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Anyone ever work in the Walmart Bakery?

post #1 of 24
Thread Starter 
HI,

Thought with all your business savvy, you gals (or guys) might be able to help me.

I am now working at a Walmart. The bakers at present are not organized, but one woman working in the back told me there was one woman there in the past who was great! She said she prepped the icing bags, made back-up cakes, etc. which is not being done now.

I would like to do my BEST, but am not being shown these things, among lots of other "stuff". I do not want to offend, or take over, as I am only a part timer, and my dh is retired...just want to have fun but do things correctly and in the most organized and efficient way possible.

Any advise out there?

Thanks!
Colelady
post #2 of 24
I do

I'm the main cake decorator at my store. I am very organized and specific about the backups I want done each week. Sunday afternoons, Mondays and Tuesdays we do all the backup for the week. We make 12 deco buttercream 1/4s, 12 deco whipped 1/4s , 8 1/4 kits, 4 deco 1/2, 4 of each 24 ct cupcake kits and deco cakes, 15 each flavor of 6 ct cupcakes and 12 ct cupcakes, and all the other random stuff. We also try to make around 100 packages of peanut squares a week (my store is the #1 seller of peanut squares in the whole company).

I can't imagine not having backup done. I guess if a store doesn't have many orders for the week then you can kind of work as you go. I average about 20 orders for Friday and 30 orders for a Saturday though so I have to start those on Wed. which leaves no time to do cakes for the case the second half of the week.

I also always have fresh icing bags made every other day as I can't stand to not be prepared when I get started working.

I'm sure I'm far more anal then most Walmart decorators but I love what I do and I'm sure a lot of people are there just for a paycheck.
Someday I'd love to have my own shop and be done with crappy Walmart.
post #3 of 24
i worked at several different bakeries...but not wal mart....some of them were like being in the military ,they really ran a tight ship.

the last bakery i worked at had a bunch of slackers....so i took over, they never even had any back up before i got there...when i worked at albertsons we kept about 3K worth of backup at all times.

i think you should go ahead and take over, if everyone else is slacking off.....that last one i worked at, the other decorator was always out in the lounge smoking and talking....she'd come in a hour before me, and if she had a cake due at the time i was due to get there...she'd just smoke in the lounge, knowing i would get there early and do her work. ugh.

some people have no pride in their work, maybe you could set the tone there....and things could get better...

by the time i left the last store, they went from having like 2-4 orders on saturday, to around 25....a good decorator can really make the difference.

good luck
post #4 of 24
Don't be dismayed by others. Go to work, and do the best you can. If the chance to show others by all means do it.

The work ethic in this country is dismal at best. People just don't know how, or want to work any more. It is very disheartening to have one of these people standing right next to you. You just need to do YOUR best every time you go to work.

Mike
post #5 of 24
I second everyone else and Mike-it's not just in a bakery either, it's everywhere.
I wish you good luck in this endeavor.
post #6 of 24
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Originally Posted by terrig007

I second everyone else and Mike-it's not just in a bakery either, it's everywhere.
I wish you good luck in this endeavor.



Amen.

I work my butt off regardless of how lazy someone else wants to be. Some of my coworkers were in for a rude awakening when review time rolled around. Laziness does get noticed, and a hard worker does get rewarded.

There's nothing wrong with being the shining star. Don't feel like you'll be stepping on any toes. You'll just be setting the bar higher for your coworkers. If your boss can see the amount of work that you generate on part-time basis, they're bound to wonder what the full-time slackers are doing.
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post #7 of 24
Thread Starter 
Thanks Everyone,

I really appreciate your help. I will take all this great advice with me today at work. I will just prep and do back-up, smile, clean and keep decorating!
(since I am part time, I also have to do break-out and bake bread!)

I will conquere this,
Colelady
post #8 of 24
Onthedot,
What are 8 1/4 kits and cupcake kits?
Thanks
Good luck, colelady! You will surely turn their bakery into something special.
post #9 of 24
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Originally Posted by gdlgdl

Onthedot,
What are 8 1/4 kits and cupcake kits?
Thanks
Good luck, colelady! You will surely turn their bakery into something special.



the 1/4 sheet kits are the ones we decorate using decopac or bakery crafts kits to just have in the cake case
same with the cupcake cakes, we put kits on those as well

we sell far more of the plain decorated but we have to keep two of each above in the cake case at all times anyway
post #10 of 24
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Originally Posted by colelady


(since I am part time, I also have to do break-out and bake bread!)




wow.. so you're baking as well?
I guess that doesn't leave much time to actually decorate. On of my co-workers can spend her whole day doing just bread breakout because she is so slow. It's really hard to work with lazy people. I have a very strong work ethic but I also get annoyed easily when I see people not working to the same ability that I am.

As others have said hard work does get noticed though. Keep up the good work!
post #11 of 24
I will be working for Sam's Club. I wonder if they run there bakery like Walmart. This is a brand new store and I've never worked in a bakery before. I will take the tip about making my icing ahead of time.
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post #12 of 24
I will be working for Sam's Club. I wonder if they run there bakery like Walmart. This is a brand new store and I've never worked in a bakery before. I will take the tip about making my icing ahead of time.
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post #13 of 24
What time do you go in to work? I recently applied to work in the very early a.m. but I am not sure what the hours are for that department.
post #14 of 24
I requested mornings only so I figured maybe around 6 or 7. I'm full time.
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post #15 of 24
I was hoping to work EARLY AM. Like 2 am to 6 am. Just part time.
I have to commute to get there and in the winter it will be tough.
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