BJ's Restaurants Reviews

Updated August 2, 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. Hard work big rewards

    Current Employee - Manager
    Current Employee - Manager

    I have been working at BJ's Restaurants

    Pros

    Good pay, industry leader, in technology

    Cons

    Big menu, kitchen execution can be a struggle


  2. Fun place to work

    Former Employee - Prep Cook in Columbus, OH
    Former Employee - Prep Cook in Columbus, OH

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

    Pros

    Very flexible place to work, great management

    Cons

    Menu is way to big.


  3. Great place to work

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

    I have been working at BJ's Restaurants

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

    Pros

    Fun place to work, good managers

    Cons

    Lot of hours, moving around


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  5. super chill, but upscale at the same time!

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    • Culture & Values
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    • Comp & Benefits
    • Senior Management
    Current Employee - Hostess in Torrance, CA
    Current Employee - Hostess in Torrance, CA

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

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

    Pros

    I pretty much love all the people I work with. To me, the people you work with & the relationships you build at work kind of make or breaks, but I'd have to say that I think i'm surrounded by a pretty chill group of co-workers & managers. It would be my definition of a great first job.. forsure!

    Cons

    It can be a stressful environment sometimes if the faced-paced work life isn't for you... especially if you don't know how to handle unpleasant guests. You definitely have to be on your a-game in terms of handling guests or you won't like it. .just saying.

    Advice to Management

    Keep doing what you're doing, ..it works.


  6. Well run company

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    • Culture & Values
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    • 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.


  7. Room to grow

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    • 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.


  8. BJ's

    Former Employee - Service Trainer in Fayetteville, NC
    Former Employee - Service Trainer in Fayetteville, NC

    I worked at BJ's Restaurants (More than 5 years)

    Pros

    Tips and Cashouts were prosperous

    Cons

    Poor management and low morale


  9. Not bad for a corporate restaurant

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    • Culture & Values
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    • Comp & Benefits
    • Senior Management
    Former Employee - Server in Sacramento, CA
    Former Employee - Server in Sacramento, CA

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

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

    Pros

    Really good systems, awesome restaurant technology, decent product. Managers are mostly competent, you'll at least gave a good general manager.

    Cons

    Still a corporate restaurant that doesn't invest in developing hourly employees. My GM and service manager (both have moved on) were awesome and followed up on training. I saw a lot of servers who didn't know what they were doing train inexperienced staff. This chain started long before I got there, and I'm assuming will be there long after I'm gone. Service is mediocre and not expected to be anything above chain level.

    Advice to Management

    Invest in good workers or they'll leave. Grass is greener in my experience.


  10. General Manager

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    • Comp & Benefits
    • 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


  11. 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.



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