There are no women that are store managers. They hold mostly administrative, cashier or sales floor positions. There is no flexibility with hours. You take what they give and getting time off is a hassle. They also cut hours without notice when you need them the most. We are spoken down to and/or chastised by other women and men who are in low-level floor management. We are not allowed to talk to each other on the floor. Very stressful environment.
I've worked here for over 10 years, been passed up for promotion twice in favor of a male. Finally given my chance, and have already been moved into a higher volume store...the two male managers promoted before me...no longer with the company...Harder for women to get the recognition..kind of a good old boys club.
Women seemed to be sent to customer service positions. I had to request to be put on the sales floor, where I could be more active and engage with customers better. Our store owner was female, which was great to see a woman in that leadership role, as she was pretty much in charge of everyone unless someone from corporate or regional offices was there. There were also female's in regional positions.
It's hard work. Training wasn't great at my location which made it difficult to learn and therefore improve. Management was unorganized. But it is different at every location and varies widely in its culture and organization. So other stores are great while some are really doing poorly in terms of culture, management, and positive eduction.
Job Satisfaction Level
7 hours or fewer
They are good about putting women in higher positions, such as store owners and higher management positions. At the same time, it took a really long time for a male manager to get demoted (not fired!) after he was doing a very poor job and had also had several sexual complaints against him.
I have been with the company for 8 years. I love working for them and enjoy the family like atmosphere BUT it is a bit of whomever is the bosses favorite gets the promotions and if you are over 45 or so then you can pretty much forget moving up if you are at the bottom of the ladder. Women have just as much of a chance for advancement as men but you have to be young and driven and make sure the store manager likes you.
Job Satisfaction Level
If you are young and ambitious and willing to kiss butt or if you are just looking for a job to get you by until something better comes along then yes, if you are an older woman, no matter how smart or how hard you work I don't think you have a chance at ,moving up in the company