Originally Posted by cookiecreations
Originally Posted by gidgetsmom
I worked for a company that uses them a lot and I've also ordered/seen things from Houston and Louisiana. I have seen LOTS of the bouquets as a result and I can honestly say I've never seen one as perfect as the pictures. That's not to say some of them weren't wonderful - some of them were very poorly done - most were somewhere in between. It depends on who's doing the decorating.
I'm so curious as to how they train the decorators, does anyone know? Do they have an experienced decorator that comes in, do they send employees to a central location, train at a franchise location, etc? Better yet, what about when a new design is created??
Afterall, I'm assuming that regardless of all the franchise locations across the US, all the cookies have to be decorated exactly the same way, right?
I worked for a CbD for a SHORT time, thankfully. I'll gladly share what I know, being outside my non-compete clause.
Their hiring practice was to give you a basic drawing skills test during your initial interview to see if you could replicate on a gridded piece of paper, a couple of their designs. Especially their faces. those HAVE to be consistent.
Then, knowing full well that you're a cake decorator with X number of years experience, they tell you that, in order to get the consistency of product that they desire, that you're to FORGET ALL YOUR DECORATING TRAINING THAT CAME BEFORE! They teach you "their" way, and you are expected to do it that way, or get reprimanded for it.
I was even warned that a cake decorator that had worked for this woman previously had threatened to sue her, because after she left CbD, she was literally unable to UNLEARN the messed-up way she was forced to decorate at the store. Her artistic expression in cake decorating was ruined. <Yeah, I hear you all saying it "Why in blazes did you work for them after a statement like that???"> Simply, I needed the money.
In defense of the ruined decorator, though, she was right! I lost partial use of my right thumb after leaving the co., temporarily, blessed be! Thank gods for PT!!!
So, in a nutshell, they want people familiar
with cake/cookie decorating, but not necessarily their skills. NO room for creativity, of course. All the product must look the same. The end product...IMHO, not so great. Yeah, you get to eat all the mistakes you want. After the first week, though, you tire of it super quickly!! The brown sugar recipe was the one i wish I'd pilfered, but alas, did not. The rest, as others before me have said, is either found in the forums here @ CC, or isn't worth mentioning, truly.
Wow, that was about a $150 therapy session's worth of venting...thanks for obliging me!!!!