Six Griddles and a Waffle Maker: The Schneider Downs Diner

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By Sean Smith

Schneider Downs employees help themselves to our annual Pancake Breakfast during tax season.The aromas of syrup and sausages wafted through the hallways of Schneider Downs on March 24, as the firm hosted its annual Pancake Breakfast in the Pittsburgh office. In total, the accountants ate their way through 300 links of sausage, 150 slices of French toast, 220 pancakes and 10 dozen eggs…in just under 90 minutes. 

In keeping with the annual tradition, all of the food was prepared by members of Schneider Downs’ administrative team (along with a few enthusiastic family members). Team members coordinated all details, from shopping to setting up to cooking the food.  The team of five “chefs” artfully juggled six griddles and a waffle maker to make sure they were ready when the big rush came through.

More than 100 hungry accountants passed through the lines, filling their plates and taking a break from their hard work. By 11:00 a.m., the entire “diner” had disappeared, except for the lingering aroma of a hearty breakfast.

Meanwhile, the Columbus office also had a pancake breakfast, bringing in a catering company specializing in flipping the hotcakes straight from the griddle onto the plates. More than 40 team members enjoyed the pancakes, and nobody reported getting injured by a flying flapjack.

The Breakfast has become a tradition over the years, where Saturday hours are often necessary during the accounting industry’s annual “busy season.” The firm also provides evening dinners, fruit during the week and light breakfasts on other Saturdays.

“The Breakfast is fun way for the firm to thank all of our employees for the extra hours that are necessary during busy season in order to hit the deadlines of our clients,” explained Tom Harvey, Director of Human Resources and chef pancake flipper. “It’s a highlight of the season, with the important message that we appreciate the hours our people are working.”

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