Second Cook (Former Employee) – Ottawa, ON – 24 August 2018
I have worked at Art-is-in for almost 2 years and it was the most challenging job I've ever had. I've learned a lot at this job, but it was extremely difficult and stressing and caused me to have to miss work due to health issues. I honestly wouldn't recommend this if you have a weak heart and are easily offended. You should also be prepared to be treated like a slave regardless of how much work you do.
All in all, if you really want to work here I don't want this review to stop you and things might have changed since I left. However, I'd say don't let it be a first option if it doesn't have to be.
Barista (Former Employee) – Ottawa, ON – 22 April 2019
Not worth the 30+ min wait, as well as the horror stories of the employees that work there. I feel genuinely terrible that a family run business treats their staff with little to no respect. Highly recommend anyone to go to Bread By Us. They dont have hiring sprees just to make it through the "tough seasons" then fire any employees that weren't good enough. Disgusting.
long wait, The owners are rude to their staff, expensive
Retail (Former Employee) – Ottawa, ON – 15 April 2019
Let me just make a list of some of the reasons why you shouldn't work here;
1.The owners, and unfortunately I can't use foul language, are disgusting people. All the stories I heard about people being fired without cause, I thought this couldn't possibly be true. It seems that they go through hiring sprees to get through the busiest season, which is alright. But they neglect to mention in the "job interview" that this may potentially be a temp job, as when January/February hits, they will be firing people, en masse, over email. Everything they do it legal, but it is shameful that a "family business" chooses to treat people who work hard and are committed 100%, like literal garbage.
2. Their idea of "being nice" is someone asking if you're ok once in a while and walking away before getting an answer from you, but God forbid if you need to step away for a glass of water, or to use the bathroom. That will put a wrench in this "well oiled machine" that seems to be missing way to many cogs.
3. The management, with the exception of 1 or 2 people, only because they haven't been working their long enough, are completely inept at showing any semblance of gratitude. They say to ask for help or to come to them with any problems you are having, and then throw it in your face at every opportunity.
4. Hard work is not appreciated. Past your first few days, you will not receive any positive feedback, and are expected to smile and be gleeful even though there is no air conditioning/heating, and you are being shouted at by customers because of the noise.
5. The other peoplemore... there are usually just as miserable as you are, and are usually running on bits of pastry and free coffee. Is that really who you want to be standing beside all day?
6. The upper management has seen changes, and some of these people are inappropriate and disgusting to work with/for. Imagine being flirted with all day, told you are doing a great job and then being fired the next week without a reason.
7. As I mentioned earlier, climate control is virtually nonexistent, and the warehouse is usually hotter inside that outside in the summer months. Imagine that.
8. Older men flirting, and literally trying to spoon feed you soup. Disgusting.
9. Another point on management. Forget about training...if you don't know instantly what you are supposed to be doing, or if you look the tiniest bit confused, you bet your butt someone will come over, push you aside and do it for you with the most immature attitude that is absolutely unseemly in a work environment. Especially when it concerns a manager/ employee relationship. Oh, and you may be written up for it later, because you maybe didn't have a 100 watt smile on your face when the customer was yelling at you about whether they want their bread sliced or not.
10. Please don't work here. Final reason. Look at the Reddit/Ottawa thread for ArtIsIn. It is all true. And heck yes I'm a disgruntled former employee. But you can't make up THIS MUCH bad stuff about a business. With the best of my abilities, I will make this bakery known for how they treat their team.
*You are not special if they hire you after your" trial shift", they hire everyoneless