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Chipotle “Interview”

18 Aug

I’ve been waiting to post this, but I feel the time is now.  And I debated using the company’s name, but this is information widely available online, and Chipotle stands behind these hiring practices, so I figure it’s fair game.  All summer I searched and searched for a part time “summer” job.  It would have been ideal to work from the last week of May to the first week of August.  But things didn’t work out that way at all.  With my very specialized experience it was VERY difficult to secure any non-animal work.  At all.  Cleaning, restaurant, warehouse, service, laundry.  I tried to apply for anything, and wasn’t picky–except that it be actual part time (we are NOT talking 35 hour Wal-Mart part time, but more like half of full time).  Also, I didn’t want a night job–other then I guess, my cleaning position at Cat’s Meow which sometimes started as early as 3AM.  But that was MY choice and my sleep schedule, not imposed and consistent.  Anyhow, one of few (5 our of what felt like thousands of apps?) jobs that extended an interview offer to me was Chipotle. 

And I felt like finally I was a shoe-in for something.  The ad said “entry-level” and “part-time.”  And with my animal science DEGREE and one job at Campus Dining Services I thought I would be an obvious choice.  Plus, I like their food, and it is really close to school and home.  So I did a lot of research on their website.  Which was off-putting because I don’t really believe in “natural” marketing or organic or cage free–any of those jargon-y terms meant to evoke an emotional response from consumers who know very little about agriculture.  But I do strongly believe in ethics and it seemed like Chipotle (for stock numbers, or not) cared–or at least wanted to portray they did.  But I researched, researched, researched, putting aside my application to do so.

My story is the 2nd review.  You can see I’m not the only one that was annoyed.  Needless to say, I was unimpressed.  Job searching can be L-A-M-E.

 

1.

ul 9, 20131 person found this helpful

No Offer

Negative Experience

Average Interview

Crew Member Interview

Crew Member
 Spokane, WA

I applied online and the process took 4+ weeks – interviewed at Chipotle in May 2013.

Interview Details – I applied online and did not think much of it. A few months later I received an e-mail telling me that I had an interview the next week.

Upon arriving it was clear that this would be a group interview as one was already in the process. I sat with a few other girls until it was our interview time. We were offered drink cups but none of us took the offer.

The interview itself was strange. It felt like we were competing to see who would answer first and who would answer the best. The questions were basic though. Why chipotle? What do you know about Chipotle? Etc. The manager then told us a lot of background about Chipotle.
After the interview, he said he would call us if he wanted us to come back for a 2nd interview. Not even an hour later, I received a call from him asking me to come back the next day.

The next day, I was on my way to the interview when I saw I had a voicemail. It was the manager. He evidently was not aware before the 1st interview that I am 17 and you must be 18 to work at Chipotle. He basically was telling me not to come in so I wouldn’t waste my time. I do not believe this is professional whatsoever. They should really check the ages of the people they interview before hand.

Interview Question – What do you know about Chipotle? Do some research before the interview   Answer Question

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2.  Crew Member Interview

Crew Member
Spokane, WA
I applied online and the process took 5 weeks – interviewed at Chipotle in July 2014.

Interview Details – The whole process seemed unorganized, and a little excessive for a fast food restaurant. It took 33 days from the time my application confirmation arrived to the e-mail invitation to an interview. They do not disclose the fact it will be a group interview, or inform you how many positions are available to fill. The manager met my group (of 6) 10-15 minutes later then the stated time, and took us outside in 89F to commence the interview. Literally one question was asked: “Introduce yourselves, tell us about what you like to do for fun, and oh by the way, why you’re interested in Chipotle.” We went around the table with answers then the rest of the time the manager talked about the company, himself, and hiring policies. He said he would look at our applications after this interview to check availability (ummm, shouldn’t this have been done first–like during the 4+ weeks between my application and interview??!) and call us probably tomorrow for a 2nd interview. Despite answering the only question well, two and a half hours post-interview I got an e-mail rejecting me. So I assume something on my application immediately disqualified me–something that should have been checked prior to wasting my time!

Interview Question – Just a basic introduction–but remember to bring in info about the company in your answer! Answer Question

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3.

Jul 12, 2014

No Offer

Negative Experience

Very Easy Interview

Crew Member/Line Person Interview

Crew Member/Line Person
 Spokane, WA

I applied online – interviewed at Chipotle in July 2014.

Interview Details – I applied to Chipotle online and got an email a few days later saying I had an interview with them that Saturday. After extreme research on the company and reviewing all possible interview questions I felt very prepared. I went in and saw it was a group interview which I was not at all surprised considering I read other interview reviews on here. When I walked in they ere finishing up on another group interview so we sat their patiently. Then we went outside and talked. He asked everybody to write down our names and numbers on a sheet then asked everyone to answer what they knew about chipotle, what they like to do for fun, and what they were passionate about. After we all answered he just explained a lot about chipotle and asked an open question to the whole group of what we thought was the most important to the company: Food, Business, or People. I was the first to answer this question. He then talked more about the company and at the end asked if anyone had any questions. I asked how many open positions there were and no body else asked any questions. about 3 hours later I got an email telling me I didn't get the job.

Interview Question – There was only one real question. "What do you know about Chipotle, what are you passionate about, and what do you do on your free time.   View Answer

Annoying Tax-Loop

6 Apr

I’m considering April a month of financial blog posts.  Because money is a goal of mine in 2014, and because of tax day and all.  I will post about my efforts toward my money goals, how to UN-focus on money, and I guess any random currency-issue I come up with between now and May.  Here’s an annoying story about internet tax-return services:

I complete my tax return during winter break.  I like to get it done before school becomes a factor (ain’t nobody got time for that!) and because I generally get refunds at my income level.  So it’s not a gloom and doom time for me–it’s a bonus.  This year, was no different, as soon as I received my W2 from work, I got on it.  Which, in hindsight wasn’t my greatest plan, because I ALSO am supposed to receive statements from my school, my current loans, my undergrad loans, China, my Uncle’s cousin, the neighbor’s dog and whoever else wants to take their sweet time to casually tell me how much money I am forced to spend all the time.  But I couldn’t wait, so I used last year’s stuff, and I’ll probably get audited one day when I DO have some money.  But I’m not worried about that for now, because I worry about enough things. . .

money

I try to bookmark whatever internet site I used the previous year so I don’t have to re-type EVERYthing.  And also because I don’t want to have to come up with new passwords, pins, whatever else hoops they make you jump through.  And I think I used H&R Block last year.

So I go to my bookmark.  It’s a bad link a year later, so I just type the name in Chrome, no big deal.  I’m at a page where it’s–put in your username and password or new user?  register here.  You know the type of thing.  So I try out my usual info as a current user.  Nope, wrong.  I type in another option.  Nope.  Maybe you have to enter a full e-mail address?  Try again.  No.  Hmmm, well, e-mail me my old password then.  This action takes me to a blank page.  OK, my computer must have glitched out.  Back, back back.  Ugh–refresh.  Remind me my password.  Blank page.

–>This morning when I’ve been trying to log in to finish my taxes, the website won’t let me log in.  The password I am entering in is correct (I even reset my password and try entering the new one), but the screen goes blank as if it were signing in, then appears with the exact same screen asking me to sign in once again.  Can anybody from the H&R Block website help me out?

–>I also started my taxes last night and am now unable to sign back into my account. I’ve changed my password three times, and every time it redirects me back to the login page! I hope they fix this glitch soon!

–>Welcome to the Community. We’re not experiencing any system wide issues. I would recommend calling our client support team for assistance. They can be reached at 1-800-HRBLOCK (1-800-472-5625).

Oh HELL no–I am in no way going to make a phone call about it.  Forget you H&R Block–I’d say even 1 page full of people commenting about the SAME issue is, indeed a system-wide problem.  OK, fine, I’m not going to waste a bunch of time fighting with the site.  I’ll register under a different name as a new user.  Can’t–there is already a user with that e-mail address.  No password I type is the right one.  It glitches out when I attempt to get a reminder.

–>I can’t log into my account at all. I’ve chsnged my oassword a feeee times and that hasn’t helped. I got an email stating my federal was accepted and wanted to efile my state return and I can’t even access it!!! I have been on hold with the support numer for over an hour!!! Someone help!!

Now I want to kill.  I’ve been on H&R Block’s page just trying to get IN for like 50 min now.  I type in a general search engine “signing in to H&R Block.”  Seems like a billion people have also had this issue.  LAST year they let you click the Facebook icon to sign up with the site.  This year–it’s not an option.  Probably because Facebook is sketchy as hell and sells and spreads your info around.  But because it used Facebook, there IS no username or password.  But because I used the site last year–my social security number has tied me to their system and I can’t register as a new user.

So I said screw you H&R Block and went to Tax Act or some competitor–because honestly, I don’t care.  My taxes are so simple any site could handle them.  But I think the snafu ended up saving me a worse headache because of the student refund debacle.

http://www.bizjournals.com/kansascity/blog/2013/03/hr-block-error-delays-600000-refunds.html?page=all

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I Stand By It

30 Jun

Written a couple months ago:

So today was a much better day at work, but I made the co-worker (that I think consistently works hard) angry with me.  Here’s the scenario:  It’s the end of the day, three employees are a half hour late getting out of work, and we are still finishing up treatments on the hospitalized patients, and have some cleaning and closing tasks to finish yet.  It was a terribly busy, stressful day with a slow doctor.  One of the in-patients cats has straight up liquid diarrhea–like fill-the-box blow-outs multiple times in the day.  The other is a buddy with a urinary catheter-read *dripping urine constantly, that we need/want*  Of course, both have been bathed and brushed multiple times during that day.  My co-worker wants to give both of the buddies a bath before we leave.  Which I think is extraneous.

And yes, a partial reason is the extra effort and extra time this would take.  Call me lazy if you will, which may be a little bit at that point in time, but not entirely.  I also think there is a point when you have to evaluate if what you’re doing to the patient is giving a tangible benefit.  And deciding how long that benefit will last.  OK, the benefit is we leave 2 clean cats at the end of work.  A second benefit is the cats may feel better if they are not scummy.  Thirdly, the kitties can avoid potential urine scald.

BUT, how stressful is it for an already sick, already hospitalized cat to receive repeated baths?  How long will the cleanliness last either?  They will be sitting on diarrhea and urine in their kennel all night long anyway (we aren’t 24/7).  Urine scald benefit is erased.  Cats may feel better, but for how long?  Even if they are bathed at 6 PM, the still have to sit in a soiled kennel all night long until someone gets to work in the morning.  At which time they will have their cage cleaned and get yet another bath.  Also, the heater turns down at night (this was in February, when it was still chilly out) when no one is in the building–will leaving wet cats make them suffer more because they are cold?

Plus, I think both cats have bigger problems then grooming.  I don’t know if when we have to syringe feed, medicate, express bladders, give fluids, etc, etc if constant bathing (especially right at close) is necessary.  Will it make them mean to treat later?  When it’s time to clean up in the mornings or before they go home, will it make the task impossible, because they’ve had baths so often they’re really tired of being messed with?  Do we want to make their patience expire for a bath or for a more crucial treatment?  Will they hate the vet for life, because we picked on them so much?

There is an unlimited amount of things you could do to a patient:  Take vitals, palpate and examine, check blood-work, syringe feed, groom, clean and bathe, medicate, warm up, write notes and chart progress, vaccinate, do blood pressures, x-rays and other diagnostics -think of something and it could probably be done every hour or more.  A saturation point can be reached, I believe, where doing unlimited things becomes just futzing around.  And does the animal benefit?  Does it start to suffer?  These are questions that should be addressed.

AND though I hate it, you have to look at the business side a tiny bit.  Is two baths worth paying 3 employees to stay late, and potentially over-time at the end of the week?  When we’ve gotten to work between 6AM and 7:30AM, missed lunch, are already leaving late, and already given several baths during the day and cleaned the kennels many times?

So even though she was disgruntled, I still stand by my decision.  And I don’t think I should be deamonized for it either.  Yes, I was thinking of me, but I was thinking of the cats and the business as well.  I think the costs outweigh the benefits, and those cats can both wait for baths (and clean cages) until morning.  And certainly during the day when we’re there for a few hours.  But yes, I indulged my co-worker and gave the cats hasty booty baths immediately before we left them in a kennel alone for 12 hours. . .

More Inappropriate Service

21 Mar

Why does this stuff always happen to me?!

throw trash away picThe gal finally conceded that FedEx SmartPost does not actually bring the package all the way to your address.  They merely transport it to your town/city and hand it off to the USPS.  And she’s been taking a LOT of calls from confused and unhappy people about the SmartPost service.  So let her explain the procedure of SmartPost so you can stop complaining, b/c this is the wave of the future, and you’re just ignorant–not unhappy.

And no one informs you of that prior to you just not getting what you ordered, then tracking it, then making phone calls.  And no one knows which post office exactly.  And there is no way for SmartPost to follow-through at ALL.  And no they have no official channel to complain.

But the service is reduced price–and you get what you pay for.  Plus ALL the big internet companies are using it.  If you didn’t want a hassle you should have chosen a more expensive shipping method.

I called the post office and they gave me a different location based on my zip code.  This location said my package was being held because the address was wrong.  And again, no one bothered to contact me (or Amazon) saying there was any confusion.

What?  You had the exact same address on both portions of the shipment because it was part of the GarbageSAME order?  And you received the other half, with the same address on it a week ago?  Let me transfer you.

Then some guy at the warehouse gets your 20-digit tracking numer and finds your parcel right away.  And reads off your correct address. . .  Oh, you want me to send it along?  Uh, yes that would be great if I could actually receive the package I ordered.

Missed the Boat

29 Jan

Really, what’s new?

In my “What the FUCK” post, I indicated the communication problems I have been having with my new university.  To make a long story (that I have dwelled on ALL week and am tired of thinking about) short, I am joining the junior-level class in the spring, when the school highly prefers to accommodate entering students in the fall.

I have had to explain myself and my aspirations to many people, who truth be told, should have asked me sooner.  It is not my fault admissions blew me off before the semester and are just dotting their i’s and crossing their t’s three weeks into the semester.  This kind of thing makes me crazy, and I would have had every right to complain and tell all of them their treatment of me has been slipshod and unacceptable.  BUT, I didn’t.  I need these people to like me and want to help me.  So, difficult as it was, I kept my lip zipped and was Miss Lighthearted throughout the debacle.  As you, my readers well realize, this is uncharacteristic for me.

Anyway, as a result of the communication errors, I just found out yesterday that the scholarship application for this next academic year is due on January 31.  This pretty much left today to do it since I worked Saturday morning, and have to work 9 hours on both Monday and Tuesday.  Also, I have a big, group paper and presentation due this week for the class.

I opened the scholarship app, hoping to finish it and hopefully get myself some much needed financial help.  On page three were not one, not two, but six essays to be written!  And of course, since I am entering a completely new field, I could only alter two previous essays to remotely work.  I was crestfallen.  Maybe I could have buckled down, and put grocery shopping, calling my parents, and my class project on the back-burner to write TWO new essays.  But I don’t think I could have written six new high quality essays in a day.

So in the interest of not missing out for next year, here are the topics so I can work on them throughout the year and turn in the scholarship application for 2013-2014 on time.

1.)  Leadership/group contributions: Describe examples of your leadership experience and share how you have significantly influenced others, helped resolve disputes, or contributed to group efforts over time. Consider responsibilities you have taken for initiatives in or out of school.

2.)  Knowledge or creativity in a field: Describe any of your special interests and how you have developed knowledge in these areas. Give examples of your creativity: the ability to see alternatives; take diverse perspectives; come up with many, varied, or original ideas; or willingness to try new things.

3.)  Dealing with adversity: Describe the most significant challenge you have faced and the steps you have taken to address this challenge. Include whether you turned to anyone in facing that challenge, the role that person played, and what you learned about yourself.

4.)  Community service: Explain what you have done to make your community a better place to live. Give examples of specific projects in which you have been involved over time.

5.)  Handling systemic challenges: Describe your experiences facing or witnessing discrimination. Tell us how you responded and what you learned from those experiences and how they prepared you to contribute to the WSU community.

6.)  Goals/task commitment: Articulate the goals you have established for yourself and your efforts to accomplish them. Give at least one specific example that demonstrates your work ethic/diligence.

Other Items on the Application:

1.)  Leadership, responsibility, contribution to community and family, and co-curricular involvement are important at Washington State University. Please prioritize your top four experiences in these areas over the last three years.

Employment/Co-curricular involvement/public service

 

2.)  Research or creative projects, laboratories, hospitals or clinics.
(Please do not include class assigned research papers or projects.)

Describe your contribution below. Be as specific as possible about your role. You may include work accomplished at other institutions. (limit to 30 words):

Disingenuine (A poem/song) [posted 7-23-07]

17 Jan

I was inspired to write a poem about the “Fake People” as TLC would say. It’s not about one specific person. There are far too many fake bitches to write about just one-ha ha. This is more of a creative exercise than an attack on anyone. This would be better as a song, I think. As a matter of fact, think of this forward as a transition at a concert. Here is the explanation to my next song-yay! If only I had access to (or ability to play) the piano or guitar. Hold on–I do have access to (and ability to play) the flute. I won’t be held back! It will be a variation on “Ellie Come Home.” By the way, since I’m beginning my career as a faux-writer, are band names supposed to go in quotations? Gotta learn the basics, you know. Just read this while humming to get the true effect I’m trying to convey. Any song will do. Get ready for a new sound, people 😉

One more thing:  Spacing on blogs sucks.  Everytime there is an enter, it creates a double space.  I had this written as poetry, you know, the whole 4 lines to a stanza (there’s some writing knowledge for ya–stanza) business.  To compensate, I made each stanza a different color.  Read on, that’s all you need to know.

Disingenuine

Is there anyone for real?

Show me your true intentions

Tell me how you really feel

Don’t keep me in suspension. . .

Don’t waste my time

Putting on a show

Being angry is fine

I just want to know

Stop blaming me, don’t throw a fit

I won’t play your game

We both know you’re a hypocrite

I think your act is lame. . .

I see to the real you

I know who you actually are

Your actions are hardly true

Funny thing–it gets you far!

Continue how you act

Immature, ugly, and cold

Just know I know the fact

This façade of yours won’t hold

Your insides are not so pretty

As you lead others to believe

Your personality is shitty

I want you to go away–LEAVE!

It may take awhile

But people will get smart

And catch on to your guile

Look straight to your black heart

Until then though

Just get out of my life

You are my foe

I’m tired of all the strife

Just go!