California Pizza Kitchen

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California Pizza Kitchen Reviews

Updated September 29, 2014
Updated September 29, 2014
171 Reviews
3.2
171 Reviews
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California Pizza Kitchen Executive Chairman, President & CEO G.J. Hart
G.J. Hart
75 Ratings

Review Highlights

Pros
  • It's flexible hours, and good money for the work you're doing (in 9 reviews)

  • Extremely laid-back, great food plus employee discounts (in 7 reviews)


Cons
  • And upper management keeps saying they support the employees, when they really don't care at all (in 10 reviews)

  • Long hours, not valued, not customer focused (in 7 reviews)

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Employee Reviews

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  1.  

    Wonderful Company, Great Culture

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    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee

    I have been working at California Pizza Kitchen

    Pros

    The environment is great and actual chain food that's good. Promotions are frequent. Great first place to work. Discount food.

    Cons

    inexperienced management, constantly changing menu, long training program

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    keep it consistent. try hiring a team instead of several good individuals

    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    Approves of CEO
  2.  

    Server/ Trainer

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    Former Employee - Server Trainer  in  San Diego, CA
    Former Employee - Server Trainer in San Diego, CA

    I worked at California Pizza Kitchen part-time for more than 3 years

    Pros

    Great people and a fantastic culture. Flexible on schedule, sections and time off.

    Cons

    eat too much of their food and gain weight.

    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    Approves of CEO
  3.  

    Great for college students

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    Former Employee - Server  in  Charlotte, NC
    Former Employee - Server in Charlotte, NC

    I worked at California Pizza Kitchen full-time for more than 3 years

    Pros

    one of the best restaurants out the to serve for. minimal side work, no rollups, great tips.

    Cons

    honestly i worked there for four years and couldnt complain about much.

    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    Approves of CEO
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  5.  

    Server

    Former Employee - Server  in  Grapevine, TX
    Former Employee - Server in Grapevine, TX

    I worked at California Pizza Kitchen part-time for less than a year

    Pros

    Only paid through the tips I made which can be great or really depressing.

    Cons

    Always had to be attentive and sometimes no customers would come in during the weekdays so that means no money that day.

  6.  

    Be part of a family.

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    Former Employee - Server  in  Wellington, FL
    Former Employee - Server in Wellington, FL

    I worked at California Pizza Kitchen part-time for more than a year

    Pros

    At CPK, it was great to work alongside people that were just as friendly and awesome to be around - including your general managers and those above you. Everyone worked together to really reach the peak at where we wanted to be. The food is phenomenal, and as menus roll out, you get to taste the new items without buying them which gives you an opportunity to sell, sell, sell.

    Cons

    There's a relatively small staff. People don't really want to pick up your shifts, even though you are constantly picking up theirs when they need the assistance.

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    I think it would be great to implement even more extensive training that would go into all of the positions in the restaurant, even if you are only going to be front of the house.

    Recommends
    Neutral Outlook
    Approves of CEO
  7.  

    Good people, evolving company, high demands

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    Former Employee - Assistant General Manager  in  Stanford, CA
    Former Employee - Assistant General Manager in Stanford, CA

    I worked at California Pizza Kitchen full-time for more than 10 years

    Pros

    Great coworkers, benefits were good

    Cons

    high demands, constant changes, menu updates multiple times a year

    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    Approves of CEO
  8.  

    it's ok

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    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee

    I worked at California Pizza Kitchen part-time

    Pros

    this job is ok make most money on tips

    Cons

    dont give you a lot of hours

    Negative Outlook
  9.  

    Just no.

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    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee  in  Kansas City, MO
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee in Kansas City, MO

    I have been working at California Pizza Kitchen part-time for more than a year

    Pros

    Fun work environment, nice people, we all became like a family.

    Cons

    Not very much proper training, things change far too often, shady pay cuts, this job becomes your life if you need the money.

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    Get on the same page, train us properly, make better hiring choices.

    Doesn't Recommend
    Negative Outlook
    Disapproves of CEO
  10.  

    wasting my life away

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    Current Employee - Server  in  Los Angeles, CA
    Current Employee - Server in Los Angeles, CA

    I have been working at California Pizza Kitchen part-time for more than 8 years

    Pros

    Flexible schedule, ability to travel, relocate, move up in the company

    Cons

    pay, no more benefits, no more free food, no more vacation pay, high turnover rate, both management and staff

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    It's quality not quantity

    Doesn't Recommend
    Neutral Outlook
    Approves of CEO
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    Salary

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    Current Employee - Restaurant Manager  in  Seattle, WA
    Current Employee - Restaurant Manager in Seattle, WA

    I have been working at California Pizza Kitchen full-time for more than 5 years

    Pros

    Good corporate structure and pay.

    Cons

    Not the same culture under new owners

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    Culture!

    Recommends
    Neutral Outlook
    No opinion of CEO

California Pizza Kitchen Photos

Oh yeah, we have a full bar with beer on tap at the office.
Our beautiful patio!

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