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I started work at Barnes & Noble today with my orientation. Mostly it's pretty standard corporate stuff: daydreaming on company time is stealing, don't harass your co-workers, we have an open door policy/you can bring anything up, blah blah blah. I haven't worked retail before, and I haven't ever worked wage-slave for a private company larger than a mom & pop. So some of the stuff seems dumb but expected. No fancy scheduling software; schedules are made by hand. I will be working in two different departments, so I have to request my time off in two different places. Hopefully they won't schedule me to work in both at the same time. Training is much more organized than I am used to. It's kind of overkill for me, as it doesn't take anywhere near the repetition or amount of time allocated for it. But after working in the haphazard software industry, where training and procedures are touted but rarely used, I find this really refreshing. Plus, it just means I look that much better by not needing all the rigmarole to get good.

I'm starting off in receiving, which, unlike bookselling, doesn't have a changing schedule. So from 7 to 11 a.m. I'll be working in receiving. They haven't figured out how many days I'll be working from 11:30 a.m. to 3:30 p.m. but during that time I'll be doing bookselling, cashiering, or other things. I did tell them I wasn't interested in working in the coffee shop, and I don't think they'll have me doing time there.

Benefits mostly suck. But then, I'm not working there for the money or benefits. The employee discount is 30% on books, with various other percentages on other items. Plus, I wasn't aware the Barnes & Noble owned EBGames and Gamestop, and I get discounts there too. I can borrow any hard-cover to take home for reading free for a couple of weeks, but not paperbacks.

Tomorrow I train on receiving.

Wheee!

It's also kind of nice to be in a job that I can write about. Not that any of this crap is important, but a lot of the stuff working at Expedia I either had to filter to certain people, censor, or just plain write vaguely. This job is only rarely going to have anything I need to be secretive about. Gonna suck for you guys reading the mundane.

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gkr From: gkr Date: September 27th, 2006 01:20 am (UTC) (Link)
Train has both transitive and intransitive forms. The intransitive form means to undergo instruction, discipline, or drill. The transitive form you with which you are familiar means to teach so as to make fit, qualified, or proficient. I am using the former.
faerieburst From: faerieburst Date: September 27th, 2006 04:03 am (UTC) (Link)
You suck all the joy out of a good gay joke, you know that right?

~Aramada
gkr From: gkr Date: September 27th, 2006 04:27 am (UTC) (Link)
Hah! I totally missed that!
faerieburst From: faerieburst Date: September 27th, 2006 04:28 am (UTC) (Link)
::puts her head in her hands and shakes it::

It was from GARRETT!! How could you NOT immediately go there?

Silly man.

~Aramada
gkr From: gkr Date: September 27th, 2006 04:31 am (UTC) (Link)
Have you read his journal lately? He's making attempts to go legit!

Well, other than the pants thing.
faerieburst From: faerieburst Date: September 27th, 2006 04:34 am (UTC) (Link)
In HIS journal, sure.

But elsewhere on the Internet? Totally fair game.

Or is it spelled "gayme."

~Aramada
gkr From: gkr Date: September 27th, 2006 04:38 am (UTC) (Link)
You're the grammar geek. And you live on The Hill. I think that gives you the executive privilege to decide the spelling.
faerieburst From: faerieburst Date: September 27th, 2006 04:41 am (UTC) (Link)
For Garrett, and only Garrett, I'm going with "gayme."

~Aramada
gkr From: gkr Date: September 27th, 2006 04:42 am (UTC) (Link)
Darren is going to feel left out.
faerieburst From: faerieburst Date: September 27th, 2006 04:43 am (UTC) (Link)
Cynthia will help him get over it.
gkr From: gkr Date: September 27th, 2006 04:46 am (UTC) (Link)
She's not gay enough.
faerieburst From: faerieburst Date: September 27th, 2006 04:48 am (UTC) (Link)
BUT, she has a cheerleading outfit.

~Aramada
gkr From: gkr Date: September 27th, 2006 04:53 am (UTC) (Link)
Not just an outfit, she's a former cheerleader! Darren may some day come to terms with being less gay than Garrett.
evillinn From: evillinn Date: September 27th, 2006 01:26 am (UTC) (Link)
heee! I'm sort of excited for you. I think that, despite the inevitable stupidity of the general public, you'll have fun.
I suspect that this brand of stress - especially once the holiday pace starts up - you'll sort of get a kick out of it.

Retail is hard work, and it can get really irritating to deal with people, but I've always sort of liked the busy work.
gkr From: gkr Date: September 27th, 2006 01:33 am (UTC) (Link)
I doubt I'll be stressed by this at all.
kindofstrange From: kindofstrange Date: September 27th, 2006 01:58 am (UTC) (Link)
Yeah, I think the benefit of not needing to work will do away with a lot of the pressure that comes with a normal wage-slave job. Being able to walk at any time is a daaaaamn nice thing if you can swing it.
From: dyann Date: September 27th, 2006 01:43 am (UTC) (Link)
When I worked at Tower Records I did receiving. I enjoyed seeing the variety of stuff come in. It was a sweet job, but I had to quit because I couldn't live off the pay. Anyway, have fun!
tricelt From: tricelt Date: September 27th, 2006 01:46 am (UTC) (Link)
Which location?
gkr From: gkr Date: September 27th, 2006 01:48 am (UTC) (Link)
Pacific Place.
tricelt From: tricelt Date: September 27th, 2006 02:07 am (UTC) (Link)
Aha; probably will never see you. I frequent the U-village location 99% of the time.
turtlegrrl13 From: turtlegrrl13 Date: September 27th, 2006 05:06 am (UTC) (Link)
Congrats to you!!! That's an exciting change. I've done retail for many years and don't mind it so much, but it all depends on where.

Are you working the one downtown?
gkr From: gkr Date: September 27th, 2006 05:10 am (UTC) (Link)
Yup.
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