Cracker Barrel Complaint - Cashier at 106
I started working at Cracker Barrel around August of last year (now I am a par II) at which point I did not know about the companys' turnover rates or anything else for that matter about the good-ol'-country-store. When I first started training, it was all about "pleasing people" but when I got to the usual work day experience, it all came down to the dollar and how much you could generate for the company. As a restaurant, I shouldn't have been surprised for my displeasure but I regret ever getting the interview call from my manager. Cracker Barrel is a really horrible place to work at. Employees get no incentive and not to mention no appreciation either. I had had a few problems with an MIT (manager in training) who later became an associate manager. He was a very disrespectful man but ofcourse, not every Cracker Barrel has the same issues. After a few months of looking at how desparate I was with the whole job market I chose to keep the job and just hang in there but things got from worse to really messed up when as a joke he said to me that he should fire me for not doing as he says (which btw, was to have my cash drawer bills facing in one direction), and that was two hours after I was suppose to go home. I later, I admit I shouldn't have, called him a jerk for which I got written up for.
Cracker Barrel company policies enable the managers to treat their employees like slaves or worse. Previously when I had asked if I could go home at the time I was scheduled to go home I received a lecture at how that was only a "suggested" time and how the manager could keep me for as long as he/she wanted and that even after an 8 hour shift, but wait! they didn't want you to go over your 40 hours either. I knew no other manager would agree or even listen to me on how the associate manager was treating me (and a bunch others) so I got a suggestion from another co-worker to call their "home office." again I metion, that would not have worked because the managers don't get these policies out of the blue but from true corporate laws. I have finally now decided on giving my two weeks notice and quite with dignity and mail the associate manager an appology card saying "im sorry I called you a jerk. You're not a jerk, you're an a $$ hole." yes, I know those of you thinking of how immature that is but I've had many jobs, and this truly diserves a five star rating for the worst job ever.
My goal is to let every new hire know of what their getting into with their target item sales and high hour goals. other reviewers have done a great job describing how sick the ideas really are of us having to sell 40 chewing gums (or whatever the current target item of choice) and pushing pushing pushing when the managers get obese on free meals and fat bonuses.