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California Pizza Kitchen Executive Chairman, President & CEO G.J. Hart
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  • Server - Best job I've ever had

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    Current Employee - Food Server in Baton Rouge, LA
    Current Employee - Food Server in Baton Rouge, LA

    I have been working at California Pizza Kitchen part-time (Less than a year)

    Positive Outlook
    Positive Outlook


    CPK has a fun, laid back atmosphere for the most part. Hours are pretty flexible when there is a full staff of servers; most people are understanding and willing to swap shifts if something comes up. Management knows their jobs and cares for everyone under them, from cooks to hosts. Managers will help to make us as much money as possible, from running food to calming down customers. That in turn helps us to give each and every customer a positive experience. Pay for the amount of hours worked is AMAZING compared to every other serving job I've had. Overall: workers that care about one another like a family and do things together outside of work, great pay, and flexible hours (which is perfect for someone like me putting themselves through college)


    One of my biggest complaints is Pizza Dough sign ups. We are told that we need to reach X amount of Pizza Dough sign ups each shift and that it is part of our job to sell this to customers. While I understand that it's to convince customers to want to come back, I feel like we are having to berate these customers. From what I understand, if we continuously do not hit our quota, we will have to go to meetings on how to sell this. If this fails, they would let us go. Plan to work most holidays (not just exclusive to CPK, however).

    Advice to Management

    While I understand that Pizza Dough gives to the guests, the way in which we are made to push them on the guests makes me a bit bitter about it.

California Pizza Kitchen Interviews

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    I have not been able to be in the working world for a couple of years. I had to take care of my father & father in-law they have since died. I have gone to a few interviews dealing with experience while cooking that have seen pretty good,but yet to hear anything, I have worked as a cook/chef for over 30 years and would like a chance to show you what I got.

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America's 200 Best Small Companies, Forbes, 2009

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Headquarters Los Angeles, CA
Size 5000+ Employees
Founded Unknown
Type Company - Public
Industry Restaurants, Bars & Food Services
Revenue $500 million to $1 billion (USD) per year

This company's cookeries are putting a West Coast twist on an old favorite. California Pizza Kitchen (CPK) operates a chain of about 265 casual-dining restaurants that specialize in gourmet pizzas featuring unique topping combinations, including duck, barbecued chicken, and grilled shrimp. The chain also serves Neapolitan pizzas from Italy, as well as American-style pies. CPK rounds out its menu with pastas, soups, salads, and desserts. The restaurants are found in more than 30 states and about a dozen other countries; more than 200 of the locations are company-owned... More

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