Life Alive Urban Oasis & Organic Cafe

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Heidi Feinstein


33% of employees recommend this company to a friend
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    Inspirational

    Anonymous Employee (Current Employee) Cambridge, MA

    ProsThe management at Life Alive are extremely committed to their mission. They take food quality, service and staff engagement very seriously. A day does not go by when the leadership isn't trying to figure out a way to make the company better for the community, customers and team members.

    ConsLife Alive is growing and is dealing with the natural challenges of growth.

    Advice to Senior ManagementKeep doing what your doing! Feed the world...

    Yes, I would recommend this company to a friend – I'm optimistic about the outlook for this company

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    Well put: "two-faced"

    (Former Employee)

    Pros-The food is good/ those who work 6 hours get a free shift meal
    -Coworkers are generally fun, creative, interesting people
    -Good pay (average $10/hour) plus $50-$90/wk in tips

    ConsThe previous employee's review was very accurate. There is "room for growth", but not for everybody. People are turned over every week, there is a lot of stress and nastiness in the workplace but it is kept "under the table".

    The job is very stressful, demanding, and overtime is not honored.

    I have seen people fired on the spot after a few hours of partial training.

    Advice to Senior ManagementMore direct honesty, better training, clearer growth pathways, more benefits for full timers.

    No, I would not recommend this company to a friend – I'm optimistic about the outlook for this company

    Life Alive Urban Oasis & Organic Cafe Director, HR responded to this review

    Aug 16, 2013

    We are grateful for this feedback and have taken this advice to heart, and action, by doubling training efforts for all new hires; offering affordable health insurance for all eligible team members ... More
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    Two-faced.

    Anonymous Employee (Former Employee)

    ProsYou work with amazing people. You experience incredible organic food--a free bowl with every shift you have. There's an ambiance and pleasantness that emanates all around. There is beautiful art and lots of living plants. The hours and pay are amazing. Coworkers treat you like family and the message is all about loving oneself and one's neighbor and treating your body like a temple.

    ConsUnfortunately, in the end, it is a business. The crunchy-granola happiness they put forth is a front to cover up the fact that they only care about expanding at the moment. Employees are expendable and management does not communicate their displeasure with employees until the last possible minute. There is no room for growth because they tend to cut people down at the roots. They don't have room or time for people to establish themselves. They have no qualms about letting people go--even if they are passionate about the message Life Alive puts forth. There is a sense of condescension and detachment from certain managers and trainers. Very unprofessional, two-faced behavior.

    Advice to Senior ManagementTell people ahead of time if they aren't meeting your standards and give them a chance to truly try. Don't be two-faced when it comes to preaching about love, peace, and acceptance while you're simultaneously trying to make a profit and nothing else.

    No, I would not recommend this company to a friend

    Life Alive Urban Oasis & Organic Cafe Director, HR responded to this review

    Aug 16, 2013

    We cannot deny that we experienced growing pains during the time that this team member was with us and we appreciate the candid feedback.

    We are unwaveringly committed to serving our team members
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    fun place to work

    Drink Guru (Former Employee)

    ProsFast paced environment, discounted amazing food, friendly coworkers, times goes by quickly, really friendly work culture. Always, always a line out the door.

    ConsShifts can be exhausting and physically taxing.

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