BJ's Restaurants

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BJ's Restaurants Reviews

Updated 28 October 2014
Updated 28 October 2014
205 Reviews
3.1
205 Reviews
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Greg Trojan
31 Ratings

Review Highlights

Pros
  • Possibility to make good money if your a closing server (in 13 reviews)

  • Flexible schedule, when working with a (literally) almost hundred other servers, easy to get a shift covered (in 11 reviews)


Cons
  • long hours, crappy clientele, high turn-over thus servers are not very good (in 10 reviews)

  • You have a script to follow and secret shoppers come in to grade you, if you don't say the right things you could be fired (in 7 reviews)

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Employee Reviews

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  1.  

    Overall good place to work

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    • Senior Management
    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee

    I worked at BJ's Restaurants

    Pros

    Decent compensation if working at a busy location. Easy scheduling. Monthly incentives.

    Cons

    Staff cut early leaving you with unrealistic section to attend to. 2 table section on weekend evenings due to large staff. Very corporate

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    Get to know your staff a little more. Control anger around employees.

  2.  

    Senior Manager

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    • Senior Management
    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    Former Employee - Senior Manager in Menifee, CA (US)
    Former Employee - Senior Manager in Menifee, CA (US)

    I worked at BJ's Restaurants full-time (more than 3 years)

    Pros

    The money and commission were good.

    Cons

    They don't have good upper management. A lot of issues that they don't fix.

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    Good place to get some experience. Hard place to work for.

    Doesn't Recommend
    Neutral Outlook
    Disapproves of CEO
  3.  

    Its just like reporting to prison for 8 hours a day

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    • Senior Management
    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    Current Employee - Prep Cook in Henrico, VA (US)
    Current Employee - Prep Cook in Henrico, VA (US)

    I have been working at BJ's Restaurants part-time (less than an year)

    Pros

    Good pay, hours flexible, free meal on day you work and discount on off days

    Cons

    Lock you in building, no break at all. Cant even walk out back for a cig. I was blown away when I learned they were locking us in during our shift

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    Lossen up, come to reality. Treat your employees badly and they will report you on sites like this one

    Doesn't Recommend
    Negative Outlook
    Approves of CEO
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    Great company

    • Comp & Benefits
    • Work/Life Balance
    • Senior Management
    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    Current Employee - General Manager in Puyallup, WA (US)
    Current Employee - General Manager in Puyallup, WA (US)

    I have been working at BJ's Restaurants full-time (more than 3 years)

    Pros

    Great pay. Upper management cares about their people. Tons of room for growth

    Cons

    Balance of life and work

    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    Approves of CEO
  6.  

    Nice scheduling system, lots of hours.

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    • Senior Management
    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    Current Employee - Prep Cook in Fort Collins, CO (US)
    Current Employee - Prep Cook in Fort Collins, CO (US)

    I have been working at BJ's Restaurants full-time (less than an year)

    Pros

    Easy hot schedules online system.
    Easy to pick up shifts or get them covered.
    High pay for someone with not is much kitchen experience.
    Willing to work with availability
    Great crew members

    Cons

    There are so many employees that individualized attention is hard to come by

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    This is an awesome and organized place. Just pay attention it each individual employee a little more.

    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    Approves of CEO
  7.  

    Good money, iffy managers

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    • Senior Management
    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    Current Employee - Take Out Server in San Mateo, CA (US)
    Current Employee - Take Out Server in San Mateo, CA (US)

    I have been working at BJ's Restaurants part-time (more than 3 years)

    Pros

    Mostly organized, you get shifts, you get paid. You'll get fed up a lot (and I don't mean with just the irritating guests), but if you can shrug it off overnight, you'll last. If stuff builds and builds for you, it's not the job for you.

    Cons

    Managers seem to be trained poorly by corporate, so then it makes them bad managers, and then that makes mad employees, and then a lot of people quit. I've seen two waves of high numbers of people quitting at once because of management. We are still currently understaffed at my location, and it's been this way since April..

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    You need to give positive feedback too, if all we hear is negative, you have people turning away. And that is what's happening. I've stuck around because of the flexibility in time/hours, money and some of my coworkers. And my current GM is great, but doesn't have great support from the lower management.

    Doesn't Recommend
    Positive Outlook
    No opinion of CEO
  8.  

    Has a great atmosphere and plays great up-to-date music you van enjoy while eating.

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    • Senior Management
    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    Current Employee - Food Server in Corpus Christi, TX (US)
    Current Employee - Food Server in Corpus Christi, TX (US)

    I have been working at BJ's Restaurants part-time (more than an year)

    Pros

    Great music and atmosphere overall

    Cons

    To many employees, Not enough hours. Some people have to work food runner shifts were you barely make minimum wage. You work harder then the servers and get paid less

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    Free Food for the food runners so its at least bearable

    Doesn't Recommend
    Neutral Outlook
    Disapproves of CEO
  9.  

    review

    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee

    I have been working at BJ's Restaurants

    Pros

    people are very very nice

    Cons

    costumers are very very rude

  10.  

    The Best and Worst

    • Comp & Benefits
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    • Senior Management
    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee

    I worked at BJ's Restaurants part-time

    Pros

    The place was nice and had a great variety of food and a cool vibe most of the time. One of the cooler restaurants.

    Cons

    The training was not as hands-on as it should of been and the managers were often unprofessional to the point that they could of been reported for harassment.

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    I believe much of the management has changed now, but the unprofessionalism that went over-the-line to harassment for certain managers was unacceptable.

    No opinion of CEO
  11.  

    I disliked the managment change

    • Comp & Benefits
    • Work/Life Balance
    • Senior Management
    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    Former Employee - Takeout/Host in San Antonio, TX (US)
    Former Employee - Takeout/Host in San Antonio, TX (US)

    I worked at BJ's Restaurants part-time (more than an year)

    Pros

    A lot of people worked together, grew together and learned together. It was a very easy company to work. Loved the late night, alcohol and food as well as being about to get shifts picked up easily when working two jobs.

    Cons

    Management change forced many good working people to leave. With that being said, a lot of people left, new people came. It was a hectic training mess. Management was awful to begin with from being easily annoyed and frankly pissed off to being pushovers when it came to certain types of people..or genders.

    Doesn't Recommend
    Negative Outlook
    No opinion of CEO

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