Casual and friendly environment, but lacks a supportive management team.
Retail Sales (Former Employee) – White Bear Lake – June 14, 2019
Initially this job was great. Hours are early but pretty flexible which gives a decent work/life balance for the early riser/mid-afternoon worker. Co-workers were wonderful people and there are a couple of wonderful ladies in the management team responsible for the retail side of things and hiring that make it very welcoming when taking the job.
Be warned, however. There are cameras everywhere making you feel very belittled and untrustworthy. The amount of waste produced in the factory is unsettling at times, perfection is important, but its a lot to waste. And the bakers/factory workers are expected to stay up to 12 hrs at times, without being asked, to finish production. Working the retail side, seeing a bakery case with no back enclosure and lack of assistive instruments and products to clean efficiently was disturbing. There is no system of storage for bakery items....so at night cookies just sit on their trays, uncovered...that is just highly unsatisfying to me.
Also, if you quit whether it be expected or unexpected, be prepared to feel scolded like a child by the HR representative...this occured to me and a couple others I know and made my outlook on the company way worse than when I decided to leave in the first place.
Overall, I would only recommend the work to someone who had the stomach to handle the stresses of workplace stagnation and occasional long hours.