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Deseret Industries

Deseret Industries Associate

May - September 2021 • Tucson, AZ

What I liked

It is an easy job, and the coworkers are generally kind.

What I wish was different

I wish there was less religious imagery everywhere.

Advice

Do not judge somebody too quickly off their exterior, there were plenty of great people I met who on their exterior may seem mean or uncool, but they ended up being great.
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Retail associate

August 2018 • Logan, UT

What I liked

Teaches you how to be a good employee for future jobs

What I wish was different

Advice

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clothing processor

September 2018 - August 2019 • Springville, UT

What I liked

learning new skills, new social skills

What I wish was different

management could have been better

Advice

Be willing to stand up for your self,
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Sales Associate

June - September 2019 • Boise, ID

What I liked

This is the second place I've ever worked, and it was nice knowing that Deseret Industries is a job training workplace, which meant that i wasn't the only person who was still learning and sometimes struggling. This was especially comforting as I was experiencing extreme anxiety this summer, and I was grateful to work somewhere where I felt I could talk to my boss about my anxiety without worrying about it endangering my job.

What I wish was different

The first few days were rough. I hardly saw my boss at all and had no idea what I was supposed to be doing. But once I got to know my co-workers and finally caught on as to what my responsibility actually was, I really enjoyed it.

Advice

The work is easy, the training for people who are new to the workforce is excellent, but there is not a lot of one-on-one support if that is what you're expecting at a job-training program.
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Retail Associate

June - August 2019 • Fontana, CA

What I liked

Because Deseret Industries is a training program, I was able to expand on the little work experience I had when entering the job. I especially liked how the supervisors and managers were able to work with my schedule as well as were willing to listen to the opinions of every worker.

What I wish was different

The only thing I would have changed in my experience was the change in a supervisor that I had midway through my time there. I was asked to not only change departments but to work with a completely different supervisor who was not aware of my predicaments at the time education-wise.

Advice

The advice I would give is to be flexible. Just like any other job, you are sometimes asked to do things you would rather not do. However, being flexible opens the door to new opportunities that can lead to the development of new skills that can benefit later in life.
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Customer Service Lead

February 2018 • American Fork, UT

What I liked

Being able to help other associates with skills, merchandising product, and interacting with customers.

What I wish was different

Have more rigid goals to work towards

Advice

Be dependent and work hard so you can become a Customer Service Lead.
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Cashier

June - August 2019 • Nampa, ID

What I liked

I liked the atmosphere and the friends I made at work.

What I wish was different

I wish I had worked more summers with them earlier in my high school years.

Advice

I would say that a job may seem crappy but if you stick with it good things will come from the experience.
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Associate Volunteer

August 2019 • Springville, UT

What I liked

I really enjoyed working alongside people with completely different walks of life. Some other associates had amazing stories about trials they had overcome, job coaches shared useful advice to help associates be the most productive individual they could be, and the development counselors were always there to give a listening ear. It was interesting to be in a volunteer situation where I could also offer some practical advice to those who were struggling to find stability in their life.

What I wish was different

I wish there had been more variety in the work I was assigned to do. Because I was trained in one area, they kept me in that one area the entire time I volunteered there and I was unable to branch out and interact with other people in different departments.

Advice

I would advise anyone volunteering at a place like DI to be mindful of the topics you bring up. A lot of people have unique and different backgrounds than a college student like me was used to, so I quickly learned that there were some topics that were triggering to people. Also, don't take on other people's burdens. You can help someone brainstorm how they are going to solve a problem, but don't do the mental work for them.
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Dock Worker

September 2017 • Pocatello, ID

What I liked

Easy

What I wish was different

higher pay

Advice

nothing
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