For aspiring chefs, the CIA is truly the premier culinary arts school.
Senior Reservationist (Former Employee), Hyde Park, NY – August 26, 2014
Pros: food is life. it isn't just about sustaining one's appetite, but having been exposed to the whole process of making a great meal, a plate of food to me is aspiring.
Cons: minimum opportunities to advance.
The Reservations Office at the Culinary Institute is a faced paced environment where 80% of the day is spent on the phone composed of three reservationist. Total calls received per day ranged between 60 to 90 plus for each reservationist. This position strictly required someone who is dependable, adaptable and independent with strong leadership skills. – more... Communication is of great importance and can be detrimental if not practiced well. I have never worked with the best group of individuals who shared the same work ethics, who pride themselves with job well done on the end of the day and who are genuinely caring about the customers. The hardest part of the job, although not obligated to do, was making it to work during the worst winter weather conditions. Expectations of our outside guests are rather high and unreasonable at times. But often, we deliver what is expected of us. I had hoped to retire with Culinary Institute of America, but unfortunately due to the reorganization process my position was eliminated. – less
It was very convenient to be able to work on campus as I was attending school
Server/Hostess (Former Employee), Hyde Park, NY – July 29, 2014
After I would get out of class, I would go into the Restaurant that I was working and serve customers and run the finished food products. I learned how to juggle multiple tables at a time as well as handle customers complaints and server mistakes. My co-workers were in fact students who were going through formal restaurant service classes. They were – more... very new to the industry and would often come to me for help with steps of service and MICROS system functionality. The hardest part of my job was working with the new students. They would often have repeating questions or mistakes that would take a significant amount of time to rectify. Also due to the nature of the school, every three weeks I had to grow accustom to new set of students. This new rotation of students sometimes cause inconsistency of quality of service in the restaurant. The most enjoyable part of my job was being able to make all of the networking connections I was available to. – less
Worked in the Purchasing Department for the School which provides product for the Classes, Restaurant, and Catered Events
Student Employee (Former Employee), Saint Helena, CA – November 27, 2012
Worked in the Purchasing Department while I was a student at the Culinary Institute of America. I worked in the Purchasing Department in the afternoon which would consist of conducting an inventor of product in house, storing product which included Butchery in order to buy larger quantities and distribute it throughout the various departments. I was – more... also trained on FoodTrak - a food purchasing, inventory/logistics and accounting program. I specialized in rectifying the invoices with our internal inventor during my tenure. – less