Joe McQuade East Lake High senior
Place of employment: AMC 20 Woodlands Square, Oldsmar
Job title: Operations supervisor
Working there since: May 2013
Joe McQuade loves his job. As a recently appointed supervisor, McQuade actually calls his love for the movie theater chain "sick" and with good reason: Free movies, actual opportunity to rise in ranks, a good company message and, did we mention, free movies?
In his own words: My job has changed my life in so many ways over the past year. Aside from the nearly 100 awesome and charismatic co-workers that I've grown to know and love, I have the opportunity to serve and engage thousands of guests every day, each one of them with a different story. I've been able to impact so many lives, even if all I do is "make smiles happen." I love all of the guiding principles that AMC has in place to make the moviegoing experience unique and special for everyone, both guests and staff members. The biggest (negative) is that AMC is open 365 days a year. That means holidays, too, (we serve upwards of 10,000 customers on Christmas Day alone) so you usually have to work those. But I do still love my job because of the abundant opportunities it has put into place for me. I think it is amazing that such a huge company cares so much about its staff, and believes in my generation enough to reward both mine and my co-workers' hard work with management positions. It's definitely an exciting thing that, due to my company's faith in us, some of my teenage co-workers and I are able to build our resumes and gain management experience at such a young age. Oh and most of all, who doesn't love free movies?
Who should apply: Outgoing and energetic people. Anyone who loves a fast-paced lifestyle and is easily adaptable to change.
Best lesson: Happy employees make a happy business. You've got to embrace an open workplace for feedback.
Variety counts: AMC isn't monotonous or boring; we show a new movie every week and constantly change the theater around to coincide.
As told to Katie Lamont, East Lake High/SPC