As a sales person, it is the teams role to manage the department. Department Managers (Section Managers) tend to be Uni Grads or long term JL partners, have little to do with shop floor activities and concentrate on meetings and ensuring that floor standards are good. There are a few SMs that will help and assist with customers, but don't be surprised if they come to find you if a customer asks them anything.
The lack of support can be tricky, and there is little recognition given by managers. This is due to the integral everyone is a Partner, and it is all of our responsibility. Most of your training will be from partners you work with, so you'll learn the things you need quickly, but beware of picking up bad habits.
The people you work with make the job enjoyable, the work load is as minimal or complex as you want to make it.
Beware, when you join it will be at the minimal amount, pay rises are yearly, and you'll be looking at between 1%-2.5%. For sales assistant this puts you at just above Minimum Wage. Annual bonus is minimal for Level 9-10 Partners.
You can learn to manage departments, people. You don't get a title, but you'll gain experience.
Basic salary, lack of progression