California Pizza Kitchen

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California Pizza Kitchen Reviews

Updated February 27, 2015
Updated February 27, 2015
208 Reviews
3.4
208 Reviews
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California Pizza Kitchen Executive Chairman, President & CEO G.J. Hart
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92 Ratings

Review Highlights

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

  • Ability to make good money and have adjusted hours for college students (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 8 reviews)

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Employee Reviews

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  1.  

    I have worked at CPK for three years and I absolutely love it!

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    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee

    I have been working at California Pizza Kitchen

    Pros

    Amazing company to work for! I love CPK

    Cons

    Communication from management to servers

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    More communication

    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    Approves of CEO
  2.  

    Great summer job

    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee

    I worked at California Pizza Kitchen

    Pros

    I had friendly co-workers who were helpful and understanding, flexible hours, good location personally, thorough training

    Cons

    The customers at this restaurant are particularly rude customers, wages and tips are lower than other restaurants in the area

  3.  

    Learned alot being a waitress

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    Former Employee - Waitress
    Former Employee - Waitress

    I worked at California Pizza Kitchen

    Pros

    Learn to deal with all types of people. Helps me currently in real life situations.

    Cons

    Management was tough on some of the new people

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    Pay us more!!

    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    Approves of CEO
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  5.  

    Server at CPK

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    Former Employee - Server in Torrance, CA
    Former Employee - Server in Torrance, CA

    I worked at California Pizza Kitchen

    Pros

    Great company to work for, new CEO is really on board

    Cons

    Annoying customers, long weekend nights

    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    Approves of CEO
  6.  

    Being a hostess at CPK was not so bad, but it is honestly not the best job in the world.

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    Former Employee - Hostess in Arlington, VA
    Former Employee - Hostess in Arlington, VA

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

    Pros

    One of the most exciting reasons to work here is the new customers you get to meet every shift, and the delicious food you get to consume during lunch. The customers are usually so friendly and excited about getting an authentic taste of pizza from California. The vibe is awesome as well.

    Cons

    The major challenge working as a hostess at CPK is the fact that the wait staff sometimes envies your position. In terms of getting paid via tips, they obviously make a lot more, but for some reason, there was always some pressure as a hostess to seat everyone fairly without inadvertently playing "favorites". Also, as with any restaurant there were sometimes disgruntled customers, but remember they are always right!

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    Happy Hour! I am not sure if this is only the specific restaurant I worked at, but happy hour was not an option and that would result in the loss of a lot of customers, especially on the weekends.

    Recommends
    Neutral Outlook
    No opinion of CEO
  7.  

    Good co-worker connection, poor management

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    Current Employee - Server in Orem, UT
    Current Employee - Server in Orem, UT

    I have been working at California Pizza Kitchen

    Pros

    wonderful staff, BOH and FOH mesh so well, it's like a family!

    Cons

    Management disagrees with one another often, schedules come out late, high turnover of employees, poor training program

    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    Approves of CEO
  8.  

    Started amazingly, but it has declined over the years. What used to be transparency has become the "good ol boys" club.

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    Current Employee - Manager
    Current Employee - Manager

    I have been working at California Pizza Kitchen

    Pros

    The people and the food. Great culture.

    Cons

    Company continues to hire in untested leadership and doesn't train management.

    Doesn't Recommend
    Negative Outlook
    Approves of CEO
  9.  

    Terrible general manager

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    Former Employee - Food Server in Raleigh, NC
    Former Employee - Food Server in Raleigh, NC

    I worked at California Pizza Kitchen

    Pros

    Great co-workers. Free employee meal. Good training!

    Cons

    Terrible General manager! Very unprofessional. She was very nosy with our personal lives. Very rude to employees.

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    You need a more professional management team

    Doesn't Recommend
    Neutral Outlook
    No opinion of CEO
  10.  

    I have been working at California Pizza Kitchen

    Pros

    Money, flexible schedule, some great people

    Cons

    If you have a problem with a coworker, the management doesn't do anything....so better go to corporate.

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    Just because some one has worked for the company for a longer period of time, doesn't mean they should be able to talk down to others and bully.

  11.  

    Server

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    Former Employee - Server in Arlington Heights, IL
    Former Employee - Server in Arlington Heights, IL

    I worked at California Pizza Kitchen

    Pros

    The tips are sometimes pretty good

    Cons

    A ton of the employees and management are very umprofessional at times.

    Doesn't Recommend
    Positive Outlook
    Approves of CEO

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