Corner Bakery Cafe Reviews in Chicago, IL | Glassdoor

Corner Bakery Cafe Chicago Reviews

Updated July 27, 2017
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  • Very long hours, hectic at times (in 16 reviews)

  • You work your butt off for a minimum wage job and work with coworkers that you often have to pick up the slack from (in 9 reviews)

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  1. "Key Employee"

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    Former Employee - Key Employee in Chicago, IL
    Former Employee - Key Employee in Chicago, IL
    Doesn't Recommend
    Negative Outlook
    Disapproves of CEO

    I worked at Corner Bakery Cafe full-time (More than 3 years)

    Pros

    The team you work with on a daily basis becomes like family they help you learn.

    Cons

    Management is honestly there for show they usally lock themselves in the office dealing with administrative work. The only time they are seen is for inventory and special events where there are lines out the door. Management never sees what actually goes on in the resteraunrant they base facts on he said she said. They blame employees on sales yet never have evaluatuions and raises. Favoritism plays a big role. Managment promises advancement and a raise by being crosstrained yet, the raise or promotion never comes.

    Advice to Management

    Step out of the office more often look around at what needs to get done to help your sales. Keep promises of advancement. Not everything you hear is true.


  2. "Line Cook"

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    Current Employee - Line Cook/Prep Cook in Chicago, IL
    Current Employee - Line Cook/Prep Cook in Chicago, IL
    Doesn't Recommend
    Negative Outlook
    Disapproves of CEO

    I have been working at Corner Bakery Cafe full-time (More than 3 years)

    Pros

    Some of the staff is cool. Free food sometimes. It's in the middle of down town so lots to do after work. Not much else I like about the place.

    Cons

    A lot of work for close to minimum wage pay. No recognition for hard work. Lots of pressure from management to do everything perfectly.

    Advice to Management

    Keep you hard working people happy.

  3. "My experience"

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    Current Employee - Cashier in Chicago, IL
    Current Employee - Cashier in Chicago, IL
    Doesn't Recommend
    Neutral Outlook
    No opinion of CEO

    Pros

    I am a student and the hours are actually pretty flexible.

    Cons

    The salary is just really low, the other companies are paying at least 10.

    Advice to Management

    be nicer


  4. "Cashier"

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    Former Employee - Cashier in Chicago, IL
    Former Employee - Cashier in Chicago, IL
    Doesn't Recommend
    Neutral Outlook
    Approves of CEO

    I worked at Corner Bakery Cafe full-time (More than a year)

    Pros

    Friendly people, nice managers and coworkers

    Cons

    Long work and lots of time on your feet


  5. Helpful (2)

    "It's okay."

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    Current Employee - Server in Chicago, IL
    Current Employee - Server in Chicago, IL
    Doesn't Recommend
    Neutral Outlook
    No opinion of CEO

    I have been working at Corner Bakery Cafe part-time (More than 3 years)

    Pros

    They work with my school schedule, which is the reason I stay.

    Cons

    Poor management. Pay isn't good, and staff only gets one raise per year, usually a raise of 1%.

    Advice to Management

    You keep hiring for management positions outside of the company instead of moving employees up, making the staff and management apathetic. Much of the in-store management are just there for the money. They have no interest in seeing the store succeed.


  6. Helpful (4)

    "It's a job if you need one"

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    Current Employee - Manager in Chicago, IL
    Current Employee - Manager in Chicago, IL
    Doesn't Recommend
    Neutral Outlook
    Disapproves of CEO

    I have been working at Corner Bakery Cafe full-time (More than 3 years)

    Pros

    Its a fun environment when its run correctly

    Cons

    NO work life balance and schedules are written with no end times to reflect just that .


  7. "Cashier at Corner Bakery"

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    Former Employee - Cashier in Chicago, IL
    Former Employee - Cashier in Chicago, IL
    Doesn't Recommend
    Neutral Outlook
    No opinion of CEO

    I worked at Corner Bakery Cafe full-time (Less than a year)

    Pros

    Others were friendly and good group overall to work with

    Cons

    Long hours to work for minimum wage. Then again you get paid for work that you do

  8. "They tell you that you can move up quickly...but you won't"

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    Current Employee - Shift Supervisor in Chicago, IL
    Current Employee - Shift Supervisor in Chicago, IL
    Doesn't Recommend
    Negative Outlook
    Disapproves of CEO

    I have been working at Corner Bakery Cafe full-time (More than a year)

    Pros

    Great training program for the first two months. Very intensive.

    Cons

    Horrible hours. Shift position is lowest on the totem pole. All nights and weekends.

    Advice to Management

    Better pay and help those who work there move up instead of hiring from the outside.


  9. "Corner Bakery will teach you skills you can apply to any job field,"

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    Current Employee - Cashier in Chicago, IL
    Current Employee - Cashier in Chicago, IL
    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    Approves of CEO

    I have been working at Corner Bakery Cafe full-time (More than 3 years)

    Pros

    Corner Bakery gives you the opportunity to expand your skills beyond the position you were first hired for so that you can be more flexible in your work ethics and the duties you perform.

    Cons

    Closing and cleaning at the end of the day takes a lot of work and starts from the beginning of your shift to the end of your shift.

    Advice to Management

    Be more willing to hear employees thoughts or concerns and treat them respectfully and professionally.


  10. "It was paying way too little and gave no hours to employees but they do a great way of marketing and fishing employees."

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    Current Employee - Floor Model in Chicago, IL
    Current Employee - Floor Model in Chicago, IL
    Doesn't Recommend
    Neutral Outlook
    Approves of CEO

    I have been working at Corner Bakery Cafe part-time (Less than a year)

    Pros

    good looking staff
    nice managers
    good music and environment at the store

    Cons

    no salary
    no hours
    no promised modeling opportunities

    Advice to Management

    don't be afraid of hirer


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