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Well, i've been at my current job for a year+ now and things are really starting to fall apart. I was hired to run the bakery and pastry shop which I pretty much do. I keep to myself, do my job and go home.

My problem is the owners are starting to lose it, one runs the front and the other runs the BOH. They are a married couple.

Both are bi-polar and when one is up the other is equally down, it is like walking on pins and needles every day, I never know when one is going to blow up and start freaking out, they fight in front of all the staff. Don't get me wrong when the day is showing a profit they are like they are on happy pills everything is wonderfull everything looks great. Outside of work I like them both personally but they are the worst managers I have ever seen.

 

It is so hard for me to keep on the positive as every day something goes bad, since they do not talk to each other the "system" is pretty screwed up, ordering is a nightmare and trying to get a new product into the line takes 2 weeks on average, one likes it so the other does not like it etc. The servers take bets to see who will be in the bad mood for the day.

 

After freaking out on a few servers in the dining room the FOH owner has had all but 2 servers quit in the last 2 weeks. Because of that we will now be closed until Monday and I will be staying home. We will be closed for Easter brunch (which I do nto mind at all LOL) The kitchen is pretty tight but the chef does not really care so the food has become lackluster IMO. ME, I just do pastry I like a good product and lately we are the only department breaking even or showing a profit. I am the only pastry person with the help of a 12 hour a week part timer and a full timer who baked the bread.

 

As of last week my owner has taken to bringing a gun to work and having it on him, even putting it on the worktable while he sets up the breads, I am not too thrilled about that. It is like working for Phil Spector.

 

I feel it is the end for what could be a great little place, I need out.

Sorry for the rant.

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post #2 of 15

I think we can all read the writing on the wall, and it reads:

"Rat's wholesale pastry business"

 

Me, I had to bite the bullet at age 42 when I realized that I was "undesireable" in virtually every HR mngr's eyes, mainly because of my age, but also because I wasn't as, uh..."moldable" as a 20 yr old chomping at the bit, begging for those 80 hr weeks and salary pay.  

 

Don't understand the idea of putting out a gun on the worktable, he obviously wants you to see it, why I don't know--you don't dabble in Unions, do you ?lol.gif

 

Don't know what State you're in, or if carrying a concealed weapon is legal or not.  Every country I've worked in, it's been illegal, but hey... If it were me, I'd whip out my camera and ask him to pose beside it, or get a fellow staff member to do it on the sly.  My logic is that he can't intimidate you if you can prove it, and my logic also says to get heck out of there before he explodes on pay day and starts shooting the place up.

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post #3 of 15

It is never a rant..........sorry that you have had to endure a year + of their emotional baggage. They clearly have serious issues they have not come face to face with and unfortunately they most likely will lose it all .

Working professionally is hard enough without the added pressure of someone bringing a firearm into the picture. What kind of message he was trying to give, who knows ?

 

No  job is worth working under that type of stress. What is wrong with people today ? I read your post Rat and I was horrified, in fact I read it last night and I just could not believe what I reading....

I know you have a family but there is something wrong with the owners, maybe its time to look for something else...

 

 

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post #4 of 15

Sounds like an episode that Chef Ramsey needs to be involved in:)

Sorry to hear about your work environment, I have to say that is probably the worst that I have heard of yet.  Play your cards right while you are there, to get paid, do a good job with what you are responsible for, and keep looking at the classifides.  In this economy, relocating might be an option...

post #5 of 15

Rat,

   I feel sad for you. It's not enough for you to handle your work and family, but the

stress of that situation will eventually affect you outside of work.

  Umm, The gun thing really bothers me. There are reasons why people carry weapons.  My business is in an affluent

part of town. Unfortunately the thugs come here to practice their trade. We've been broken into 4 times over the years

and my business neighbor was held up on a Sunday morning. I sometimes carry large amounts of money and feel

safer carrying.

There is much training that goes along with it. Not only technique but psychcology. I am serious when I say that exposing

your weapon to anyone is an unstable action. There is absolutely no reason to carry within the confines of your establishment

especially with employees present. If something were to happen it would put everyone in jeopardy. Please take this action

very serious.

I hope the best for you.

Jeff

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post #6 of 15

Hi Rat,

It's time to go.

I love my job
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post #7 of 15

Rat, It's not time to go !!!!!!!!!!!!..............It's time not to go back !!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!! As soon as the gun came out, I would get packin'............

post #8 of 15

Rat you need to get out of there as fast as you can and as Bill said... not go back!

 

OK ... where am I going?.. and WHY am I in this handbasket??
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post #9 of 15
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Easier said than done really, Like Paninni said I am 40+ and it is hard to find a job for what I need to be making. Nevermind experience and all that, unfortuantely the times dictate the cheapest employee and I think food has been dumbed down to an incredible extent lately. I have been looking for work for months now and there is nothing out there. I have had call backs but the rate is 12-15 an hour. I am barely makig it in the salary I am getting now I no longer have health insurance either, I cannot afford it. No one wants a 42 year old pastry chef when you can get a recent grad for half of a livable salary.

 

He has NOT threatened me in any way nor implied a threat I think there is something else going on. We get along well, it is the wife who is the really nutty one but he has his moments.

I talked to him about the gun so it will be staying in the office he agreed that it was kind of weird to have it at work, jokingly I told him a bullet might get into a roll or something and the conversation went from there.

 

 We talked a bit about the closing this week, his father is dying and along with the lack of servers the decision to close was made, I will get some hours when we are closed to help me out but could use those missed hours.

 

I feel like an old broke pastry chef.

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post #10 of 15

 rat,

remember "every dog has its day"....yours will come...you are a good man with good morals and ethics....

joey

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post #11 of 15

 

 

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post #12 of 15

You said" It could be a great place""   However as long as these two own it ,it cannot.. Start looking before they run it to the ground. It is also a typical, when partners are making money all is wonderful when they are not all is hell. These guys do not want to be helped . As the song said for the both of them  "It's My Party"

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post #13 of 15

It seems like people here are giving a lot of support (which is great), but not a lot of advice. It's easier to say "I gotta GTFO" then to actually get a great replacement gig (not to mention the time it takes). Here's my advice: Look to go corporate. You work normal hours, weekend offs, benefits, salary instead of hourly. Recipe development, magazines, food styling, in office cooking for large businesses/corporations. Are you close enough to large city to commute?

post #14 of 15

 Every one is trying to support you bu tThe fact remains that they are deligating your life. You carry the place around with you and probably home. At 42 It's not worth the aggravation it causes you and it agravates you other wise you would not be venting. Closing for the week is even further proof of how they control everyones lives. Not worth a heart attack. Thats only my ADVICE  EDB

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      Well versed in all facets of Continental Cuisine...

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Well, i've been at my current job for a year+ now and things are really starting to fall apart. I was hired to run the bakery and pastry shop which I pretty much do. I keep to myself, do my job and go home.

My problem is the owners are starting to lose it, one runs the front and the other runs the BOH. They are a married couple.

Both are bi-polar and when one is up the other is equally down, it is like walking on pins and needles every day, I never know when one is going to blow up and start freaking out, they fight in front of all the staff. Don't get me wrong when the day is showing a profit they are like they are on happy pills everything is wonderfull everything looks great. Outside of work I like them both personally but they are the worst managers I have ever seen.

 

It is so hard for me to keep on the positive as every day something goes bad, since they do not talk to each other the "system" is pretty screwed up, ordering is a nightmare and trying to get a new product into the line takes 2 weeks on average, one likes it so the other does not like it etc. The servers take bets to see who will be in the bad mood for the day.

 

After freaking out on a few servers in the dining room the FOH owner has had all but 2 servers quit in the last 2 weeks. Because of that we will now be closed until Monday and I will be staying home. We will be closed for Easter brunch (which I do nto mind at all LOL) The kitchen is pretty tight but the chef does not really care so the food has become lackluster IMO. ME, I just do pastry I like a good product and lately we are the only department breaking even or showing a profit. I am the only pastry person with the help of a 12 hour a week part timer and a full timer who baked the bread.

 

As of last week my owner has taken to bringing a gun to work and having it on him, even putting it on the worktable while he sets up the breads, I am not too thrilled about that. It is like working for Phil Spector.

 

I feel it is the end for what could be a great little place, I need out.

Sorry for the rant.




"As of last week my owner has taken to bringing a gun to work"

 

And this aint enough? That is an indirect threat. Get out of there, ASAP.

Why would he need a gun? In case one of the breads refused to rise?

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