Specialty's Cafe & Bakery Reviews

Updated Jul 13, 2020

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Specialty's Cafe & Bakery CEO Pau Cortés Valdés
Pau Cortés Valdés
33 Ratings
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  • "Personally felt a lack of appreciation from upper management for accomplishments(in 17 reviews)

  • "Always looking for new team members because of the short staff(in 10 reviews)

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  1. "Great company"

    5.0
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    • Senior Management
    Former Employee - Catering Associate in San Jose, CA
    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    Approves of CEO

    I worked at Specialty's Cafe & Bakery part-time for more than 3 years

    Pros

    -Management is awesome -company structure is super organized -pay is good -work/life balance is solid

    Cons

    it can get really hectic during peak hours especially at disorganized stores

  2. "Family atmosphere from top to bottom, loved it everyday!"

    5.0
    Former Employee - General Manager in San Diego, CA

    I worked at Specialty's Cafe & Bakery full-time for more than 5 years

    Pros

    Open from Monday through Friday

    Cons

    Hidden Locations restricted sales volume

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  3. "management"

    4.0
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    Former Employee - Front Office Manager in Santa Clara, CA
    Doesn't Recommend
    Neutral Outlook
    Approves of CEO

    I worked at Specialty's Cafe & Bakery full-time for more than a year

    Pros

    Food, Weekends off, customers , employees

    Cons

    Pay, closed down for good

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  4. "Anonymous"

    3.0
    Current Employee - Anonymous 

    I have been working at Specialty's Cafe & Bakery full-time

    Pros

    Good place to work. small team

    Cons

    nothing that i can think of

  5. COVID-19

    "good work life balance"

    3.0
    Former Employee - GM Manager 
    Recommends
    Negative Outlook
    Approves of CEO

    I worked at Specialty's Cafe & Bakery full-time for more than 3 years

    Pros

    good systems and tools for team to develop

    Cons

    not able to adapt to post covid reality

  6. "Uncertainty"

    2.0
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    Former Employee - FOH Manager in Seattle, WA
    Doesn't Recommend
    Neutral Outlook
    No opinion of CEO

    I worked at Specialty's Cafe & Bakery full-time for more than 3 years

    Pros

    Some great coworkers and relationships. Options for upwards movement if you prove yourself.

    Cons

    The pay was insulting for the amount of work done on a daily basis. There was very little appreciation for the hardest workers and often that was taken advantage of. Almost no support on weekends, even with conventions/events ongoing downtown.

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  7. Helpful (1)

    "Okay company, that's not good focused anymore"

    3.0
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    Former Employee - Kitchen Manager in Seattle, WA
    Doesn't Recommend
    Neutral Outlook
    No opinion of CEO

    I worked at Specialty's Cafe & Bakery full-time for more than 5 years

    Pros

    Off early, meet a lot great people

    Cons

    Hectic days, and only cares about your labor and catering numbers

  8. "A very very flourius job(you leave with flour all over!)."

    5.0
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    Former Employee - Laminator 

    I worked at Specialty's Cafe & Bakery full-time

    Pros

    Baking, testing, &sampling of food products leads to taking home baked goods for employees not resellable to the public.

    Cons

    Hard work but is fun with the right team players but can be hard if no1 understands each other .

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  9. Helpful (3)

    "Still traumatized. Can't believe I ever worked there."

    2.0
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    Former Employee - General Manager in San Francisco, CA
    Doesn't Recommend
    Negative Outlook
    Disapproves of CEO

    I worked at Specialty's Cafe & Bakery full-time for more than a year

    Pros

    A paycheck - that is really about it.

    Cons

    --Monday - Friday work schedule ended up being Mon-Sat and many times Sunday --Unable to hold team accountable for performance and attendance which made their co-workers disgruntled --Little support from Regional Managers that had a "figure it out yourself" attitude --I never got to take a vacation even though I had PTO. Vacations were never approved because my store was always understaffed --Team members are trained in a training store and then sent to work in another store. When they arrive, they have NO training --My store was extremely profitable because it was the busiest catering center in SF. We were always short-staffed and told to "deal with it". How horrible is that? It made all of the managers look like they didn't care and it made all of the team members mad --Super high turnover rate --No time to go to the doctor if you are sick, and you are expected to work when ill --GMs in many stores worked from 5:00AM - 7:30PM because they were doing team member functions. It was necessary to stay late to cover no-shows or to get your own work done because you spent your entire day filling in for team member positions --Many GMs had to work on Saturdays to do their weekly reporting or risk being told how much you suck for not getting it done. --If your baker or kitchen manager called out, or you simply didn't have one, that mean the GM would go to work at 3AM and work until they got their work done...and then if the closing manager called out...because they do that often, the GM stays until 7:30 or so and then goes home to try to get to sleep before doing that same awful day the following morning.

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  10. Helpful (1)

    "Do not work here"

    1.0
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    Former Employee - Barista in San Francisco, CA
    Doesn't Recommend
    Negative Outlook
    No opinion of CEO

    I worked at Specialty's Cafe & Bakery part-time for less than a year

    Pros

    Free pastries at the end of a closing shift

    Cons

    False promises of more hours high turn over rates so always inconsistent managers expect everything out of you give nothing in return

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