I have been working at 85c Cafe Bakery and Cafe part-time (More than a year)
FREE BREADS - up to two per shift. Means free lunches which is pretty good
Management team (personal experience) is very flexible with hours and very understanding
People who like high-stress environments will thrive here
Wage is somewhat high for the work involved
Always busy, barely notice that you're working
If you lose momentum or focus, it is very easy to get discouraged about how busy things are and how "seemingly understaffed" the store can get
Like most low-end retail/food stores, if the management behind operations is piss-poor, then the employee experience will suffer.
Even lower-level management positions are hourly-based, meaning fewer benefits and less job security
Very stressful, those who don't thrive in fast-paced environments may feel overwhelmed
There is the ever present "unattainable goal" mentality that is common in these Asian corporations that expect the unattainable as a "baseline" and then have fantastical stretch goals.
When corporate visits everyone gets yelled at because nobody can meet these goals.
Advice to Management
Analyse initial positions for employees a bit better off the bat. Some people who are great at memorization might be better working at the Bar then working the POS due to lack of social skills or whatever.
Try to avoid putting social individuals in solo-roles.
I applied online. I interviewed at 85c Cafe Bakery and Cafe (Brea, CA) in July 2017.
I was called 3 weeks after I had applied for an in-person interview, which felt rushed. As a side note, everything you've read in the reviews section is true: 1) They try to get away with as little as possible, including low pay and horrible benefits, which means no 401K 2) The company mindset is still in Taiwan 3) The interviewer verified from the reviews that they are still a new company and that's why they offer horrible pay/benefits even though they've been open since 2009 in the US so that's not really new and many more issues.
I was suppose to interview with someone else so it felt very deceptive and disorganized, red flag. I should've walked out right there and than. The interviewer claimed to have been there since 2009 and have worked in various other departments besides IT, which really wasn't impressing me. I felt she got this job due to nepotism, red flag #2. There was no technical questions just general interview questions. They don't like candidates who go to school even at night/online as she verified you'd be working nights and weekends, in other words no work/life balance, red flag #3. She stated that the office would be moving to some other location soon. This company has a huge turnover. She tried to end with "do you have any other questions?", which was quite rude so I responded with "do you have any other questions for me?".
I knew right there and than that I didn't want to work there because of they way they were treating me. They are also considering internal candidates so I felt like this was just a quota interview, what a waste of time and I hate it when companies do that. She also verified everything in the glassdoor reviews and I couldn't run out there fast enough.
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