Bon Appetit Bakery Reviews

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  1.  

    Extremely frustrating-No respect for people from ownership to senior management. Do not trust employees.

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    Former Employee - Director/Sales/Operations  in  New York, NY
    Former Employee - Director/Sales/Operations in New York, NY

    I worked at Bon Appetit Bakery full-time for more than 3 years

    Pros

    Great-product, after this it is tough to say much.

    Cons

    No recognition of employee accomplishments, lack of support in all areas-of business this is because there is no clear business plan/strategy changes often. People are treated with no respect and are often spread all over the country as management reacts to daily crisis that are a result of lack of vision from senior staff, as they are focused on diverting from ownership the reality of all situations often blaming field staff for problems.

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    Understand markets/develop plans and/support accordingly as opposed to changing often, support distributors/management. Listen to people in field, visit markets for understanding of markets across country.

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

    Tough to be an Independent Contractor for BA Bakery

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    Former Employee - Independent Contractor
    Former Employee - Independent Contractor

    I worked at Bon Appetit Bakery as a contractor for more than 5 years

    Pros

    Compensation by cash accounts can be very good

    Cons

    Many. Have to pay for Route, all equipment and supplies. No guarantee/protection for accounts. Management requires contracted Distributors to abide by certain requirements and allow non-contract Distributors to do whatever they want. Company(BA) would increased cost of product 10-15%+ without increase to sales price to corporate accounts (constant diminishing of margins). Cash accts. can pay well, corporate accts. are lousy. Managers will tell you whatever you want to hear to get you to service acct. but do little to improve situation or compensate for extra requirements.

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    Arrogance isn't an ingredient for success.

    Doesn't Recommend
    Negative Outlook
    Disapproves of CEO
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    Former Employee - No Comment  in  Vernon, CA
    Former Employee - No Comment in Vernon, CA

    I worked at Bon Appetit Bakery full-time for more than 5 years

    Pros

    great product easy to sell to new accounts

    Cons

    I do not feel like typing that much to list all the cons. There is no clear direction with the company. I first that was a good thing that it was indiv. owned and we could change things quickly. I then understood that it was because total lack of leadership and understanding. If you talk a good game you will be fine. Top management reporting to Rick only tell him what he wants to hear not the truth. That is good for them as they get bigger titles each year (they are title whores). They treat everyone like third citizens, unless you go a long with talking points and you can servive a while.

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    get some balls and tell Rick the real world

    Doesn't Recommend
    Negative Outlook
    Disapproves of CEO
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  5.  

    Not a company I would recommend.... Dale Carnegie could never imagine this in any of his philosophies!

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    Former Employee - Market Manager  in  Baltimore, MD
    Former Employee - Market Manager in Baltimore, MD

    I worked at Bon Appetit Bakery full-time for more than 3 years

    Pros

    Able to collect a paycheck. The remainder of my experience with Bon Appetit was one frustration after another.

    Cons

    *Senior management is INCOMPETENT! They have a "Do as I say, not as I do" mentality. All
     they care about is protecting their "Status Quo".
    *Owner surrounds himself with "YES" men to satisfy his ego.
    *Company has no long term objectives. They change philosophies quarterly; there is no
     concrete foundation.
    *Corporate "Vision" is more a "Hallucination".
    *All direction from senior management is negative and is presented as a threat to your job.
    *I truly believe the owner considers employees as SERVANTS!

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    *Irrelevant. They could care less about middle management's thought's and ideas. They manage the country from a desk in California, not taking any advice from the employees in the field.
    *Find it funny that Bon Appetit turns over their field management like yearly, yet, the people running the show at corporate stay intact.

    Doesn't Recommend
    Neutral Outlook
    Disapproves of CEO
  6.  

    Stymies your Career Path

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    Current Employee - Market Manager  in  Vernon, CA
    Current Employee - Market Manager in Vernon, CA

    I have been working at Bon Appetit Bakery full-time for more than 3 years

    Pros

    Having a job where I was able to check a minimal paycheck for exhausting work. That is about it...as they say

    Cons

    Oh Boy...

    * Poor leadership, from owner to upper management staff. Lack of long term vision and constant
      objectives "Du Jour".

    * Upper management creates an environment where careers are spoiled and truly wasted.

    * Steps on potential and talent like ants.

    * Dysfunction is an UNDERSTATEMENT!!!

    * Very disrespectful, unethical company.

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    IRRELEVANT! Nothing gets done there.

    Doesn't Recommend
    Neutral Outlook
    Disapproves of CEO
  7.  

    Working for a Company that does only the minimum

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    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee  in  Vernon, CA
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee in Vernon, CA

    I have been working at Bon Appetit Bakery full-time for more than 5 years

    Pros

    The only pro i can think of is having a place to work & make money .

    Cons

    This one of the worst company I've ever worked for this company makes false promises when I first started they promised a raise in 6 months after the time was done nothing was given it took them 3 years to finally get a raise, you are treated like cattle and the company only gives what the law allows, Management was recently changed from Salary to Hourly all to save money, this company does not care about its employees all it cares is how much work they can squeeze out of every employee.

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    Please treat your employees with respect you get more work from a carrot then a stick!!

    Doesn't Recommend
    Neutral Outlook
  8.  

    The company is very secretive, those who "grow up" with the company receive special privileges.

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    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee  in  Vernon, CA
    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee in Vernon, CA

    I worked at Bon Appetit Bakery

    Pros

    umm...free bread samples...you are always busy. The more you work the more they expect out of you with no recognition.

    Cons

    You are treated with little to no respect. Secretive. Closed communication. Unprofessional H.R. department. Upper management treats lower level employees just like labor workers (almost slave like). Employees must fight for a raise and a review, only selected few are given raises based on favorites. They try to brain wash you into thinking they are doing you a favor by keeping you employed. Lots of broken promises from upper management. They offer the bare minimum benefits required by law. If they offer to review you in six months, get it in writing and have them sign it. (if you're lucky they'll honor it.) Whenever anything goes wrong, everybody blames another person. Nobody takes responsibility for their own action creating a stressful and hostile environment.

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    Invest in your employees. A thank you goes a long way. You'll get more out of your employees if you show them some respect rather than just working them to death and treat everybody equally.

    Doesn't Recommend
  9.  

    @Google

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    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee

    I worked at Bon Appetit Bakery

    Pros

    Free food and decent benefits

    Cons

    terrible management and low pay

    Doesn't Recommend
    Positive Outlook

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