Pros: free bread, good place to make friends as it's usually a close knit team of bakers.
Cons: hours, pay (in most cases), social life, untrained franchisees. the list could go on
I have been with Bakers Delight for around 9 years all up. Over the years I have encountered a select few decent franchisees. I work for one now. The majority of the time, the franchisee/s are only interested in the lining of their own pocket which is fair enough. But they are the ones that don't know anything about baking and abuse their workers and – more... take advantage of them. A lot of the time the franchisees are only interested in quantity over quality which results in overworked bakers under time pressure. As all Bakers know, good bread requires good time and management. The pay for the work we do is unreasonable. You would easily get paid around $100 more per week working the same hours at Woolworths or Coles even as a Checkout operator. The Training system for Apprentices is pathetic as a lot of them don't even go to TAFE which in the end means poorer quality tradesmen. Baker's Delight is now far more interested in profit than quality product, customer service and their reputation. They need to support their Bakers more rather than letting people with more money than sense buy franchises. Unqualified franchisees are employing Apprentices without qualified tradesmen just to save money. They are constantly taking 1st year apprentices and getting rid of them after their "3 months probation". A good, fair boss is hard to find nowadays, but I work for one now. I like the place, I still have pride in my quality but thanks to the Bakers Delight system I want to leave and not look back and I am working on that. – less