Patina Restaurant Group

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Patina Restaurant Group Reviews

Updated April 9, 2014
Updated April 9, 2014
24 Reviews

3.2
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  1.  

    Good Restaurant, Mean Executive Chef

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    Former Employee - Line Cook  in  Anaheim, CA
    Former Employee - Line Cook in Anaheim, CA

    I worked at Patina Restaurant Group full-time for more than a year

    Pros

    Best thing about working here or anywhere in Downtown Disney is getting a cast member card to get into the park as much as you'd like for FREE!!!! only downside is that you cant get others in unless you are a manager or work INSIDE the park but other than that it still is amazing to get that kind of deal.

    Cons

    HEAVY traffic flow, specially during the holiday seasons

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    the higher executives and general manager could be a bit nicer to the staff and not yell at them or throw thing at them

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    Decent experience but you deserve better.

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    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee

    I worked at Patina Restaurant Group full-time for more than 5 years

    Pros

    talented chefs, interesting people, decent experience.

    Cons

    Tendency to promote unqualified and unprofessional management, lack of training company wide, no employee appreciation, disorganized HR, payroll & reimbursement programs, plenty of nepotism and favoritism. Unappreciative founder/owner. Does not promote within company consistently. HR issues consistent with the industry.

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    Treat your management & all staff as you would like your guests to be treated. They are the first face to the guest after all. Hospital 101. Implement substantial training programs.Give back to the community you claim to support-discounting your services is not action-it is just a tax deduction on inflated costs. Get out and do something

    Doesn't Recommend
    Negative Outlook
    No opinion of CEO
  3. 1 person found this helpful  

    Great benefits but frustrating conditions

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    Former Employee - Server  in  New York, NY
    Former Employee - Server in New York, NY

    I worked at Patina Restaurant Group full-time for more than 5 years

    Pros

    Non-seasonal employees receive full health care for nominal charge through the union. Holiday season provides many opportunities to work and make great money. Regular customers (from NBC and other corporate/businesses in building and nearby) comprise a good deal of breakfast and lunch business.

    Cons

    Frustrating conditions: Want servers to perform at fine dining level but don't provide support staff to do so. Attracts many tourists who think it is a cafe or diner and are shocked by prices (and therefore do not order much). Junior management is routinely stressed and either take it out on staff or have difficulty handling issues.

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    Become clear about direction taking restaurant and follow that direction through so it's consistent.

    Doesn't Recommend
    Negative Outlook
    Approves of CEO
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  5. 1 person found this helpful  

    A place to keep your mouth shut, make your money, and go home

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    Current Employee - Server  in  New York, NY
    Current Employee - Server in New York, NY

    I have been working at Patina Restaurant Group

    Pros

    The money is decent, there are several managers who are extremely supportive and kind, schedules are generally respected and flexible, no one ever gets fired

    Cons

    Extreme overstaffing, brutish managers, no help in cases of repeat customers who do not tip at all, impossible to get benefits, no communication between managers and staff

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    the goal of the staff and management is the same: maximize sales and customer satisfaction to maximize profits/tips. increased communication would do a world of difference and a happy server is more likely to lead to a happy customer and ultimately a happy bottom line for Patina. staff suggestions should not be treated as subversiveness.

    No opinion of CEO
  6.  

    Bartender

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    Former Employee - Bartender  in  Anaheim, CA
    Former Employee - Bartender in Anaheim, CA

    I worked at Patina Restaurant Group

    Pros

    Pretty good place to work. Made good money behind the bar. Usually you made comparable money on how hard you worked during the shift.

    Cons

    Management didn't treat people well. Dealt with many irate customers and families. Kitchen messed up a lot and you had to take food off of their bill, lowering your tip.

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    Listen to your employees. Upper management didn't do a great job hiring good management during my time there. There were some good managers, but a lot of really bad ones.

  7. 1 person found this helpful  

    Some Good Some Bad

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    Former Employee - Director of Operations  in  Los Angeles, CA
    Former Employee - Director of Operations in Los Angeles, CA

    I worked at Patina Restaurant Group

    Pros

    Recognized Chef, industry name, good presence in the Los Angeles and New York City Markets. Some talented people at the helm.

    Cons

    Downturn in industry has created a somewhat necessary penny wise, dollar foolish mindset at the company. This will hurt them compared to others when things finally turn upward. They have a lot of unprofitable locations bringing the rest of the company down.

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    Remember what made you successful in the past. In this economy "luck" will be exposed for what it is. The only differentiation companies have now are their "people".

    No opinion of CEO
  8.  

    take my advise and grow from it us it as a stepping stone

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    Current Employee - Sous Chef  in  Beverly Hills, CA
    Current Employee - Sous Chef in Beverly Hills, CA

    I have been working at Patina Restaurant Group

    Pros

    working with some of the top chefs in the city...also learning new trends and tech of gastronamy.

    Cons

    the amount of money you get vs. the amount of hours you are expected to work.

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    stick together, comunnicate and take care of the cooks

    Approves of CEO
  9.  

    It has its moments..

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    Current Employee - Server
    Current Employee - Server

    I have been working at Patina Restaurant Group

    Pros

    I've made life-long friends at my job and have learned the ins and outs of the restaurant industry. Food and wine have become a passion.

    Cons

    No recognition for hard work. I feel as though I get scrutinized for the smallest things that are beyond my control.

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    An 18% gratuity on a party of 8 or more is insulting. Especially in a high tourist area, where half of them don't know how to tip accordingly.

    Recommends
    No opinion of CEO
  10.  

    Not an easy place to work

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    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee

    I worked at Patina Restaurant Group

    Pros

    If you work very hard, you can eventually move up the ladder
    Some autonomy

    Cons

    Very poor communication
    Bad life/work balance
    Not encouraging/nurturing environment

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    Decide the true mission of the company, and stick to it.

    Doesn't Recommend
    Disapproves of CEO

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