My Most Favorite Job
I was the catering manager at Arizona's busiest store. It was incredibly fast-paced and stressful but also a rewarding experience, and I'll never forget everything it has taught me. The job had the perfect balance of physical work and computer work that you'd be hard-pressed to find elsewhere. An eye for detail, computer literacy, great people skills, and a sense of urgency are absolutely required. You get to interact with your clients on a regular basis and build working relationships, which can be super rewarding.
Management truly cares about you as a person and wants you to succeed. I never felt like a cog in the machine, I felt like I mattered and that my concerns were listened to and taken to heart. Upper management would often sit down with me one-on-one to check in with me and see how everything is going. The company is small enough to where it is relatively easy to move up, as long as you have the smarts and determination to get the job done.
The work culture was very fun and familial. Everyone had each other's backs and wanted each other to succeed. If you worked hard and were good at it, it would not go unnoticed.
Unfortunately, I had to relocate to an area where there are no Cafe Zupas locations. But if they do ever open any stores in the northeast, I'll be the first to apply!