I worked here for a month in 2016. This cafe advertises fairly often, so I think they have staff turnover issues. They also change their name a bit – when I worked there it was called “Revive” – a great name for a cafe owned and run by a Baptist Church! It is run by Crossway Church and is within their large conference-centre building in Glen Waverley, near the World Vision building.
My experience here was not good, largely because I answered an ad for a barista (which I am) and found myself working as a kitchen hand and baines marie food server (which I am not!) There seemed to be a lot of politics around this place, which I never really understood or wanted to understand. I did feel like they didn’t accept me because I was not religious or a part of their Church.
it is really more a cafeteria than cafe, and does not really have true FOH staff as I am familiar with them! Staff work in the kitchen, and behind the Baines Marie and counter, and customers line up and get their food. You have to be able to shout loudly to be heard over the baines-marie and kitchen noise. Basically, I spent my 5 weeks here sweating and shouting and feeling pretty miserable.
The Cafe does a lot of large-scale catering as well as breakfast and lunch for the office workers in the area. But they don’t do a lot of coffee and to be honest that is not a priority for them. If you are a barista who is passionate about coffee, you will be frustrated here because “fiddling” with the machine is seen as a waste of time.
Everyone here is an allrounder and it’s a big kitchen with lots of tasks. They employ not only paid staff but also volunteers and people working off Community Service orders for minor misdemeanours. It’s a socially complex work environment.
As you can probably tell from the foregoing, I did not enjoy my time here very much but the straw that broke the camel’s back for me was learning that they paid monthly (which I knew on starting) and that they paid a month in arrears and then some. So, for instance, you would be paid for the whole month of February sometime in March. This just was not going to work for me! When I left they did pay out the correct amount – casual award rate of pay etc. and super, and they did provide payslip and group certificate. It might suit you if you are an experienced kitchen hand who would like to meet the people eating the food you make, and if like to go home physically tired, but you need to be psychologically robust as there is a bit of criticism flying around and not too much tact about it. There were some people working there who seemed to enjoy it.