Bon Appétit Management Reviews

Updated July 14, 2015
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Pros
  • Fantastic Ideals, Great People To Work With, Good Experience, Decent Opportunities If Willing To Relocate (in 3 reviews)

  • commited to the community and local farmers (in 2 reviews)

Cons
  • We're a little company that is trying to swim with the big corporate fish and are turning into just another food service company (in 3 reviews)

  • Long hours and unmanageable work load (in 2 reviews)

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  1. Decent short term company

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    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    • Comp & Benefits
    • Senior Management
    Current Employee - Catering Assistant in Sacramento, CA
    Current Employee - Catering Assistant in Sacramento, CA

    I have been working at Bon Appétit Management full-time (More than 3 years)

    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    No opinion of CEO
    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    No opinion of CEO

    Pros

    Treats employees well, health benefits

    Cons

    no consistency with rules, hard to move up

    Advice to Management

    Consistency is key.. Dont play favorites, work with the employees on things


  2. Cashier

    • Work/Life Balance
    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    • Comp & Benefits
    • Senior Management
    Former Employee - Cashier in San Francisco, CA
    Former Employee - Cashier in San Francisco, CA

    I worked at Bon Appétit Management (More than a year)

    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    Disapproves of CEO
    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    Disapproves of CEO

    Pros

    you can make some cash while at school. It's an easy job anyone can do it.

    Cons

    management is not so good. You get paid a little working there.


  3. Bon Appetit Catering

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    • Career Opportunities
    • Comp & Benefits
    • Senior Management
    Current Employee - Server in Atascadero, CA
    Current Employee - Server in Atascadero, CA

    I have been working at Bon Appétit Management part-time (Less than a year)

    Pros

    All of the cooks who work for Bon Appetite are so nice. You get fed leftovers on the job.

    Cons

    You cannot take food home and have to throw away tons of it. The call in caterers usually have no idea whats going on. There is always a scramble to get things done right during big events which could be avoided with better planning.


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  5. Prep Cook/Server

    Former Employee - Server
    Former Employee - Server

    I worked at Bon Appétit Management

    No opinion of CEO
    No opinion of CEO

    Pros

    Great people to work with in an atmosphere where safety is highly prioritized. A good place to learn and implement a variety of kitchen skills and learn some along the way.

    Cons

    The high intensity work environment takes some getting used to.


  6. Helpful (1)

    My over all experience with Bon Appetit has been positive.

    • Work/Life Balance
    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    • Comp & Benefits
    Current Employee - Sous Chef in Baltimore, MD
    Current Employee - Sous Chef in Baltimore, MD

    I have been working at Bon Appétit Management full-time (More than 5 years)

    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    Recommends
    Positive Outlook

    Pros

    I like Bon Appetit's philosophies pertaining to buying from local vendors thereby supporting the local economy, composting unused veg and fruits and recycling of plastic, glass and metals.

    Cons

    The one down side of Bon Appetit are the layoffs. I'm a Sous Chef and I have been laid off several times in the six years that I've worked for the company.


  7. Helpful (1)

    Great company and food service standards, but falls short on staff implementation and training

    • Work/Life Balance
    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    • Comp & Benefits
    • Senior Management
    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee

    I worked at Bon Appétit Management full-time (More than 5 years)

    Recommends
    Negative Outlook
    No opinion of CEO
    Recommends
    Negative Outlook
    No opinion of CEO

    Pros

    The pay scale is decent, especially for food service. There is growth potential in middle management. Opportunities to understand and work in a sustainable food culture. Benefits are good, vacation time is good for managers. The CEO/CFO are committed to changing the food industry for the good.

    Cons

    Growth and development opportunities are dependent on which account you work for. The company does a poor job at training managers with no proper training program. Company seems to be growing quickly and there are major gaps in management and communication. There are no set standards or measurement for staff, resulting in unclear expectations.

    Advice to Management

    Develop corporate wide training program. There is a large communication gap between upper management and hourly employees - an internal marketing review and implementation could help bridge these gaps.


  8. High standards and great vision, but needs additional oversight for weak areas

    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    • Comp & Benefits
    Current Employee - Caterer in Minneapolis, MN
    Current Employee - Caterer in Minneapolis, MN

    I have been working at Bon Appétit Management

    Recommends
    No opinion of CEO
    Recommends
    No opinion of CEO

    Pros

    It's tough for me to expand on this much because I worked as a "peon" in many capacities. I played a role of leadership in the interim when we were hiring additional management, but never really took part of the greater corporate structure. With a bigger company comes better bennies than a smaller company might be able to offer, but it also comes with more red tape, and it's tougher to get to decision makers to get any change carried through. No surprise there. I've worked in catering for BA at two places and the first one was a mess, while the second was a well-oiled machine. The latter has been fun to work at, with great leadership who treat me and the staff correctly, we get paid on-time and with few hiccups. The former was because proper management wasn't in place and the next level of management up from there did not seem up to speed as much. This second layer of management could give a little more oversight and take action in these weaker areas. Of course in all of this, my experience is very localized, so with 180 accounts in the US and no experience with the corporate structure, it's hard to give an accurate review.

    Cons

    See my comments above in "Pros." I think the cons might be inherent with a larger corporate structure, but there are large organizations out there getting it right too, so the lack of general oversight to problematic accounts might be my biggest con for BA.

    Advice to Management

    Now that I think of it, I was a college student working in the lower rungs of BA and there were no leadership programs or opportunities to integrate me into the company. There's a complicated application system to try to apply to a random job within the company, but if you know you have a great employee (I won "Be A Star" and was praised on a number of occasions), shouldn't you want to develop them and raise them up in the company? With as many people as they have coming in and out of their company for part time work and otherwise you'd think management would want to make use of this. Hiring someone "cold" without knowing them well is tough work - I've had to do it in my FT work. If you can test people out in PT work, like BA does very often especially in catering, then you get to know who they are and can ask management about their work ethic, demeanor, skills, knowledge, ethics etc.


  9. Executive Chef

    • Work/Life Balance
    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    • Comp & Benefits
    • Senior Management
    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee

    I worked at Bon Appétit Management

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

    Pros

    Promote an ideal and healthful dining program

    Cons

    Poor Mid/Upper Level Management. No measurement rubrics for staff.


  10. Adobe, lehi UT

    • Work/Life Balance
    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    • Comp & Benefits
    • Senior Management
    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee

    I worked at Bon Appétit Management

    Doesn't Recommend
    Doesn't Recommend

    Pros

    it was nice to have the same clientele every day.

    Cons

    Didn't like the sudden change in Exec. Chefs


  11. Good company, but very high manager turnover rate within specific accounts

    • Work/Life Balance
    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    • Comp & Benefits
    • Senior Management
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee

    I have been working at Bon Appétit Management full-time

    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    No opinion of CEO
    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    No opinion of CEO

    Pros

    Great benefit package, and M-F schedule Socially responsible, supporting sustainable purchasing Many accounts across the country if your looking to transfer Respectable training courses are provided

    Cons

    Low pay and unqualified managers. Employees are promoted too soon to fill in for the high turnover rate Management is unorganized and not in sync with each other Poor recruiting practices Long hours and unmanageable work load High ideals, but cannot adhere to them

    Advice to Management

    Pay a little more money and get in experienced qualified people



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