- Gingerbread House25.Feb 2016
Unfortunately, the work environment was dire. Shouting, belittling, and criticism was openly done in front of customers. The worst was when customers commented on, questioned and offered you their support.
The employees, nearly all, did work well together and supported each other.
Freedom to work independently
The workload was only distributed fairly if you were one of the minions. Employees, almost all, did work hard taking responsibility for their area and carrying their own weight.
There were occasional employee meetings. Although not all were mandated to attend or thought employee meeting meant they should attend. Information was received.
Women had the same opportunities, were appreciated, and were not disadvantaged when I worked at the Gingerbread House.
Attitude towards older colleagues
There were many different ages employees when I worked at the Gingerbread House.
No possibility. I was told that I was being offered a manager title but it was an empty title that luckily was short lived.
Overall compensation for your work
Server salaries did match. You are working for your tips. The work that I did in the Boutique did not match. Not only did I find out that I was being paid less than other workers but the additional work that I did; Consignment Artist availability, daily/monthly inventory, and monthly consignment payout was also included in that underpayment.
Office / Work Environment
The Boutique offered quality sought after home decor and local consignment artist crafts. The restaurant food was delicious with high quality product and taste. Always complimented and enjoyed by customers. It was very a very ergonomically correct environment. Doing your job was supported by the working conditions.
The employer was aware of social matters.
I was always available. Balance was good. I did have work life balance. There was never a conflict. However scheduled shifts were not even amongst employees. In restaurant shifts there are definitely shifts that allow you to earn more money. Those shifts were never obtainable by me even though I had the seniority, service quality and history. I was not one of the minions.
Customers did compliment and enjoy the Gingerbread House Boutique and Restaurant. It was easy to work there because you were supplying sought after elements. Actually working there dealing with internal treatment was not fondly talked about or remembered.
I am no longer employed there due to the environment. I do not believe that there was ever a risk for eliminations of positions in the six years I was employed.
There were ramps outside. Unfortunately, this is a beautiful old house renovated into the Gingerbread House and elevators were not a possibility. The Boutique was upstairs and only accessible by stairs. The owner was very observant and providing.
I did feel accomplishment. I worked with the Consignment Artist, doing inventory, monthly consignment earning, intake and pick up. I was able to help with graphic design. I was also a server. I was proud of my work product. I received compliments, appreciation, and smiles.
Suggestions for improvement
- I do hope that the environment has changed. I have not been back to the Gingerbread House since I ended my employment.
What I like about the company
The Gingerbread House Boutique offered quality sought after Home decor and Local Consignment Artist crafts. The Restaurant offered delicious food, high quality product and taste, that was enjoyed and complimented on by customers. It was good being able to help provide all of these to customers.
What I dislike about the company
The work environment was dire. Treatment was at times very condescending.
The following benefits were offered to me
- CompanyGingerbread House
- Are you a Current or Former Employee?Former job since 2014