Carl's Jr Reviews

Updated March 30, 2015
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Andrew Puzder
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Pros
  • You get 50% discount on food when you work (in 4 reviews)

  • Schedule flexibility, opportunity for pleasant work environment, fast paced, never dull (in 6 reviews)

Cons
  • Very low pay shift leader making (in 8 reviews)

  • But they won't actually promote me from shift leader trainee to (in 5 reviews)

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  1. First Job, moved up quickly, learned at a fast pace

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    Current Employee - Shift Manager in San Antonio, TX
    Current Employee - Shift Manager in San Antonio, TX

    I have been working at Carl's Jr full-time (more than a year)

    Pros

    Working at Carl's Jr. as my first job was great. I started off as a cook, then learning Drive Thru and the Cash Register, I got offered the chance to move up to a Crew Trainer, and thought, hey if I can move up to this, I'm good enough to move up even more. I got promoted to Shift Manager 2 months later.

    Cons

    Having to worry about high labor, as well as having to deal with being shorthanded.

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    Try to understand where Shift Managers come from when they say they are trying, having to keep Low Speed of Service, Low Waste, Low Labor, and maintain Great Customer Service is all hard to do at the same time and we try our best.

    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
  2. cashier

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    Former Employee - Cashier in City of Industry, CA
    Former Employee - Cashier in City of Industry, CA

    I worked at Carl's Jr full-time (more than a year)

    Pros

    It was a good job 1st time job

    Cons

    Didn't like that we had to clean the restrooms

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    treat your employees fair

    Doesn't Recommend
    Neutral Outlook
    No opinion of CEO
  3. Good job

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    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee

    I have been working at Carl's Jr

    Pros

    Gives you something to do and it's fun to cook food and make hamburgers and lurking new things about food and safety laws

    Cons

    Pays minimum wage some customers can be mean at times you just got to push it to the side and just smile and wave

    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    Approves of CEO
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  5. Experience is good, but stressful

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    Former Employee - Crew Member/Cashier in Los Angeles, CA
    Former Employee - Crew Member/Cashier in Los Angeles, CA

    I worked at Carl's Jr part-time (less than a year)

    Pros

    This was my first job after graduating from high school and it was an okay job. I really enjoyed working with the rest of the employees, some were very helpful. I was able to get decent hours when business was good, ranging from 30-38 hours.

    Cons

    I felt as though the store was a little bit unorganized, but maybe that's how most fast food places work. One of my managers were not very helpful and hostile towards me from the very beginning. Management had favorites, which was understandable for the most part.

    I also really really dislike handling the drive thru and the front line. Sometimes both ends would get busy and I'm the only person for both stations. It was stressful enough to keep my drive-thru line within the time limit but when I started tending customers in the front line, it got even more chaotic.

    If you're new, it's very rare that you'll get major Holidays off because your pay is much cheaper than someone who's been there for a couple of years.

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    Be more involved with your stores. I never saw a person from corporate visit us in all the 7 months that I worked for Carl's Jr.

    Doesn't Recommend
    Neutral Outlook
    No opinion of CEO
  6. It's was a great job for a college student

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    Current Employee - Shift Leader in Panorama City, CA
    Current Employee - Shift Leader in Panorama City, CA

    I have been working at Carl's Jr part-time (more than 3 years)

    Pros

    Great learning experience. Learn how to a business works.

    Cons

    Horrible pay. Doesn't value employees.

    Doesn't Recommend
    Negative Outlook
    Disapproves of CEO
  7. Carls jr not so bad working there .

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    Current Employee - Shift Supervisor in Anaheim, CA
    Current Employee - Shift Supervisor in Anaheim, CA

    I have been working at Carl's Jr

    Pros

    The money was good
    The coworkers were awsome

    Cons

    The hours were bad
    Closing sucked

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    Work with your workers schedule !

    Doesn't Recommend
    Negative Outlook
    No opinion of CEO
  8. Not a job to have forever.

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    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee

    I have been working at Carl's Jr part-time (more than 3 years)

    Pros

    It is easy to move up in the company, easy to learn the job, discounts.

    Cons

    Very strict in regulations, once you more up it is not a very big pay raise, only 25 cents. They ask for impossible goals, constant changes. It is okay for a while, but nobody wants to work fast food for their whole life.

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    Start caring more about your workers. Carl's Jr doesn't provide any services to it's employees besides free food cards and discounts. One person, front or back, works as many positions, we deserve a little bit more than minimum wage and discounts.

    Doesn't Recommend
    Negative Outlook
    No opinion of CEO
  9. Too much time reinventing the wheel

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    Former Employee - General Manager in San Marcos, TX
    Former Employee - General Manager in San Marcos, TX

    I worked at Carl's Jr full-time (more than a year)

    Pros

    Great guests and crew. Excellent HR department. Better job if you work for CKE corporate since benefits are much improved.

    Cons

    Ownership changed three times in 15 months. Corporate sold most of their stores off to franchises in Texas. With that came dramatic changes in benefits and upper management style. This is actually th second time that CKE has sold the majority of their stores in Texas. New owners are MIH and the majority of GM's either left or were terminated within a few months. Good luck if they are in the process of buying your store.

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    Do like some of the better managed brands are doing now. Corporate should build stores in high population density markets with good per capita income. Build those stores to be your ambassadors to grow your brand. Grow at conservative paces that protect the company and it's investors.

    Doesn't Recommend
    Neutral Outlook
    Disapproves of CEO
  10. OK

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    Former Employee - Carl's Junior Team Member in La Porte, TX
    Former Employee - Carl's Junior Team Member in La Porte, TX

    I worked at Carl's Jr part-time (less than a year)

    Pros

    - friendly people
    - flexible

    Cons

    - long hours
    - minimum wage

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    pay more

    Recommends
    Neutral Outlook
    No opinion of CEO
  11. If this is your first job, do some research on the store you're applying for. Ask for benefits.

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    Current Employee - Crew Member in Diamond Bar, CA
    Current Employee - Crew Member in Diamond Bar, CA

    I have been working at Carl's Jr full-time (less than a year)

    Pros

    + Great coworkers
    + Flexible hours
    + Long hours
    + Free burger when store does exceptionally well
    + Free sodas in water cup

    Cons

    - Long hours
    - Minimum wage
    - No benefits (depends on your store)
    - No Direct Deposits (depends on your store)
    - No training by management
    - Stingy store manager
    - Unnecessary position switches

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    Train your crew members.

    Don't promote your cooks to a front/drive-thru cashier without them knowing anything about how to their use the cash register.

    Doesn't Recommend
    Neutral Outlook
    No opinion of CEO

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