I grew up with this company.
Pros: Free lunches. Holiday pay. Flexible schedule. Full-time benefits.
Cons: Short breaks. Sometimes certain co-workers poor work ethic.
My first job was Publix as a stock boy. I wasn't very much a hard worker like I am today. I was terminated from Publix and stayed un-employed for quite some time until HMS Host called me and said they'd have me come in. I then started working at Starbucks.
Starbucks was an enjoyable experience. Though it was stressful at times, it was a fun job to have. I had the availability to talk to people from around the world since I was working within the Jacksonville International Airport. I also love coffee, so in return, I made people's coffee with that love. The hardest part of that job was the people. Sometimes you're only as strong as your weakest link and when your crew isn't all there and/or calling out every 2-4 days... it becomes super hard. I was a supervisor and had to open my store at 5am in the morning to 12pm. That was also a tad bit hard.
My manager at the time was over a restaurant called Sam Snead's and Starbucks. She asked if I would have liked a change in atmosphere and try cooking. I took the opportunity and pay raise. I cooked there for about a year. I went in with no prior experience but management quickly noticed that I was a natural. I was complimented on my skills off the bat and I ended up loving making food for people as much as I loved making coffee. So, Sam Snead's was a fun experience but I wanted something a little more fast paced. So then Shula's comes into play.
Shula's, oh boy. By far the most stressful job I have ever had. The volume we deal with is large considering the airport. A typical day now is me coming in, making sure the line is – more... ready to go for the day and then jumping between prepping/dishwashing. I cook a good portion of the day but there's always more to do. My co-workers happen to be some of the best I've had. There again, the being as strong as your weakest link comes back into play, I've watched the staff get fired or quit. I'm not the senior cook at Shula's with one of the best crews I've seen. There's a couple of guys with some poor work ethic but the rest of us work around them.
My management through the years has been off and on. Managers have come and gone. My current manager is ex-military. Sometimes he's a little too rough around the edges but the man gets things done and I respect him irregardless of our differences at times. He also respects me for being the hard worker I am. The other upper management isn't all there sometimes but hey, can't expect them to be 110% all the time. Seeing as though Shula's has 3 different managements watching over it in the airport.
I am not sure if this is a review I just put up. Maybe more of a personal review lacking the personal information. If you read this all, awesome. – less