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    Hei guys,  
     
    New here. Heard about this site, but have only visited today since just VQing Fry's  
     
    Short summary:  
    I worked part-time at Fry's for 6 months, started because I remembered it being a great store in childhood.  
    Stayed long because was asked to by DM. "Promoted" to comp sales after 3 months of Cust Serv  
    Quickly realized to make more than min wage in sales you have to be cold, greedy, and conniving.  
    Great potential with its employees, regardless of their credentials/past, but management decisions are just... horrid.  
     
    Anyways:  
    Now unemployed and wondering...  
    How have you climbed up corporate America since Fry's?  
     
    (Any tips for recently outed or current Fry's Employees?)
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    Hey. Nice to see that you're out of the company. You pretty much got demoted. When they overstaff in a specific dept, they usually throw some peoplein Sales thinking they got promoted. I was a DM for awhile. I quit because of our SM and a flawed system I don't want to be a part of. I'm now in a better company that treats me well.

    Fry's however, will always be a stepping stone for me. I learned a lot and pretty much grew up here professionally. Try working fpr Frys.com, management (except for SM) can be a little different and might give a more positive vibe.
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    Just an update: 3 months post-VQ...  
     
    My advise to Fry's employees pursuing or with a bachelors: Consider getting out asap. You should be paid your worth.  
    Fry's may have been something 15 years ago... not in 2018. Not unless they make HUGE changes...  
     
    When I was quitting Fry's I didn't have a backup job. College and Fry's took enough of my energy.  
    But I didn't like the culture enough to risk burning though savings for awhile.  
     
    I remember a customer telling me to, "take the risk. Otherwise you'll never know" when I asked him what he thought.  
    I filed for VQ a few days after...  
     
    Fast forward to today... I'm getting an offer from a fortune 200 company, and interviewing for a fortune 20 [which may earn me a 6 digit salary].  
    I may not have much left in my bank account, but I have a brighter future.  
    I thank myself everyday for trading a little more pocket money for more time.  
     
     
    Tips to those who are still working in Fry's (especially you guys taking computer science- I've met you):  
     
    NETWORK like MAD: I've contacted AT LEAST 310 people over linkedIn and real life combined to find the 2 opportunities above I am very excited for.  
    A cut of those people can relate and WILL help you. A narrower cut will give you a chance.  
    Follow up often, be nice, and be determined.  
     
    Nosce Te Ipsum: Be clear with what you can do, and what you want to do. Your network will do the rest.  
    If Sales is all you have going- rejoice! Just about all F500 companies need good salesmen.  
    The fact that you sold technical items in Fry's is a plus. Tech companies are huge and pay generously.  
    Don't worry about climbing the ladder. Once you're in- your determination will take care the rest.  
     
    My final words:  
     
    "Luck is opportunity meets preparation."  
     
    If you can manage to use your time preparing/applying/connecting to people while working in Fry's- go ahead.  
    But if you need more time to hunker down (like me), consider the VQ sheet.  
    I aim to reach an extension of the hard working, friendly people I've met in Fry's...  
     
    If you don't believe in yourself, I will. Good luck
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    i left Frys after three years and work for a great retail food store now.
    I got tired of being screwed out of commissions and being expected to do merchandising for no pay. just leave, don't even think about it, you'll be better off. the deal breaker was when the crooks at Frys altered my timed card so I wouldn't get over time for a 12hr Black Friday shift. I hope they go out of business!
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      CommentAuthorSasquatch
    • CommentTimeApr 25th 2018
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    Fry's made me some decent money in my early twenties, but it wasn't as lucrative as years prior, and I assume it's even less lucrative now. If you are of drinking age, you are too old to be working at Fry's.  
    I worked at Fry's for five years in Electronic Components. I was fired in 2011 for some trivial shit, mostly because the store manager was a bitch, and I recall that she seemed extra bitch-like that particular day. After Fry's, I worked for some major mobile phone providers for a year or two while I finished up my degree. If you are in college, you need to (generalizing here) get a real sales job (e.g., cars), work in a place that gives great tips, work for a major, recognizable company as an intern, or some combination of those. Yes, I am aware there are other possibilities out there that might make more sense, but for 90% of college-going youth getting a four-year degree that isn't art history, this is the correct answer.  
    After obtaining my own degree, I shotgunned my resume out to at least 100 companies. Do this. Especially if you didn't intern anywhere notable. I had several interviews and a couple offers to choose from. I ended up selecting an offer from the largest U.S. company within a certain field. It required that I move several states away, and it was the best and most important decision I have ever made. Now, in 2018, my fiancee and I make a little over $200k, combined. We live in a half-million dollar house, in a great neighborhood, in a great community.  
     
    If you have legitimate potential, and are still employed at Fry's, get the fuck out. I know it's "safe," I know it's "comfortable," but you are plotting an inferior trajectory through time. The future is a spectrum, and you are limiting your possible futures by choosing to leave this variable in place. I worked with a handful of high-potential people during my years at Fry's, and it saddens me to know that they will probably remain at Fry's as "lifers," mainly due to complacency and fear of switching pastures. Never settle for your current station; that's what retirement is for. Always use your position in life as a step towards bigger and better. Know when you are grinding, and know when you are merely treading water.  
     
    <3 Sass.
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      CommentAuthorasdf
    • CommentTimeApr 26th 2018
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    Sass, great plan and success story! To all at Fry's that already have a degree, please take advantage of it.
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      CommentAuthorJosh
    • CommentTimeMay 8th 2018
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    It's great to hear success stories.  
     
    I have a similar story to Sas without the relationship, but maybe that'll be somewhere in the future... did several internships, finished a degree, and achieved several wonderful offers. I'm doing what I love and I'm getting paid for it; to me: It feel like I'm getting overpaid, but I suspect the organization feels like they may have gotten a good deal on me (and they probably did.)