BJ's Restaurants Reviews

Updated June 30, 2015
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Pros
  • If you're a server it's short shifts with good money (in 14 reviews)

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

Cons
  • Managers are frequently under a lot of stress and tired due to long hours which can affect the whole team (in 10 reviews)

  • It's a LOT of work, but a great food runner makes a much smoother shift (in 4 reviews)

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  1. I enjoy it.

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    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    • Comp & Benefits
    • Senior Management
    Current Employee - Server
    Current Employee - Server

    I have been working at BJ's Restaurants part-time (More than 5 years)

    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    Recommends
    Positive Outlook

    Pros

    Lots of schedule flexibility. Decent tips. Protection for employees when guests are out of line. Overall positive work environment. Management is open to listening when team members have problems.

    Cons

    Difficult to advance; often takes a long time (took me 2 1/2 years to move from host up to server). Corporate


  2. Up and coming

    • Work/Life Balance
    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    • Comp & Benefits
    • Senior Management
    Former Employee - Executive Kitchen Manager in Boulder, CO
    Former Employee - Executive Kitchen Manager in Boulder, CO

    I worked at BJ's Restaurants full-time (More than a year)

    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    Recommends
    Positive Outlook

    Pros

    Excellent company to work for! BJ's values their employees above all else. As an Executive Kitchen Manager, I was challenged everyday to perform my best and to expect nothing less from my team.

    Cons

    Limited locations nationwide. Not much else bad I can say about them.

    Advice to Management

    Great benefits, and salary


  3. Great Experience

    • Work/Life Balance
    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    • Comp & Benefits
    Current Employee - Host/Hostess in Denton, TX
    Current Employee - Host/Hostess in Denton, TX

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

    Recommends
    Recommends

    Pros

    Free meal at the end of every shift, great staff, great opportunity to strengthen interpersonal communication and customer service. There is also room for growth within the restaurant if desired.

    Cons

    No clear clock-out time, limited flexibility in scheduling depending on the restaurant and time of the year


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  5. Bartender

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

    I worked at BJ's Restaurants

    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    Approves of CEO
    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    Approves of CEO

    Pros

    Great Managers to work with. 'attentive to staff needs.

    Cons

    very busy with some OT

    Advice to Management

    N?A


  6. Server, Trainer, Bartender, Food Runner

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    • Career Opportunities
    • Comp & Benefits
    • Senior Management
    Current Employee - Server in Houston, TX
    Current Employee - Server in Houston, TX

    I have been working at BJ's Restaurants

    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    Approves of CEO
    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    Approves of CEO

    Pros

    Cash on hand is nice

    Cons

    Tips vary, so cash on hand could be small if not busy or bad tippers..

    Advice to Management

    Keep on keepin on


  7. Server Position

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    • Comp & Benefits
    • Senior Management
    Current Employee - Server in Los Angeles, CA
    Current Employee - Server in Los Angeles, CA

    I have been working at BJ's Restaurants (Less than a year)

    Pros

    -Work itself isn't too difficult
    -Can easily get good tips due to affluent location/area
    -Free food if you don't get tipped out
    -50% off food for employees who get tipped
    -Hotschedules is pretty convenient

    Cons

    - Management doesn't communicate well with each other
    -Schedules change every week
    -Favoritism definitely exists

    Advice to Management

    -Sticking to a consistent schedule would maximize efficiency for all staff
    -Leading by example would be better from management
    -Be more hands on with trainee employees


  8. Working @ Bj's

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

    I worked at BJ's Restaurants part-time

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

    Pros

    It helped me with communicating and dealing with unhappy guests. Great people. Free food for hosts.

    Cons

    There was really bad communication between coworkers and managers. Managers chose favorites instead of those who actually worked the hardest. Got yelled at a lot by guests. Worked over a year, no raise no nothing.

    Advice to Management

    Communicate better with the employees. Stop choosing favorites and choose those that actually deserve it. Maybe give a little raise every year someone works there.


  9. Approve

    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee

    I have been working at BJ's Restaurants full-time

    Pros

    Consistent money, good management, good location

    Cons

    Fast paced, disorganized, no benefits


  10. Many opportunities to advance!

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    • Comp & Benefits
    • Senior Management
    Current Employee - Server
    Current Employee - Server

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

    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    Recommends
    Positive Outlook

    Pros

    Worked here for a little over a year and I saw great tips, amazing training, and hiring from within the company. In my time there, two of the long time servers became managers!

    Cons

    It is a typical server job so you do have to deal with THOSE customers sometimes.

    Advice to Management

    Don't copy and paste the schedule so much!


  11. Server

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

    I worked at BJ's Restaurants part-time (More than a year)

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

    Pros

    As with most server positions, scheduling was extremely flexible. Training experience was great, but based on your trainer, location was extremely busy = more sales = more tips.

    Cons

    The amount of people you need to tip out at the end of the night can get a little ridiculous during weekend shifts.



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