something to honk about
And now, on DIA DE LOS MUERTOS, DAY OF THE DEAD, hate for a job I no longer have, risen from the grave to haunt me.
I worked at Jo-ann Fabric and Craft for about a year and a half. At the time, I wanted to complain constantly about all the things I hated about that job. But I restrained myself from saying much about it at all on my blog. That is because I worried there was an outside chance someone could find the things I wrote and hold me accountable. I’m not sure how, and that’s probably very unlikely. Now I don’t care. I quit working there and I don’t ever plan on working there again.
Top Five Worst Aspects of Working for Jo-ann Fabrics
#1: No set schedule. Everyone’s schedule constantly shifted, even the store managers, based on available hours. The schedule wasn’t available until about a week ahead, and during the holidays there are black-out periods when you can’t request time off so there is no way to plan ahead for traveling or holiday time with extended family.
#2: Waiting outside in the dark and the cold to be let in to work in the mornings. So lame. It doesn’t snow here, like the picture above, but still, at 5am when it is raining and cold you can get pretty mad waiting outside for even five minutes for a manager to let you in the door.
#3: Constant pressure to reach what corporate calls “good store standards”, without the available hours or means to do so. The primarily effect of which is breaking the will and spirit of the few employees who do come to work wanting to do their best.
#4: Forced to work in air filled with toxic cleaning chemicals without proper ventilation. I even filed an OSHA complaint about it once, but to no avail. If the floors were cleaned and waxed the night before, it was toxic soup all day, headaches and nausea, and nowhere to go to get away from it.
#5: Sales policies that force workers to pitch product “add-ons” of things customers don’t need. Might make the company more money overall, but doesn’t do much good for the individual employees forced to be pushy or practically beg customers to buy extra items.
I may, in the future, dedicate an entire post to each one of these items on the list. Just to really vent and get it off my chest. I still feel a lot of resentment towards Jo-ann corporate and I think writing about it more will help. So sorry ahead of time.
What is the worst part of a job you have (or had)?