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Back to Noob Status Ohio 14048 posts
Nov 19th '12
Quoting .Colleen.:" I am a now reformed job-hopper :) it's not easy staying in one place :x"


I agree. I have had seven jobs in the last three and half years (sometimes having two jobs at once). I get really ansy after a year. :oops:



If I found a dream job, I would stay forever though!

Back to Noob Status Ohio 14048 posts
Nov 19th '12
Quoting .Colleen.:" 5 years was my longest position, prior to that about 2 years was my average. I have been here 7 ... [snip!] ... awesome and the flexibility is just what I need now with the kids still being young. Hope you run across your dream job soon"


Seven years? I'm impressed! :)



I hope so too. I hate the job interviewing process!

Back to Noob Status Ohio 14048 posts
Nov 19th '12
Quoting TheNuge:" lol. I'll buy my own goodies. Just give me a bonus in lieu of the watch. I worked 2 big companies ... [snip!] ... a small bonus instead of the nice stuff in the catalog. to this day, the items are unused and collecting dust in my basement."


Depends on how big that bonus is! I agree. I would rather have a nice bonus than a watch.

khigh 1 child; Fort Sill, Oklahoma 8101 posts
Nov 19th '12
Quoting .Colleen.:" Retail schedules have always sucked and they always will. it's the nature of business. I did my ... [snip!] ... know that going into a retail job. Demographics are the reason for the difference in retail pay, like every other position."


Not always. That's why I worked at Mom and Pop retail stores. The schedules are flexible and usually you get paid better. At my highest, I was making $16 an hour doing retail/canine nutritional counseling, which is basically explaining and selling high quality dog food, both kibble and raw. I always worked 11:00am-7:30pm and had major and minor holidays off (including Veteran's day, Labor day, Memorial day, and Flag day).

TheNuge 1 child; Pennsylvania 23152 posts
Nov 19th '12

What is also different between now and in the "good ole days," is that our society is more materialistic. There is pressure to do more and have more.
It's no longer enough that dad has a job that will max-out at $X as the family lives within their means, will stay in the same house, goes of a camping vacation once a year and drives to a wedding in another state every couple of years.
Now, mom has to have a job and dad looks from bigger and better so they can pay the credit cards from all the over-spending on "stuff," they can pay the huge mortgage as they ddint put any money down on the fancy house they couldnt afford, the kids have to go to dance class and soccer from the age of 4, they must go to Disney a few times, they must have parties at bounce-houses and they have to put some money aside to help their kids afford the outrageous escalation of college costs.

Back to Noob Status Ohio 14048 posts
Nov 19th '12
Quoting TheNuge:" What is also different between now and in the "good ole days," is that our society is more materialistic. ... [snip!] ... at bounce-houses and they have to put some money aside to help their kids afford the outrageous escalation of college costs."


I agree with you one hundred percent. I was watching a documentary (forget the name) and it was stating how the middle class of today looks more like the upper class fifty years ago. The standards of living are much higher, with the middle class going on multiple cruises and trips outside of the country. The middle class of yesteryear wasn't going to college en masse like today and life was much simpler back then.

khigh 1 child; Fort Sill, Oklahoma 8101 posts
Nov 19th '12
Quoting .Colleen.:" Sure, Mom and Pop stores are better to work for, but lets face it, they are few and far between. Most ... [snip!] ... good experience in a variety of different things so it was time well spent for me in terms of building my resume and skill set."


Oh yeah. The experience you have is everything in a mom and pop store, especially one that is so specialized. The way I got my job in Austin was I walked into the pet store I wanted to work at and caught a customer that was buying a food I didn't agree with and I spent 30 minutes giving her a mini nutitritional class. A lot of places that won't work, but the manager loved it because I agreed with everything she said.

Some days I think I would rather go back to doing retail instead of working in the academic world, but retail doesn't pay as much as I need. That's my main problem and my main driving force right now: money. I want to be able to send my daughter to a good boarding school (or day school). I want to have a big house or decent sized flat and a new car. I want to be able to afford to go to galas and donate money.

......... nowhere, NW, United States 25972 posts
Nov 19th '12
Quoting khigh:" Not always. That's why I worked at Mom and Pop retail stores. The schedules are flexible and usually ... [snip!] ... worked 11:00am-7:30pm and had major and minor holidays off (including Veteran's day, Labor day, Memorial day, and Flag day)."



Not around here..you're lucky if you get 8 an hour.

khigh 1 child; Fort Sill, Oklahoma 8101 posts
Nov 19th '12
Quoting ~Ice Princess~:" Not around here..you're lucky if you get 8 an hour. "

Even at a Mom and Pop store? That's crazy! I never made less than $10 an hour. That boss also always took the employees out to dinner (there were 9 of us) for birthdays. He always had holidays at their house. I LOVED working for them and that's where I eventually got up to $16 an hour.

MysticWitchKat 2052 posts
Nov 19th '12
Quoting *~Stella's Momma~*:" Hell yeah I support those striking. Walmart treats their employees like shit, they're a multi billion ... [snip!] ... all their shit made as cheap as possible in China. I won't even shop there anymore. Their business practices are so greedy."


How so?

MysticWitchKat 2052 posts
Nov 19th '12
Quoting Tiger Lily ♥:" Seriously. I worked there during the holiday season. I was paid 7.25, no benefits were offered, the ... [snip!] ... offered, the managers were hateful as shit, the work was shit, etc. f**k Walmart. If I weren't so cheap, I wouldn't shop there."


Which is a key reason YOU can shop there ;). Walmart has about a 4 percent profit margin. So in order to keep costs low low low, they need to keep expenses low low low. You want the employees to have better standards you have to be fine with the idea of higher prices as well.

......... nowhere, NW, United States 25972 posts
Nov 19th '12
Quoting khigh:" Even at a Mom and Pop store? That's crazy! I never made less than $10 an hour. That boss also always ... [snip!] ... birthdays. He always had holidays at their house. I LOVED working for them and that's where I eventually got up to $16 an hour."


Yep. My aunt has been at her job for like 6 years. She started at 7.25 and only makes 8.15. My mom worked there for 6 years too and never got past 8 an hour.

khigh 1 child; Fort Sill, Oklahoma 8101 posts
Nov 19th '12
Quoting ~Ice Princess~:" Yep. My aunt has been at her job for like 6 years. She started at 7.25 and only makes 8.15. My mom worked there for 6 years too and never got past 8 an hour. "

I would never have worked for that amount with what I was doing. I spent hours each day "schooling" people on proper canine nutrtion. There was also the stocking, upselling, etc.

khigh 1 child; Fort Sill, Oklahoma 8101 posts
Nov 19th '12
Quoting .Colleen.:" I worked for a holistic dog food company that was like that."


Which company?

......... nowhere, NW, United States 25972 posts
Nov 19th '12
Quoting khigh:" I would never have worked for that amount with what I was doing. I spent hours each day "schooling" people on proper canine nutrtion. There was also the stocking, upselling, etc."


Yeah, it was a grocery store but it was in the office. There was a lot to it. The cashiers, sure, I can see it, but not what they were doing. So not worth it.