Post # 1
Title says it all!
I’ve been unemployed for a few months after leaving my last position as a nanny (I’ve been a nanny for 5 years). Since I’m finishing my senior year of college I needed a job with more flex so I looked into retail positions because I did retail management back in high school.
I got hired at Panera Bread as a supervisor and the whole process was a bit strange (I’ve been told I was the first in the area to be hired how I was) as I only submitted a resume and had two interviews and was hired. No reference checks or anything like that and I wasn’t really given any explanation as to what I would be doing. I was told I would mostly “be in charge of a bunch of highschool kids” and that I wouldn’t be handeling any of the food. So I wasn’t thrilled with the idea of working there, but the pay was pretty good and I excepted the position.
I started yesterday and I hated it. I don’t mean that in a “first day overwhelmed” kind of way. I recieved my schedule and was informed I would have to be in at 4:30 AM to open some days ( basically I would need to wake up at 2 AM then) and that when I close I would be getting out around 12:30 AM (and yes I was on the schedule several times closing and opening back to back). The rest of my day consisted of busing and cleaning tables, picking up garbage, throwing out old food, washing dishes, and cleaning the bathrooms and toilets. I couldn’t stand it, gto be honest I’d rather get paid less to go fold shirts or work a register then do that sort of thing.
So now I want to quit, my fiance supports the decision because he says with his two jobs were fine and to focus on school. I spoke with two friends and they told me to stick it out a while longer to see if I like it, but the problem is I hate food service in general. I worked at a Robeks for a day back in high school and quit immediatley after as I just can’t stand kind of thing. Maybe it’s done on my part but I wouldn’t have accepted had I known it’d be a cleaning and food prep postion. I found out they go through employees pretty fast there too and that the company was desperate when they hired me…..
Any advice? :/
Post # 3
I’m sorry, but if you hate food service, why would you apply to Panera? Unless it’s actually getting in the way of studies or having an real effect on your mental health, I’d stick with it a little while. You took the job, at least give it more than a day and who can’t use some extra cash. If your FI has two jobs, it sounds like you guys may need the money even if you can get by with out it?
Post # 4
If you hate food service in general I’m confused why you took a job like that? I know you said they told you you would basically be managing people but did you honestly think that you wouldn’t come in contact with any of the grossness that comes along with food? Also – did they lie about your schedule when you asked and tell you different hours? If so you have an easy out, sorry you told me X,Y,Z, when I was hired and that’s not what’s happening. The job sounds typical for what it is, I don’t see it changing and if you know it’s an area you hate I would quit if you can deal with it money-wise. Look elsewhere, but not at another resturant, it’s going to be like that at any quick service food place.
Post # 5
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I think you should stick it out. At least for a week or two. But then again, I’m not one to quit & probably do things longer than I care to do to appease everyone else & bring in extra $$ haha.
Post # 6
I know a lot of people will tell you to stick it out, but I think if you really hate it then you should quit. I’ve left a job after one day because I really hated it and felt my time would be better spent searching for another job. Only you know your own situation and can properly weigh the pros and cons.
Post # 7
I think maybe she thought that as a supervisor she wouldn’t have to actually do some of those things, but rather be in charge of people that do the things.
I would quit & look for the jobs you rather be doing.
Post # 8
I would at least give them the courtesy of a two-weeks notice. I would sit your hiring manager down, tell him/her that the job is not what you thought it was going to be (although I echo other Bees’ sentiments of why bother applying at a food establishment when you know you hated it in the past?), and tell them you’re willing to stay for two weeks while they search for your replacement.
Post # 9
Lesson learned. Ask more questions about the duties and schedule before you accept the next job. It is not reasonable for an employer to schedule you to close at 12:30 and open the smae morning at 4:30.
No employer will care about this little gap in your resume as you are still in college. Quit the job and look for something else.
Post # 10
@Birdiebaby4: I don’t know what your state is like, but in mine I’m pretty sure there is a minimum 8 hour gap between shifts.. So they wouldnt be legally allowed to schedule you to close at 12 and open at 4.
If you hate it, and have the freedom to, quit. You probably shouldnt apply for any more food service jobs though.
Post # 11
@pinkshoes: I do agree with that and that’s what I told him. He’s a ff/medic (one in one city and the other in another) so he mantains both since that’s how he mantains certification/continuing education hours etc.
@cora_123: Agreed, it was dumb on my part to take the job. For some reason since she told me I wasn’t handeling food I didn’t think it’d be a big deal.
@Kit_Kath: I do agree, as I think I mentioned the only other time I ever quit was when I accepted a job at a smoothie place in high school. HATED it! They had crazy early hours too, similar to this actually and I said no way and quit. I got another job I loved a few weeks later and worked there for a year (the store eventually closed then), but I never regretted quitting the other place!
@jwdesiree: I agree, I’m not actually on their schedule though where I’m being trained I’m just there for training purposes right now. That was one of my thoughts when people say stick it out til you find another job, I feel like I’m wasting their time by having them train me, order uniforms and a name tag, only for me to quit when it’s all said and done for something else :/
@julies1949: Deffinitely agree on the asking more questions part!
@jessicadarling: As far as I know there isn’t anything like that here, even my fiance as a paramedic can get stuck at work til 2 AM and have to be in the next morning by 7AM (which is crazy dangerous if you ask me).
Post # 12
@Birdiebaby4: I worked at Starbucks for ONE DAY while I was in college…so I kind of understand what you mean here. Basically, my manager also gave me a schedule that involved me being there at 5am and I was like, ok, thanks but no thanks! At least you tried…if your FI supports your decision, I would be out of there, too.
Post # 13
Sounds pretty normal for a casual restaurant manager. You might want to steer clear of food service jobs after this.
Post # 14
@Birdiebaby4: Was the schedule not discussed in the interview? That should have been a question when determining if the job was a good fit for your needs…
Post # 15
@Birdiebaby4: If you hate it, and you don’t have to be there, leave. I would talk to your manager and tell them your no longer interested and see if they want you to do a formal 2 week thing or just go ahead and go.
I just recently left a job I HATED, but stayed at for over a year because I felt like being unemployed was the worst thing that could happen. Turns out just simply having a job is not worth it.