What i liked about being a sales associate was that it was a great way to begin in the business world of sales. You have to sell the product to customers, and you make commission on what you sell on top of your hourly pay. Commission can be good based on your sales. What i didn't like, was that not only are you expected to sell, but you have a monthly quota to maintain. If you don't meet that quota, it's possible you can get fired, depending on your sales, and how professional you are at work.
Likes: I enjoyed the coworkers (both those that were new hires with me as well as the older sales reps already there). You have people that you can talk with and can ask questions. This role gave me an opportunity to gain confidence; being able to work with various customers (from your mom & pop shops to the lead engineer of a company and sometimes even the CEO). It helped me learn about relationship building within a business context. The job definitely helped me become more knowledgeable in the tech world. (not sure about the other offices) In the tennessee office they did take care of us during the busy times....if we worked holidays or extra long periods, we always had coffee and food distributed to us to help us fight through the long hours.
Dislikes: In the end of the day, this is a typical sales job. you have a quota that needs to reached and no one cares why you didn't reach it (for people who understand business quarters and how sales work, they will understand what I'm talking about)....so if you're someone like that finds it important to build relationship and can wait to make a sell, this job isn't for you. If you don't mind pushing items to customers and can manage closing thousands of dollars a day, you'll be fine. I personally didn't like that none of the management cared that I was creating relationships of multiple repeat business, all they cared about was now. While competition is good, the management between the various offices i disgusting. There were many occasions where sales reps from the Texas office (even the online sales reps from abroad) would just steal sales that others worked and we'd need to chase down the sale to get our deserved commission. Many people can't take accountability...can't even tell you how many times i've gotten calls from customers that their sales rep messed up or just disappeared on them, and because of the customer account ownership rules I couldn't help.