Has anyone ever worked at the bakery @ Kroger? I just got hired in for a cake decorating position and I go Sunday to sign all the paperwork. Anyone have any experiences with them?
I worked at one of there sub companies also a grocery store called fry's. I liked it only up to a point cause even though I had few years of experience in hotels and resorts they didn't want to pay me decently as I had never worked in a grocery store.
They don't have Kroger here, in my area anyhow. I worked for HyVee, in the Midwest for a total of 16 years, moved to California and worked in regular bakeries for 10 years then started working for "Save Mart" in their in-store bakery 7 years ago.
I really like working where I am. It is sometimes frustrating the limits they give you as to how much time you can take on a cake. My store allows a lot more than some do though, and they always let me do whatever I want, as long as it doesn't take too long (10 to 20 min. max).
I like working with buttercream a lot, I like making my flowers with buttercream, and I like figure piping the characters....so working fast is fun for me. ...squeeze the bag, and there you are.
If you can come up with designs which are unique and fast, the customers just love you. They think it is great they can have a unique cake and stay within their budget.
I do have to stop and wait on customers some times but not too much. The pay for me has always been pretty good and the benefits are great. You do have to be prepared to work every holiday and weekends. (been doing that for 33 years). I like the early hours, 6 to 3 for me.
The thing I like the very most is....I get to play in icing all day, watch the happy expressions on the customers faces, and ....go home to a clean kitchen.
If you should have any specific questions later, just email me.