An overall busy, but fun environment to work at.
Pros: Generous/caring customers, understanding staff, fun environment.
Cons: No benefits, no breaks.
A typical day at work starts with completing all of the daily orders (sandwiches, bakery, etc.) before 10am, getting the food prepped and cooked before lunch time at 10:30am, as well as keeping the coffee consistently fresh from 6am-12pm, making sure to check it every 15 minutes.
I have learned gratitude in the small things, patience with things out of my control, and improved my communication skills even more with the huge language barrier at my place of employment. The management is probably the most understanding of all of the jobs I've held. They take the time to actually address any issues and find a solution, as well as guide me in any problems I have and work with my schedule as a full time mother. I get along with all of my co-workers because of the clear understanding that we are all here to do our jobs, earn our keep, and get home to our families. Nothing is personal, everything is addressed professionally, and if there is any conflict, it is addressed promptly or through a group meeting.
The hardest part of my job is running the store by myself and trying to manage my time appropriately with all of the duties I have to complete during my short morning shift in such a busy commuter location, while making sure all of my customers get the same attention and service equally. My responsibilities are always completed before I clock out, and thankfully, not at the expense of my customers. But it is definitely the most challenging thing I deal with on a day-to-day basis.
Now, with that being said, it is also the most enjoyable part of my job. That, and the relationships I've built with all of my customers. They look forward to seeing me every day, telling me about their work week, their families, their fears and hopes, as well as inquiring about mine. They trust and value my opinion, as well as look out for me and offer advice and help in anything I share with them. This is a job where I am genuinely appreciated and have learned so much.