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Paradise Bakery & Café Reviews

Updated 16 April 2015
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  1. Fun atmosphere, good in store management, not so sure of corporate mgt though

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    • Work/Life Balance
    • Senior Management
    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    Former Employee - Associate in Scottsdale, AZ (US)
    Former Employee - Associate in Scottsdale, AZ (US)

    I worked at Paradise Bakery & Café part-time (more than a year)

    Recommends
    Neutral Outlook
    No opinion of CEO
    Recommends
    Neutral Outlook
    No opinion of CEO

    Pros

    Great people, fast paced, efficient, food service environment. Mgt willing to work with you when it comes to scheduling.

    Cons

    Very hesitant to give employees well-deserved raises. Worked there well over a year making minimum wage before I was given a $1.25 an hour raise.

  2. Asst Manager

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    • Senior Management
    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee

    I worked at Paradise Bakery & Café full-time

    Pros

    Love the atmosphere and the people you work with on a daily basis

    Cons

    Upper management is very closed minded and unable to see outside the box

    Advice to Management

    Be opened to other kinds of management techniques other than your own

  3. Great place for college spending

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    • Work/Life Balance
    • Senior Management
    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    Current Employee - Associate in Phoenix, AZ (US)
    Current Employee - Associate in Phoenix, AZ (US)

    I have been working at Paradise Bakery & Café

    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    No opinion of CEO
    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    No opinion of CEO

    Pros

    This job is very fast paced and there is always something to do. This job is for those that enjoy working under stressed conditions to meet a ticket time.

    Cons

    Management tends to be on different page as the GM as well as corporate. Each manager has different goals, very confusing on who to please. The starting pay is terrible.

    Advice to Management

    I think you should allow the good associates to work their way up instead of promoting lesser talents.

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  5. Good Job

    • Comp & Benefits
    • Work/Life Balance
    • Senior Management
    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    Current Employee - Barista/Cashier in Oklahoma City, OK (US)
    Current Employee - Barista/Cashier in Oklahoma City, OK (US)

    I have been working at Paradise Bakery & Café (more than a year)

    Recommends
    Neutral Outlook
    Approves of CEO
    Recommends
    Neutral Outlook
    Approves of CEO

    Pros

    Flexible Hours and great business structure

    Cons

    Fast paced job with little advancement

    Advice to Management

    no comment

  6. No Standards

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    • Senior Management
    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    Former Employee - Associate Trainer in Tucson, AZ (US)
    Former Employee - Associate Trainer in Tucson, AZ (US)

    I worked at Paradise Bakery & Café full-time (more than a year)

    Doesn't Recommend
    No opinion of CEO
    Doesn't Recommend
    No opinion of CEO

    Pros

    Most of the managers were pretty decent, lots of good people to work with in the back of the house, Generous pay, room for advancement, and free food.

    Cons

    Management is not allowed by corporate to fire poor workers simply for being bad at their jobs, which means that if you work hard, you'll just have to do someone else's job too.

    Advice to Management

    Fire the garbage employees or keep losing your good ones, I loved doing my job but didn't want to do my coworkers jobs too.

  7. It was great.

    • Comp & Benefits
    • Work/Life Balance
    • Senior Management
    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee

    I have been working at Paradise Bakery & Café

    Pros

    It is a really nice restaurant.

    Cons

    It can be very fast- paced during lunch and dinner hours.

  8. Things changed after Panera bought the company

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    • Senior Management
    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    Current Employee - Restaurant Manager in Phoenix, AZ (US)
    Current Employee - Restaurant Manager in Phoenix, AZ (US)

    I have been working at Paradise Bakery & Café full-time (more than 5 years)

    Neutral Outlook
    No opinion of CEO
    Neutral Outlook
    No opinion of CEO

    Pros

    I worked up to a good work-life balance. Having a good support staff helps.

    Cons

    The upper level management started to change and the environment changed as well. Perks changed to be non-existent, yearly reviews disappeared, and morale took a turn. I went to loving coming to work to being stressed and frustrated. The structure diminished.

    Advice to Management

    Consistency and also supporting staff when important items are brought to your attention for me to do my job. When issues arise later due to lack of support on issues already discussed, the disconnect shows and I cannot perform as I want/need to. The old Paradise culture has been lost.

  9. Good first job for someone in high school

    • Comp & Benefits
    • Work/Life Balance
    • Senior Management
    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    Former Employee - Salad Maker, Soup Server, Runner, Busser in Phoenix, AZ (US)
    Former Employee - Salad Maker, Soup Server, Runner, Busser in Phoenix, AZ (US)

    I worked at Paradise Bakery & Café part-time (more than a year)

    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    No opinion of CEO
    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    No opinion of CEO

    Pros

    Good pay for little to no experience at a young age. Your manager has a lot to do with your experience. Discounts on food are nice! Plus taking home left over food when you close is great. And you can move up fast if you connect with the manager enough!

    Cons

    Customers are very unfamiliar with the "line" set up, so they get upset very easily. One person on the line can slow everything down, and that makes customers mad. It's VERY fast paced during lunch rush, and you are expected to learn fast.

    Advice to Management

    My general manager was terrible. She was very unorganized, forgetful, and rude. She very clearly picked favorites. And she made a lot of people hate the job more than they should have. The previous manager was much nicer. I suggest they take more time picking management, and work on communication and organization.

  10. Great but not filling.

    • Comp & Benefits
    • Work/Life Balance
    • Senior Management
    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    Former Employee - General Manager in Scottsdale, AZ (US)
    Former Employee - General Manager in Scottsdale, AZ (US)

    I worked at Paradise Bakery & Café full-time (more than 5 years)

    Doesn't Recommend
    Neutral Outlook
    Approves of CEO
    Doesn't Recommend
    Neutral Outlook
    Approves of CEO

    Pros

    Opportunity to grow but there is a cap on that growth and you will learn that pretty quickly.

    Cons

    Upper management doesn't follow the rules. DM's have favorite GM's and soon you release your on the outside and your career comes to a halt.

    Advice to Management

    Follow the rules yourself.

  11. Lack of Respect leads to poor performance

    • Comp & Benefits
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    • Senior Management
    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    Former Employee - Supervisor in Allen, TX (US)
    Former Employee - Supervisor in Allen, TX (US)

    I worked at Paradise Bakery & Café part-time (less than a year)

    Doesn't Recommend
    Negative Outlook
    No opinion of CEO
    Doesn't Recommend
    Negative Outlook
    No opinion of CEO

    Pros

    Taking home leftover cookies.

    Cons

    Their top priority is money. Some customers and co-workers were rude. High turnover rate for employees and General Manger.

    Advice to Management

    They should promote a better working atmosphere which would lead to happier employees and better business.

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