The team at the store was really nice, people got along and as a new recruit there was always someone to help you out if you didnt know what you were doing. Oppurtunities to work in different areas of the store allowed me to add more skills under my belt as well as it giving me an awareness of how retail works.
The management at my store wasn't great and my availability that was determined at the start of my job was totally ignored as I was given hours during times I'd either booked off or was never available. The pay isnt great, especially for how much work they expect from you compared to other retailers. During the Christmas period I was given ridiculously long hours even though I was in sixth form full time. My availability of 16 hours was ignored and they repeatedly gave me 24 hour weeks. People who value their social lives and are currently at school will most likely not enjoy working here as the managers don't see that balance between work and life.
Advice to Management
My advice to management would be to remember that people have lives outside of work and valuing that will often mean the employees show more respect towards you. Don't set ridiculous targets as they can put a lot of pressure on employees who aren't paid enough to do so. If salaries were similar or better than similar retailers then the employees would feel the extra effort you are asking them to put in is justified and you might end up getting near your somewhat silly sales targets.
Oppurtunities to work in different areas of the store allowed me to add more skills under my belt as well as it giving me an awareness of how retail works.