BJ's Restaurants Reviews

Updated September 2, 2015
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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
    Recommends
    Positive Outlook

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

    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

    • Work/Life Balance
    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    • Comp & Benefits
    • Senior Management
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee in Denver, CO
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee in Denver, CO
    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    Disapproves of CEO

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

    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. 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


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  5. Not bad for a corporate restaurant

    • Work/Life Balance
    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    • Comp & Benefits
    • Senior Management
    Former Employee - Server in Sacramento, CA
    Former Employee - Server in Sacramento, CA
    Recommends
    Negative Outlook
    No opinion of CEO

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

    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.


  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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    • Comp & Benefits
    • Senior Management
    Former Employee - Food Server
    Former Employee - Food Server
    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. General Manager

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

    I worked at BJ's Restaurants full-time

    Pros

    Good company culture and compensation. Popular concept

    Cons

    Very corporate with many layers. Constant rollouts and changes


  9. 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


  10. Review

    • Work/Life Balance
    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    • Comp & Benefits
    • Senior Management
    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Doesn't Recommend
    Disapproves of CEO

    Pros

    People are great to work with

    Cons

    Management is horrible and does not care


  11. dishwasher

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    • Comp & Benefits
    • Senior Management
    Former Employee - Dishwasher in San Antonio, TX
    Former Employee - Dishwasher in San Antonio, TX
    Doesn't Recommend
    Neutral Outlook
    No opinion of CEO

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

    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



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