Great Harvest

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Great Harvest Reviews

Updated January 1, 2015
Updated January 1, 2015
18 Reviews
3.8
18 Reviews
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  1.  

    Overall work experience and atmosphere is great!

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    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee

    I have been working at Great Harvest full-time (less than a year)

    Pros

    Early morning hours work for those with families or currently enrolled in school!

    Cons

    Very small bakery, everyone is constantly bumping into each other. Also the lack of management, there is no one in charge

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    Keep religion and politics out of the work environment.

    Recommends
    Neutral Outlook
  2.  

    Fresh food and great management

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    Former Employee - Cashier, Sandwich Maker
    Former Employee - Cashier, Sandwich Maker

    I worked at Great Harvest part-time (more than a year)

    Pros

    Fun, fast-paced work environment. Independently owned locations. Very involved and caring owners. Fresh ingredients. Homemade bread from scratch. Generous company. Clean.

    Cons

    Limited hours. Food not always as fresh as company guidelines.

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    More communication within employees so that everyone is on the same page with policies and procedures.

    Recommends
    Neutral Outlook
  3.  

    Manager

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    Current Employee - Customer Service Manager in Minnetonka, MN
    Current Employee - Customer Service Manager in Minnetonka, MN

    I have been working at Great Harvest full-time (more than 5 years)

    Pros

    Small, family-owned, very giving to the community, great relationships built with boss, coworkers, and customers, health/dental benefits for full-time, fun lively environment, great music, busy with always things to do, never boring!

    Cons

    Not much room for growth due to small size.

    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
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  5.  

    Incredibly fun place to work

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    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee

    I worked at Great Harvest

    Pros

    What is there not to like about a hippy bread company that makes a quality, all natural product and lets you take as many loaves of bread home that you can logically eat? Great vibe and generally a good group of people.

    Cons

    Being at work at 4am is kind of crazy, but you get used to it. Getting off work at noon is kinda cool anyways.

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    None

  6.  

    Hard Work but good experience

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    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee

    I worked at Great Harvest part-time

    Pros

    Good Bread, good vibe and atmosphere. High quality product

    Cons

    depending on the management it can be tough because things can be ran so differently.

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    be open and transparent.

    Doesn't Recommend
    Neutral Outlook
    Approves of CEO
  7.  

    challenging work but great owner

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    Former Employee - Manager in Champaign, IL
    Former Employee - Manager in Champaign, IL

    I worked at Great Harvest full-time (more than 3 years)

    Pros

    awesome owner, great food, many incentives, flexible hours

    Cons

    low pay, high volume in inconsistent intervals, high turnover rate of employees after you train them

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    reevaluate pay rates for employees, too much work for small pay rate

    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    No opinion of CEO
  8.  

    Fun, Friendly Atmosphere

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    Former Employee - Kneader in Rochester, MN
    Former Employee - Kneader in Rochester, MN

    I worked at Great Harvest part-time (more than a year)

    Pros

    The company's outlook on how they do business is a good outlook on life. Each store has freedom to do as they wish based on specifics. They donate and get involved in the community. The make good products with good ingredients and it's a joy and honor to be a part of such a happy company.

    Cons

    The pay was never too good, but it seems to be based on your location and how well business is.

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    It would be great if there were specific leadership role opportunities available.

    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    No opinion of CEO
  9.  

    It was a very good experience.

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    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee

    I worked at Great Harvest part-time (more than a year)

    Pros

    The food is good. Try it.

    Cons

    I just want more money. That's all!

    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    No opinion of CEO
  10.  

    It has been great to work.

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    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee

    I have been working at Great Harvest

    Pros

    I love how its a freedom franchise. The owners are great to work for and are very flexiable

    Cons

    The hours could be better. The prices of the bread are a bit high but understandable

    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    Approves of CEO
  11.  

    Would Be Better If Not For Unfair Treatment And Unequal Pay

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    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee in Tempe, AZ
    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee in Tempe, AZ

    I worked at Great Harvest part-time (more than a year)

    Pros

    Customers were great, coworkers were great, and the work was great, but no effort was appreciated and pay was discriminatory.

    Cons

    HORRIBLE management. My coworkers and myself would literally run across the store, making sandwiches, coffee drinks, slicing bread, and helping customers all while keeping a positive attitude, yet the owners didn't think we should be allowed to make tips. This would be fine if not for the fact that I made minimum wage after working there for two years, and even the girls working there for longer made just above minimum wage.

    This was made worse by the fact that they hired someone new for an hourly rate $4 higher than anyone else's, who was fired a month later because of poor performance.
    Basically, if you're a guy working at this location you will be fine, but they seem to underpay their female employees comparatively.

    They are constantly understaffed, forcing more work on the already undervalued employees, and they come up with last minute orders or ingredient prep that needs to be done after closing. Also, everyone in the family is clueless as to what is going on yet they all get better wages and hours than the other employees.

    The worst part is that their motto is "give generously to others." They bend over backwards for customers, promising huge last minute orders and elaborate deliveries, then do nothing to take responsibility for the execution, instead placing more responsibility on the two employees who are already trying to manage a lunch rush on their own. They'll do anything as long as it's not for their own staff.

    Schedules are often posted midway through the week, so for Monday, Tuesday, and Wednesday no one has any idea when or if they're supposed to come in. I would often wake up to a call at 8:30 AM on a Tuesday telling me I'm working in 30 minutes without any prior notice. This job demands a lot, physically and emotionally, but gives little in return.

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    Value the employees you have and don't let personal ego get in the way of efficiency.

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