I have worked at Circle K for about 2 years total now, and it isn't bad. If you're looking for a part time job that is extremely easy, this is the one for you.
I, however, am in need of full time hours, and that is something this company can't provide. There is also no medical plan for regular staff, and you can't touch your vacation pay until May 1st of each year, because you have to wait for their fiscal year to end. NOT a good combination.
Either Irving or Circle K's upper management puts a cap on the number of hours the manager can assign any given week, and they're reprimanded if they go over. This results in a huge fight for the few hours that are available.
There is no chance of advancement, and you'll never be told by a district or regional manager that you're doing a good job. I have a great store manager, and she lets you know when you do something well, but despite that her hands are tied as far as giving good workers extra hours.
If you're looking for something part time, or you want to work in an environment where you can do (literally) nothing, apply and enjoy! Great place to work if you're trying to finish a book or listen to the radio, just don't go into it expecting to move up the ladder or have a consistent income.
ProsYou can read on the job, no expectations of getting things done
ConsNo medical, unstable hours, no room for advancement, bad vacation pay system.
Customer Service Representative | Canada | Jun 17, 2019
min pay, no breaks, working alone, horrible management
STAY FAR FAR AWAY.
No breaks at all for 8+ hour shifts. Often work ALONE. Managers will reprimand you if you can't pick up extra shifts, and guilt you when you can't take them, even if you're literally in class.
"Well I'll have to find a sitter for the kids i guess... and come in on my day off"- like, what?
Would not allow me to SIT DOWN when no customers are in store (there are often dead periods throughout the day) as I have been recently diagnosed with a disability (after I started working there)... manager forced me to stock heavy items to see if I "truly have a disability"... No accomodations attempted for me at all, no matter how many forms and requests I filled out.
No way to contact upper management, must report to store manager and that's it.
Applied for a transfer as I moved, new manager was happy to have me, until my current manager called them and told them to decline my transfer. Love the 1.5 hour bus comute!
Only positives are the regulars and other pleasant customers, as well as other cashier employees. Everything else is TOXIC.
Considering gas stations are under scruitiny right now by the board of labour, you would think they attempt to take care of their employees, but nope.
Overall horrible place to work, even for university students and other at will workers.
Consliterally everything else. STAY AWAY.
Customer Service Associate / Cashier | Hamilton, ON | Jul 27, 2019
A typical day at work is all about communication, selling items to the customers, sometimes helping them choose which one is the best or cheapest cigarettes, advertising any sales or deals.
What I've learnt about is to never trust a customer like a true friend.. keeping things professionally in a workplace is recommended, I've spent my own money to help customers who are short in change, they always say that they'll pay me back but they never do or try to pull up a scam/fraud.
Managing the workplace is keeping things clean, people make a lot of mess and it is my job to keep things clean. Cash handling, making sure no more than $100 bills in the till. Always ask for ID for those who look under 40 years old when buying lottery tickets or cigarettes, even if you know the customer well, always ask for ID.
The hardest part of the job is to make sure customers aren't stealing, or dealing with customer's anger.
The most enjoyable part of the job is communicating and seeing customers win a big prize, I've wished someone a very good luck because he seemed very nice and once the instant poker lottery started folding, he received almost $12,000 and seeing him really happy and excited made my day.
This place was pretty good to work. In the morning, you would have to go in and count lottery, tills, cigarettes, juices, pop, etc. Turn on pumps and rigger machines, lottery machines. Through out the day, you just need to keep the bathroom cleaned, sweep the floors once in a while, mop up spills and keep counter tops clean of coffee and slush spills. Wash down windows, just keep things clean. Keep tills balanced. ID people coming in for tobacco products. Closing up is just making sure pumps are closed down, sweep, mop, garbage, close down rigger, lottery, debit machines. Count cigarettes. Lock up. Management wasn't too bad. I mean, the assistant manager at the time was much easier to deal with then the manager. But things always stayed on track. The people who came and went were always good to work with. But then again, being a people person helps in every job. The hardest part of the job, just like everyone, is the rude customers who cant be patient with say a new employee, or someone who can't quite get that lottery machine yet. And also working alone at night. The best part was always the regular customers. That seriously was my favorite part.
You work Autonomously and practically run all the basic's of the store by yourself. You have the liberty to work at your own paste with the exception of having to serve customer when ever they come. At some locations the Jobs are unreliable since Circle K/Macs often clears out the staff when ever they lend the store to a private dealer. The Corporate locations are permanent until you quit or advance.
The Pay is minimum wage with a small increase for night workers. There is no 2 weeks vacation, or holidays but you are paid for 2 weeks vacation over time and pay extra on holidays you work. The Job Culture feels distant since social interaction with other employee's is limited. The work environment leaves little room for bad and abusive management. Due to the city, the store I work at sometimes has dangerous customers.
ProsWork Autonomously, Sometimes Stable and reliable, Don't have to interact with other co-workers.
ConsNo extra days off other than weekends, Sometimes Dangerous Public, Employment can be really unreliable sometimes.
I worked at a Circle K located on the TCH for a few months and did not enjoy it at all. The management definitely favored employees. I would have to go out and do the garbage's myself everyday because the other girls had their manicures done and couldn't break a nail. I told the Manager upfront I did not feel comfortable working overnights and she said that its too bad I would get used to it. Leaving a young girl completely alone on the side of the highway is absolutely crazy. I used to work until 11am by myself and it was terrifying. There were also multiple times the over night person was an hour + late for work and management made me stay and would tell me that's my issue not theirs.. Would never ever recommend working here. There should never be a time an employee should be working alone especially in the night. Also I now know if your working alone you should of at least been trained in first aid and have a check in measure in place which neither of these were provided. I will never work at a gas station again.
DO NOT WORK HERE! That is unless you are a smoker and you don't mind being overworked and you don't mind not getting any breaks. They expect you to be at work 30 min to a hour early and stay 15 min to 30 min late, but will only pay you for the hours that are on the schedule. Also someone reported them to Worksafe for not giving breaks and they cut 30 min out of our pay and still didn't give us breaks. The management does not talk to each other which makes your job nearly impossible because you don't know what signage is supposed to go up, but you will be talked to if it doesn't get done. No one listens so if you need a day off for an appointment or something you won't get it and you will be expected to come into work. They will schedule you to work let you go home and sleep for 4 hours and then expect you to come in to work again. Overall this job is nearly impossible and will stress you out of your mind. Unless you like that kind of job.
A typical day at work was pretty busy. You'd walk in and go straight to the cash, and stay there for a while. After a bit when it wasn't super busy in the store, you'd go restock shelves, clean the store/ bathroom, and make sure all the coolers were full. And that's all you do.
There's no benefits unless you're actually full time. And even if you're working 40+ hours a week you're still not considered full time.
The customers were usually pretty nice. Except for the select few. But almost every customer service job has those.
The number of hours you have changes every week.
The best part of the job was that you get paid every week.
My favourite part of working there was the overnight shifts. Where you could get a lot of cleaning done because it wasn't super busy.
Asides from the changing hours, it wasn't too bad.
The mystery shop is one thing: you can only say "hello" upon a customers arrival it takes away from your indiviudality and you become a little robot repeating the same things. If you don't and fail they write you up and after 3 failed mystery shops fire you. For saying good morning instead of hello? Crazy. Worked in 2 different stores and paid the same way for 4 years doing office work (a part from raises). When I refused to move up in the company as a manager my office premium was cut shortly after. I was told by a market manager they were over paying me. Today: they pay an employee in the same office job what I USED to be paid before my wage was cut. Needless to say they have a funny way of running things. Recommend only if you're a high school student or someone looking for a first job nothing else.
Low pay with high expectations they will abuse and overwork you and give you nothing back in return
This job pays minimum wage. Its a dead end job no room for advancement. They expect the most out of you for the bare minimum in return.
You're cashier, janitor, security, stocker all in one and the biggest worry for management and their bosses is that they hit their arbitrary metrics so they can get a bonus off your hard work.
There are no benefits no health or dental and you receive no real raises. People have been working there for 2+ years and have are only making 15 to 20 cents above minimum.
This is a company who has zero respect for you as an employee. You are replaceable you are a cog in a grossly abused machine.
The only really good thing about this job is the people you work with and some of the regular customers.
ConsBad pay, no benefits, no room for advancement.
This is going to be long. A quick summary: Circle K was the worst job I've ever had. I consistently felt unsafe, unappreciated, I got screwed over multiple times, and I still have yet to be paid mileage from the training classes I attended nearly six months ago. The pay is not worth the work, and this job was severely detrimental to my mental health.
Job Work/Life Balance was terrible. Compensation/Benefits: I didn't stay long enough to qualify for benefits, and as mentioned above, I have yet to be compensated for mileage to attend training classes 160 miles away.
Job Security/Advancement: I did not stay long enough to advance, but from what I understood it was fairly easy to advance and receive raises.
Management: For the most part, I liked all the management I interacted with. I had one manager who wasn't great as a manager, but she was young and she was trying.
Job Culture: Everyone I interacted with was polite at the least, and I made a couple friends. But the work schedule was such that I spent most of my time alone.
I interviewed for Circle K during the summer. During my interview, they let me know they needed an overnight person. I tried to give not-so-subtle hints that I didn't want to work overnights, but I did explicitly tell them during the interview that I could not work overnights during the school year. They agreed, and it was mentioned that they would likely have more employees by then to adjust the schedule.
It took three weeks for my background check t
The store that I worked at was an absolute mess with rude, lackadaisical employees and management and a very high turn over rate. the store management changed multiple times in the first few months with my hiring manager showing up at 3am, leaving his keys and telling the brand new third shift guy he just couldn't do it anymore and left, he was offered a promotion shortly after this, which says a lot. the pay is very low compared to other companies, starting at 8.60, 9.00 with experience, and the promise of UP TO .70 cents after 90 days if you do a good job. They were in the process of replacing everyone at the store in the hopes of turning the store around, but when they pay is so low it is very hard to find good people who will show up and work, we mostly got the scraps of those who couldn't handle working at mcdonalds or wal-mart, and management does little to nothing in terms of holding people accountable because they have so few applicants that the hiring pool was limited and finding a replacement was difficult.
The one benefit of the high turn over rate is that if you do show up and work and do a good job it is a great place to move up into a management position as people were always quitting or getting arrested for theft or failing police stings, I was hired in january, i was an assistant manager by april. as an assistant manger I was tasked with doing pretty much everything the store manager should be doing, including bank deposits, payroll, scheduling, tracking l
Lowest paying job I've ever had. Wal Mart pays more.
I work the graveyard shift (10pm - 6am) five nights a week, usually starting my week on Friday night.
The customers are usually high, drunk, and rude between the hours of 10pm and 2am, which are the hours I am allowed to sell beer, in compliance with Oklahoma state laws.
The MIT was plucked off the street, has no prior management experience, and doesn't know how to do his job. He is always between 15 and 30 minutes late on Monday morning and I usually do not get off work until around 6:30 because he isn't ready to get on his register. The other managers are lazy and have to call the other area stores daily to be informed about their job duties.
When I moved here from my training store, I cleaned the coffee, cappuccino, and fountain drink machines thoroughly because ALL three had drink residue that looked months old and in the coffee machines, there was mold starting to grow. I also stocked the cooler fully because there was nothing stocked and I trashed most of the "grocery" items because they were months out of date (the eggs especially). When I have my two days off, or am scheduled to work at a different store, nothing gets done. I always have to spend two days re-stocking the cooler and trashing expired merchandise. All three drink machines aren't cleaned unless I am there and do it.
The neighborhood that the store is located in is so bad that the out side restrooms are locked from 3pm - 9am. The store has been robbed, with the clerk being held at gun point, fou
ProsFree fountain drinks on and off the clock, free roller grill food on and off the clock, full-time hours, tuition assistance
ConsLow pay, lazy co-workers, unsafe store location, amount of waste, lack of training, schedule inconsistencies
I have been employed with the company going on 5 years. I was hired as a CSR, by the second year asked to be an Assistant Manager, then 3 years later actually finished training for assistant. I then later asked out Market Manager at the time if I could be promoted and join their MIT program because I was ready to move forward with my career with this company. I had my interview to become a store manager, he wasn't going to put me through MIT training since I have been doing management work for the last year. I also stepped in for a month when my manager went out for a heart attack. I was at the time just waiting for a store to open up to be promoted. In December of 2012, we had a realignment with new MArket managers, and new Reginaol Directors and of course we got the one that has only been employeed with circle k for a short time and the MM was a total you know what. NO one liked her, she ran things way differently than I have ever seen in the 5 MM I had worked for. A few months go by, I was working as hard as I normally did,even being pregnant worked harder than mangement and the employees there. I asked my new MM about the stores because we had several stores in our district open up, and no one was working in them as a manager. She told me since I am not flexible enough to her, i can not move forward with the promotion I was promised a year ago by a different MM. MInd you, I have been working the same shift, same hours, same days for almost 5 years. All of a sudden i neede
Low Pay, No Breaks, No discounts, No Training for Advancement
A typical day at work consists of standing 8 hours ringing up customers purchases which consist mostly of the fountain drinks for 86 cents and 75 cents for refills, gas purchases, chewing tabaco, cigarettes, chips, energy drinks, btl sodas, constant purchase of Lottery tickets, etc. No lunch breaks, No bathroom breaks, No any breaks. If you need to use the restroom you have to run to the bathroom and get back to the register asap. You are required to clean both restrooms that are used as public restrooms. Yard crews come in all day to use the microwave and bathroom, So consider how nasty they get. The men use the women's restroom on a daily basis because the men's rr is always in use. You are required to clean all areas of the store, replenish hot dogs, Cook and prepare kalaches and place in warmer. On my shift I have to cook 2 batches of 4 different types of kalaches. You also have to make and keep 4 different coffees fresh during the shift. Stock the dairy cooler and large beverage cooler daily. Clean and stock the condiments daily. Stock all cups, straws, lids. Clean and stock the Cappuccino machine and constantly take the machine apart because it gets clogged up. Wash containers for use of hot dogs to store in cooler. Check on bathrooms every 2 hrs. Sweep the parking lot and inside of store. Take garbage (4) out of inside of store, Empty garbage cans (6) outside by pumps and doors. Stock and restock tobacco products, count and sign in vendors and products all du
Customer Service Representative | Clermont, FL | Jul 12, 2012
The life a Circle K.
After punching in I fill the milk case because it is usually empty. Go to the registers and ask if there has been anything new to report. Start working on shift change, making sure all registers is counted and reports for each credit card and lotto machine as well as money orders are printed. Start pulling cartons of cigarettes for stocking later. Then start filling all empty holes in the cooler and dairy cooler, making sure the all soda as well as beer are stock and ready for the customer. Next start pulling all inside trash, stack the trash in the back for later to be brought to dumpster. Stock cups, straws, and lids, during all this time making sure that you service the customer at the register while continuing to clean. Pull the mop bucket out back and fill it with hot water and floor soap for later. Sweep floor then start breakfast routine. Start coffee, microwave breakfast sandwiches and start putting hot dogs and tornados on grillers. As each job is being completed at the same time as well as continuing to service the customer at the register once all the jobs for breakfast are completed. I start by taking out the trash, and then start mopping the floor. Check the shelves to organize any products miss-placed by customers. Then start on day close shut down all pumps, consolidate and count all drawers as well as reports. Turn pumps on then start stocking cigarettes and snuff. Manager arrives for beginning of 1st shift and does a quick run through to make sure everything
Prosfree soda, short conversations with customer. 2 weeks vacation in 2 years.
Consno lunch, no sick time, not a living salary, raises don't meet cost of living increases.
Interact with and serve hundreds of regular customers in the capacity of grocer, bartender, bookie, gas attendant, banker and barista.
Clean and stock store as customer volume allows, at slower locations it's entirely possible to find yourself looking hard for something to do if you're on the ball with keeping the store up.
Remain ever-conscious of safe cash handling procedures and personal safety policies.
Get to know co-workers and store community a little better every day. Cumulatively, the invariable result is some lifelong friendships.
Managerial duties are numerous little things (depending on how much your manager is willing to delegate) that will provide an excellent overview to retail management in general. You can walk away from this position with some excellent resume bullets if you are proactive in accepting responsibility and producing results.
Management and co-workers is a mixed bag. Given payroll limitations and work conditions, neither will be remotely cream of the crop, but the work culture is one that potentially finds gems in the rough and puts a little polish on them. I've seen a man with no diploma rise to manage several stores, and better than most degree holders I would add. If you don't look the best on paper yet, but know you have something that others don't, Circle K may be a good starting point.
The hardest part of the job? I would have to say the nagging worry that tonight might be the night that I become the victim of v
ProsThe opportunity to become part of a close knit "family", the opportunity to get to know the local community, work experience.
ConsPotentially a very dangerous place to work, low pay with very little opportunity for advancement, in salary, and for most, position.
Great place for entry level looking for advancement.
Circle K is a great place to work if you are looking for competitive advancement. There is always room to move up the ladder, if you are willing to do all the work for minimum pay. I worked my way up to Store Manager. My favorite thing was just learning. I love to learn new things, and I love being challenged. I was lucky enough to have managers that were willing to feed that eagerness to learn. I was never too worried about the pay, anything below Store Manager is pretty much as close to minimum wage as possible (even assistant and bonus assistant manager). Being young, that did not matter to me, I just wanted experience.
I also enjoyed my co-workers, I made a few lifetime friends through working there and I am grateful to have met them through Circle K.
I believe the hardest part of my job was, as a Store Manager, I lost my life. Of course, not literally. But I would spend at least 12 hours (if not more) a day in-store, answering phone calls, helping my employees, doing paperwork, preparing for audits, etc. It would not have been so bad, but there is very little gratification. No "good work" from the boss, no pat on the shoulder. Of course this is not something to be expected, but sometimes it would have been nice. Managers do work on salary, so of course anything over your 40 hours is free work. I never met a manager who spent less than 50 in-store per week. I also had a boss that did not alert me when I was doing something incorrect. I thrive on constructive criticis
Circle-K is an average business with high efforts for low return.
Circle-K is like any other stop-and-go gas station from your run of the mill gas pumps to junk food and restricted sales. We take pride in having polar pops and clean bathrooms readily available to anyone that enters the building, we do our best to smile and have the ability to answer any questions you have about the surrounding area to better aid you in your travels, such as finding the proper exit ramp or directing you to the nearest hotel etc.
A typical day at work consists of standing for most of your shift, operating a register and communicating with customers as you complete sales while restocking product and cleaning.
Above all things, I learned every individual you come into contact with has there own definition of customer service, from how you stand to how you approach a customer, from how you scan there items and bag them to how you take and return there change, business is about both parties expectations, not simply what one person reads on paper or believes.
Management and co-workers are the very foundation that determine your working environment, if Management is not strict then expect a team of workers that let there duties slide, if they are stern then expect a tight shift. The more professional and maintained your boss is, the better your store image and heightened sense of work ethic becomes that you'll see from your team.
The most difficult part of the job is actually being able to handle customer complaints through the the customer service they
ProsThe job is easy if you retain all basic training knowledge and can professionally handle customers.
ConsNo lunch breaks, lack of proper staffing, poor pay compared to even other gas stations, sub-par benefits, change for your store is at the mercy of the previous years budget, your manager, and his/her bosses ability to listen and change things around.
Customer Service Representative | Fontana, CA | Apr 15, 2012
When I first started working at Circle K I thought it was a good experience. I learned so much about how hard it is just to be an employee for a Gas Station, its a lot of work. I learned how to handle Food, Fountain Drinks and Coffee ect. in a healthy safe way for the customers. I learn how to deal with a heavy flow of customers, I would call it rush hour since it was after work for most customers. I learned how to deal with customers that weren't having a good day. I learned the schedule when Vendors would come in ship us our shipments of merchandise where we would have to confirm how much an where the Vendor was putting it. I learned how to handle the California State Lottery ticket sales and prize rewards. A typical day at work would be very busy handling customers and their needs and also maintaining, cleaning, presentation of stocking shelves and cooler of the store. Most of the co-workers were nice and respected at the work place, others were more like they did not care and wouldn't put there effort in to the job. It was always battle who was going to do the work from when the Night Shift did not do or Morning Shift. Most times things were left for Evening Shift and that was my shift with three other co-workers. Evenings would be that busiest time for the store.The shift timing made by the manager was horrible everyday, most times evening shift would be left alone for at least two to three hours at the busiest hours while there was so much to do and organize since morni
Prosfree fountaion drinks
Consshort breaks, no breaks, late lunches, poor management
Questions and answers about Circle K
What advice would you give the CEO of Circle K about how to improve the company?
Asked Dec 9, 2018
Better wages and benefits for csa's
Answered Jul 26, 2021
Make sure you hire the right people as managers
Answered Feb 1, 2021
What is the interview process like at Circle K?
Asked Mar 9, 2018
Circlek charges you more than $5000 for training, which is ridiculous.
Answered May 17, 2020
Good body language
Answered Sept 8, 2019
What is the company culture at Circle K?
Asked Jul 24, 2017
Not good, they treat there employees like animals
Answered Jul 2, 2019
Overall you're treated as a person which is rare for a huge corporation, however some of the training and upper management staff will occasionally have unrealistic expectations (usually regarding sales)
Answered Apr 17, 2019
How long does it take to get hired from start to finish at Circle K? What are the steps along the way?
Asked Jul 24, 2017
More than a month very slow process
Answered Jun 22, 2019
Drop off a resume, or view job banks to see available postings.
Answered Aug 20, 2018
How often do raises occur at Circle K?
Asked Jan 8, 2020
Never! Minimum wage. And you do the work of CSR plus security guard whenever something happens.