I made many great friends during my time at Beacon. The initial learning curve is very steep and it's easy to get overwhelmed, but there's always someone to help out.
The state manager was very unhelpful and caused a lot of issues during my time there, but the other store managers, my and other teams were always happy to assist.
The hardest part of the job was being stretched so thin but having the same expectations as better resourced stores.
If you're looking for progression above store management, Beacon won't be it for you as there is nothing readily available above Store Manager. However, if you're looking to get up to store management or just want something with a real technical challenge, you will do really well to pick Beacon for your next job. You will learn huge amounts and you really do get to change people's lives through lighting. It's quite inspirational.