I stayed at each of my first serving jobs for 11 months. That’s all I could handle between shitty coworkers and horrible management. When my year mark rolled around at Chili’s, I was surprised to notice that I didn’t feel like slitting my wrists. I’ve enjoyed my 2+ years at Chili’s, but I’m keeping an eye on other opportunities.
Obviously I don’t want to wait tables forever, but I can’t get a different kind of job as easily because of my school schedule. My tips are decreasing, the traffic in to Chili’s is dwindling and, quite frankly, I’m sick of the corporate bullshit they’re slinging around trying to stay afloat in this economy. I need to find a new serving gig.
An old Chili’s coworker and my cousin are both working at the Olive Garden down the way. They both claim that the management is awesome, and tips are even better. Looking at my past few months of tips, I’ve been lucky to get $70 a shift. In the past month I’ve been lucky to make $60 a shift, often only scraping 40-50 bucks on average. I was making over a bill each shift before I moved here, and while it’s understandable that the clientele change would lead to a decrease in tips, the amount of traffic we’ve been getting has also been steadily decreasing since my first shift at this location.
All in all, it looks like I may need to make a change if I hope to keep paying for food, gas, and bills. My husband and I are attempting to start up a tutoring business (more on that as it develops) but until it’s gotten off the ground I’m still going to need an income. I’m thinking we won’t be able to replace our jobs with our business for at least a year, maybe two. Until then, I’m thinking Olive Garden may be the way to go.
I’ll keep you updated on this front, and fear not — I’m sure I will still have bitching to share once I make the change. So for at least the next few months, continue to enjoy my bitching about Chili’s, and I’ll continue to contemplate my job situation. Woo-hoo.