California Pizza Kitchen Reviews

Updated August 31, 2015
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  1. cpk work experiance

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    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Doesn't Recommend

    I have been working at California Pizza Kitchen part-time

    Pros

    flexible hours good job to have during school

    Cons

    food service, people are grumpy when they are hungry


  2. Helpful (2)

    If you like working long hours great job

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    Former Employee - Operations Manager in Maple Grove, MN
    Former Employee - Operations Manager in Maple Grove, MN
    Doesn't Recommend
    Neutral Outlook
    Disapproves of CEO

    I worked at California Pizza Kitchen full-time (More than a year)

    Pros

    Great food great menu, The training is great and expectations are high.

    Cons

    Managers are expected to work 60-70 a week and you are shunned if you try to go home on time. Very Micromanaged, Owner told managers the new work/life balance is liking your job...


  3. Humble bartender's two cents.

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    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Recommends
    Disapproves of CEO

    Pros

    Busy store, good money, great hours.

    Cons

    Lack of communication on management level. Stereotypical corporate philosophy meaning bottom line is money. Everything is regulated. No rewards or incentives for excellent work. Employees treated as bodies instead of people. Lack of accountability overall.


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  5. Only good for temporary

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    Former Employee - Server in Snohomish, WA
    Former Employee - Server in Snohomish, WA
    Recommends
    Neutral Outlook
    No opinion of CEO

    I worked at California Pizza Kitchen (More than a year)

    Pros

    Great tips, good set of team mates, area of location is nice, flexible schedule,

    Cons

    Management is so-so, there are times where it's slow and you are let go as soon as you get to work without prior notice beforehand


  6. Mixed

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    Current Employee - Host/Hostess in Pasadena, CA
    Current Employee - Host/Hostess in Pasadena, CA
    Doesn't Recommend
    Neutral Outlook
    Approves of CEO

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

    Pros

    We get 15% in tips. Some of the regulars are really kind,and co workers are really good at working as a team.

    Cons

    This company asks too much of their employees but they wont reward us for any of the things they ask us to do.Ive never seen a restaurant try that hard to have good cutomer service all the extra stuff in non sence.


  7. Helpful (1)

    Waikiki CPK

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    Former Employee - Line Cook in Waikïkï, HI
    Former Employee - Line Cook in Waikïkï, HI
    Doesn't Recommend
    Neutral Outlook
    No opinion of CEO

    Pros

    More than enough hours to go around for cooks...

    Cons

    poor management and unrealistic expectations


  8. It was OK

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    Former Employee - Server/Bartender in Pleasanton, CA
    Former Employee - Server/Bartender in Pleasanton, CA

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

    Pros

    Great money, well depending on location. You get to develop relationships with customers. Had SOME good managers

    Cons

    Very pushy incentives per management, especially with the new company changes. Constantly working double shifts due to lack of staff. Management also played favoritism, and when employees tried to complain on the CPK hot line, we were basically told that theres nothing they could do because there weren't enough complaints

    Advice to Management

    Treat employees fairly in any and every aspect of the workplace


  9. Server

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    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee

    Pros

    I loved working at cpk! good fun good people

    Cons

    didnt make enough money, some customers suck


  10. Helpful (2)

    Manager

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    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Doesn't Recommend
    Neutral Outlook
    Approves of CEO

    I worked at California Pizza Kitchen full-time (More than 8 years)

    Pros

    Very good reputation and concept. Good benefits.

    Cons

    Since being bought out, CPK has put employee morale and well being on the back burner, no pun intended. Long, long hours for poor pay for managers. CPK used to be a great place to work. No More. The place will suck the life out of you.

    Advice to Management

    Put employee well being back as a priority instead of selling them out to make a profit. Stop cutting employee perks and incentives and expecting more for less pay. Stop burning your managers out for short term gain as in the long run high turnover costs the company more money. CPK used to be a great place to work. It's horrible now.


  11. Fun and Easy Job for Students

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    Former Employee - Server in Boulder, CO
    Former Employee - Server in Boulder, CO
    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    Approves of CEO

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

    Pros

    ANYONE can be a server. It is the perfect way to make quick money without having to work ridiculous hours-especially while in school. CPK had a very fun work environment that was laid back for the most part. Once better management took over, everything improved drastically. There is no longer an extensive sequence of service that needs to be followed (there was in previous years, but it was thrown out). If you are an outgoing and fun person, this job is a breeze.

    Cons

    Things can be a bit stressful when the restaurant is busy, but every job can be stressful at times. It's easy to leave work at work.

    Advice to Management

    Keep it up! My managers were great leaders and friends.



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