Your Workers Have Complaints Too
Every day, I'm seeing more and more complaints about this company. For the return policy, its hard to know who was wrong or right, it depends on what happened. But this one is about working at the company, and why I'm actually happy for a lot of you that don't want to shop at our stores anymore.
The first complaint I have about them.... Is what my job is. I work as maintenance, but I made the mistake of working for Babies R Us being a guy. Not only do I have my own work to get done, but our women workers like to take advantage of "call the maintenance guy to help". My job isn't just to do my list of work that can easily fill my 4 hour shift (4 hours is what they like to schedule people), but I also have to make up for someone else's inability to lift something. I'm not saying only guys can lift, I work with a couple girls who can do my job better than me. But they get scheduled as a cashier, which means I make up for someone who cannot get any of their work done.
And you can tell a complaint about the 4 hour shifts was coming... The company likes to schedule us for 4 hours, and this isn't a morning shift or anything, we come in at 6 and work till closing and we'll do this 4-5 days a week. Now, when you're making 7.50/hr, that's $30 / day. Now, if it costs you $10 in gas to get to work and home every day, theres an idea of how much we're actually making.
And to go with our minimum wage $100 / week pay. Why do you think paying us every 2 weeks is going to encourage anyone to actually do any work? Every 2 weeks I get a $200 check. I pay bills with it, the next day, I'm lucky to have enough money to buy gas to get to work. For the horrible money that you pay, we need to be paid weekly.
Every day I listen to you "ad" about looking for workers...
You say you have a flexible schedule, but EVERYONE knows that you don't get a retail job if you need them to be flexible. Almost every one of us has our job because we could be there when the store opened, or be there until the store closes.
Exceptional benefits: We get a 10% discount that none of us can afford to use (see the 2 paragraphs about our pay). We're uninsured, or only covered for 911 calls. No actual schedule on raises (or reviews for the chance of a raise). We do get personal / sick / vacation time, but it adds up so slowly that after 1 year, we still don't have enough time to actually enjoy any vacation time. I'd love to see you people in corporate go to work every day with both a toothache and another injury and just have to deal with the pain because you give us NO medical coverage. Its sad, if I QUIT, I can be covered by the state, and also get some foodstamps and actually get to eat dinner every night.
And my last complaint.... I have no idea how to do the job I was hired for, and I get scheduled for it a lot. How many times do I have to call other people for help until your managers realize I NEED TRAINING. I know its more hours you have to let the store schedule, but common sense would tell you that sales wouldn't drop the nights that I'm in that department if I actually knew what I was doing.
AND.... getting a drink of water or going to the bathroom is NOT "stealing company time"
So for the shoppers. This is why the service is so bad a lot of times. To be honest, most of us just don't care about the job, especially the male workers. A landscape company that hires people to work painfully hard for less than minimum wage treats their workers better. The male workers have an unwritten line in their job description that says we have to make up for the slack of them scheduling someone that cannot lift 20lbs in a department with 80lb boxes that have to go up a ladder to the top shelf. We're underpayed for anyone out of high school, we're lucky if we can eat, we have no insurance, we're lucky to be able to afford to take a bus to work, and you threaten our jobs for getting a drink of water during our 4 hours of lifting heavy things...
And for the shoppers, I'm going to apologize for all the workers for the torture you have to go through when you try to buy something (asking if you want the credit card, the protection plan, and now the other card). These geniuses give us a quota on credits. Like, I'll go in and be expected to not just have 5 people apply for credit, but all 5 of them have to have good enough credit to be accepted. Yes, YOUR credit score is the difference between me being a good worker and a bad worker to them.
The customers are constantly complaining about the store, give us a reason to make them want to go back there to shop. Because right now, we're all looking for new jobs, and we're avoiding customers, because we really cannot afford to take the time to help anyone, because we have to go carry a crib out, help the girl in baby gear put 15 boxes onto the top shelf, the carry out an entire furniture set (some help getting that stuff off the shelves in the back room would be really nice, the boxes don't say "team lift" just to have some kind of decoration on them, and then we have to somehow get our work done. But I forgot our female workers in maintenance can get the work done with no problem.... but you'll call me out of my department because once again, you didn't schedule the girl that can lift for that department, because she's the one that called me to customer service to do that carry out.
You need to stop all these complaints. Because when the shoppers aren't happy, they don't shop there, then you give me less hours, and I'm not happy, and I cause more shoppers to be unhappy. Take some responsibility management... I know its a job, but try actually giving us something to let us care about our job, because right now to most of us, its not a job, its a waste of time, and if I had to pay rent..... I'd be homeless, because of you...