History of Dollar General

Dollar General Stores are usually found in small shopping centers or strip malls. The idea behind them began in 1939 by Cal Turner in Scottsville, Kentucky as J.L. Turner & Son, Inc. They changed the name to Dollar General in 1968 believing this would be a better name and much more recognizable by the public. Kohlberg Kravis Roberts & CO (KKR), a private equity firm, who took the company public in 2009, acquired all the rights to Dollar General Stores.

They then acquired 280 P.N. Hirish Division of Interco, Inc. stores and then in 1983 and in 1985 added 206 stores and a warehouse from Eagle Family Discount Stores, also from Interco, Inc. In the past few years the stores have started to create a lot of the stand-alone stores, typically in areas not served by another general-merchandise retailer. Dollar General offers both name brand and generic merchandise. They also include off-brand goods and closeouts of name-brand items in their stores.  The store has the word “dollar” in its name but it offers goods that are more or less than a dollar on its shelf.


Hours of Operation:  Open every day: 8:00am-9:00pm

Minimum Age to Work Here:  18 years old

Positions Available:  Sales Associate, Cashier, Stocker, Shift Leader, Assistant Manager, Store Manager, District Manager, Store Merchandiser, Warehouse Supervisor, Operations Manager, Inbound/Outbound Manager

Background Check Required?  Yes

Negotiation:  Set hourly rate.  There is no room for negotiation.


Job description/ Average wage

Sales Associate:
The sales associate usually operates the cash register and helps take the customers orders providing them with good customer service. They must make sure that their area is kept clean and well stocked. In most General Dollar stores they need to be able to take returns and offer refunds. They usually take cash or credit cards for payment on the merchandise. The cash drawer must be kept in balance from the start of the shift to the end of their shift. The normal starting wage for a sales associate is $7.00 an hour.

Assistant Manager: The assistant manager is responsible for either opening or closing of the store. They often help make out the schedule for the employee’s. They are needed in the stock area to make sure the trucks are unloaded properly, making sure that the merchandise is received and marked if it is damaged or short. They also help the sales associates price the merchandise and sometimes put it out on the shelf for the customers. The average wage for an assistant manager is $9.73 an hour.

Lead Sales Assurance: The lead sales assurance person helps maintain the schedules and work functions of the regular sales associates. They train the new sales associates and provide assistance to the sales associates who need approval to accept checks, credit cards, debit cards and/or returns. They provide assistance to the customers who are in the store looking for merchandise. They often provide new insight to the sales associate in ways to help the customer or keeping their areas in order. The average wage for the lead sales assurance person is $8.00 an hour.

Store Manager: Working as the store manager is going to entitle you to running the whole store itself.  You’re going to be responsible for hiring, running payrolls, as well as ensuring that all employees are doing their job.  You’re going to report to the main district manager if any problems arise, or for various job duties.  The average wage is anywhere from $27,000 to $44,000 a year.

Benefits

  • You may contribute up to 25% of your pre-tax income (up to the IRS annual limit)
  • Dollar General offers one of the best match programs in retail-dollar for dollar up to the first 5% of your pay.
  • Medical
  • Dental
  • Vision
  • Prescription
  • Dependent FSA
  • Employee, Spouse and Dependent Life Insurance
  • Accidental Death & Dismemberment Insurance
  • Business Travel Accident Insurance

*Other benefits are available please check in your local store for a complete list.

Atmosphere and Perks

This company will give you a head start especially if you are just developing a new career pathway. This is an equal opportunity employer that treats the associates and those in the entry level positions as a  family with all the perks like paid training, flexible workweek and generous pay schemes. The eligible employees will also receive retirement benefits, health care, paid time off and other forms of assistance.

Interview Questions

Why do you want to work in this company?

What are your strengths and weaknesses?

How will you offer quality customer services?

How will you work as a team member?

Will you be able to handle difficult employees and supervisor?

If you notice that your co-employees are stealing or doing some offenses against the company, what will you do?

How flexible your time is?

Are you willing to work on weekends?

How long do you plan working in this company?

Interview Tips

The interview process of Dollar General takes in a form of questions that will let them assess your personality and behavior in dealing with other people. You will also be asked about your previous work experiences and your ability to do the job as excellently as possible. Some Dollar General stores may also make use of phone interviews and face-to-face interviews. Applicants should show professional demeanors and good attitudes during the hiring process. When you come for an interview, make sure you are well dressed and with impressive personality. Answer all questions with honesty and make sure you will be able to establish your credibility, ability and skills for the job. Show your confidence and look at the interviewer straight to the eyes for this will manifest sincerity. Come for an interview at least 30 minutes in advance for you to get relaxed while you wait for your turn.

How to Apply

In order to apply for r these jobs and many others please go online to their website at:  http://www.dollargeneral.com/Careers

Please feel free to visit the local store in your area to apply for open positions.

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