why dont you give some of them a shot. My manager at the gift store had alot of autonomy, she could say yes or no to customers and know the owner would back her up. I like were I am now, because its small and personal. Might be worth a shot.

SteverinoNY
12-30-2006, 02:06 AM
I never worked at best buy, but from what I see from the people who do work there that they extremely pushy as salespeople. They must be super big on making sales and adding extras and such because I feel like the employees follow me around. I don't know if anyone else has had this experience, but I was looking for zip discs so I could back up some school data and I didn't see any on the shelf. I asked a sales person where they were and he took me to a display. Now mind you, all I did was ask him to show me where they were. When I got there, I grabbed the three packages I would be needing (I decided to stock up because there was a sale) and he not so subtly placed a sticker with his name on it on them. I believe this was to ensure he got the commission. At that point, I handed them back to him and told him that I was no longer interested in purchasing them here because of the overt action to get credit for a sale for not providing help. I don't know if I was in the wrong, but I never ask for help at a best buy anymore because of that incident. I don't even know if they do this anymore, but I felt it was wrong.

Also, best buy tends to have ridiculous wait times for registers because there is usually only one cashier on. Just another sign that they care more about commission than speedy checkout service I suppose.

Just my :2cents:

The Gatekeeper
12-30-2006, 03:29 AM
If you think having to push the features at BB was bad, Best Buy is way worse. I've posted this link before, and I'll post it again www.bestbuysux.org

I've worked for both of the double B's. I'll put it to you this way, I'll still rent from Blockbuster, but I will not shop at Best Buy.

Mr. Rager!
12-30-2006, 05:02 AM
I've had a few friends that worked at Best Buy, and they said they were treated like a number. That was their experience at least. I'm sure a lot has to do with the managers that you have.

My brother worked at Target, and I guess the managers there treated everyone horrible. Well, at he said that the overnight stocking managers treated him horrible.

I work at Sears, and I have a lot of fun there. Of course, once again I'm sure a lot has to do with the managers you have. My managers for the most part are excellent, excellent people!

I've heard very few complaints about Lowes. Maybe try them if you have them in the area. I hear Barnes & Noble is nice too.

I would suggest going into the stores you're looking at and seeing if the employees seem happy or not. You should be able to tell at least to a degree.

purplecat41877
12-30-2006, 06:05 AM
How about applying for a job at a store that you also enjoy shopping at? I shop at the grocery store that I happen to work at and I've ended up buying things that I wouldn't have bought before I started working there.;)

KuzcoLlama
12-30-2006, 09:09 AM
I never worked at best buy, but from what I see from the people who do work there that they extremely pushy as salespeople. They must be super big on making sales and adding extras and such because I feel like the employees follow me around.

Best Buy employees don't work on commission.

Knightmare
12-30-2006, 11:58 AM
I've heard very few complaints about Lowes. Maybe try them if you have them in the area. I hear Barnes & Noble is nice too.

I would suggest going into the stores you're looking at and seeing if the employees seem happy or not. You should be able to tell at least to a degree.

Obviously, you haven't been reading my posts! LOL. At least, the Lowe's I work at treats the employees like numbers. In general, however, Lowe's is an excellent company to work for. IF you can find a good store.

I've worked bookstores; big corporate and small independant. Try the independant ones. I think you will be happier there. I liked having regular customers that came in. Nicer and more pleasant. They listened, took my advice, weren't rude (much) and were pretty knowledgeable about books and subjects.

hawkchick11
12-30-2006, 01:42 PM
Best Buy employees don't work on commission.


No, but their managers get bonuses based on their department's sales and so the management jump all over their employees to add on extras, like PSP/PRP, cables, and other junk.

I worked at Best Buy for 7 months and almost got fired because I wouldn't lie to customers... I refuse to even step foot in those stores.

Becks
12-30-2006, 04:21 PM
Night Angel, I can't really recommend anyplace, but I can do this--

Best of luck!!!!!!!!!!

AFpheonix
12-30-2006, 09:22 PM
My husband works geek squad. I don't know if you'd want to do tech bench, but that's better than being out on the salesfloor. They are pretty numbers oriented there. On the bright side, if a customer is being a complete dick, they think nothing of unceremoniously dumping the dickhead out of the store with a good ego smashing to boot.

My job is cool, if you dig pimping pills, and I make nearly as much as the AMs, and as a Senior tech I get bonuses too.

JuniorMintz
12-31-2006, 12:46 AM
Maybe you could look into working as an optometric assistant like me? There's a lot to learn, but many privately owned practices like to hire new people as opposed to people with a lot of experience and just train them themselves-cheaper for them, I guess. I have a lot of headaches at my job, but at least my hours are steady and there's a lot of fun to be had if you end up at a good practice. :)

reformedwaitress
12-31-2006, 04:08 AM
The BF used to work for EBGames (same company that owns / runs Gamestop) and really really liked working there (until his DM started being a dick, but that's a different story). He works for Best Buy now and says it's taken some getting used to but he seems to like it. I think either would be a good shot.

ZumZum
12-31-2006, 04:12 AM
I have a good friend who used to work for Lowe's (or hell, as she used to call it). She worked in the kitchen design center. Commission work, etc.

She had a lot of problems, but most were internal (boss, co-workers stealing sales). I guess it would depend on what position.

BTW, if you get caught NOT greeting a customer that is walking by you, you get written up. You MUST say at least Hello to very customer at Lowes.

Teysa
12-31-2006, 05:49 AM
Someone in the other thread suggested that you use your skills towards getting an administrative type position. I agree with them. Even if you choose not to do that, this seems like the perfect opportunity to try something new. After all, retail is pretty much retail. You may be selling something different, but you still have the basic customer service, cashiering, merchandising, cleaning, and stocking no matter where you work.

One thing you might consider is getting a job with your local school district. You would actually be off evenings plus working holidays would be a thing of the past. It would also give you more time to spend with your family. Just something to think about.
Good luck whatever you decide to do.

ArenaBoy
12-31-2006, 02:22 PM
If you happen to live near Tampa and want to do something completely new, try applying at the Tampa Bay Lightning's arena because I think you live in Florida if I read your posts right. They happen to be owned by the same guy who owns my arena and they treat their employees well but I will advise you to avoid parking. Gamestores are the best way to go, laid back atmosphere and everything. If you're a music buff, a music store is the way to go and an independent one would be great to work for as you don't have to deal with corporate. Barnes and Noble sounds good also like others have said. Whole Foods would be a great place also as they really treat their employees well. It's all up to you and I wish you good luck on your job hunt.

NightAngel
01-01-2007, 12:20 AM
Thank- you everyone for your input. :D

I've applied at Borders books and got an application for GameStop this evening. The poor guy at GameStop looked completely bewildered by my request for an application. I :heart: being a Girl Gamer. ;)

JM- do you actually have to touch people? I'm very anti-touching of people I don't know. It gives me the creeps. *shudder*
A friend of mine's Mom is a hair stylist I don't know how she does it. Bleh.

I wouldn't be good on Geek Squad because I don't know enough about computers. I'm not too big on working for Lowe's or Home Depot. I hate being dirty and/or smelly. My hubby smelled like lumber the entire time he worked there. He couldn't shower enough or wash the smell out of his clothes- it permeated everything. Gag. But then, I have an extremely sensitive sense of smell.

I was actually discussing with my family about my next endeavor and I realized something about myself. I love stress. Not the pile up, woe of the world kind but the kind that comes in a fast paced, high maintenence environment.

It's almost like a drug for me. I'd always hit the door of BBV and get an adreneline rush because I knew I'd have a line of customers, 3 phone lines ringing, someone calling my name because they need a manager, people leaning over the end of the counter asking me to check for movies in the drop, someone to walk out to help find something and at least one or two projects to finish by the end of the night. All at once.

That how I work the best. Slower paced makes me bored, tired and not as productive.

Yes, this further confirms that I'm a weirdo. :lol:
A picky weirdo apparently.

ZumZum
01-01-2007, 12:24 AM
NightAngel, you are so not alone! I know exactly how you feel!
My new job is definitely fast paced. It also involves helping people look their best, no more clothes, though. I don't have to fold anything anymore!!!

Good luck to you.

JuniorMintz
01-01-2007, 10:39 AM
Thank- you everyone for your input. :D
JM- do you actually have to touch people? I'm very anti-touching of people I don't know. It gives me the creeps. *shudder*
A friend of mine's Mom is a hair stylist I don't know how she does it. Bleh.


It depends. I occasionally end up touching the back of someones head when taking Optomap photos, but not every office has that type of machine so that might not be an issue. Other than that, I occasionally end up pulling someone's hair back and feeling behind their ears while adjusting their glasses (with their permission, of course). It used to bug me, but not anymore.

Oh, and if you ever get to the point where you are training someone to use contacts, you might end up touching their hands at some point. This doesn't bother me at all, since both of us are cootie-free at that point. :)

The grossest part of the job is when someone brings in a FILTHY pair of glasses and you have to fix and clean them without gagging. :puke:
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Of course, some bigger offices hire people specifically to answer phones and schedule appointments, so there's always a chance that you won't have to deal with that at all. Like I said, depends on the practice.

Good luck!

Jet
01-01-2007, 04:18 PM
I guess it all depends on which BBY you work at, I've never experienced any of those situations you guys are talking about. And I have no clue why that guy put a sticker on your product. Anyway yea the managers do want us to hit certain goals but its becoming more and more about the customer now a days. BBY isn't a not for profit organization of course they want to make money and of course their sales people will try and sell you stuff.

BusBus
01-01-2007, 05:38 PM
I don't know if it would be up your alley, but Starbucks might be an option. A friend of mine has worked there for a few years. Their pay starts at above minimum wag. There is a lot of opportunity to move up and the benefits are pretty good. It's a high-paced job, but I don't know how you feel about the wacky hours. Bonus: you can be snobby to schmucks like me who say silly things like "small" and "skim" :D

NightAngel
01-01-2007, 06:10 PM
Bonus: you can be snobby to schmucks like me who say silly things like "small" and "skim" :D

LOL!
My personal opinion is if you aren't ordering "venti" then you really didn't need the coffee that bad anyway!

I have added StarBucks to my list. I love coffee and I used to work in a cafe that sold about 150 different types of coffee/ coffee drinks and like 200 kinds of tea. :D