Here at A-1 Self Storage, we know our success is due to our wonderful team. The care they give our customers is unparalleled and we want to highlight their milestones along the way. Below is an interview with team member Tina, who is celebrating her 1-year anniversary with A-1 Self Storage.
Tina works at A-1 Self Storage on Frazee Road in San Diego, CA.
Shannon: Congratulations on one year with A-1 Self Storage!
Tina: Haha, thank you.
Shannon: Before A-1 Self Storage, where did you work?
Tina: Used to work at Walgreens as an associate.
Shannon: How did you end up applying at A-1 Self Storage?
Tina: Actually my brother was working here and said he liked it. So he recommended me to Brian Louis, and that's how I got here!
Shannon: Oh nice! How long were you at Walgreens before you decided to make a change?
Tina: I was working at Walgreens for a year. I was part-time over there I wanted a full-time job. And my brother liked it here, so I thought I would give it a try. I am now an Associate here.
Shannon: Sounds like it was meant to be. Was it an easy transition for you?
Tina: Yeah, I mean I just liked it from the beginning. And I still like it! I like talking to people, helping out people, and making it easy for them.
Shannon: Was there anything that surprised you once you started working here?
Tina: Yeah a couple of things, because I never used storage before. Like people going to auction and how that goes. It is a process where if you don't make payments, you can go to auction and sell the unit and everything inside your unit. I would say it happens about every 2 months.
Shannon: Yeah, that’s an interesting way of handling that kind of situation! So over the past year, is there anyone who has been especially helpful in teaching you the ropes of self storage?
Shannon: That’s great to hear! Do you have any advice for someone who is in getting into self storage?
Tina: I would tell them that this is kind of like an adventure. Because you have a lot of stores, and people who come here and first you might think, “oh, I will I will not be able to get this,” or “it's too hard” or something. But then you’ll see it's probably the best job, and it is a job that you will like to do. It doesn't get you stressed, or make you dread coming to work. It's something that you will eventually like to do.
Shannon: How has it been working with customers in self storage?
Tina: I have a lot of customers here! I really like them. I work hard to find them a good price for them. I have a lot of customers that I know really well now. It’s not like I see them one day and forget about them the next. I know them well.
Shannon: That must be a great feeling. So switching gears to more personal questions, do you have any family here in the area? Hobbies that you enjoy?
Tina: I'm here with my husband and my son because my family is back in Europe and it's only me that is here. My son is 2 years old. We spend a lot of time together.
Shannon: That’s so nice! I bet having a 2-year-old keeps you pretty busy.
Tina: Haha yes he does!
Shannon: You mentioned that you’re from Europe, what part?
Tina: I'm from Albania. I've been here for 4 years now, since October 1st.
Shannon: Oh wow that’s a long ways away! Congrats on 4 years! Are there any restaurants in the area that you like to frequent?
Tina: I love Cheesecake Factory! It's great there.