Pros: Simple job
Cons: Everything else about the company
What to say about working at B&B...
I started working at a branch of Brookshire Brothers, B&B Foods, because my step-dad's best friend was the manager and knew I was looking for a job. I started the end of my junior year in high school.
The first month was okay. I was still getting used to how everything worked and it was my first job, so I didn't want to get too upset about anything. The only thing I really had a problem with was standing for so long because it hurt my back, but I got used to it after a few weeks.
That was when my coworkers started calling in all the time for every little thing that went wrong in their lives. It was summer, so I'm pretty sure they were just blowing work off. One person even called in for an ear ache! I would come in so I could make more money and ended up having to work six days a week (I would have worked all week if it weren't for the fact that we couldn't have more than 40 hours each week).
Then my manager offered me a promotion to work in the office so that I could work my way up to assistant manager one day. I gladly took the offer and he said we'd get started on training me that Saturday. Well, that Saturday rolled around and we never got to it because it was a busy day. He told me we'd do it Monday then. Monday came around and I didn't get trained. So then he told me he'd call me when a good day came around to train me. He never did. I brought it up again the next week and he said we'd have to wait for a bit.
I was getting tired of being lied to about being trained for the office position (they'd lied to me for over a – more... month) and coming in every day for my coworkers. I had requested three days off one week so that I could go to Galveston with my family for vacation and had been told that it was fine because I'd requested the time off two months in advance. When the time came, they scheduled me to work two of those days, claiming that I had requested two days earlier in the week off. I had to fight with them to get them to change the schedule (they almost didn't change it until I MADE them bring out my request off form to show them I had requested 3 days off in a row) and I got my days off.
Then, when I got back, with no warning, I started being scheduled to work the petro booth (the gas booth) every single day instead of doing half the week as a cashier inside and half in the booth. I asked about it and they said the reason they did that is because I was one of the only people who didn't complain about being in the booth, but I felt they were being dishonest with me. It was at this time that my managers started being rude to me, making sly comments about how I'd fought to get my vacation days off. I started getting ridiculous complaints from people I'd never met before - one even said I had completely ignored them at the petro booth, refusing them service, which I never did. My managers wouldn't listen to me and I was pretty sure one of my managers was the one who put those people up to complaining about me.
So I stopped coming in for people and doing favors for coworkers. That's when they cut my hours - to TWO days a week, EVERY weekend, EVENING shifts. I had requested morning shifts, so I knew they were doing this on purpose, in retaliation.
I thought about quitting so many times, but there really weren't any other jobs in my small town and I liked having a little extra money for myself.
About a year and a few months into the job, the assistant manager was out for two weeks because she'd overdosed on a prescription. She came back for a week and then was out for another two weeks for overdosing again. I guess someone complained about her drug use because they ordered drug tests for every employee at our store. It was a random urine test.
About a week later, I get a call from my manager saying that he had to fire me because my drug test was positive. He said he didn't know what it was positive for and that I'd have to call the lab to find out. I knew I'd tested positive for hydrocodone because I had a prescription, so I thought that's what it was and that I could fix it. I called them and they told me that I failed for hydrocodone AND marijuana. This simply wasn't true. I had smoked before, when I was younger, but I didn't then. I told them to test it again and did some research online to find that many different things can make you test positive for marijuana - poppy seeds on hamburger buns, ibuprofen, and more that I can't remember right now. I take ibuprofen on a regular basis because I get migraines and it helps, so I figured that's what made me test positive.
The lab called me back to say I'd tested positive the second time around and when I told them I'd taken ibuprofen on a regular basis and that could have caused it, they said it didn't matter. So I got fired for taking ibuprofen and now have a failed drug test on my record forever, which made it nearly impossible for me to get hired on anywhere else.
Trust me when I say DO NOT WORK FOR BROOKSHIRE BROTHERS OR ANY OF THEIR OTHER BRANCHES!!! – less