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Tavistock Restaurants

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Tavistock Restaurants Reviews

Updated 17 April 2015
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  1. Tavistock needs to make $ for the investors.

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    Former Employee - Cook in Los Angeles, CA (US)
    Former Employee - Cook in Los Angeles, CA (US)

    I worked at Tavistock Restaurants (Less than a year)

    Doesn't Recommend
    Doesn't Recommend

    Pros

    The chefs made an effort everyday to make a nice staff meal. The Exec. Chef, CDC and Sous were very qualified and great to work with. The foh staff were also great and very polite, even when the restaurant was slammed.

    Cons

    Low pay. The line cooks were mostly Mexican/Hispanic. Although we got along great because of my Spanish speaking ability, I don't enjoy working in such kitchens because of the "La Raza" effect. Almost all of them are hacks imo. Don't get me wrong, they are great short order cooks but not restaurant material. Why does Tavistock hire very qualified chefs but also hire hack cooks to execute the food?

    Advice to Management

    Spend money on experienced cooks or culinary graduates.

  2. Helpful (1)

    Lack of Transparency, Promises Unkept, Constant Change to Management

    Former Contractor - Anonymous Contractor
    Former Contractor - Anonymous Contractor

    I worked at Tavistock Restaurants as a contractor (More than a year)

    Doesn't Recommend
    Negative Outlook
    Doesn't Recommend
    Negative Outlook

    Pros

    I've heard that over the past year, it was great to work here because things were happening and campaigns were running. However, that pretty much stopped when I arrived, and I had no idea.

    Cons

    There isn't much passion in the employees nor innovation to do more with the brands.

  3. Helpful (2)

    Horrible,Horrible company to work for.

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    • Senior Management
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    • Career Opportunities
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee in Boston, MA (US)
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee in Boston, MA (US)

    I have been working at Tavistock Restaurants part-time (More than 3 years)

    Doesn't Recommend
    Neutral Outlook
    No opinion of CEO
    Doesn't Recommend
    Neutral Outlook
    No opinion of CEO

    Pros

    It's a job. It still pays fairly well considering it's an all gratuity job.

    Cons

    Tavistock just doesn't care at all for it's line employees. They have demonstrated this attitude towards us time and time again. I'f your considering a job with this corp. look elsewhere if you value your pride and self esteem.

    Advice to Management

    Grow a pair Tavistock , and show that you do care about your employees and not just your bottom line.

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  5. Helpful (2)

    Laid off due to office closure---thankfully.

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    • Career Opportunities
    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee in Emeryville, CA (US)
    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee in Emeryville, CA (US)

    I worked at Tavistock Restaurants full-time (More than 3 years)

    Doesn't Recommend
    Negative Outlook
    Disapproves of CEO
    Doesn't Recommend
    Negative Outlook
    Disapproves of CEO

    Pros

    The wages were fine, though I worked there for three years & still left without making the median income of the city we were based in.

    Cons

    Absolutely toxic environment with very few perks. Very low morale around corporate office. Instead of having working systems put in place, we were forced to cobble together broken systems and hope for the best.

    Advice to Management

    Take value in your employees from the bottom to the top. They're the ones padding your pockets.

  6. Worst Company I've Ever Worked For

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    • Senior Management
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    • Career Opportunities
    Current Employee - Sever in Los Gatos, CA (US)
    Current Employee - Sever in Los Gatos, CA (US)

    I have been working at Tavistock Restaurants part-time (More than 5 years)

    Doesn't Recommend
    Negative Outlook
    Disapproves of CEO
    Doesn't Recommend
    Negative Outlook
    Disapproves of CEO

    Pros

    It's employment. That's about it.

    Cons

    TERRIBLE MANAGEMENT: they take employees' tips, extort money from the staff, adjust employees' time cards, sit in the office when it's busy and they are consistently unable to execute proper hiring and training. The management at the corporate level is just as bad.

    Advice to Management

    Stop breaking labor laws, stop being lazy, learn basic business skills and invest in REAL MANAGERS & RESTAURANT PROFESSIONALS.

  7. Helpful (1)

    Good job with Downfalls

    • Comp & Benefits
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    • Senior Management
    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee in Emeryville, CA (US)
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee in Emeryville, CA (US)

    I have been working at Tavistock Restaurants full-time (More than 5 years)

    Doesn't Recommend
    Negative Outlook
    Disapproves of CEO
    Doesn't Recommend
    Negative Outlook
    Disapproves of CEO

    Pros

    Colleagues are one of the best people to work around. Get to eat at the company restaurants every month. Learned a lot about accounting in the past 2 years.

    Cons

    Company went through several changes in the years I have worked here. Salaries aren't the best but you learn a lot.
    Currently outsourcing all accounting to Kansas.

    Advice to Management

    Please learn to treat your employees like people and not robots.

  8. Bussing at the Coach Grill

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    Current Employee - Busser in Wayland, MA (US)
    Current Employee - Busser in Wayland, MA (US)

    I have been working at Tavistock Restaurants part-time (More than a year)

    Recommends
    Neutral Outlook
    No opinion of CEO
    Recommends
    Neutral Outlook
    No opinion of CEO

    Pros

    good pay for part time

    Cons

    staff changes a lot, not much connection with management, a lot of work, training

    Advice to Management

    Get more in touch with employees

  9. Helpful (1)

    the worse company!!!!

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    Former Employee - Server
    Former Employee - Server

    I worked at Tavistock Restaurants part-time (More than 8 years)

    Doesn't Recommend
    Neutral Outlook
    No opinion of CEO
    Doesn't Recommend
    Neutral Outlook
    No opinion of CEO

    Pros

    there are no best reasons to work for this company. I work part-time for almost 8 years, I wanted to quit so many times....but I just need some extra cash in my pocket (I like to save for different reasons) . I was never appreciated , I was never late for my shift, ....maybe I was to serious for that place, people started to hate me....

    Cons

    dealing with low class people, bad management

    Advice to Management

    treat you good employee with respect, appreciated them. I am glad I am out of there and frustrated in the same time, they did not deserve me!!

  10. Helpful (1)

    Boys Club

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    Former Employee - Tavistock Shift Manager
    Former Employee - Tavistock Shift Manager

    I worked at Tavistock Restaurants full-time (More than a year)

    Doesn't Recommend
    Negative Outlook
    Disapproves of CEO
    Doesn't Recommend
    Negative Outlook
    Disapproves of CEO

    Pros

    The environment in the restaurant was usually upbeat and exciting; diversity of staff; no two days were alike

    Cons

    Lack of value placed in long-term employees; promotional opportunities are very limited, especially for women in this organization

    Advice to Management

    Place a little more value on the people in the trenches. In our unit, people who run the daily operations seem to be ignored until there's a problem. Sometimes feels like middle school with the "us versus them" mentality between Corporate and the rest of the company. You have a great product but you also have to keep your people happy and interested in promoting it.

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    Former Employee - Server in Los Angeles, CA (US)
    Former Employee - Server in Los Angeles, CA (US)

    I worked at Tavistock Restaurants full-time (More than a year)

    Recommends
    Neutral Outlook
    Recommends
    Neutral Outlook

    Pros

    decent money at night, for a corporation they were pretty nice. Food is really good

    Cons

    working a lunch shift is fast paced and stressful with very little money and you have to pay for parking. intense server training.

    Advice to Management

    Be nice to the lunch servers, they are making very little money for the work and training that is involved. Don't give pop quizes.

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