Life Alive Urban Oasis & Organic Cafe Reviews
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Pros – The 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.
Cons – Life Alive is growing and is dealing with the natural challenges of growth.
Advice to Senior Management – Keep 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
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
Cons – The 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 Management – More 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
Pros – You 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.
Cons – Unfortunately, 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 Management – Tell 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
Pros – Fast paced environment, discounted amazing food, friendly coworkers, times goes by quickly, really friendly work culture. Always, always a line out the door.
Cons – Shifts can be exhausting and physically taxing.