originally posted by: NightSkyeB4Dawn
How many people remember getting a lunch hour? How many remember when you were rewarded for staying over to get the work done, instead of
I remember one company where I worked, where the expectation for lunch hour was that you were unpaid, but there was work to be done. If you went
hungry, that's your problem from not having eaten a large enough breakfast.
I've also worked at places that serve you food 24/7, and the expectation is the employees can go into the kitchen and eat when they're hungry, they're
on salary and they manage their time.
Corporate culture is a very real thing, there doesn't seem to be any correlation with successful vs unsuccessful companies and how well they treat
their employees, but the number who treat their employees bad is increasing.
I remember my first job in high school, I held it in 1998-2000, right after I turned 16 and could transport myself to/from work. It was in the
bowling alley of a casino. There were negatives, they broke labor laws on the times I could work and my usual in school schedule was 5 pm to 1 am on
Wednesday nights and 6 pm to 3 am on Friday and Saturday nights. They also paid the minimum wage at the time of $5.42/hour (which was fair for my
position). Raises were on the order of 2% per year.
On the other hand, the perks were fantastic. I got a $20 credit every day in the arcade, I could bowl 5 games a day for free, free access to the
company gym and hotel pool, you were allowed to eat a meal in the employee kitchen (free and cooked for you) up to 2 hours before/after your shift,
and one meal during (max 3/day). Paid Vacations started at 20 days/year once you put an hour in, and sick days at 10.
Occasionally there would be big events we got to run like the world bowling championships (even got to help out slightly in the movie Kingpin...
nothing on screen though).
So, it wasn't all good but that was a pretty ideal entry level job in my mind. The company gave you things to do, there were neat jobs, the pay was
fair, and there was time off, and most importantly they made sure the employees could afford to eat. Room for advancement was moderate (little from
my position, but pretty good in the company). They even had health care for all employees.
No one does that today, and I bet half the people who read my little story above will even believe a company would act like that towards their
employees but they did.
It makes me sad, that we won't be going back to those times where the employers could be seen as the good guys.
Alternatively, I worked a job in a deli just prior to making the decision to go back to school. I worked there a year. The entire time it was a
string of verbal abuse from my boss about how she would fire me, or how I was useless. The dish washer in that business was autistic and she took a
particularly sick pleasure in making him cry. Catering jobs on weekends, and then leaving the food in a hot truck to bake/rot for days before having
him come in and clean it out. The pay was less than minimum, the tips were "split" with the owner getting 50% because it's her business, the cooks
each getting 20% because they made the food, so 10% of a tip would go to me. And I would never get the good delivery orders, the boss took those.
And you can forget about lunch, if you wanted a lunch hour you would just leave an hour early. Not allowed to eat/buy any food in the business unless
it came from the supplier. Once the food was slated for the business... you couldn't even buy it to eat it for your lunch. Despite working in a deli
my lunch those days was often gas station sandwiches I could sneak in and buy while filling my car with gas between deliveries (had to pay my own gas
That was in 2003 in another area of the country.
Company culture is everything.
edit on 12-6-2016 by Aazadan because: (no reason given)