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Paradise Bakery & Café Reviews

Updated April 17, 2017
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Pros
  • Discounts on food and being able to try new foods (in 6 reviews)

  • Lots of good food to sample and they cross train you on pretty much everything from salads to coffee to registers (in 8 reviews)

Cons
  • Fast paced job with little advancement (in 4 reviews)

  • Worked there well over a year making minimum wage before I was given a (in 4 reviews)

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  1. "Easy job"

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    Former Employee - Bakery Associate in Phoenix, AZ
    Former Employee - Bakery Associate in Phoenix, AZ
    Doesn't Recommend
    Neutral Outlook

    I worked at Paradise Bakery & Café full-time (Less than a year)

    Pros

    easy to learn, get to meet new people, friendly and encouraging management.

    Cons

    so much drama, even between management. Blatant favoritism.

    Advice to Management

    stop the drama and favoritism


  2. "Great for young managers"

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    Current Employee - Manager in Phoenix, AZ
    Current Employee - Manager in Phoenix, AZ
    Recommends
    Positive Outlook

    Pros

    Great and extensive training given, perfect for beginning restaurant managers. offers

    Cons

    low salary for amount of customer volume and work. (This is for the airport location). employee turn over rate is high

  3. "Airport vs Restaurant"

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    Former Employee - Team Member in Mesa, AZ
    Former Employee - Team Member in Mesa, AZ
    Recommends
    Neutral Outlook

    I worked at Paradise Bakery & Café part-time (Less than a year)

    Pros

    Great school hours, opens at 4 and your out by 9 or 11. Lots of free time and 'gaps' between customers.

    Cons

    My main issues with the job were inconsistent hours, impatient customers, low wages, and the amount of time it takes to get an airport badge. For the first two months you need an escort to use the restrooms.

    Advice to Management

    Rumors that hours were adjusted before payroll was sent each week. I however, loved my team I worked with. Everyone was hardworking, nice and respectful.


  4. "Okay Starter job"

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    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee in Phoenix, AZ
    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee in Phoenix, AZ
    Recommends
    Neutral Outlook
    No opinion of CEO

    I worked at Paradise Bakery & Café (Less than a year)

    Pros

    There are a few pros for working at Paradise bakery, you meet some great co-workers. There is also Friendly Managers & Supervisors. You make a decent amount of money if you want to work full time and get great hours. They're pretty flexible as well.

    Cons

    One thing about working here is that you will get overworked. You will be given many tasks and responsibilities. It's a lot of work for very minimal pay. There's not that much room for career advancement as well and very minimal benefits.

    Advice to Management

    Take care of your employees. Hold meetings where they talk about what change should be made. Offer help when a worker needs help.


  5. "Anonymous"

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    Former Employee - Barista/Cashier in Chandler, AZ
    Former Employee - Barista/Cashier in Chandler, AZ
    Doesn't Recommend
    Neutral Outlook
    No opinion of CEO

    I worked at Paradise Bakery & Café full-time (More than 3 years)

    Pros

    Discounted food, opportunity for advancement

    Cons

    Pay wasn't that great, unable to receive tips

    Advice to Management

    Be more organized


  6. "Great place for college spending"

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    Current Employee - Associate in Phoenix, AZ
    Current Employee - Associate in Phoenix, AZ
    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    No opinion of CEO

    Pros

    This job is very fast paced and there is always something to do. This job is for those that enjoy working under stressed conditions to meet a ticket time.

    Cons

    Management tends to be on different page as the GM as well as corporate. Each manager has different goals, very confusing on who to please. The starting pay is terrible.

    Advice to Management

    I think you should allow the good associates to work their way up instead of promoting lesser talents.


  7. Helpful (1)

    "Things changed after Panera bought the company"

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    Current Employee - Restaurant Manager in Phoenix, AZ
    Current Employee - Restaurant Manager in Phoenix, AZ
    Neutral Outlook
    No opinion of CEO

    I have been working at Paradise Bakery & Café full-time (More than 5 years)

    Pros

    I worked up to a good work-life balance. Having a good support staff helps.

    Cons

    The upper level management started to change and the environment changed as well. Perks changed to be non-existent, yearly reviews disappeared, and morale took a turn. I went to loving coming to work to being stressed and frustrated. The structure diminished.

    Advice to Management

    Consistency and also supporting staff when important items are brought to your attention for me to do my job. When issues arise later due to lack of support on issues already discussed, the disconnect shows and I cannot perform as I want/need to. The old Paradise culture has been lost.

  8. Helpful (1)

    "Good first job for someone in high school"

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    Former Employee - Salad Maker, Soup Server, Runner, Busser in Phoenix, AZ
    Former Employee - Salad Maker, Soup Server, Runner, Busser in Phoenix, AZ
    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    No opinion of CEO

    I worked at Paradise Bakery & Café part-time (More than a year)

    Pros

    Good pay for little to no experience at a young age. Your manager has a lot to do with your experience. Discounts on food are nice! Plus taking home left over food when you close is great. And you can move up fast if you connect with the manager enough!

    Cons

    Customers are very unfamiliar with the "line" set up, so they get upset very easily. One person on the line can slow everything down, and that makes customers mad. It's VERY fast paced during lunch rush, and you are expected to learn fast.

    Advice to Management

    My general manager was terrible. She was very unorganized, forgetful, and rude. She very clearly picked favorites. And she made a lot of people hate the job more than they should have. The previous manager was much nicer. I suggest they take more time picking management, and work on communication and organization.


  9. "Great but not filling."

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    Former Employee - General Manager in Scottsdale, AZ
    Former Employee - General Manager in Scottsdale, AZ
    Doesn't Recommend
    Neutral Outlook
    Approves of CEO

    I worked at Paradise Bakery & Café full-time (More than 5 years)

    Pros

    Opportunity to grow but there is a cap on that growth and you will learn that pretty quickly.

    Cons

    Upper management doesn't follow the rules. DM's have favorite GM's and soon you release your on the outside and your career comes to a halt.

    Advice to Management

    Follow the rules yourself.


  10. Helpful (2)

    "Easy job to work while in school"

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    Former Employee - Barista/Cashier in Phoenix, AZ
    Former Employee - Barista/Cashier in Phoenix, AZ

    I worked at Paradise Bakery & Café full-time (Less than a year)

    Pros

    Good environment, friendly co-worker and customers. Discounts on food and being able to try new foods. Fun cashier job.

    Cons

    No real growth, pay was not enough


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