Post by Peter Flass Post by gareth evans Post by maus Post by Bob Eager
From what I've read, ALDI pays more than other supermarkets (whatever
that means), but they have far fewer people who are expected to do all
jobs, so their overall labor costs are lower.
My son is a deputy manager for Aldi, and they do pay better than other
My daughter interviewed for Lidl (same difference, AFAIK) and they reputably
pay well, but work hard. In the stores, if comething needs doing, anyone handy
does it. Good idea, I think.
In my local Lidl, if there are queues at the tills, even the
store manager will man another checkout.
In my local Sainsburys, if there are queues at the tills, the
supervisors just carry on doing important things such as
shuffling their pencils.
Nothing annoys me more than to have a big line waiting for one cashier
while one or two more employees are behind the counter doing whatever, that
they apparently can't interrupt to serve customers. Some places will have
people jump in when necessary, and I always think better of them for it.
I know nothing about running a store, but it seems to me that waiting on
customers should have priority over other tasks, which can be done when
you're not busy.
IOW, "I'm completely ignorant, but I'll spout off anyway"
Never mind compulsary military service -- I think every citizen should be
required to work for a few months as a retail clerk or in a similar service
capacity, preferably during a period that includes the holiday season.
Now THAT would be a good education for a lot of people.
You're right, you know nothing about running a store. There are many tasks that
employees must perform besides waiting on customers, and they are expected to
complete them during their shift, no excuses. One thing about working in a
retail environment: you are CONSTANTLY being interrupted. It can be difficult
to complete any mildly complicated task or even to remember where you left off
before getting pulled away to do something else. You have no idea what those
employees behind the counter are doing, what priority their management has
assigned to their tasks, whether one of them might be on their break, or showing
the other how to do something. It might even be a management decision to have
only X checkouts open, or a certain number of employees on the floor despite
waiting customers, because they have limited personnel and other things must be
done, so having customers endure a short wait is an acceptable trade-off.
You really want to learn something about how "the other half" lives? Sign up
for a holiday retail job at any of the big-name stores in your area. They've
already starting their seasonal hiring campaigns, so they're ready to accept
your application and their standards are quite relaxed. If you had that retail
experience, I think you'd be a lot more patient and understanding about the
employees, instead of thinking you should be the absolute center of attention
whenever you walk into a store.