Corner Bakery Cafe

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Corner Bakery Cafe Reviews

Updated October 15, 2014
Updated October 15, 2014
60 Reviews
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Review Highlights

Pros
  • Good working environment, get to meet interesting people, and always a new challenge waiting to be tackled (in 4 reviews)

  • Half-off discount on food and free drinks (in 3 reviews)


Cons
  • Expect to work long hours in very busy stores (in 7 reviews)

  • Co-workers have drama, too much work for little pay, food way too over priced for how much they spend to make it (in 4 reviews)

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  1.  

    Horrible! Lost more than half of the staff in a matter of weeks. Lied to employees and abusive to employees.

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    • Senior Management
    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    Current Employee - Cook in Jacksonville, FL
    Current Employee - Cook in Jacksonville, FL

    I have been working at Corner Bakery Cafe part-time (less than an year)

    Pros

    Other than possibly getting paid... NOTHING!

    Cons

    Worst owners ever, extremely unprofessional, who think and act like they are better then the employees. Not to mention talking down to them. Management makes rules that they can't even follow. What happened to lead by example? They can't even pay the employees correctly, and when you confront them, they give you the run around. The schedule is always wrong, not by one or two days. The company value is supposed to be family-friendly, but it's anything but. Took our free meals away because management didn't keep up with it. Employee parking is a half a mile away across one of the busiest interstate. Even the lower management regrets working here, but cannot do anything because they signed a contract.

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    Lead by example. Be respectful to others. Take some classes on professionalism. Learn how to communicate. Not only to other employees but with customers and payroll.

    Doesn't Recommend
    Negative Outlook
    Disapproves of CEO
  2.  

    Worst place to work ever

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    • Senior Management
    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    Former Employee - Server in Anaheim, CA
    Former Employee - Server in Anaheim, CA

    I worked at Corner Bakery Cafe full-time (more than 3 years)

    Pros

    not many pros here , half off on food was ok coworkers were friendly and fun (some) not all, very, very few good managers

    Cons

    at this place get ready to do the job of three people at once, all they care about is making money opening stores all over the country very poor management they undervalue and not appreciate hard work, will work you to the bone for very little pay wont get a raise unless you cross train and learn a new position for them to even use you more for a 10 cent raise a year is just a joke like really? I have seen good managers, servers ,cashiers etc.. leave after a month a month! of working here just so you know how bad this place is.Most managers just stand around or sit in the office eat gossip and look at their phones all day while there's a line out the door then come out and expect everything to be perfect seriously? Employees gossip a lot with some managers too don't respect your personal life there's favoritism with employees that don't even work as hard as you do,they will cut your hours if the "sales" are low of course the sales are low when all the managers do is give people free food whenever they come up to the counter and pretend their food took too long as I said all they care about is making money and when they do schedule you, you end up doing the jobs of three other people becuz they're under staffed all the time I mean they should just close down find a new concept and learn to appreciate your loyal employees hard work especially when they been working there for years

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    Do your job and not just come out and pretend like you are working when the area directors are around. be polite to your employees,set an example.

    Doesn't Recommend
    Disapproves of CEO
  3. 1 person found this helpful  

    Catering Production

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    • Senior Management
    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    Former Employee - Catering Production
    Former Employee - Catering Production

    I worked at Corner Bakery Cafe (less than an year)

    Pros

    Great salads and the team you work with are all hard working.

    Cons

    When I was hired the manager told me I would start in catering. The first week I worked close to 40 hours. I asked for full-time or close to full-time when I was hired. Every week you are to call in on Sunday and ask for your schedule. The next week I was scheduled for two four hour shifts and the person that answered the store phone that night told me my schedule said that the rest of the week I would need to be available on call. When I was hired I was never informed I would be on call. Most days I get a text message between 9:00 and 10:00 pm letting me know what time they need me the next morning and some days they text me the same day and give me from 30 to 60 minutes notice. Also when I was hired they said it included tips. They neglected to tell me that I would receive what is my estimate between 10 and 15% of total tips and my immediate manager receives the rest. I know this because I had to sign a sheet for my tips received at the end of my second week and my manager had to sign for her tips too and she received the majority of the tips. I am disappointed to say the least that Management neglected to inform me I would be on call for very minimal hourly wage and that the majority of the tips go to management. I have never heard of a manager receiving tips. I have worked in the corporate world for over 20 years and took a few years off because I could afford to and spend more time with my family. I put myself through college working in restaurants and worked part time in this industry on and off throughout the years for extra money. I keep thinking it will get better because I really enjoy the fast pace of the job when I do get the hours and the exercise. However it is not economically feasible nor is it workable for coordinating daycare or putting off my own life because they may or may not call me for work on any given day of the week. Day care is not exactly happy with this arrangement either. I would not be upset over this if I had been informed of being on call by a manager and I would not feel bad if I had been informed of the small share of tips. So the moral of the story is fully inform the person you are hiring what the job entails and if you are a manager you should never be taking tips. Management usually is salary and receives bonuses. Even with small restaurants there was some form of training and I was thrown into it as I saw others and just told go. As large as your company is, I would expect there to be formal training on where things are or training in general. I soon discovered when I was hired I worked all those hours the first week because another employee said she was ill and couldn't come to work but she came back the next week. I am sure other employees in other positions receive the same hours every week but I happen to be in the one position that doesn't work the way the rest of the store works.

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    Implement a formal training process for all employees. There was none. Make sure your managers take the time to explain the position details in full and include the facts. If it is your policy to have management receive tips then change your policy. I suggest you change your policy for having someone on call for catering.

    Doesn't Recommend
    No opinion of CEO
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  5.  

    just disapointing

    • Comp & Benefits
    • Work/Life Balance
    • Senior Management
    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    Current Employee - Cook
    Current Employee - Cook

    I have been working at Corner Bakery Cafe part-time (less than an year)

    Pros

    -training was very fun and a great lie to lure employees

    Cons

    -was not payed as promised
    -no breaks
    -demanding
    -management was disrespectful
    -benefits do not exist

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    Do not claim your employees come first and then treat them horribly.Also the website promised great benefits when none actually exist.

    Doesn't Recommend
    Negative Outlook
    No opinion of CEO
  6.  

    CBC doesnt invest the time or energy into the growth of its people.

    • Comp & Benefits
    • Work/Life Balance
    • Senior Management
    • Career Opportunities
    Current Employee - Shift Supervisor in Hinsdale, IL
    Current Employee - Shift Supervisor in Hinsdale, IL

    I have been working at Corner Bakery Cafe

    Pros

    the pay is decent, anything over 40 hours is overtime, i averaged 50+ hours a week.

    Cons

    unless you have OPEN availability you will not get promoted. closing shifts are from 1130-10pm, which is your full day. The GM's have been there forever so promotions into that position are far and few. the AD's dont have a clue what goes on in the stores.

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    invest the time into those who want to grow with the company, the people that have that passion and drive. those who are just "going through the motions" will end up burning you in the long run.

    Doesn't Recommend
    No opinion of CEO
  7.  

    Slave Labor

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    • Work/Life Balance
    • Senior Management
    • Career Opportunities
    Current Employee - Cashier in Dallas, TX
    Current Employee - Cashier in Dallas, TX

    I have been working at Corner Bakery Cafe

    Pros

    Emloyees where great (at times)

    Cons

    Customers are rude
    No breaks
    Management doesn't listen
    Personal insults
    Gossip
    Horrible Pay

    I was told that work would not interfer with my school... After my first week I was scheduled 6 days a week closing most nights even though I had school at 7:30 am

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    Listen to the employees
    give breaks
    learn how to schedule

    Doesn't Recommend
  8.  

    Worst Job

    • Comp & Benefits
    • Work/Life Balance
    • Senior Management
    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee

    I have been working at Corner Bakery Cafe part-time

    Pros

    Some Customers are friendly where i work.

    Cons

    Co-workers have drama, too much work for little pay, food way too over priced for how much they spend to make it.

    Doesn't Recommend
    Disapproves of CEO
  9.  

    oh god get me out.

    • Comp & Benefits
    • Work/Life Balance
    • Senior Management
    • Career Opportunities
    Current Employee - FOH Staff
    Current Employee - FOH Staff

    I have been working at Corner Bakery Cafe

    Pros

    well, there really aren't a lot of pros at all but:
    -easy to get hired
    -awesome food discounts
    -smells good
    -uniform isn't awful.
    -time goes fast because everyone is dreading their closing tasks

    Cons

    -extremely long hours
    -condescending managers and coworkers
    -wayyy too understaffed and overworked employees
    -far too much work for a minimum wage job
    -three days of training... really?
    -rude and insulting coworkers who are super cocky
    -way. too. many. tasks. you will be worked to the bone.
    -mngmt expects way too much.

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    this is a minimum wage job, and we work like robotic slaves. put more people on, and give us some respect.

    Doesn't Recommend
    No opinion of CEO

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