A good crew makes for a better time.
Pros: staff meals, discounts, flexible hours, friendly atmosphere
Cons: sometimes breaks are missed due to high customer volumes
Having worked at three different subways I'd like to say this: A typical day at work honestly starts with prep: the store, the food, yourself, and your team.
Subway tends to get extremely busy rushes. You could get anywhere from 20-50 customers in a slower rush and anywhere from 60-90 in a solid rush. How well this rush goes is honestly wholly dependant – more... on your ability to work on the team and your ability to adapt quickly to the various roles required of you both leading up to and during the rush itself.
Don't think when the rush is over that it's really over, thats a mistake rookies tend to make and will come back too bite you. The moment you're off the line, top up EVERYTHING IMMEDIATELY. This gives you and your team a firm grasp on what there is and isn't letting you divide the work and prioritizing what needs to get done in what order.
Bread is typically the #1 priority, no bread no subs. SIMPLE. Often teams will have one person designated to the task of bread making, this also means that they are often the last one to be put on line and the first one switched out during the busiest times.
A manager my not always be there, however Subway had team leaders/Shift leaders. Over seeing the store isn't necessarily tied to one job title.
A GOOD TEAM MAKES THIS JOB AWESOME. Cooperation is the name of the game. When you join subway its always a bit of an adjustment, not knowing what to do or even how to do it can be a problem. Often your training will come from your shift leader but don't be afraid to ask your team for help as they want you to succeed. Tips and tricks come with time but being able to talk and work with your co workers is essential. Knowing who works well together and who balances each other's weaknesses is always a good thing, not everyone is the best at everything and watching how others work around you is another great way to build a team mindset.
The hardest part of the job I'd say would be finding your own niche, as it takes a bit longer to gain the skills to see where one is both weak and strong. Recognizing where personal shortcomings are takes a strong team player, living up to your strengths and recognizing where others may have trouble also makes for a strong team player. HOWEVER accepting where both you and they aren't the strongest and using your strengths to reinforce the team makes for a TRUE TEAM PLAYER & PLAY MAKER.
The best parts of the job for me where seeing everyone happy with their meal and being able to have fun with the team as you work. It makes the days so much easier and BRIGHTER. It made me love coming to work and I still even now am close friends with my team. Maybe I'll go back to visit again soon. – less