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Everyone has a Price.
I'm currently browsing the job opportunities listed on Craigs List and I stumble upon one for Kitchen Managers for The Cheesecake Factory. If you don't know what The Cheesecake Factory is, it is approximately 1 step up on the restaurant evolutionary ladder from Outback. The reason I was looking at the ad for a Kitchen Manager was not because I was anywhere near qualified but because I was curious about the bonus.

You might be wondering "What bonus?" Well, working as a full time Kitchen Manager, or Manager, or Proprietor/General Manager (read: owner) of a restaurant such as Cheesecake or Outback requires a lot of dedication and a lot of time. Possible perks of your job are two days off a week, if you're lucky. Otherwise its 12+ hour days.

This week my proprietor will be working 6 days, and on his day off he will be at an Outback "outing" with other managers. Outback rules his life.

As you can see, not many people want the job so there has to be something that keeps them going. Outback promotes almost exclusively from the inside, so that if you were to go up to the proprietor of your local Outback, chances are s/he started as something much farther down (like a server). So once you get high enough up, they want to keep you. Thats where the bonuses come in. The ad for the kitchen manager for Cheesecake states "After just 5 years and successful completion of the Program (MEP), GMs were rewarded $1.5 million and EKMs averaged $526,000!" Thats on top of the yearly salary you already get.
Edit:Company-leased BMW & car insurance for GMs....Thats at Cheesecake. Niiiice</ edit>

Outback has a bonus system equivalent to that of Cheesecake. A year from now, if I really wanted to, I could probably be managing Outback Steakhouse Germantown. And then in about another year I would probably have the chance to move up to Food Tech, a year or so of that and then to either Kitchen Manager or Proprietor of my own store. Proprietors sign a 5 year contract, and then at the end of that contract they get a bonus, and are given the opportunity to either stay with that Outback, or go own another one. The bonus at Outback I think, is a percentage(I wanna say 5%) of your yearly sales. Our Outback does roughly $4.2 million a year in sales and growing. The bonus possibly doubles when you sign your second contract, depending on if you stay with the Outback you're at or go to a different one.

At the age of 24 (2 years managing an Outback, 1 year as a Tech) I could be the Proprietor of my own store. The question is, is it worth it?
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skitty From: skitty Date: August 20th, 2004 05:07 pm (UTC) (Link)
It sounds awfully tempting.
From: hyperbole Date: August 20th, 2004 05:59 pm (UTC) (Link)
i think the lost time would ultimately be worth it. i mean, with that kind of cash you could retire at 30 and spend the rest of your life taking it easy.
wolflady26 From: wolflady26 Date: August 21st, 2004 03:18 am (UTC) (Link)
Yeah, exactly what I was thinking.
swedishcook From: swedishcook Date: August 20th, 2004 07:49 pm (UTC) (Link)

Hot girls

Do you get to work with hot girls all the time? And if you're proprietor...do they throw themselves at you? I think that is a far more important question...
metavlad From: metavlad Date: August 20th, 2004 07:58 pm (UTC) (Link)

Re: Hot girls

No hot girls every throw themselves at me. If that happened, the universe would begin to unravel.
From: kindembrace Date: August 20th, 2004 08:53 pm (UTC) (Link)
why'd you delete me off of your list?
metavlad From: metavlad Date: August 20th, 2004 08:58 pm (UTC) (Link)
From: kindembrace Date: August 21st, 2004 03:43 am (UTC) (Link)
well, you don't *have* to add me.
hippy_surf_laxr From: hippy_surf_laxr Date: August 23rd, 2004 06:50 am (UTC) (Link)
I'd sooooo take the million and run with it...but thats just me.
filmgeek84 From: filmgeek84 Date: August 24th, 2004 04:32 pm (UTC) (Link)
I think that depends on whether you want to work at Outback the rest of your life. I don't know for sure, but if I were to guess, I'd say you'd be settling for a mediocre life if you took that job. I think that you should bite the bullet and go do what you really want instead of taking what's in front of you because it's convenient. Take the leap. Be bold. Don't be afraid of an uncertain future, and for God's sake don't settle for something because it's there.
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