Poor intro to restaurant service
Host/Server (Former Employee) – Wichita Falls, TX – January 16, 2019
First let me preface by saying that this was my first job in the restaurant business, so I might just have a poor handle on how things work. Anyway, starting out as a host, it wasn't too bad. Min-wage pay, fast-paced, not too difficult. They brought me on as a server, and that's when things got unsustainable, for me. The way tips worked (which I still don't understand, by the way), only the closers made any kind of sustainable income. Most days, I ended up with maybe thirty bucks per shift. Not too bad in terms of pay per hour, but definitely not the big bucks the other servers promised. I guess this was an incentive to take closing shifts, but the work itself gave absolutely no motivation to do so.
All cleaning fell on the servers, because there were no bussers. No breaks, or at least I was never informed of any breaks. No bennies. The last straw was coming home one night at 9 after having been literally followed around my section by one of my managers, wanting to argue with me. Just not the best experience for me, personally, and it's definitely turned me off of food service in general.
Meal discounts, kind coworkers
Few/no breaks, can't make money unless you close, some managers were jerks