one: What was PENNY like back then and how has it changed since?
Alena Bothová: Things have been changing at a fast pace. I can still remember registering goods manually at the cash registers, and I must say that scanners have made our work in the stores much much easier.
Martina Kadeřábková: A lot has certainly changed for the better. The company leverages all the innovations and technologies our industry has to offer and empowers all employees with them. This brings greater comfort for both employees and customers.
Karel Kubista: At the Head Office, we are more influenced by changes in the top management, where I have noticed a very positive shift in the approach to employees in recent years. There were times in the past when you had to grit your teeth and endure a lot, but then, fortunately, there came a period when the management clearly does care about people.
one: Why have you stayed with the company for so long? What is so special about PENNY?
Alena Bothová: I think it is mainly the family-like atmosphere and excellent interpersonal relations. For me, it’s very important to have a great team around me in the store, and the other colleagues are great, too. I’ve never experienced a situation when I would call for help and would not get it. The management won’t let anyone fall to the bottom, either. PENNY also offers wonderful benefits, such as five weeks of vacation. I think they are doing an awful lot for people.
Martina Kadeřábková: I know many people who have been with us for twenty-five, twenty or eighteen years, we don’t really have many newcomers in our team. That means people like their job. What I enjoy about my job is that I have access to various training programs and a lot of other activities and get to know the work of other colleagues. Basically, I serve as a channel of communication between our team and other departments, and I can help make things better.
Karel Kubista: I’ve been with the company so long because something new happens every day in our work. I believe that life is change and I enjoy a lot of it at PENNY. I also highly appreciate our approach to sustainability and environmental protection.
one: How has your career unfolded and where would you like to go next?
Alena Bothová: I started as a shop assistant and after four years or so, I became the manager of a larger store, where I have been for twenty-five years. Five years ago, I had a knee surgery and subsequently became the manager of a smallish store in Most, my hometown. I am not planning any further career advancement. I have a few years left before retirement and I want to continue doing my best at the current position, which I love.
Martina Kadeřábková: I moved from the goods receipt office to the refrigeration department, which starts as early as four or five o’clock in the morning, then to the Nonfood department, and, eventually, I was offered the position of the assistant warehouse manager, where I have been working for fifteen years. I sometimes joke that I’ve had a few bosses pass through my hands. I’ll be perfectly satisfied with my career as long as I can keep doing what I’ve been doing.