It's Not Just the Sweet Treats. It's So Much More.
Giant Eagle's bakeries are often at the center of our guests special occasions, whether it be a birthday party, baptism, retirement party or any other number of reasons to celebrate, our Bakers and Cake Decorators get called upon to deliver the perfect bread or dessert for life's celebrations. At Giant Eagle, we understand just how important this is and that's why our Bakery Team Members work hard every day to bring our guests' visions to life.
We’d like to introduce you to Christi, Bakery Team Leader. Christi joined the Giant Eagle team over 13 years ago as a Prepared Foods Clerk. As she began learning about the different perishable departments, she was presented with the opportunity to pursue the next step in her career as a Team Leader and she jumped on it! Christi's passion for the Bakery made it an obvious choice for her next step and it's safe to say she hasn't looked back.
Read more about Christi's time with us below.
Meet Christi, Bakery Team Leader
Works at our Seven Fields Giant Eagle in Pittsburgh, PA
Team Member since 2008
A "fun fact" about Christi:
I sit on the Board of Advisors at A.W. Beattie Technical School. I represent what skill sets retailers are looking for from their students in the culinary arts/bakery programs. It is an honor and privilege to help influence, grow and develop the next generation of bakers, decorators, clerks, chefs, and leaders!
What has been your career path within Giant Eagle?
My career path has been an exciting and fulfilling adventure! I started out at the Giant Eagle Express in Harmarville, PA as an MTO Clerk in Prepared Foods. As a Prepared Foods Team Member, I learned a bit in each of the fresh departments: bakery, deli, produce and meat/seafood. After some time, I started to cover the Produce Team Leader’s vacations and implemented new programs for Giant Eagle. I was asked if I was interested in advancing my career to a leadership position. To which I said “yes”! I pursued a position as a Bakery Team Leader because that was what I enjoyed doing the most.
After 13 years with Giant Eagle, I am still doing what I love! I have been to many stores over the years and every Bakery I go into has the same warm welcome, kindness, and energy I look forward to working with every day.
What do you love most about your job?
The thing I love most about my job is seeing the smile on our guest's face when I show them their cake for their special occasion – from simple birthday parties to extravagant weddings – we in the bakery make or break their event. It is our privilege to make their event the most memorable it can be.
At one location we have several families that we have made their baby shower cakes all the way to their child's 12th birthday! I feel that is a special quality that is difficult to find. The love and care we take with every guest is what makes us such a wonderful place to visit and work.
What do you enjoy most about the Company culture, and the specific culture in the Bakery?
When I think of Giant Eagle's culture the first thing that comes to mind is "family." We think of, look out for, listen, and coach each other for the best possibilities and outcomes for everyone involved. In the bakery, we are a close, tight-knit group of skilled individuals that are able to smile, joke and laugh, while working in a very high-paced environment.
What traits make a successful Bakery Team Member?
I have found a successful Bakery Team Member should be driven, dedicated, adaptable, punctual, have the ability to learn, and the number one trait is kindness. Treating each event and guest with kindness and sincerity is the key to the success of our Bakery departments.
What is your proudest accomplishment?
My proudest accomplishment at Giant Eagle is becoming a Leader. When I came to Giant Eagle I was shy and unsure of myself. This was just meant to be a part-time gig for me at the time. But through the encouragement, coaching and accountability from countless leaders throughout my career, I am the kind, respectable, confident and knowledgeable leader I am today. I thank all those leaders who helped me find and better myself for my future. I am a better person as a whole because of my Giant Eagle family.
My proudest accomplishments personally are my children, Ellie (age 11) and Stella (age 9) – both are big fans of Giant Eagle bakeries! My husband, Francis and children have been my biggest fans and support me no matter what. We are soon going to adopt my niece, Selena (age 6) who, in her short life, has been able to overcome such anguish, strife and grief that she is an inspiration to not only my personal family but my Giant Eagle family, as well.
Is there anything else you would like people to know about Giant Eagle?
Giant Eagle is a great place to start a career if you’re unsure of what you want to do, whether you are fresh out of high school/college or you would like a career change entirely. There are many different and exciting roles, jobs and departments for anyone to grow and flourish.
Become a Cake Decorator or Baker Today!
- Weekly pay
- Advancement opportunities in leadership
- Hands-on training
- Own Brand products discount (10%)
- Inclusive and supportive work environment
- And much more!
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