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post #31 of 49

Crazy, that's awful!  I'm getting frustrated at my place too.. I have two more shifts left and there is one cook who is just getting on my every last nerve.  She did the produce order yesterday and left us with next to nothing today!  Ack!  How are we supposed to start weekend prep with no product to prep?

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post #32 of 49
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Well, eventually one guy showed up.... Almost 4 hours late. The other... I am not sure if he will show up tomorrow, or not, or if he showed up after I left for the day or what. 

 

I love how I was put in charge after hardly any training, while the owners run off to party in Jamacia. Plus, I have no real way to contact any of the other employees, or the owners, since they don't have their computer to check email and won't have their phones turned on. I was given the number to the resort they are at, but told to call 'only if the building is on fire'. 

 

I do not understand running a business like this. Not at all.

post #33 of 49

That sucks, Crazy.   I hope you can get out of there soon.. it's awful to work with and for people who have no work ethic at all. 

 

I just had my last shift at my place... and it was really hard to say goodbye to one of the owners as I really like him alot and he is awesome to work for.  But well everyone needs to move on and now is my time.. the KM is not far behind me so they have some growing pains ahead as do I at the new place...

 

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post #34 of 49
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So I sent a follow up email last night, kind of trying to feel out the situation. The email I got back was a bit confusing. 

 

In my email I stated that I was following up, and wanted to let them know that I was available and ready to take on the position.

 

In return I got an email stating "Thanks. Hope you are well!"

 

That's it. At least its not a no right?

post #35 of 49

I dunno crazy...  I'd be making a plan B by now. A lotta things it could mean. I'm not sure how long it normally takes to fill a management level position, but this is starting to be a little ridiculous.

 

I don't want make you paranoid or anything, but here's a story from my spotted career;

 

I got hired to be a wok cook at this fast casual Chinese place with aspirations to be a chain that was expanding to my town. Went for training with a couple other guys at the home unit in the next town over. Took a couple weeks. Then got told to wait until they finished the build out of the new location. All well and good. Couple weeks go by, don't hear from them. Another week or so goes by, still don't hear from them. I go by the new location and find out they've given up and shut down.

post #36 of 49
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I have been working on a plan B for a few weeks now. Though, if they are not interested, I don't understand why they just don't say, "No we've decided to go in a different direction." They understand this job requires relocating for me, and they have kept in contact all this time. 

 

The thing is, I'm in this small town in which I really would like to move out of. I explained to them if this does not work out, I was going to be moving much further away. They seemed to get that, and informed me they would let me know either way.

 

It seems pretty damn silly. I've put in over 10 hours of driving time alone to go on ALL their interviews, I think the LEAST they could do is let me know. 

post #37 of 49

Dunno what else to say. I've never heard back from anyone telling me I didn't get a job.

 

I guess keep working your contacts. Phone call might be better then e mail. Emails are easy to ignore.

post #38 of 49

Crazy... I think I would be questioning them by now and definitely looking elsewhere.  I know sometimes there are circumstances and they don't have time to sit and hammer out the details but this seems to be taking a bit too long for my liking if I were in your shoes.   But maybe they are having trouble coming to a decision and well.. you do not have all year to wait so do what is best for you.

 

All the best to you ...

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post #39 of 49
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Thanks guys.... I have been looking elsewhere for about 2 weeks now. No bites yet, but we'll see. The possiblity of moving back to Florida is also on the table as well.

 

Thanks for all the support from everyone in this thread. You guys rock. 

post #40 of 49
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Well, just when I was about to give up on this place....

 

I got a call from the corporate chef a few minutes ago. Even though they have one more interview left, I am "very much the top choice" for the job. He said, "I can't say anything 100% yet, because of this interview, but...." He also told me he's pulling for me as well, and thinks we'd work very well together. He explained they have set up these interviews, and want to be fair, and honor the interviews they have set up.

 

They are making the final decision next week. So all in all, its looking pretty good for me! 

post #41 of 49
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So, I was just offered the job!!!! Plus they gave me MORE money then what I asked for. I am kind of in shock.

post #42 of 49
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So, I was just offered the job!!!! Plus they gave me MORE money then what I asked for. I am kind of in shock.


Congratulations!

 

If you don't mind, how much do you make now? I would love to know what people at the top of the chain make.

 

 

post #43 of 49
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I'm not sure I am the best gauge, since this is my first head chef job, but I will be making 45k. I asked for 42,500. They CLAIM I will be working about 55 hrs a week (I find that hard to believe but we'll see). Its for sure the most money I have made salary wise in this field.

 

There is also the possibility that I will be working in their test kitchen, but I am not sure of all the details. I was in such shock when they finally called me and offered me the job, I couldn't think well enough to form questions. I applied originally on Feb 28th, so this has been a LONG process.

post #44 of 49
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I'm not sure I am the best gauge, since this is my first head chef job, but I will be making 45k. I asked for 42,500. They CLAIM I will be working about 55 hrs a week (I find that hard to believe but we'll see). Its for sure the most money I have made salary wise in this field.

 

There is also the possibility that I will be working in their test kitchen, but I am not sure of all the details. I was in such shock when they finally called me and offered me the job, I couldn't think well enough to form questions. I applied originally on Feb 28th, so this has been a LONG process.

 

 

Hope you enjoy the next chapter of your career!

Good luck
 

 

post #45 of 49
Congrats on the new job and position of head chef. It's exciting the first time you can call yourself Chef "...". Good luck...

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post #46 of 49

wow. congratulations, sounds like a pretty good deal.

post #47 of 49
Thread Starter 

Thanks guys! I find out where I am relocating to on Monday, and when I start. I am STOAKED!

post #48 of 49
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Tuesday is my start date. I'm nervous and excited. Its just an orientation day really... meet everyone, do all the silly paperwork needed, etc. Wednesday we go all out, full force. 

 

They also gave me a $500 moving bonus, which was TOTALLY awesome, and will help big time. Tomorrow we move into our new place (about a 3 hr move). That part I am not looking forward to. Moving with a 2.5 yr old is always difficult.

 

Thanks again to everyone who posted in this thread! 

post #49 of 49

That's exciting, Crazy!!  Moving with kids is never easy and we have done it a few times so I can feel your pain. 

 

Don't be nervous... I'm sure you're going to do just fine!

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