Overall, a good learning experience in the restaurant field.
Pros: serious but relaxed environment, free dinners with my supervisory position
Cons: long hours, occasional organizational issues
As my first real job, I would say that working in Boston Pizza for three years has been a good experience.
It has been a great learning experience for me. It may have its downs, such as some organizational issues. Like running low on portioned items, things not getting defrosted, etc. But on the flip side, I learned how to problem solve quickly as – more... restaurants are really unpredictable when it comes to incidents.
Most importantly though, I have learned how to work in fast paced environment. Initially I was extremely slow in getting familiar with everything. But I got to pace and learned that in the restaurant industry, you have to be fast. Also communication is always key to the restaurant. If you want a fast, flawless service, you always have to talk to your co-workers.
There are times that I work with co-workers who mope around and literally do nothing. I usually have a talk with the managers to deal with them directly. Even though I'm pretty relaxed and personable, I cannot stand that.
Hours are long for me as I usually work 5 days seasonally, With weekend closing shifts. Even though I complained, this was also a learning experience. Such as working by yourself on unpredictably busy night and manage time effectively.
Overall, it was a good learning experience for me and helped build new skill sets that are beneficiary to future jobs in the related field. – less