I recently attended a job fair for Aramark for the city college (James Madison University in Harrisonburg, Virginia.) I've been hired and I am employed as a dishwasher and not making much more than minimum wage(which is $7.25). I have been researching this company and it seems that many have qualms with their quality of food--as far as how employees are treated, it seems as if there are mixed reviews. I've heard of employee abuse from a few reliable sources, but I've also heard that it's as bearable a job as any other, and they provide decent benefits.
I am weary of my new position, seeing as how this is a full time job and there are extracurricular activities that I'd prefer to be involved with in the upcoming months. although these extracurricular activities aren't financial endeavors, they are more important to me than a full time job. Is it foolish of me to fear having a full time job in terms of how it will effect my ability to organize more community-minded events? Seeing as how I am broke almost all the time, I feel it's necessary to fulfill this occupation so I'm in a better financial situation. I am also conflicted because I currently work for three struggling local businesses, all of which I would prefer to stick with if the hours and wages that they gave me were more consistent and better scheduled (I often come out working 20 to thirty hours on a lucky week, yet I rarely know when I'm working until I recieve a phone call--it's incredibly inconvenient for me). I geniunely like working for these places though, it's just unfortunate that the hours are so sporadic.
My primary question(s) are as follows: Does anyone here have experience working for Aramark, what was/is the experience like for you? Were you treated fairly in the workplace? For folks in the LGBT community, did you feel pressured to negotiate your identity in the workplace, or were you given respect? Was the labor worth it for you and were you able to progress in life based off of this labor?