I had a great experience with Harris Teeter while I worked there as a bagger, cashier, and stocker on the night crew from September 2009 to August 2010.
Before I got the job, I had applied to many places, about one hundred estimated. Every place had hiring signs, but I assume I did not have the experience wanted. Of course, how could I have had much job experience? I was a seventeen year old getting ready to begin my senior year of high school. Not many companies will hire younger than sixteen, and I could not work many hours due to being in school. I had classes, homework, weekend soccer games, and church activities.
Luckily, one of my friends told me that his employer – a Harris Teeter store on Walnut Street in Cary, North Carolina, right beside my school and house – needed some new employees. I took his advice and applied online for a job as a bagger. I did not think I would be hired as a cashier due to my lack of experience, and I figured bagging groceries did not require any experience.
About a week or two later, I received a call from Harris Teeter asking me when I would like to schedule an interview. I scheduled the interview, and got hired on the spot. Later on in the week, I went through the job training and started a new journey – my first job.
I worked one of two shifts when scheduled – the morning shift 10:30am to 4pm, or the afternoon/evening shift 4pm to 9pm. For the opening shift, I had to sweep the store between 10:30am and 11am as well as 1pm to 2pm, then I had to empty the recycle bins and retrieve carts from the parking lot. For the closing shift, I had to do a store sweep between 4pm and 5pm as well as 8pm to 9pm, empty the recycle bins, take out the trash from all over the store, and clean the bathrooms, break room, and department managers’ office. Throughout both shifts, I would have to juggle bagging groceries, retrieving carts, running errands around the store, and taking groceries out to customers’ cars. Unfortunately, due to the very small size of the store causing a small budget, only one bagger could be scheduled per shift. This proved to be very tiresome, especially during the days right before Thanksgiving. Boy was that a handful!
Later on in my time at Harris Teeter, I trained as a cashier. I primarily worked as a bagger because the store had plenty of cashiers. Due to my double training as a cashier and bagger, whenever I worked and the cashier lanes stacked up with customers or a cashier went on break, I became a cashier until the crowd died down, or the other cashier returned, so I had to juggle being both a cashier and a bagger at the same time. Already having a lot on my plate with simply being a bagger, this added more stress to my shift, but I overcame the stress and succeeded in completing my duties in a timely manner, all the while keeping a level head and being a friendly, helpful employee.
Towards the end of my time at Harris Teeter, I went from working days to working overnight. I became a shelf stocker and a part of the night crew, working from 10:30pm to 7am. A lot of adjustments came with this new position. I would stock the shelves of the cereal and juice aisle, while ringing up the occasional orders. A long boring and tedious task it was, but I received a new hourly pay, which I needed badly.
Overall, I enjoyed my experience at Harris Teeter. I worked with very friendly people and had the opportunities to meet people from different backgrounds as they purchased products from the store and I bagged or rang up their groceries. I do not regret working for Harris Teeter. At times, yes, I did not want to work, had bad days, or did not like the tasks the positions required me to perform, but I did my job nonetheless.
Working at Harris Teeter also gave me the opportunity to improve on my public speaking abilities. I was, and at times still am, very shy and did not like public speaking, but being in a customer service environment, I had to overcome that dislike and approach strangers. I also learned some very good life skills – how to buy groceries, the pricing of groceries, the location of products in a grocery store (although I have found that things vary from store to store, especially in a Super Walmart or Super Target) and how to bag my own groceries in order to make it home with them undamaged.
I would highly recommend working at Harris Teeter, or any other grocery store for that matter. It is a great learning and strengthening experience!