• The Face of the Fast Food Worker's Strike

    Working women and mothers are the face of the fast food strikes. Unable to bring their families out of poverty on minimum wage, workers have taken their demands for reasonable pay to the streets.

  • Low Pay Is Not Okay

    Low Pay Is Not Okay
    Fast food workers took to the streets yesterday with chants such as "Hey, hey, ho, ho, poverty wages have got to go!" But who is paying more attention to the plight of the low wage worker? Lawmakers, or the customers buying cheap lattes and Big Macs?
  • National Fast Food Workers Strike for Living Wages
    Fast food workers are no longer fighting their battles alone. Various groups, including union organizers and religious groups, are calling for fast food workers across the nation to walk off their jobs together.
  • Chocolate Consultant or Chocolate Taster?
    Chocolate has been linked to some of the "feel good" chemicals in our brains, so professional chocolate tasters and entrepreneurial chocolate consultants must be some of the happiest people on the planet. Their dentists must be getting rich, too.
  • Chef Gordon Ramsay: Tyrant or Teddy Bear?
    Can a man who uses the F-word every other breath while yelling at cooks really be kind, sweet, and a joy to be around? Anyone who has watched him hug "MasterChef" contestants goodbye has to wonder.
  • Is Culinary School Worth It?
    Meet Anastasia Cassidy, recent graduate of Le Cordon Bleu of Boston. She has kindly agreed to answer some questions for PayScale in the hopes of giving students considering culinary education information to make a wise decision.
  • Restaurants Do Not Want You to Read This
    Contrary to popular opinion, taking that lunch break away from the office for restaurant food and fun may decrease your productivity in the afternoon. It may be better for workers to stay in the office until the workday is over.
  • What Does Your Cup of Joe Say About You? [infographic]
    Your morning cup of joe might reveal more about you than you think. Check out this comically accurate infographic to see if your coffee fits your personality. You may be surprised to find out that you're more of a "latte" than a "frappuccino" after all.
  • This Is a Real Job: Writing Fortune Cookie Fortunes
    If you always wanted to be a writer, but just can't seem to sit still long enough to craft the next "War and Peace," do not despair. Consider writing fortune cookie fortunes. This wild and wacky job only requires one or two sentences per publication, a short (short) story writer's dream job.
  • 5 Business Dining Survival Tips
    Scarlet O'Hara in Gone With the Wind ate her meal before going to the barbecue for the wrong reasons: it was considered unladylike to be hungry. However, even today there may be some logic to not going to a business meal ravenous. Business lunches and business dinners are the worst dining experiences of all, because they are never about the food.
  • Chocolate Isn't Good Enough: Become an Ice Cream Guru
    Ben & Jerry's is only one company that employs ice cream gurus. If you really love eating ice cream, there are plenty of employers out there willing to pay you to do it. Add this to the list of wacky and wonderful jobs.
  • Beer Is Great for Business
    Think watering holes are bad for the neighborhood or bad for business? Think again!
  • Restaurant Recommendation Site: The Next Best Thing in Neuroscience?
    If you are traveling for business and looking for a place to eat, the new website NARA might have some good recommendations for you. The site claims to use the same type of networking as in your brain to create a list of restaurants that will appeal to your particular tastes.
  • Office Eating Etiquette
    The best practice for eating in the office might be: don't. Here's why.
  • This Job Really Exists

    This Job Really Exists
    Next time you think there are no interesting jobs left, remember the story of Martin Riese. Mr. Riese is the general manager of the Los Angeles County Museum of Art's restaurant, Ray's & Stark. Mr. Riese is also a highly specialized brand of sommelier: he's a water sommelier.
  • Happy Hour for Employees
    Restaurants have a well-deserved reputation for employees who party with each other after hours, and celebrate holidays and other occasions together. A growing trend in the modern workplace, regardless of industry, is to encourage happy hour for employees as much as once per week.
  • 'Giving You the Business' Rewards Standout Employees With a Franchise of Their Own
    Hidden camera shows have been around since Allen Funt began pulling pranks on TV back in 1948. "Smile, you're on Candid Camera!" In recent years, hidden camera shows haven't given people much to smile about as they're generally used to catch employees doing bad things behind the boss' back.
  • 5 Big Tips Waitresses Have Received That May Restore Your Faith in Humanity

    According to our 2012-2013 study on How Tips Impact Incomes, waiters and waitresses earn the lowest base salaries in the service industry. The average base is $5.10 an hour and in some states, it may be lower.  Employees in the service industry are often underpaid and rely quite heavily on the tips they receive for basic living expenses. Although rare,  once in a while we hear of waitresses and waiters who have received larger than normal tips from customers.

  • Coca-Cola Steps up -- or Does It?
    Coca-Cola is pledging to stop marketing to children under the age of 12, and to fund exercise programs in countries in which they do business. Will it do any good?
  • High School Summer Jobs - Food Service Job Opportunities

    Name: Erich Wirtanen
    Job Title: Foods Team Lead
    Where: Rosemount, MN
    Years of Experience: 2
    Education: Currently enrolled at Rosemount High School
    Salary: Research salaries for food service jobs and amusement park salaries.

    High School Summer Jobs - Food Service Job Opportunities

    For students in high school, summer jobs can offer great opportunities to gain work experience, earn extra money, and even have fun. In this Salary Story, we hear from one high school student who explains how he went about applying for summer jobs, why he sought out food service job opportunities, and what he learned from the whole experience. Keep reading to find out why summer jobs can be both educational and fun.

    PayScale: What is the job description for a foods team lead?

    A foods team lead is in charge of a specific building in the amusement park. You are responsible for making sure all the operations in your building are functioning properly. Starting the first day, you begin prepping all of the food and operate on a register face-to-face with every customer. You not only have the task of serving the customer, but also making the food and making sure every part of your building is functioning properly. When something goes wrong you’re the first one to fix it. Whether it is a machine malfunction or an upset customer, you must maintain the values of the park and fix it to the best of your ability, always with a smile. Part of keeping your building functioning is making sure it does not run out of raw materials; you are in charge of making sure you order enough for your building every day. You also have to make sure all your employees eat lunch. You need to keep track of who is on break so your building always has enough staff to run properly. At the end of the day you have to clean your building so it is ready for you to open it back up the next morning.