MercenaryChef Posted October 22, 2021 Share Posted October 22, 2021 While it is super cool that I am being paid far market value at my new job it is a fucking mess. This property has long been left to die. At first I thought it was just covid. Nope. Not the case at all. It was wildly mismanaged, given no direction and no financial support. I do not even have 30 of the same plate. Had I not brought some pans from home I initially would not have had a single flat pan to cook in. I would exhaust myself covering the laundry list of things that need replaced or repaired or purchased. It is taking a toll on me. meanwhile the owners are worth billions. I have hired a few people and fired one. I was shocked to find they were still paying people pre-pandemic wages. Nobody has said anything to me yet but I have given raises to all existing employees and am offering much higher starting wages to new cooks and stewards. The staff I am attracting isn’t to the caliber I would want for the food I want to do, but they are interested in learning and will be a fine base to build a team around when we reconcept and renovate in 2022. My food cost is a mess. I am cooking from scratch, buying good ingredients and taking and active roll in assessing quality. Sadly due to business fluctuation I end up throwing away a lot of food. The old regime worked with a lot of bullshit frozen premade garbage. My boss is in complete denial about the state of the place. He just thinks it needs some love and everything will be alright. No, dude. It needs a lot of money. If I have one more meeting with him where he talks about promotions and how it is time to let the world know I am here I will go nuts. There is nothing here worth promoting. Most of the people I know don’t even know where I work. I keep it secret. If we did get busy as the place should be we don’t have the staff, materials and infrastructure to succeed. I try to be positive, but fuck me. This place is dire. Until I see walls start being torn down, new coolers coming through the doors and a new sign out front it is hard to see a way through. Link to comment Share on other sites More sharing options...
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