I was working 40 hours a week on a 4 hour contract. It was very solitary - in the back of the shop unboxing merchandise and tagging them for hours and hours. It would be much less stressful if the other people working there spoke to you, but it was very cliquey.
Multiple 14 hour night shifts which involved incredibly strenuous activities (moving entire fixtures around, shifting crates.) Then the day after you'd be expected to come in at 5am. I once had a week that had 2x 5am starts, then 2x 6am starts, one after the other, then two night shifts. It takes me 1hr 30mins to get there, too. One week it got to the point where I was crying with tiredness.
Water was not allowed on the shop floor or in the back room, which was very bad, as you would become dehydrated very quickly. Especially when you're on the till, when you don't have the chance to go to the break room for hours.
Management was incredibly stressed out and unapproachable, would literally be barking orders at you to go faster. The worst part about it was that everyone that worked there seemed to be under some sort of spell - they acted like their life depended on whether or not this bra hung on the hanger right.
Really unenjoyable, the pay was not worth it.
My advice to anyone who works here is to be more assertive, and to demand you need a drink when you become dehydrated, or if you are so tired your legs are shaking - that you need to sit down.
the products themselves were really nice
very long hours, horrible management, cliquey subculture