85c Cafe Bakery and Cafe

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85c Cafe Bakery and Cafe Reviews

Updated October 20, 2014
Updated October 20, 2014
20 Reviews
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  1. 2 people found this helpful  

    Don't expect too much, just another basic entry level

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    • Career Opportunities
    Former Employee - Store Front Associate in Newark, CA
    Former Employee - Store Front Associate in Newark, CA

    I worked at 85c Cafe Bakery and Cafe part-time (less than an year)

    Pros

    10% discount on breads and drinks
    Good if you really never had a job
    Fair raises every 3 months

    Cons

    Too much saying "Fresh bread"
    Favoritism
    Rude customers

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    Fair benefits, and less favoritism on workers

    Doesn't Recommend
    Neutral Outlook
    No opinion of CEO
  2.  

    Extremely busy workplace. Room to move up in management. Very satisfying place to learn work values as a first job

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    • Career Opportunities
    Current Employee - Storefront Lead
    Current Employee - Storefront Lead

    I have been working at 85c Cafe Bakery and Cafe (more than an year)

    Pros

    Promotes quality as well as speed of your work.
    Always interacting with customers at every storefront position of the job, heavily promotes customer service
    Clean and safe place to work. It's a bright enjoyable environment
    Management in-store cares.

    Cons

    Raises and bonuses are limited to only up to twice a year, but are usually none at all.
    There are lots of promises of raises and bonuses but all of them fall through.
    Room for promotion but does not pay well.
    Upper management (Above in-store management) extremely neglectful of in-store levels of management. 10% discount for family ONLY. Extremely busy, Only 1 ten minute break per 6 hour shift.

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    None. Changes in employee benefits are at the whim of overseas Taiwanese management only.

    Recommends
    Neutral Outlook
    Disapproves of CEO
  3.  

    Horrible management..Perfect if you are in college

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    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    Current Employee - Barista in Torrance, CA
    Current Employee - Barista in Torrance, CA

    I have been working at 85c Cafe Bakery and Cafe as a contractor (less than an year)

    Pros

    Will work with your schedule
    Free Teas

    Cons

    Poor management
    Lack of communication amongst management
    No chance at promotion
    No chance in changing from a temp worker to regular employee

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    Listen to your lower management more as we know what will work if you decide to change stuff.
    When it is time to promote please promote from within and only promote if the person knows all of the departments instead of one department and then tries to tell people how to do their department when they know nothing.
    Also please stop with cutting of hours, this is why the turnover is so high here, they cut hours and some days you will only work 3 hours after coming from different cities not near Torrance.

    Doesn't Recommend
    Negative Outlook
    Approves of CEO
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  5. 2 people found this helpful  

    Only if you're desperate and even then...

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    • Career Opportunities
    Former Employee - Bread Department in Cerritos, CA
    Former Employee - Bread Department in Cerritos, CA

    I worked at 85c Cafe Bakery and Cafe part-time (less than an year)

    Pros

    Flexible work hours
    Chance of getting free bread (waste) when the store closes (even though it's against policy)

    Cons

    Maximum hours: 29 (bread department)
    Upper management sucks
    All your leads are childish (what do you expect when they're all between the ages of 19-28)
    High turnover rate
    High school environment (back stabbing)
    You can't be creative
    Rigid rules that are only followed when manager and strict leads are on shift
    Rules are listed in a employee handbook...that you'll never see because they don't give you one/show it to you.

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    Train for this. Maybe have a background education in some sort of management. Listen to the associates about what changes could help the store. Have a employee handbook

    Doesn't Recommend
    Negative Outlook
    Disapproves of CEO
  6. 1 person found this helpful  

    It's All over the place....

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    Former Employee - Store Front Associate in Cerritos, CA
    Former Employee - Store Front Associate in Cerritos, CA

    I worked at 85c Cafe Bakery and Cafe part-time (less than an year)

    Pros

    Flexible Hours, nice uniform, nothing else

    Cons

    No overtime, after 8 months was still under contract with temp agency, no direct deposit, no break room, constantly monitored by cameras, low pay,

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    Promote those who are experienced in all departments, be clear in standards for all products, have a designated store trainer, slow down the store openings as this degrades the quality of the trainers

    Doesn't Recommend
    Neutral Outlook
    Disapproves of CEO
  7. 2 people found this helpful  

    Stay Away & Beware

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    • Career Opportunities
    Former Employee - Store Front Associate in Cerritos, CA
    Former Employee - Store Front Associate in Cerritos, CA

    I worked at 85c Cafe Bakery and Cafe part-time (less than an year)

    Pros

    The only joy you will find here is in that of spending time with your favorite coworkers that you get along with, same as with any other job. These are people you will spend a lot of time with anyways, so its best to at least try to get along.

    It can be very fast paced at times and you might learn a lot, but don't plan on staying long.

    10% discount, barely covering tax if that. If you're looking to get fed, you're looking at the wrong establishment. Also depends on who is manager during your shift, depending on who it is they will look the other way.

    $9.25/hour, 25 cents above minimum wage, but you will be micromanaged and overworked to no end.

    Scheduling will probably be easier here than other jobs but working here is still not worth it.

    Cons

    Horrible company culture, started out great but corporate policy changes/intrusion and favoritism is leading this particular branch into a black hole. If you're not friends with a manager, they won't care if you're interested in a department lead position. So much for "moving up" in the company, what a lie.

    Management structure is questionable and confusing, having their own "lead" meetings discussing workers behind their backs, no confrontational and one-on-one talk at all to discuss any issues they have with you or your work.

    They won't train you properly, instead you will take tests and then hope you can remember what was on the piece of paper.

    Rest assured customers, your bread will still be there but not with a smile on the inside. Nearly everyone working there most likely is dissatisfied in one way or another, and if they aren't they are just lying to themselves.

    A manager left to a different branch due to differences with others in the management team, and then our actual boss left to go and manage a GEN KBBQ recently. And as far as associates, one or two have left every month since opening in January. If that isn't horrible turnover than I'd hate to see what is.

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    It's so sad to see no one stand up for store associates and tell corporate about things going wrong. The shift cutting is ridiculous but obviously doesn't affect you since all of you are the only ones still getting 8 hour shifts. Sure, just worry about your own paycheck I guess.

    Meetings do not need to be held at all whatsoever, and if anything, a majority of the information told to us can be summarized in a short e-mail every so often. At the very least, just update and clue in the associates at the beginning of their shift when you see them.

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

    meh

    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee

    I have been working at 85c Cafe Bakery and Cafe

    Pros

    starting pay is wonderful at 9

    Cons

    majority of customers are the older kind.

  9.  

    Great and fun place to work.

    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee

    I worked at 85c Cafe Bakery and Cafe

    Pros

    The people you work with and the opportunity to work in different areas of the store.

    Cons

    Other than extremely busy, not much to complain about.

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    Talk to your employees more on what they feel can be improved.

  10.  

    Storefront Associate Review

    • Comp & Benefits
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    • Senior Management
    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    Current Employee - Store Front Associate in Chino Hills, CA
    Current Employee - Store Front Associate in Chino Hills, CA

    I have been working at 85c Cafe Bakery and Cafe part-time (less than an year)

    Pros

    - Great co-workers
    - Always able to learn something new (bar, cake station, pos system, bread section, back up tea, etc)
    - Seems easy to rise up as a lead if you work hard and show good leadership skills/initiative

    Cons

    - Feels like we should be paid more for the amount of work we do

    Doesn't Recommend
    Neutral Outlook
    No opinion of CEO
  11. 1 person found this helpful  

    Favoritism and Super Biased.

    • Comp & Benefits
    • Work/Life Balance
    • Senior Management
    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    Current Employee - Store Front Associate in Cerritos, CA
    Current Employee - Store Front Associate in Cerritos, CA

    I have been working at 85c Cafe Bakery and Cafe part-time (less than an year)

    Pros

    The co-workers that you bond with may end up becoming one of your closest friends.

    Cons

    They give you the benefit of the doubt for promotions. And when you ARE promoted, you wont get "officially" promoted until a month or two later. thus, you're being paid the same wage to do MORE extra work. The hours are not consistent. Our supervisors gave hours to the people she favored more. Favoritism. Seriously, unless you suck up, you won't get anywhere. You'll actually be targeted until you get a write up. Management are big hypocrites. Trainers are terrible. Nothing is organized . There are no benefits of working here other than your 10% discount. Honestly, It's just a hell hole.

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    Take time to appreciate your workers instead of talking smack behind their backs. You shouldn't give promotions to people who don't qualify for it. Just because you are a lead doesn't mean you should let the authority get to your head.
    Retrain all of your leads to make sure they know what they are suppose to do, how to treat their employees, and how to deal with customers. Stop being a hypocrite and follow through with the rules you make for the team as a whole.

    Doesn't Recommend
    Neutral Outlook
    Disapproves of CEO

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