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post #1 of 15
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I just wondered if anyone would admit to working in their local Wal-Mart bakery and could give some insight on what is expected of someone applying to get a job in the bakery?

I currently make about 2-3 cakes a month, which is not as many as I would like, but it comes and goes. I was just thinking about applying to our new Wal-mart that opens tomorrow, but thought I had heard someone say that you had to be able to ice a cake in less than 2 minutes. If I am going to get a part time job, why not get one where I can do something that I enjoy so much? Just a thought. Anyone have any ideas on what is expected of you when you apply?
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post #2 of 15
A lady in my Wilton class applied for the Walmart opening up by her and she went in there with her pictures and her certificates from class. There was no requirement on how fast you can decorate. They were impressed that she came prepared with her certificates and photos. Because she was "certified" from Wilton, they offered her $1.25 (ish) more than normal. I think it would be good experience to continually do cakes more often than 2 - 3 times per month. Good luck!
post #3 of 15
i worked in the bakery at albertsons, and another local grocery store, but not walmart.

they do like you to be quick, but they are willing to let you build up speed.

you ought to give it try...you can always quit if its awful....and it will give you experiance
post #4 of 15
I worked at Cold Stone Creamery doing the cakes there. I liked it for a few days then after that I didn't. I had to do cakes there way which was the same ones over & over. I don't get many bday cake orders, I like those the best. I think I did 4 bday cakes while I was there. So the love of doing cakes was lost while I worked there. I did it a month & then I quit. Commerical/retail decorating isn't for everyone~ Good luck!! I hope it works out for you~
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Originally Posted by tcturtleshell

I worked at Cold Stone Creamery doing the cakes there. I liked it for a few days then after that I didn't. I had to do cakes there way which was the same ones over & over. I don't get many bday cake orders, I like those the best. I think I did 4 bday cakes while I was there. So the love of doing cakes was lost while I worked there. I did it a month & then I quit. Commerical/retail decorating isn't for everyone~ Good luck!! I hope it works out for you~



I too worked at coldstone creamery! the man was never happy with the amount of cakes I made nor how many days I'd come in.

He basically said I could set my own hours and as long as I kept the coolers filled it was ok...

But..he had 3 stores!! or was that 4? lol I used to make 50 cakes a day...if I had to stop and make the special orders ( birthday cakes) I'd drop down to about..20 or 30. I'd get yelled at all the time!

I finally left there! But the kids were great!
post #6 of 15
for those of you that worked in the retail bakeries including cold stone... did you have to work set hours or did you come in and do them like Risque... I am mostly thinking like Winn Dixie, Food World, or even Dariy Queen... I know when I was taking my wilton classes there were 2 people in there who worked for the local DQ and they were paying to put them through the class... one was the owner's wife and the other was a high school student. I do a lot of cakes myself now... but could always use the extra incentive to do more.. I have even thought about just weekends...
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post #7 of 15
I would think that the chain stores wouldn't allow much creative license since they sell specific cakes. BUT, the experience and the practice would do any cake decorator good!!!! It would really help speed and uniformity to practice like that. Plus, you'd be practicing for them and not on your own customers. You'd get better so you could eventually have your own shop.
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Originally Posted by Derby

I would think that the chain stores wouldn't allow much creative license since they sell specific cakes. BUT, the experience and the practice would do any cake decorator good!!!! It would really help speed and uniformity to practice like that. Plus, you'd be practicing for them and not on your own customers. You'd get better so you could eventually have your own shop.

I did a skills test through King Soopers, and it wasn't the easiest thing to do. They would do an example of one and you had to copy what they did. There was no changing tips for the different flowers. Forget everything that you leatned in your cake decorating class.
post #9 of 15
Forget everything that you leatned in your cake decorating class.

yeah thats the truth!

but i find that they had a much more time effective way to do things.

the first store bakery i was hired at,they had the "ex" head decorator from a fancy bakery in the city on staff.

i told them i had taken the wilton classes.....then after i was hired they said..."now we're gonna teach you how you really need to do things".

theres really no need to have to toil for hours on a sheet cake....

and theres no need for 3 different consistancys of icing.

time is money if your decorating from a shop or home....

working at a store bakery really helps you build speed....the first month i was there was like boot camp...all i did was ice cakes...8 hours a day...ugh...i hated it....BUT...

now i can ice those cakes as square as a brick house...lickkity split...i wouldn't take nuttin for my time served...
post #10 of 15
I don't know about Wal Mart but for Costco You had to eventually be able to cut torte fill ice and decorate 7 cakes in 1 hr we did 80 cakes between 2 decorators in a day.
post #11 of 15
Whoa. icon_surprised.gif That many cakes in one hour?!

Littlecake, what kind of things were "forgotten"?
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post #12 of 15
I would love to do it for experience. But I don't think I could handle it for long. I have bad hands icon_cry.gif And when I get to doing alot of cakes I have to remind myself to take alot of breaks. Or I will be in alot of pain. And I know I wouldn't be able to take my time there as I can at home. And I do My best work late at night or early morning. And My kids are sleeping. No need for a babysitter for my 8 yr old.
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post #13 of 15
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Originally Posted by littlecake

Forget everything that you leatned in your cake decorating class.

yeah thats the truth!

but i find that they had a much more time effective way to do things.

the first store bakery i was hired at,they had the "ex" head decorator from a fancy bakery in the city on staff.

i told them i had taken the wilton classes.....then after i was hired they said..."now we're gonna teach you how you really need to do things".

theres really no need to have to toil for hours on a sheet cake....



and theres no need for 3 different consistancys of icing.

time is money if your decorating from a shop or home....

working at a store bakery really helps you build speed....the first month i was there was like boot camp...all i did was ice cakes...8 hours a day...ugh...i hated it....BUT...

now i can ice those cakes as square as a brick house...lickkity split...i wouldn't take nuttin for my time served...



Yup thats the way it is and I wouldn't have change jobs great experience
no problem icing, smoothing or borders piece of cake.
post #14 of 15
I've worked at walmart for three years previously, although not directly in the bakery but food and grocery. They don't really have like time limits or anything like that as far as I know, but they do send you out to food and safety courses through the company, they also do a lot of computer based learning. At the store I worked for you didn't have to have any previous decorating expierience or anything like that, they often hired 'fresh' people so they could teach them the way they do it.

When you apply for Wal-mart I know they have a three part interview process. For Bakery, you would first meet with the department manager of the bakery, if they lliked the interview you then meet with the assistant manager over bakery/deli, then come back a third time for drug testing/criminal background. The hiring process usually takes like two weeks after they call you for an interview.

Mainly though what they look for is someone available all day (holidays etc.) and siome one who is friendly and smiles, as long as you answer the common sense questions with common sense (questions like do you think taking unauthorized breaks are ok) then they usually hire you. (My sister was a personel manager for Wal-mart and did hiring)
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(questions like do you think taking unauthorized breaks are ok) then they usually hire you.



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