California Pizza Kitchen

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California Pizza Kitchen Reviews

Updated September 16, 2014
Updated September 16, 2014
168 Reviews
3.3
168 Reviews
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California Pizza Kitchen Executive Chairman, President & CEO G.J. Hart
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73 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.  

    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
  2.  

    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.

  3.  

    Be part of a family.

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    • Career Opportunities
    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
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  5.  

    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
  6.  

    wasting my life away

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    • Career Opportunities
    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
  7.  

    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
  8.  

    Amazing

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    • Career Opportunities
    Former Employee - Server  in  Fresno, CA
    Former Employee - Server in Fresno, CA

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

    Pros

    Great management team and co-workers

    Cons

    Not enough hours to go around sometimes

    Recommends
    Neutral Outlook
    Approves of CEO
  9.  

    Had great opportunities but the politics were hard to get past

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    Former Employee - Numerous  in  Los Angeles, CA
    Former Employee - Numerous in Los Angeles, CA

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

    Pros

    While under the original owners, I took advantage of the opportunities within the company and moved up were I could. From server to bartender to in store trainer to corporate trainer to DSL (Dining Shift Leader). The best part was being a corporate trainer or "Opening Team Trainer". Compensation was decent, perks of good health insurance and stipends while traveling were great. I made good money and while working full time with the company, bought a car, a house and went back to school.

    Cons

    The politics is what really gets you. I stopped moving up in the company and working as a DSL and Opening Team Trainer while the original owners were still in place. Too much sexual harassment, gossiping, backstabbing and the lack of education in many individuals made it a tough environment to succeed in. I did work under the new owners, but only as a server and bartender part time; therefore, I can't really comment on how things have been since the takeover.

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    Listen to your employees, especially ones that have been there a long time and do a good job. They care about their work, the company and want to be successful so listen to their concerns, take their advice and ideas and show that you care about them.

    Recommends
    Neutral Outlook
    No opinion of CEO
  10.  

    Solid Experience

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    Current Employee - Server  in  Tucson, AZ
    Current Employee - Server in Tucson, AZ

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

    Pros

    Not the fanciest restaurant, but probably better tips than a Buffalo Wild Wings or Chili's. Very flexible schedule for a student. Great to get entry level bartending experience.

    Cons

    A very corporate company with general rules and secret diners.

    Recommends
    Neutral Outlook
    Approves of CEO
  11.  

    Its all about the money.

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    Former Employee - Anonymous
    Former Employee - Anonymous

    I worked at California Pizza Kitchen

    Pros

    It's a job that is it.

    Cons

    Long hours, mgt. wear many hats, bonus not achievable, work all hoiidays, don't expect vacation, all about the money, what have you done for us lately..no loyalty.

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    They don't respond to feedback, just show us the money.

    Doesn't Recommend
    Neutral Outlook
    Disapproves of CEO

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