Paradise Bakery & Café

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Paradise Bakery & Café Reviews

Updated August 8, 2014
Updated August 8, 2014
26 Reviews

3.0
26 Reviews
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  1.  

    Things changed after Panera bought the company

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    Current Employee - Restaurant Manager  in  Phoenix, AZ
    Current Employee - Restaurant Manager in Phoenix, AZ

    I have been working at Paradise Bakery & Café full-time for more than 5 years

    Pros

    I worked up to a good work-life balance. Having a good support staff helps.

    Cons

    The upper level management started to change and the environment changed as well. Perks changed to be non-existent, yearly reviews disappeared, and morale took a turn. I went to loving coming to work to being stressed and frustrated. The structure diminished.

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    Consistency and also supporting staff when important items are brought to your attention for me to do my job. When issues arise later due to lack of support on issues already discussed, the disconnect shows and I cannot perform as I want/need to. The old Paradise culture has been lost.

    Neutral Outlook
    No opinion of CEO
  2.  

    Good first job for someone in high school

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    Former Employee - Salad Maker, Soup Server, Runner, Busser  in  Phoenix, AZ
    Former Employee - Salad Maker, Soup Server, Runner, Busser in Phoenix, AZ

    I worked at Paradise Bakery & Café part-time for more than a year

    Pros

    Good pay for little to no experience at a young age. Your manager has a lot to do with your experience. Discounts on food are nice! Plus taking home left over food when you close is great. And you can move up fast if you connect with the manager enough!

    Cons

    Customers are very unfamiliar with the "line" set up, so they get upset very easily. One person on the line can slow everything down, and that makes customers mad. It's VERY fast paced during lunch rush, and you are expected to learn fast.

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    My general manager was terrible. She was very unorganized, forgetful, and rude. She very clearly picked favorites. And she made a lot of people hate the job more than they should have. The previous manager was much nicer. I suggest they take more time picking management, and work on communication and organization.

    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    No opinion of CEO
  3.  

    Great but not filling.

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    Former Employee - General Manager  in  Scottsdale, AZ
    Former Employee - General Manager in Scottsdale, AZ

    I worked at Paradise Bakery & Café full-time for more than 5 years

    Pros

    Opportunity to grow but there is a cap on that growth and you will learn that pretty quickly.

    Cons

    Upper management doesn't follow the rules. DM's have favorite GM's and soon you release your on the outside and your career comes to a halt.

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    Follow the rules yourself.

    Doesn't Recommend
    Neutral Outlook
    Approves of CEO
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  5.  

    The employees made the job more enjoyable than the employers.

    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee

    I have been working at Paradise Bakery & Café

    Pros

    (Kind of) flexible hours, decent pay, good food

    Cons

    The employers (my bosses) were not accommodating at all with my un-posted schedules.

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    Be more reasonable.

  6.  

    Easy job to work while in school

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    Former Employee - Barista/Cashier  in  Phoenix, AZ
    Former Employee - Barista/Cashier in Phoenix, AZ

    I worked at Paradise Bakery & Café full-time for less than a year

    Pros

    Good environment, friendly co-worker and customers. Discounts on food and being able to try new foods. Fun cashier job.

    Cons

    No real growth, pay was not enough

  7.  

    Great Co-Workers, management was the issue. Not open to cross-training. Had to train myself on multiple stations.

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    Former Employee - Barista/Cashier  in  Tigard, OR
    Former Employee - Barista/Cashier in Tigard, OR

    I worked at Paradise Bakery & Café part-time for more than 3 years

    Pros

    Good co-workers, competitive pay, flexible with time off, good food and discounts for employees.

    Cons

    Management, no real opportunity to move up, not friendly to student schedules

    Doesn't Recommend
    Neutral Outlook
    No opinion of CEO
  8.  

    Kitchen Lead

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    Former Employee - Kitchen Lead  in  Carmel, IN
    Former Employee - Kitchen Lead in Carmel, IN

    I worked at Paradise Bakery & Café full-time for more than a year

    Pros

    Start work early get done early, Good amount of freedom to express issues, self solve problems, great deal of responsibility that does earn respect, self gratification, Dealing with customers one on one making everyone one of them happy.

    Cons

    incompetent management staff, Lack of interview skills will not prevent you from working here and messing up everyones day or weeks, managers cant pick good help, 4 managers and 4 sets of rules, GM condescending with a lack luster attitude

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    cohesiveness will make your ship float, Good job on product training!

    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    Approves of CEO
  9.  

    Lots of cookies, little respect from management

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    Former Employee - Associate  in  Tempe, AZ
    Former Employee - Associate in Tempe, AZ

    I worked at Paradise Bakery & Café

    Pros

    Cookies. They are delicious. Pro-customer service philosophy. Pretty good food service standards.

    Cons

    Managers, Assistant Managers, and Shift Leaders are not particularly competent and generally disrespectful. Highly inconsistent policy on promotion from within. A consistently high performing associate was promised a promotion to shift leader, and remained "in training" for over a year. There is a culture among management of valuing telling others what to do over being helpful and working to achieve essential tasks. Certain policies are enforced selectively. Favoritism is common. There are some employees who are almost totally incompetent, and mysteriously remain.

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    Move away from a chain of command-dominated culture and towards a results driven culture. I watched from less than 5 feet away an assistant manager tell a shift leader in training to tell me to take out the garbage. That is retarded, and I know this approach to task delegation is policy driven. Please be more honest about availability of hours with hourly employees. Being scheduled from anywhere between 7 and 35 hours in any given week is not a manageable situation for employees. Require basic knowledge of food and preparation from managers (the GM at my store did not know the difference between a fluid ounce and a weighed ounce).

    Doesn't Recommend
    Disapproves of CEO
  10.  

    This was a part time job for me and it was alright. I would not have wanted to advance into a management position.

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    Former Employee - Barista  in  Omaha, NE
    Former Employee - Barista in Omaha, NE

    I worked at Paradise Bakery & Café

    Pros

    flexible scheduling, convenient location, decent pay

    Cons

    Be wary of what you eat. You will gain weight from working here. They do not always hire top notch employees so some of your coworkers will not be the brightest. Breakfast and lunch can be very busy and sometimes it is stressful.

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    The overall leadership structure is good. There are plenty of teaching material available. The manager has been there since almost the beginning.

    Approves of CEO
  11.  

    It's fun, but...

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    Current Employee - Cashier/Barista
    Current Employee - Cashier/Barista

    I have been working at Paradise Bakery & Café part-time for less than a year

    Pros

    Fun environment, easy to learn new things, able to work with your schedule

    Cons

    I have had a lot experience working in a food establishment (7+ years), but i'm not being compensated for such experience. I've had a few instances where I have requested the day off (even more than 2 weeks in advance) and they fail to give it to me off

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    When training the management wasn't necessarily all on the same page as far as the new stores policies that were to implemented

    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    No opinion of CEO

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