Cook-Line cook pay per hrs/salary

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  1. May 27, 2018 #31

    TEWNCfarms

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    Haha I wish! No tips for this guy, though the servers during the day where I work pull easily over $1000 a week just off 5 days, two of those the weekend. I on the other hand just my ass all day and get $15hr! I’ve been there for almost 6 years and they need me I literally hold the place together, I can do Everything in there and I do it the Best besides a couple people. But they’ll bring a couple new people and pay them what I get that took me 3-4years to get and they Suck! One guy I Know gets more than me, $16, and he’s only been there for 10 months and got $16 within like 6 months! Pisses me off, and I would raise hell about it, but I’m doing my own farming thing so I Get a set schedule and Only work Days and 4 days a week, and get every Saturday off. So I don’t do much complaining, I just keep on trucking until the farm can pay me to leave, hopefully in a couple years.
     
  2. Aug 18, 2018 #32

    donhoang14

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    I don't have a lot of experience being a professional cook (2.5 years) but I have worked in restaurants for many years in the FOH.

    I did FOH in the US and I'm definitely guilty of not appreciating and understanding the chefs for what they do and how ****** they get paid.

    Since then I've been working in the EU as a chef and I can't imagine myself in the kitchen in the US. Here the BOH and FOH split the tips 50%. When customers book a table here, they have it reserved the entire night. So there's no culture of turning and burning. I don't need to think about pension cause the entire country has a pension system for anyone who works in hotels, restaurants and cafes. Your employer has to pay into this as it would be illegal otherwise. It's still ****ing hard work as I put in 12 hours a day in the busy season but I always keep in mind the difference of here and the US.

    Oh and also medical is just standard here as well. That doesn't even cross my mind.

    Maybe some of you should look into overseas work!

    I read Jon's story :) I haven't had an experience like that cause I found lesser demanding places that give me a comfortable work/life balance
     
  3. Sep 6, 2018 #33

    quantumcloud509

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    My last job which I left and retired from the kitchen scene from I was started at $15/hr + mediocre tips.
    I asked for $17.50 after one month of working there and got offered $17. I worked there for 9 months, and one morning the owner came in acting like a hot-shot and says “Pavel-I’m going to give you a raise- you deserve it!”
    I come up to him and say “Jeffy, you know timing is everything right?”
    He says “Yeah”
    I said: “Well, my old lady got accepted for a job yesterday which pays two and a half times more per hour than what I’m making here”
    His face and vibe DROPPED. I mean, I’ve never seen this happen so drastically.
    He says “That’s not good for me, that’s really really not good for me.”
    I said “It’s good for me, it’s good for my kids.”
    He continued saying how not good for him it was.
    I said “I don’t know when she starts but it’s going to be in less than two weeks, and I’ll be gone that day forever”
    We stood there in silence at 4am looking at each other: Im holding a 70lb tub of prepped brisket, he’s holding his paperwork.
    Wife ended up starting her job week after.
    In laws watched my kids for two months while I moved back across the state and remodeled the house we owned, ended up selling it for $50k more than we were going to list it for before I even got the chance to list it. Now I hang at home with my 3 kids building electric go carts and going on adventures. Jeffy tried to pull me back to work with him once every other week in one way or another but I told him we are done and I’m having way too much fun not working. He’s a good man, but he didn’t appreciate me while I worked for him. I saved his ass many times and was there no matter what but the paltry wage I was given was utterly disrespectful. Unfortunately, owners only realize this AFTER the fact.

    True story.
     
  4. Sep 6, 2018 #34

    tgfencer

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    @quantumcloud509 Had a similar situation happen to me. I was working for a small kitchen in Edinburgh as sous chef. Chef was out long-term with a lung problem and some staff thievery/drug abuse led to just me and one other guy working the kitchen. During August there's a big festival, the population of the city practically doubles, and bars and restaurants go into overdrive mode. Well, me and this other fellow worked double shifts, 7-days a week, for a month, although neither of us were getting compensated for it. At the end of the month, my boss, who I liked and was a good guy put into a bad situation, comes up to me and is like 'Man, I'm surprised you didn't quit. I'm giving you a raise.' Of course, I tell him I didn't quit because I would have screwed over everybody else in the joint, but that I sure as hell was quitting now. I convinced him to back-pay me and the other fellow our raises for the month we had just worked and then I went on my merry way. Last time in a professional kitchen for me, thanks very much!
     

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