The Stars On A Cracker Barrel Server’s Apron-What Do They Mean?
When ya go into Cracker Barrel I’m sure your mind is on the food you are about to order. I’m right there with you but, here’s something you should look at before you order to learn something about your server. The stars of Cracker Barrel really do mean something.
Look at your server’s apron. How many stars do they have? Each server’s apron has up to 4 stars embroidered on the apron. The more stars they have the more they have accomplished with Cracker Barrel.
So What Do The Stars Of Cracker Barrel Mean?
After speaking to a server at the Grovetown location, I learned just what the stars mean. Cracker Barrel has 4 par levels for each skill position. Each star represents a par level achieved. The stars are a way of designating who has more experience, training, and superiority. The PAR test runs you through proper methods of cleaning up your stations and proper table setting, and it makes sure you know about the individual food options as well when the customers ask questions.
When you first get started, you have a no-star apron with your name clipped onto it like a name tag. Then the process begins to earn stars
- Star 1-After a week of doing online quizzes and trial runs, they give you a one-star apron. You’re officially a Cracker Barrel server.
- Star 2-You snow tart having side jobs on top of your job as a server. Things like prepping deserts and salads whenever they have no preppers.
- Star 3- You now have the job of checking everyone else on their side jobs. You also sign their checkout paper so that they can leave. You are kinda above a new star to make sure everything is running well.
- Star 4- You have the job of teaching the new stars. You’re essentially a step below the manager.
So Now You Have Four Stars
As you continue to take and pass your par levels for each skill position, you gain stars. In most cases, you will see a raise in your base pay. All of these skill tests and responsibilities are also on top of serving your customers for your shift. Now with more stars, you can get better hours and in some cases not have to work weekends.
According to Cracker Barrel’s‘ website, the PAR program was set up to help employees learn new skills, earn more money, and move up with in the company
So the next time you are sitting down to enjoy a big ol’ plate of meatloaf or a bowl of pinto beans at Cracker Barrel, look at those stars and know that a lot of hard work and time has gone into each star to make your Cracker Barrel experience one that you will never forget.