I am generally pretty new to cake decorating. I have worked for quite a few different bakeries. It has almost turned me off from the business. I'm wondering if anyone else has had these issues working for a bakery:
1. Extremely low pay.
The pay tends to be very low and expectations of you are extremely high. The highest pay I have received is my current job that pays $12 an hour, and I'm pretty sure it won't go up from there.
2. Disgusting working environment.
Dirty kitchen, flies, frozen cakes, old pastries. I am constantly seeing this.
3. Working a free "trial" day.
Every bakery I have worked at makes you work an entire shift for free to test your skills. It seems quite illegal but they all do it.
4. No breaks.
This is actually illegal and I have seen this at EVERY bakery I've worked at. They do NOT let you take a break. As a decorator, your hours are long and you are on your feet all day. I worked at one recently that said you can eat lunch, but you have to work and eat at the same time.
5. Near impossible to even get a job.
There have been times where I was unemployed for months because of quitting an awful bakery job. There are so few jobs in my area (Long Island, NY) and they are extremely competitive.
I guess maybe it depends on the location, but this has been every bakery I have worked at in the past 2 years. Most of them I left after no time at all because of these conditions. It is very off-putting to someone trying to break into the industry. Business is very slow for my home business (not sure how to market myself) and does not pay the bills. So I will have to continue enduring the nightmare that is working for bakeries.