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Graveyard Shifts
Posted 10/31/14
I personally love the night to graveyard shifts, really. Granted I never worked retail so I can't say I know the struggle but I personally love working from 6PM to 8AM.
No rush hour or morning rush going and leaving from work, whenever I go to Walmart or whatever 24 hour store no one is there and to me the night generally feels calmer. As well as no cops so I feel less stressed out. Then again, like I said before, I've never worked in retail so I don't know the struggle.
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Posted 10/31/14
I personally like 2nd shift (e.g. 4pm-12am) but never minded midnight shift. I really hate morning shifts.
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Posted 10/31/14 , edited 10/31/14
I'm sorry your experiences with graveyard are so bad, but you might consider what environment you're in, first. Working for any major franchise blows, whether it's called Walmart, Target, Radio Shack, or Pizza Hut; the only different between these places is minimal compensation disparities. Working with the public is already stressful, and graveyard/third shifters are the last folks in the store before the big bosses come in - therefore those shift employees generally catch a lot of flack in a retail setting.

That being said, if all of you're friends are on a first shift schedule, of course working graveyard is going to be a drain on you. For me personally, every single person that I care to have in my life gets off of work between 1-7 AM. I LOVE working third shift, I still get to hang out with all of my friends, spend time with my fiance, I get to grocery shop at 3 in the morning and not have to deal with insane soccer moms, and I've yet to encounter a traffic jam.

Since you're also only 3 days into it, the physical toll may be tasking, but the same will be true when you revert to a first shift sleeping schedule. At least, for most people. I naturally sleep during the day, It's something I've done since I was a child -- for me, waking up before 2 PM never leaves me rested and cheerful, I could sleep for 16 hours and still wake up feeling dead. But after 5 hours of sleep, if I get up at 2:30 AM, I'm good to go for another 12 hours. It's just what you're comfortable with.
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Posted 10/31/14
This is the first time I have posted on this website, but the phrase graveyard shift stuck out at me from the front page.

I work overnight shift doing Network Surveillance for a VSAT NOC... I know the feel.

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Posted 10/31/14 , edited 10/31/14
I went from working at Walmart to working at an office that was a 4x pay raise and any hours I want so long as I work 8 hours a day between hours of 7 AM and 7 PM. I can come in early and leave early or come late and leave late. Walmart employee turnaround rate is so ridiculously high because unfair pay and how the upper management treats employees. I worked at Walmart for 3 almost 4 years.

Stocker
4 PM - 10 PM
Pay: $7.25 (Minimum Wage)
Time: 1 Year

Cashier
1 PM - 10 PM
Pay: $7.45 (I got a $0.20 pay raise for being there a year the lowest they are required to increase yearly you either get $0.20, $0.40, or $0.60)
Time: 6 Months

Customer Service Supervisor (Customer Service Manager Back-Up)
1 PM - 10 PM
Pay: $7.75 (I finally got a raise to cashier BASE pay. Apparently they forgot to make my title as Cashier until this point. I had title of Stocker for 1 Year 6 Months~)
Time: 2 Years

I left when I finally got fed up being paid $7.75 when I was a CSS training new cashiers making the same pay as me when I was responsible for much more (not a lot, but much more in reference to new cashiers getting same pay.) I requested promotion to CSM (Customer Service Manager) or a raise. Management didn't give a care in the world and told me in my CSS manual it says I agree to take on the role of a CSM without a pay raise only on certain times. I was being forced to be a Customer Service Manager for 3 of my 5 days working plus on the other 2 days I had to be Customer Service Manager during the CSM's breaks and lunches. I didn't mind helping the CSM during her lunch because she was a good friend but Walmart upper management just treated me and every other employee like crap. They offered me $8.05 pay $0.30 raise ($0.20 was required for being there a year mind you so they really only offered me $0.10) I told them no. They had the mask on of "Okay, we can replace you in less than a week and they will make $7.25 an hour, you're not needed here." type of look.

Moral of story is, Walmart / Target is not meant to be your career. In companies like that you are slaves that are easily replaceable with other slaves that you will be training to take over your position for less pay. Walmart definitely gave me a big reason to finish my degree quickly and get an actual job where I can't be replaced in a week and what I do actually bare results in the company.
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Posted 11/1/14
I work nights as well. It's my favorite shift.

I get paid more to work nights, which is part of the reason I do it. The saying about the freaks coming out at night is very true. But the best thing is that I don't have to deal with management. When I get work work, my superiors have already left for the day, or will leave in about an hour or two. That means I have most of my shift to do whatever I like.

Autonomy. It's a beautiful thing.
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Posted 11/1/14
Try staring at a locked door for 8 hours without break.
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Posted 11/1/14 , edited 11/1/14

Bri0518 wrote:


moonhawk81 wrote:


Bri0518 wrote:


moonhawk81 wrote:

I've worked night shifts for most of the past twenty-five years. The first 10 of those were in food service, while the last 15 have been as a police officer. At least as a cop I get to drive around and patrol. I agree that night shift plays havoc with the body and its natural rhythms, but fewer bosses work nights, and I have something of an innate anti-authoritarian streak. (Which is just a fancy way of saying that working nights helps me avoid getting fired.)


I am in complete agreement with your statement about bosses not working nights. I am a night auditor at a small hotel. Managers are NEVER there when I'm on shift. In fact, no other employee is there at all, except for me. Which I have always thought is great. I wouldn't switch to day shifts for that reason alone. I avoid just about all of the gossip and sniping this way.


That's why I won't switch over, despite seniority. I've never been fired from a night position. (Btw, I'm from Belle Chasse--many, many years ago. Ca va?)


All good here. What took you to TN?


I usually answer that with: "A combination of bad luck and worse decisions." In all seriousness, though, I got tired of the extended stays on the rigs, so in '97 I migrated upriver to try my luck in an economy no dependent upon the oil market. I still get homesick, though, especially whenever I boil seafood.
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Posted 11/1/14
yup I work from 10 pm to 7 am, as a night stocker (ha ha ) at a store called hy-vee
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Posted 11/1/14

longdanzi103 wrote:

yup I work from 10 pm to 7 am, as a night stocker (ha ha ) at a store called hy-vee


Depending on where you are, you're about to get off, right? I'm about to get off in 10 minutes.

After tonight, I give up. I'm not coming back to this job and I'm not answering their filthy calls. The manager didn't fix the price whenever I told her they rung up a higher price.

She was like. "You can't really buy anything else at the moment, lol. It's no big deal." WHAT THE ACTUAL FUCK.

You're locked inside a retail store -- and they think it's funny you HAVE to buy from them to eat.

I didn't eat anything, I'm hiding in the bathroom right now and I'm not coming back to shitball of a place. Everyone who works here is a fucking joke and Target doesn't know customer service if it bit them in the ass. Maybe she thinks that because I work there she doesn't have to be nice to me? I don't care.

I'm not coming back. Fuck Target, fuck night shifts, I rather live off my savings until I find a new job, hell no

This thread didn't last long, I'm already done, no tips needed, I'm up at 6:56 AM hiding from tyrannical managers and idiot co workers who do nothing with their lives but talk about work.

I just gotta set up direct deposit and then LEAVE and never return.....

Okay, I think I'm calm now! But yeah, this for 3 months? NO WAY, it was hard enough these 3 days.

I'm out of retail, I'm not getting another retail job unless it's 11.50 or more.

That 7.65 to 9.25 isn't enough of a pay increase. I'd rather be a stripper.
Posted 11/1/14

Sir_jamesalot wrote:

Try staring at a locked door for 8 hours without break.


what job is that?
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I had to leave my previous job because the back shift (11pm-7am) was making me physically sick. My boss refused to take me off of them.
They'd do things like give me back-shift Friday-Saturday night and then give me a morning shift (11am-7pm) on Monday.
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Posted 11/1/14

GayAsianBoy wrote:


Sir_jamesalot wrote:

Try staring at a locked door for 8 hours without break.


what job is that?


Security guard.
Posted 11/1/14
I work 2am-7am then go to school after work, mon-fri. I honestly wouldn't want it any other way. And since I leave early-ish I never have to talk to management. I go to bed around 19:00-20:00 and wake up at 1. IDK, works for me. The work is really easy, too, I do stocking at a place that sells incense/plates/foreign candies. The pay is pretty much minimum, but I doubt I could find a higher paying job that works so well with my school schedule.

Moral of post: Do whatever works for you
Posted 11/2/14

Sir_jamesalot wrote:

Security guard.


does indeed sounds painful

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