History of Family Dollar Stores

Family Dollar Stores began in 1959 by a twenty-one year old named Leon Levine. The first store was opened in November of that year in Charlotte, North Carolina. They kept growing opening stores all through the south so today they have approximately 6,617 stores in 44 states. Family Dollar Stores went public in 1970 for the first time with the first share costing $14.50.

In 1971 the 100th Family Dollar Store was open and by 1974 they had opened up their 200th Family Dollar Store.  Just less than ten years later in 1981 Family Dollar Stores had already opened up their 400th store.  Their expansion jumped in leaps and bounds.  Leon Levine retired in 2003 leaving the position of head CEO to his son Howard R. Levine keeping this multi-billion dollar company in the family.

Hours of Operation:  Mon-Sat: 8:00am-9:00pm; Sun: 10:00am-8:00pm

Minimum Age to Work Here:  18 years old

Positions Available:  Customer Service Representative, Sales Associate, Field Specialist, Assistant Store Manage, Store Manager, District Manager, Security Guard, Maintenance Tech III, General Warehouse Worker, Repack Stocker, Repack Order Filler, Forklift Operator, Bulk Order Filler, Shipping Loader

Background Check Required?  Yes

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

Job description/Average wage

Cashier: The cashier is responsible to take the sales from the customers and charging them the correct amount of money. They must either process the sales with cash or a debit card. They bag the merchandise for the customer. They must be friendly and courteous at all times with their customers. They are expected to keep their area clean and well stocked. The average wage for a cashier is $7.17 an hour.

Backroom / Stock: Working in the backroom is going to require you to unload trucks with items, stock them in the appropriate areas, as well as bring them to the front.  You will also be in charge of helping with moving them to the front of the store.  When they arrive off the truck, you may be required to price them according to local state laws.  The average wage is anywhere from $7 to $11 a hour.

Team Member: Working the floor of the store, you’re going to be in charge of ensuring that the floor is clean, customers are being helped, as well as making sure that the shelves are stocked at 100%.  You’re also going to make sure that all questions and concerns are directed toward the main manager.  The average pay for this position itself is anywhere from $8 to $12 a hour.

Assistant Store Manager: The assistant store manager usually opens or closes the store. They must know the procedures for both events. They take care of any internal problems while on duty. Often they bring out merchandise and stock the shelves. The assistant store manager may also do the time cards and keep up with the employee’s hours. The average wage for an assistant store manager is $9.85 an hour.

Store Manager: The store manager is responsible for the total operations of the store. They may share some of the responsibilities with the assistant store manager but over all they are responsible for the complete operations of their store. They earn an approximate average wage of $42,000 a year.

Benefits

  • Team members find Family Dollar Stores a compelling place to work for its team’s togetherness.
  • Retirement and Financial Security Benefits
  • Comparative wages
  • Health and Welfare Benefits

Atmosphere and Perks

When you work with Family Dollar, you are also given the opportunity to work in a fun, fast-paced work environment. The company lets their employees enjoy a pool of benefits like flexible scheduling, paid job training, and industry-competitive pay scales. Qualified workers can get access and avail health and wellness bonuses, future planning perks, and more employment benefits. Other perks also include employee assistance program and receive professional and private counseling 24 hours a day 7 days a week.

Interview Questions

What do you think are the most important characteristics which may serve also as the reasons for the company to hire you?

How long do you plan to work for Family Dollar?

How flexible is your time?

What would you do if your replacement was late to work?

Are you available to also work even on weekends?

How would you encourage customers to return to our store?

Do you have experience with the retail industry? What previous experience do you have in the retail industry?

How will you deal difficult customers?

What will you do in order to encourage customers to return to your store?

Interview Tips

Family Dollar will inform you about the job interview process after you have submitted all the necessary papers. During the interview, make sure to be well composed and be confident. The questions should be answered will all honestly and thoroughly. Topics during the interview include work experience and job skills. Make sure you are able to demonstrate positive attitude during the interview. Be well dressed and show that you are calm and relaxed and that tell yourself, you can answer all the questions since you are sincere and that you are not hiding anything about your personality.

How  to apply

You may apply for these benefits and many others by visiting their website at: http://www.familydollar.com/teammember/careers