BJ's Restaurants Reviews

Updated July 23, 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. Well run company

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    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    • Comp & Benefits
    • Senior Management
    Former Employee - Service Assistant in Tallahassee, FL
    Former Employee - Service Assistant in Tallahassee, FL

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

    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    Recommends
    Positive Outlook

    Pros

    The managers are understanding. Flexible hours and availability. Easy to switch shifts. Ability to make more from good tips than other jobs

    Cons

    Hard to move up. Hard work might not always be seen or recognized by management. Some lazy co workers.

    Advice to Management

    Pay attention to who is working hard and who is just going through the motions. Reward hard workers with shift preferences and opportunity to move up.


  2. Room to grow

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    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    • Comp & Benefits
    • Senior Management
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee in Denver, CO
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee in Denver, CO

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

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

    Pros

    Lots of room to grow through hard work. Healthcare & 401k offered for servers on up. Flexible scheduling.

    Cons

    Inconsistent accountability with management team. Lots of changes from home office constantly. Lack of standards for everyone equally.

    Advice to Management

    For home office: You're driving the brand into the ground. Stop expanding so quickly when you can hardly staff your NRO's.


  3. General Manager

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    • Senior Management
    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee

    I worked at BJ's Restaurants full-time

    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    Recommends
    Positive Outlook

    Pros

    Good company culture and compensation. Popular concept

    Cons

    Very corporate with many layers. Constant rollouts and changes


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  5. Host

    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee in San Jose, CA
    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee in San Jose, CA

    I worked at BJ's Restaurants (Less than a year)

    Pros

    The managers and the environment

    Cons

    The kitchen was a nightmare. So much chaos


  6. Sloppy Management and immature employees

    Former Employee - Hostess in Huntington Beach, CA
    Former Employee - Hostess in Huntington Beach, CA

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

    Pros

    Worked fair hours with decent pay plus as a hostess, I was able to have a meal after my shift.

    Cons

    Managers held double standards for certain team members whereas employees treated one another with disrespect. It was not a good atmosphere to be a part of and I dreaded coming to work everyday.


  7. server

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    Former Employee - Food Server
    Former Employee - Food Server

    I worked at BJ's Restaurants

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

    Pros

    Great pay, great servers . The food tastes amazing and they give you free samples constantly.

    Cons

    Some of the managers are absolute jerks who think they run the world. They are a pain to get a long with.

    Advice to Management

    Learn to treat your servers better, we are the front line when it comes to generating cashflow.


  8. Review

    • Work/Life Balance
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    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee

    I worked at BJ's Restaurants

    Doesn't Recommend
    Disapproves of CEO
    Doesn't Recommend
    Disapproves of CEO

    Pros

    People are great to work with

    Cons

    Management is horrible and does not care


  9. dishwasher

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    • Senior Management
    Former Employee - Dishwasher in San Antonio, TX
    Former Employee - Dishwasher in San Antonio, TX

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

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

    Pros

    Free employee meals, starting pay, plenty of hours

    Cons

    No time for breaks, no set time to leave, expect to be called in early and on off days


  10. I enjoy it.

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    • 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


  11. Up and coming

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    • 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



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