California Pizza Kitchen

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California Pizza Kitchen Reviews

Updated January 25, 2015
Updated January 25, 2015
197 Reviews
3.4
197 Reviews
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California Pizza Kitchen Executive Chairman, President & CEO G.J. Hart
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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.  

    Hostess

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    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee

    I have been working at California Pizza Kitchen

    Pros

    Pretty Laid Back
    Flexible with Schedules

    Cons

    Short shifts, a little stressful

  2.  

    Great Company!

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    • Career Opportunities
    Current Employee - Server in West Palm Beach, FL
    Current Employee - Server in West Palm Beach, FL

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

    Pros

    Great work life balance, easy money, mall hours instead of late restaurant hours, company values are great!

    Cons

    Dealing with customers can be challenging but as long as you have a great team you can make it through just fine!

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    Do contests to drive server sales!

    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    No opinion of CEO
  3.  

    I love working at my local CPK!

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    • Career Opportunities
    Current Employee - Bartender in San Luis Obispo, CA
    Current Employee - Bartender in San Luis Obispo, CA

    I have been working at California Pizza Kitchen full-time (less than a year)

    Pros

    Interview process was easy, they gave thorough training, within 3 months I was promoted from server to bartender (with no previous experience) and I love the team we have!

    Cons

    Sometimes the mood of a few people trump the positive work environment and there are a few lazy people that I wish management would get involved and make them work or send them home.

    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    Approves of CEO
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  5.  

    Slow to promote within

    Former Employee - Take Out in Rossmoor, CA
    Former Employee - Take Out in Rossmoor, CA

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

    Pros

    The staff was great to work with. Everyone was in college or around the same age

    Cons

    Managers promise promotion but do not follow through

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    Keep to your promises of promoting within

    Doesn't Recommend
    Neutral Outlook
    No opinion of CEO
  6.  

    There are better places to work

    • Comp & Benefits
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    • Career Opportunities
    Current Employee - Server
    Current Employee - Server

    I have been working at California Pizza Kitchen

    Pros

    The staff is all really nice and willing to help each other out. A lot of teamwork!

    Cons

    Managers don't schedule anyone but their favorite employees. It's impossible to get good shifts unless you kiss the managers behinds.

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    Stop playing favorites and start looking at job performance.

    Doesn't Recommend
    Negative Outlook
    No opinion of CEO
  7.  

    Great College Job

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    • Senior Management
    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    Former Employee - Host in Santa Monica, CA
    Former Employee - Host in Santa Monica, CA

    I worked at California Pizza Kitchen part-time (more than 5 years)

    Pros

    Fantastic management, great food, great work-life balance, easy community, decent pay.

    Cons

    Standard restaurant stuff. Your managers might suck. The corporate takeover ruined the opportunity to eat at a discount after every shift. Your customers might be awful people.

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    Loosen up a bit. The world isn't always just about to end.

    Recommends
    Neutral Outlook
    No opinion of CEO
  8.  

    Great opportunity to grow and great atmosphere to work in

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    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee

    I have been working at California Pizza Kitchen

    Pros

    Many loyal customers and great team of managers

    Cons

    I have no cons great place to work

    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
  9.  

    Pretty Good Place (Rough Marketing)

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    Former Employee - Server in San Antonio, TX
    Former Employee - Server in San Antonio, TX

    I worked at California Pizza Kitchen

    Pros

    Great staff. Great management on the local level.

    Cons

    Corporate Mgmt is rather pathetic. Terrible advertising campaigns and therefore the clientele is sporadic and inconsistent.

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    ADVERTISE MORE!!!

    Recommends
    Neutral Outlook
    No opinion of CEO
  10.  

    Great experiences with CPK

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    • Career Opportunities
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee

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

    Pros

    Great training process. Managers make sure you know what you need to know before starting. Haven't had one bad managerial experience in a year of working. Employees are great as well.

    Cons

    The brand is trying to recover from a string of bad years so the expectations can seem a little high at times. Upper management pops in and out to check up on things and really puts pressure on the staff.

    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    No opinion of CEO
  11.  

    Decent job

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    • Career Opportunities
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee

    I have been working at California Pizza Kitchen

    Pros

    Tips are good on busy nights

    Cons

    Hard to pick up shifts w/o seniority

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