Pizza franchise skimps on the dough…

I just recently joined the world of work after the long and degrading process of application, rejection and wallowing in self-pity upon receiving that fateful email from KFC telling me: sorry, you’re just not good enough. Months and months of phone calls unreturned, CV’s politely accepted then to be discarded, and emails nicely telling me of my failure to reach their standards.

Finally I received a phone call from a popular pizza place (which will remain unnamed for certain reasons). I was to begin the following Thursday! We’ve all had one: delicious pizza, sides and dips, a rare luxury for a student but a price most of us are all willing to pay. And so I was given my first job.

So for the last week I have been an employee of this pizza place, or so I’m told. Learning all the tricks of the trade has been relatively easy but a lot to remember, and along with the other new staff I’ve been asking questions and trying my best, eager to finally have some independence. Making my own money. But I’m not, not yet. I have to be “trained”, unpaid for two weeks. Weird, I thought but this being my first day, my first job, I didn’t want to question my boss the first time I was working. Later on, at home I googled this “unpaid training” to find a few previous complaints about this and a legally grey area…

So I contacted the headquarters and they replied with this:

we do not support unpaid work trials in any of our stores… if any team members are concerned about their working arrangements, we would urge them to contact our HR department…”

Which leaves me thinking, who is in charge? My managers are all in their early 20’s and they appear to be in control. The rest of the staff are young too, and there is no apparent structure or discipline. It all seems a bit confused and amateur, I mean this is supposed to be a successful worldwide business and they seem to have no clue what is going on in each branch, leaving it running in the hands of teenagers.

But, a job is a job, and a wage is money and beggars can’t be choosers so I’ll do my unpaid training and step in line like everyone else, at least till I’m qualified and can get a job in journalism. Fingers crossed.

6 Responses

  1. Sounds like you are being ripped off to me, young person naivety.

  2. Sounds like you are being ripped off to me. I can guess who you are talking about and they always hire young people, easy to rip off and con.

  3. That is completely ridiculous!! Maybe you should contact the HR department and make a complaint. When you start getting paid you should deffinitely keep a record of what hours you are doing and how much you should be earning, because by the looks of things they are not afraid to rip you off.

    • I am going to, once my job is secure and I’m not “training” anymore. I’m continuing to look for a better job instead of just ignoring this or leaving because of it. It’s easier to find a job when you’re in a job apparently…

  4. Best of luck with this! it does not sound too fair, but every place is different. Not every place pays for training period, but I hope it will be worth it for You 🙂

  5. The sooner you contact them, the better. it doesn’t matter if it’s classed as training, you are still working for a company, serving customers.

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