Pros: free lunches, dinners, off-sites, lots of recognition
Cons: undefined career path for my position
I loved working at Taco Bell / Yum Brands! I ended up leaving because I got married a relocated for my husband's job. The plus side of working there was that there were a lot of processes in place that I have since found to be invaluable at other companies I have worked for. There was a lot of activities designed to build teams and enhance the team moral when I was there. I didn't appreciate how much fun we had on off-sites that were created by teams whose only goal was to identify these activities. There are other teams whose sole purpose is to recognize people for doing a good job. At the time we used to raise money for charities and do community service as well, some on the clock, some off. The best part about being there is that culture really does create bonds / teams that are long lasting. I have not worked there for years and still see ex-coworkers on a monthly basis.
The downside - there were occasionally projects that required that you work extra long hours or over the weekend. There were also situations that might pull you away from a vacation. I felt like the rest of the time that it wasn't crazy made up for the times that it was. I traveled a lot, in spurts and that was a drag because I always managed to miss something cool that was going on at work. Also, because my position did not exist before I started working at Taco Bell there was no defined growth for me. I will say that I lobbied for a promotion and because the head of engineering listened when I presented my case, I got it.