Aldo was my first job after I moved to Canada. I started right after graduating from my Master's. I am grateful for the opportunity and I learned a lot specially about Excel and collaborating with peers in different areas of the organization. At that time my division was growing a lot and things were not very organized. The only constant was change... And I'm not opposed to improving/changing things but changes every 3-6months was a little too much. During my almost 2 years at Aldo I had 5 different managers. My team was also constantly changing. By the time I left I was one of the senior/more experienced planners with a little less than 2 years of experience. Salaries are also very low. Even for entry-level... In other companies they pay better. But they rely on young people always looking for the opportunity to work there so they won't pay higher salaries. They give good discounts on merchandise. Vacation was only 2 weeks. And health insurance benefits and pension plan only starts after having worked for a number of years. I never received those benefits. If I think back at time at Aldo, it didn't leave a possitive impression but when I think about the things I learned, the skills I learned and the nice people I met, I feel that overall it wasn't so bad.
I loved the first 8 years working as a manager I had the most amazing district manager that allowed me to be a mother, work and grow with the company and be very supportive in my personal and professional life. But once the dm moved on everything changed they Over worked us and we felt unappreciated as a team and I feel the company wasn’t what they stood by anymore I’m not sure why the company changed which is too bad. I did work at lululemon after Aldo and working there reminded me why I love retail.
- Opportunity to travel - Worked on projects such as opening new distribution center in Asia, implementing SAP - Hardest part of the job is not having standard working procedures / very people-dependent