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I have been working at Levy Restaurants as a contractor (More than 10 years)
Starting pay is above average and benefits are plentiful through the Local 26 Union (Unite Here), although benefits are also based upon seniority.
Working for Levy is nothing short of daunting to say the least, but more than that-------it is quite often a grueling experience for most involved because the work environment is just so dehumanizing. Some supervisors-------especially in the kitchen-------quite often use badgering as a means to force a disproportionate amount of work on employees-------unless of course you are considered to be a favorite of theirs-------then 'the sky's the limit' as the old expression goes. In other words, if you go along with their overbearing tactics and anti-union rhetoric, then a pat on the back goes a long way with Levy. However, if you have a legitimate issue of concern-------forget bringing it to the attention of HR because they're not on your side and will almost never interfere with policy issues, even if certain policies are stretched to benefit the company to the degree that it takes advantage of its union employees. Levy often schedules the least amount of employees while at the same time dumping so much work on us that it’s next to impossible to get the job done within a reasonable time-period and without being subjected to harsh treatment by supervisors and a general lack of coordination from them. If you ask for more help, usually you are scolded for not doing more or ridiculed in front of other staff for not being able to do a task that more often than not usually requires several people to complete effectively. When issues arise, often Levy supervisors will simply shift staff around each new shift in order to accommodate their attempt to sweep any problems under the rug-------rather than to come up with reasonable yet effective solutions together with employees. Supervisors manipulatively use favoritism to their advantage in order to divide union workers against each other thus making an already tense work environment all the more stressful and unnecessarily burdensome. Some days we're told that if we need help to ask----then as soon as we ask, we're told no. And while some supervisors will readily admit that there is not enough people on the schedule to properly accommodate the work-load, the majority of Levy supervisors and managers strive very hard to use you beyond reasonable expectations simply because this company does not want to put the right amount of people on the schedule in order to properly offset the amount of work that is required for a given show. There are supervisors here whom often resort to bullying tactics in order to ensure compliance to unreasonable expectations as well as to quell legitimate concerns raised by employees. This situation has gotten pretty rough at the BCEC, despite the many meetings with the Union and Levy Restaurants over these serious matters-------Levy defiantly continues to abuse us, even if ever so subtly, but enough that crew morale suffers quite often because many employees are afraid to speak up. The occasional commendations from Levy management are a joke because they only seem to be presented when Levy fears having to defend its harsh treatment of employees. So they're used more as a means to get on your good side so it’s that much harder to report a problem that they themselves are the cause of. If you enjoy the field of Culinary Arts, that's wonderful. I hope you'll find a career that you can be proud of because you love your work, but if you also value your livelihood and seek a life of balance and order-------then this is not the place for you. In fact, if you're not depressed right now----just apply to Levy-------then give it a couple of weeks before you'll soon realize what joke this place really is. It’s one thing to work hard and have something positive to show for it-------but quite another thing when you're expected to burn the candle at both ends all the time and are constantly told by your boss that it's normal to do so. I have never seen such disarray in all my life, nor have I ever been subjected to so much emotional abuse and overwhelming pressure as I have been working for Levy Restaurants at the Boston Convention & Exhibition Center. Job-seekers Beware!-------This place is not for the faint of heart-------and I would even take that a step further to suggest that if you're not human-------then you'd probably fit right in here at Levy Restaurants comfortably! No matter what Levy's response to this is------(unless of course they actually assume some culpability for the harsh working conditions they've created)-------you're probably only going to hear some half-witted excuse from them as to why treating people like lifeless automatons is somehow a reasonable way to work and live and that anything outside of that is just-------well, as Levy might have us believe-------not innovative enough to be recognized as a true restaurateur.
Advice to Management
Stop Hovering, Ridiculing, Badgering and Berating us because we're not measuring up to Levy's unreasonable expectations. Listen to employee concerns with an open mind and the time to work out a resolve instead of simply pointing the finger at workers all the time to suggest that we're the problem-------that only makes it easier for Levy to pretend everything is fine when it is not-------meanwhile workers are still needlessly suffering as a result.