Pros: employee assistance program, discounts on meals, paid vacation, employee stock
Cons: physically demanding, a lot of rules to abide by, dealing with co-workers who don't' care about their jobs
A typical day as a garden bar attendant would include, preparing salads, attending to customers, cleaning bathrooms, assisting co-workers, and maintaining cleanliness of myself and of the salad bar.
I learned that there are many different types of people who work in restaurants. Very eclectic group of people. Also, I learned the proper way to handle food and I carry those lessons with me into my home life.
Management was strict yet approachable and made sure we all adhered to the rules set by corporate. Personally, I flourish in these types of environments. I enjoy a manager who will lay down the law.
My co-workers included a lot of young people who didn't necessarily take the job as seriously as they should but also included a lot of hardworking mothers, fathers, teachers, and old food/beverage industry pros. It was exciting.
The hardest part of the job was the physical stress. There is a lot of standing, running around, lifting heavy objects, extreme temperatures etc. It is a tough place to work, especially on busy nights. I definitely look up to anyone who has been in the business for a long time. The restaurant business can be intense.
The most enjoyable part of the job was getting home and really feeling like you got the job done that day and you could relax and feel like you really deserved it.