So in the last week I’ve been a donut fryer, a barista and a sushi chef. One of the amazing things about my job is that I’ve been trained in every department of the store. Mariano’s has an incredible teaching and learning culture. If you see that maybe your not right for a role or feel like you can excel elsewhere, you’re encouraged to do so. We have some amazing people that work for our company and leadership loves to develop from within. Chairman Bob himself encourages workers to be flexible.
"You need to be flexible," Mariano said of career decisions. "Try different things, see what you love and who you love doing it with."
I used to not be much of a risk taker. But since working at Mariano’s, and especially with my fellow OGs, I’ve developed this i-can-do-anything-you-challenge-me-to mentality. No challenge has been too outrageous, and no obstacle has been to high. Most of it is thanks to working with Crystal and Monika. Those girls are FEARLESS. For example, yesterday a sushi chef didn’t show up for their shift. So instead of just closing down the station with Crystal’s rolling skills and my knife skills we opened up the recipe book and just started rolling maki and spring rolls. When we went to put them in the case, they looked just as good (if not better!) than the morning sushi chef. After Crystal left I kept going. I saw what was missing in the case, read the book and continued to roll. I made items to order; I was unstoppable!
It’s no secret that people are nuts over our stores. They want a store in every city by tomorrow. With our acquisition of the Dominick’s stores, plus our original builds planned, this year is going to be crazy- there will be a demand for some serious labor. I feel so honored I’ve been asked to help; and proud that my attitude has gone from “I don’t know how to do that” to “show me how to do that and I will help you get it done”.
In the presence of some people we feel as though nothing were to great to undertake; we are uplifted; we are inspired to do great things, to accomplish; we feel strong, steady, sure.