Dream Job Or Nightmare? Mattress Chain Seeks 'Self-Motivated Sleeper'
The job comes with a paycheck, just not a very big one. The position pays $10 an hour -- and no benefits, a spokesperson said.
Mattresses at Sleepy's range from $119.99 to a staggering $5,198. The chain, which has 800 stores along the East Coast, has been criticized for heavy-handed sales tactics. In 2007, it agreed to pay $200,000 in fines after the New York City Department of Consumer Affairs investigated it for "deceptive sales tactics," which included charging delivery fees to customers for an exchange of defective mattresses. Glassdoor.com, the employee review site, also was filled with negative comments from people who claim to have worked at the company. "They run it like a used car dealership," one wrote. Out of all the reviews, 66 percent said that they would recommend this employer to friends.
The "Snooze Director" position was first created in 2011; when it was advertised back then, it got 200 applications -- and helped boost its social media presence. But Sleepy's is far from the first employer to post a quirky job ad to generate some free publicity. One recent example: A British-based chain of vacation resorts made the news in January when it advertised for a "slide tester" at its water parks around the world.
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