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Great staff and bosses they were very helpful in the jobs I done for them and very friendly. I enjoyed my time there but was a while ago and I would like to get back into the industry to further my career, as I am a hard, honest, well motivated worker with a very good sense of humour and love meeting new people and would like to further my skills and experience.
I worked as a kitchen assistant for about a year then got promoted to a starter chef about 9 months into the job. When I started work as a kitchen assistant they dont tell you what you need to do in the job when you start (like how to clock in and out or how to take holiday pay etc) you are just thrown in. Majoraty of the people there were great to work with but some people there just made the working enviroment stressful and not fun. When I got the promotion to chef I got told that I would get a payrise which did happen but people who were where I use to work as were getting payed more than me (same age and less experience).
Staff were amazing but always issues between the management and everyone else, kitchen staff were a laugh but they pay as little as possible and don't pay rise ever, I was given constant split shifts so they could give themselves the shifts they want, don't work Christmas as they lie about paying more when they don't. I have however been told it has got better since and the managers have left
Starting my job I didn't get any breaks so I was on my feet for hours, Up to now I am still having issues with my first pay check which I should have gotten weeks ago but I have only gotten half of it. The managers do not care about your personal life or you, they just expect you to work work work.
Very low pay and no breaks
As for most people, if the staff weren’t your friends this was such an awful job to have however with a good team the days were fun and enjoyable. Management is lazy, deceitful and only adhere to your rights if you know what they are.. the pay is terrible and rarely paid for the hours worked. This is more of a social circle rather than a team if staff and managers; the closer you are to people the better and fairer you’re treated. The hierarchy is broken with those who receive higher pay thinking they are in-charge and management requesting ridiculous things.
Social circle within work
The managers are useless, if you’re ill you’re most likely to lose your job. Everyone thinks they’re above you because they earn an extra £1 an hour. I haven’t been paid correctly since I started here, not worth rolling out of bed for.
A normal day would start depending on the time on your router, this day would consist of anything that needed doing. You need to have your eyes open and learn fast as there is no set plan to what is meant to be done each day. Management can be laid back but when it gets busy they like heads down and everyone to be doing what they are meant to be doing.
Nice friendly staff
No set plan to the day
During my time at Harvester Gidea Park, I learned how to deal with pressure and fast paced atmosphere. The most enjoyable part of the job is the friendly colleagues. The workplace culture of Harvester Gidea Park is great and really one of a kind.
50% discount for emplpoyees on menus
Not enough staff on weekends
Really great company to work for. Management and co-workers are very friendly and always willing to help. Full training was provided and everyone was very patient. Jobs could sometimes get very repetitive but management were willing to change it up if you ever complained.
Friendly management, discounts when eating out at any of their pubs.
No free lunches
You always do something different everyday and not the same job and you will learn about the checking of food temperature's and to know how to make dessert. The Management is really good you can ask them anything, the hardest part is that its a quick environment and you have to be on your feet all of the time and its long and irregular hours. The enjoyable part is that you get to learn new skills.
Discount off food and drink
Long, Irregular hours and quick Environment
Moral was always high however social and life outside of work was never took into consideration and fair treatment weren’t always portrayed. They was a clear seperation between the levels off ‘power’ and ‘responsibility ‘ and those lower of the hierarchy in the work place weren’t treated as well.
Moral high, half price on food.
No free lunches, short breaks
long working hours during summer, very little, if any notice given if shift changes. extremely high staff turnover due to high pace/ low wage work. no incentive to advance career as low level management salary is very low but general manager salary is very high
long hours, unfair shift allocation, poor management