California Pizza Kitchen

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California Pizza Kitchen Reviews

Updated November 24, 2014
Updated November 24, 2014
183 Reviews
3.2
183 Reviews
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California Pizza Kitchen Executive Chairman, President & CEO G.J. Hart
G.J. Hart
82 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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  1.  

    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 (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
  2.  

    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 (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
  3.  

    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 (more than an 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
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  5.  

    Amazing

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    Former Employee - Server in Fresno, CA
    Former Employee - Server in Fresno, CA

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

    Pros

    Great management team and co-workers

    Cons

    Not enough hours to go around sometimes

    Recommends
    Neutral Outlook
    Approves of CEO
  6.  

    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
  7.  

    Unprofessional

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    Former Employee - Assistant General Manager in Tampa, FL
    Former Employee - Assistant General Manager in Tampa, FL

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

    Pros

    Great pay..great culture in theory. Great operating systems. Diverse culture, opportunity for advancement

    Cons

    Favoritism ... Had gm sleeping with assistant manager. When I started to question , after 7 yrs employment I was asked to leave due to gm feeling uncomfortable???? Gj... I suggest you stop trying to reinvent and get back to basics

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    Follow policy.. Don't look the other way when someone breaks rules just to be nice. If I was more vindictive I would have had a great law suit!!

    Doesn't Recommend
    Negative Outlook
    Disapproves of CEO
  8. 1 person found this helpful  

    Hard Worker? Go somewhere else.

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    Current Employee - Server Trainer
    Current Employee - Server Trainer

    I have been working at California Pizza Kitchen full-time (more than 3 years)

    Pros

    The food is good and they have gone back to encouraging individuality.

    Cons

    Managers don't appreciate the GOOD staff they have. They'll push five excellent employees out the door, just to get ten mediocre employees on the clock. I've been there for three years, and I'm still treated like I just walked onto the floor yesterday. They take advantage of the good workers, and don't reprimand the ones doing wrong. And upper management keeps saying they support the employees, when they really don't care at all.

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    Show a little employee love, and you'll get some back. When I started at CPK, they took care of us. Now we're all disposable.

    Doesn't Recommend
    Negative Outlook
    Disapproves of CEO
  9. 1 person found this helpful  

    Great for part-time work, but seriously poor management

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    Former Employee - Server in Kansas City, MO
    Former Employee - Server in Kansas City, MO

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

    Pros

    Extremely laid-back, great food plus employee discounts

    Cons

    Laid-back attitude to a fault. Poor management/leadership. Incompetent managers.

  10.  

    Great restaurant if you are comfortable with corporate set goals

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    Former Employee - Server
    Former Employee - Server

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

    Pros

    Flexible hours and commission based pay is what keeps you motivated

    Cons

    Pay is very susceptible to time of the year

    Recommends
    Neutral Outlook
    No opinion of CEO
  11.  

    Great company!

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    Former Employee - Hostess in Denver, CO
    Former Employee - Hostess in Denver, CO

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

    Pros

    Great people, nice managers, room for advancement

    Cons

    Hard work in the hospitality industry

    Recommends
    Neutral Outlook
    Approves of CEO

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