Cara Operations Reviews

Updated August 17, 2015
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Pros
  • Great People, great work life balance (in 4 reviews)

Cons
  • Owners had no clue what they were doing (in 3 reviews)

  • Senior Management lost touch on how to communicate properly with their employees not unless you were a Queens Graduate (in 3 reviews)

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  1. A good survival job to start with

    Former Employee - Team Member in Toronto, ON (Canada)
    Former Employee - Team Member in Toronto, ON (Canada)

    I worked at Cara Operations part-time (More than a year)

    Pros

    - Working in a team oriented environment - Flexible hours that helps you manage your study and job to survive - Not too much stress from management side

    Cons

    Not that I know of


  2. good

    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee

    Pros

    Its really good company to work for

    Cons

    there is nothing bad about the company


  3. Best Company to work with!

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    • Career Opportunities
    • Comp & Benefits
    • Senior Management
    Former Employee - General Manager in Edmonton, AB (Canada)
    Former Employee - General Manager in Edmonton, AB (Canada)
    Recommends
    Positive Outlook

    I worked at Cara Operations full-time (More than 5 years)

    Pros

    Working with Cara operations in a corporate environment was a fantastic experience. They always invested in education and in indivials to promote growth. Appreciation applied, constant recognition, growth opportunities, challenged excellence. It was a great learning environment for myself. A company that values both hourly and salaried associates the same. One of the best companies that I have worked with.

    Cons

    Looking back, I can not find any cons. If there were any I would likely talk to my Area Manager and resolve any issues.

    Advice to Management

    Challenge yourself to be better each day. Enjoy your job and have fun, it can contagious. Life is to short, enjoy it. If you find your in a position where you are overwhelmed, don't be shy to ask for help or advise. If your not happy at work and exhausted all avenues, then it's best to move on. If your not happy, I will bet your staff are not happy then the guest will not be happy. Try not to be selfish and waste the companies money and leave a mess for the next person. I have witness this at other locations and other business.


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  5. brand manager

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    • Comp & Benefits
    • Senior Management
    Former Employee - Assistant Brand Manager in Vaughan, ON (Canada)
    Former Employee - Assistant Brand Manager in Vaughan, ON (Canada)
    Doesn't Recommend
    Positive Outlook
    Approves of CEO

    I worked at Cara Operations full-time (More than 3 years)

    Pros

    company is going in the right direction

    Cons

    not many growth opportunities and they don't pay well. they tell you upfront they don't pay well but pay through bonuses. bonuses are at 4%, which isn't much

    Advice to Management

    train your people and do not be so worried about spending and developing your people


  6. Staff Member at Harvey's

    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee in Kingston, ON (Canada)
    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee in Kingston, ON (Canada)
    Recommends
    Neutral Outlook
    No opinion of CEO

    I worked at Cara Operations (More than 3 years)

    Pros

    Coworkers were fun, close proximity to my house, couple of hot babes, food discount was also good

    Cons

    Coworkers .... and min wage, manager was a bit off, near the end they apparently only hired ex cons lol

    Advice to Management

    Keep well staffed, pay them well, promote from within, do not make 1 person do 2-3 peoples job. dont hire goons


  7. appreciable

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    • Culture & Values
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    • Comp & Benefits
    • Senior Management
    Former Employee - Garnisher, Cashier, and Drive-Thru in Markham, ON (Canada)
    Former Employee - Garnisher, Cashier, and Drive-Thru in Markham, ON (Canada)
    Recommends
    Neutral Outlook
    Approves of CEO

    I worked at Cara Operations part-time (More than 5 years)

    Pros

    Fun and learn a lot.

    Cons

    Some time very less hour.

    Advice to Management

    Really good environment.


  8. bartender

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    • Comp & Benefits
    • Senior Management
    Former Employee - Server/Bartender in Oakville, ON (Canada)
    Former Employee - Server/Bartender in Oakville, ON (Canada)

    Pros

    Friendly work environment, performance based scheduling, able to make lucrative amount of tips (sometimes over $300 a night) made lasting relationships, time flies, job isn't stressful, flexible schedules, mostly good management, ability to move up. Overall great experience.

    Cons

    Dying brand, head office are jerks but they're only there on occasion, long hours (but the longer you work the more you make). Dont usually get weekends but you get used to it. Standing a lot, a lot of walking and blisters. Pressure to look "like your going to the party, not coming from one".

    Advice to Management

    Dont be lazy, dont be mean and back our decisions (within reason)


  9. Ok part time job while in school.

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    • Career Opportunities
    • Comp & Benefits
    • Senior Management
    Current Employee - Customer Service Representative in Burlington, ON (Canada)
    Current Employee - Customer Service Representative in Burlington, ON (Canada)

    I have been working at Cara Operations part-time (More than 8 years)

    Pros

    Flexibility. As a student I would be able to rearrange my schedule to work with my schooling and other events

    Cons

    Very little appreciation for employees or empowerment to make decisions. Owner would be stingy. Needed repairs would be put off and raises, if any, were minimal. Brand wise seem to be trying to go away from core strengths and trying to reach into markets were they don't belong.

    Advice to Management

    Appreciate your employees. Focus on your strenghts. New menu items are great, but try to understand the limits to freezer sizes as well as what can be done efficiently.


  10. Manager

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

    Pros

    Fastpace, newer IT team , There are tons of work and specially WRT the PCI com pliancy and general network security arena which there are multitude of large holes there, however mgmt seems are in denial of this fact.

    Cons

    Too many parallel projects, Too much office politics, unreal expectations time to time, I had less than half the staff required to run in my team compare to previous administration.


  11. Not pleasant.

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    • Career Opportunities
    • Comp & Benefits
    • Senior Management
    Former Employee - Garnisher, Cashier, and Drive-Thru
    Former Employee - Garnisher, Cashier, and Drive-Thru
    Doesn't Recommend
    Negative Outlook
    Disapproves of CEO

    I worked at Cara Operations part-time

    Pros

    Coworkers were basically the only pro of working at Harveys. They were fun and friendly, super easy to get along with and remained friends even after I quit Harveys.

    Cons

    Would force overtime and not pay for it. Would post schedules and then cross hours out with a pen and change them without asking. Was put into uncomfortable situations and had to take on tasks that were not part of my duties and also was not trained on (grilling/fryer) Senior management was unpleasant/rude to employers Negative energy all around the restaurant (lots of coworkers fighting/management arguing/a lot of talking behind the back)

    Advice to Management

    Treat employers respectfully, ask them if they feel comfortable doing certain tasks that they are not trained on.



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