Corporate vs. Mom-And-Pop
Honestly, I guess I’d rather work mom-and-pop.
I always used to think, when I was having an especially difficult time at work, that it would be much better if I worked corporate. You know, a chain restaurant. After reading Fuck My Table though, there are times I want to praise God that I don’t. If you’ve never seen this woman’s blog, it’s one of the most hilarious blogs I’ve ever read, and it deals with being a server on top of that (which is probably why I find it so hilarious in the first place).
I’ve never worked for a chain restaurant. I’ve had two jobs in my entire life, my current one being the only serving job I’ve ever had. Therefore, I’ve only been a server for a little over a year, as I started working there in September of 2009. It’s a mom-and-pop place. On the down side, if someone in the workplace is being a complete and total dickwad, I have no recourse. I just have to deal with it. On the brighter side, I can get away with a lot more shit. Now when I say, “get away with a lot more shit,” I don’t mean be a lazy fuck or completely misbehave. I just mean that I don’t have to worry about a manager having a complete shit storm down on me when something goes wrong, or if I don’t necessarily feel like rolling a bunch of silverware at the end of the night, and they have enough to start out with the next day, I can just leave it and not have to worry too much about someone’s ovaries exploding over it.
I also don’t get pushed into up-selling or promoting things that, while they may be good causes, people don’t want to be constantly bugged about. The up-selling is a big one for me because I just feel pushy when I up-sell, therefore, I choose not to do it. I figure if the customer wants an appetizer or dessert, they’ll tell me – I don’t have to push it on them. Plus, I don’t really have to worry about promotions that the restaurant is running (other than the daily specials – hardly any sort of promotion). I also don’t have quite as many rules to follow. (I’m a Pisces. We’re not big fans of rules.)
I guess in the end, I would rather stick with a mom-and-pop place. The only bad thing about such a place is that if I worked corporate, I’d probably take home more money at the end of each shift. Oh well. I guess the grass is always greener on the other side.