Good Work, If you have the right staff.
Pros: great healthcare, insurance, pay.
Cons: fellow managers think little of you, no integrity or tact
At the location I worked at, I was happy to be a Manager in Training. However, The store I worked at was staffed by certain individuals that tarnished the ideals of a safe, honest workplace. Upon my first day, I expressed my excitement in working there, when an older mangager scoffed and belittled me in front of the staff. From being in the army for 2 years, I was appalled at the lack of consistency throughout the store. After speaking with the managers about possible ideas to fix our typical operations with little changes, which was one of the traits expected of a manager, to show enthusiasm and always find a way to increase productivity, I was shocked to find that not only was my suggestions belittled among other managers, but I was in jeopardy of losing my job.
For a manager in training, expect lots of curriculum and review not only on a computer, but hands on. Always show up looking your best, and bring enthusiasm to the job, Or, that's what I thought was appropriate. Apparently, if you're too enthusiastic about your job, you're called out for being immature.
For a typical day, be expected to show up early and be observant, while taking mental notes and be expected to think on your feet, and expect harsh criticism from other managers. In my experience, I was hired with another candidate. She herself was an excessively brash woman, with no manners or sense of tact. As a matter of fact, the only management members that had tact were the General Manager and Store Manager, both of whom I had thought were only professional with those below them, but showed a certain degree – more... of apathy in their job, as long as there were people staffed there.
Aside from the loathsome management, A majority of the employees there did nothing but short-cut their way to completion, creating food safety hazards as well as physical safety hazards. Attempting to do anything by the book results in someone snapping at you and asking why you've not done the other tasks assigned to you. This is indeed stressful, but what is worse is when you're treated like nothing. My prior service, I was used to following orders to the letter, but in the civilian world, there isn't much there besides faking the funk and doing your best to put on a facade like you care.
Be sure you show up to work on time everyday, otherwise you could be accused of missing out on important training that never took place to begin with. Double check your schedule and take pictures, if need be, to solidify your alibi when interrogated by upper management.
When I was finally let go, due to "inexperience", you would assume they'd take me on as a crewmember. However, they simply let me collect my things and go; As much as I respect the right of the company to terminate me without warning, I would appreciate an opportunity to fix my mistakes and do better, but that wasn't the case in this episode.
My advice is to stay away from management-level jobs in food service, especially Culver's. Not all stores are like the place I worked at, but consider your options well before delving into the systematic mayhem that is Culver's. – less