ex-employee sounding off

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Cowardly Chipotle Hater's picture
4.75
Average: 4.8 (16 votes)

My experience working part-time at a Chipotle ran the whole gamut from positive to completely negative. For one, I feel like the company promotes people way too quickly. They almost cram promotion down people's throats, and it seems like there always has to be someone "next in line." I know restaurant jobs turn over faster than others, but usually when people want a management position they're thinking long-term. Not with Chipotle. Therefore, you get incompetent management at times. It's really all about luck.

From a standpoint of someone who merely kind of needed a stepping stone from one thing to the next in my life, I was not looking for promotion of any kind. This ain't my first rodeo in the food industry, and I have never wanted to get sucked into that line of work for good. My goals involve getting OUT of the rat race. Like I said, I needed a short-term part time job until my business was up and running. The GM who hired me originally was flexible, fair, accomodating to availabilities (still managing to create decent schedules for everyone and keep his labor good). 2nd GM wanted everyone to adhere to a fixed schedule. That's hard to do when my very lifestyle requires the ability to request certain days off and still get the 4 days a week for income. First manager was OK with that, and so were all the employees. Now we all had to adhere to fixed schedules. Also since new manager took over, I've never been able to leave a shift at Chipotle on time. I use public transportation to get around and I ended up missing many busses getting home late and losing evening time to work on my business. Also, breaks were often forgotten. People are not kidding when they say you get worked to death there. I started getting carpal tunnel-like symptoms from working in the tortilla position, which required pressing down on a tortilla press hundreds of times a day. It pissed me off that I decided instead to quit and do odd jobs and petsitting, which are very flexible, until my business starts creating revenue.

More things I hate about Chipotle:

- Very trendy with college students, and being on a college campus it attracted the most obnoxious people on the entire planet. Entitlement babies, brats, bros, ho's, and the MESSES they'd leave...it was infuriating.

- HOW LOUD IT IS! I'm a bit soft spoken I suppose. I CAN speak up, don't get me wrong, but the loudness of the music, and the din from the rush crowds combined with the hollow acoustics made it a requirement to practically scream all day. My voice would be useless by the end of a shift. And I even think it may have started to have an effect on my hearing.

- All the cutesy corporate things about how they try and brainwash employees into thinking that they're the greatest company EVER...their little "17 characteristics" bullshit, or their "development journals." Give me a break!

- Pussyfooting about paying their tomato farmers a fair wage for the better part of 3 years before promising to do something about the exploitation of those workers!!!! ARGH!

- Skimpy raises

- Everything is soaked in salt!!!!!!!

- They think they invented Mexican food.

- The music repeats itself and I'll be so glad not to hear about 89% of the songs played on the P.A.

- people arguing with you about guacamole being extra or extra meat being extra. it's true when people complain of them saying, "give the customer what they want" and then talking out the other side of their mouth later and saying, "our meat totals are out of whack!"

- I guess the older I get the less I can tolerate the high-volume service jobs. I used to do OK as a younger lass, waiting tables, working counters at other food establishments or retail joints. But I think I'm just getting too old for this shit, and I'm not yet even 30...