Chef Works Reviews

Updated August 5, 2014
Updated August 5, 2014
8 Reviews
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  1. 1 person found this helpful  

    The wonderful world of Chef Works

    • Comp & Benefits
    • Work/Life Balance
    • Senior Management
    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee in San Diego, CA
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee in San Diego, CA

    I have been working at Chef Works full-time (more than 10 years)

    Pros

    It is an amazing, dynamic, fast growing company. A real success story and most employees feel very proud to play a part in such success. Lots of great colleagues with an admirable corporate culture.

    Cons

    Working hours are long and there is no room to hide – mediocrity isn't accepted and everybody is expected to play a significant role and make a real contribution. For some, such an environment wouldn't be an ideal choice.

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    Continue to improve processes and communication across all departments. Best practice benefits all.

    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    Approves of CEO
  2.  

    Not a bad place

    • Comp & Benefits
    • Work/Life Balance
    • Senior Management
    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee

    I worked at Chef Works full-time (more than 3 years)

    Pros

    Great people working there
    Vacation/sick time is good
    Decent activities

    Cons

    Pay is only ok
    HR is NOT there for you
    Very political/misogynistic
    Open opportunities for men, friends, those of the same religious beliefs only

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    Allow all your employees to flourish, don't play favorites or allow your management "team" to play.
    Promote those with experience and education, not just family or friends

    Doesn't Recommend
    Neutral Outlook
    Disapproves of CEO
  3. 2 people found this helpful  

    client service II

    • Comp & Benefits
    • Work/Life Balance
    • Senior Management
    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee

    I have been working at Chef Works

    Pros

    good hours not to bad of benifits

    Cons

    bad pay, to much drama

    Recommends
    Neutral Outlook
    Approves of CEO
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    Choose a Different Company

    • Comp & Benefits
    • Work/Life Balance
    • Senior Management
    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    Current Employee - Customer Service Representative in Poway, CA
    Current Employee - Customer Service Representative in Poway, CA

    I have been working at Chef Works full-time (more than 3 years)

    Pros

    Clock in and Clock out (8 hour days)
    10 days vacation
    1 day Birthday Vacation
    Quarterly Lunch
    Air Conditioned Offices
    Good Product
    Healthcare
    No accountability for screwing up

    Cons

    No direction from management
    Systems are very complex, and mistakes are easily hidden
    Horrible Culture, look busy and you'll be left alone
    Sales reps aren't held accountable
    Issues are ignored
    No communication
    Order entry is tedious and speed is the only metric

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    Involve your employees in getting feedback
    Upgrade systems
    Pay your employees competitive salaries
    Too much busy work
    We are left to pick up all the pieces and system errors in order to get orders processed. "Fake it till you make it"

    Doesn't Recommend
    Neutral Outlook
    Disapproves of CEO
  6. 4 people found this helpful  

    It's a family business, folks.

    • Comp & Benefits
    • Work/Life Balance
    • Senior Management
    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee in Poway, CA
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee in Poway, CA

    I have been working at Chef Works full-time

    Pros

    It's a family business, and nepotism rules the day. If you're good at ingratiating yourself to family owners, you might do well here. Better yet, be part of the family, or their religion, or share their country of origin and you could do even better.

    Cons

    Don't expect it to run like a normal company. It doesn't. It runs on the whims of the 4 brothers who own it. Forget what you've learned at any of your other jobs, because they don't want to hear it - in fact, they'll be offended if you bring it up. You've been hired to do what they say and that's it - no matter how ass backwards it seems. Shut up and do it, as the saying goes.

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    Try not to be offended when experienced employees you've hired give you advice. It might feel like a criticism to you, but really, they're just sharing good knowledge.

    Doesn't Recommend
    Neutral Outlook
    Disapproves of CEO
  7. 5 people found this helpful  

    Trying to survive in a midst of chaos

    • Comp & Benefits
    • Work/Life Balance
    • Senior Management
    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    Former Employee - Account Executive in San Diego, CA
    Former Employee - Account Executive in San Diego, CA

    I worked at Chef Works full-time (more than an year)

    Pros

    There are a few hard working caring employees that really want to help the company grow and do well.

    Cons

    Senior managment brothers are a nightmare.....

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    Your employees know more than you think about the chaos that goes on in the company and your personal lives.

    Doesn't Recommend
    Neutral Outlook
    Disapproves of CEO
  8. 3 people found this helpful  

    A company the glorifies stress and condemns initiative.

    • Comp & Benefits
    • Work/Life Balance
    • Senior Management
    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    Former Employee - Customer Service in Sydney (Australia)
    Former Employee - Customer Service in Sydney (Australia)

    I worked at Chef Works full-time (less than an year)

    Pros

    Good for someone right out of university with little to no work experience. The management will hold your hand and will control every project you work on.

    Cons

    This is not a good company for someone who can self manage and is forward thinking.
    The job is sold as customer service, but it is primarily data processing and answering phone calls.
    The management speaks inappropriately about employees to other staff members when that employee is not present.
    There is little to no communication from management to staff members through anything but email unless the employee initiates it.
    Disapproval is handled by ignoring the employee rather than addressing the problem to resolve any issues.
    A very unpleasant working environment.

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    Create a management plan that encourages creativity and taking initiative rather than condemning employees who implement organization and new revenue streams.

    Doesn't Recommend
    Neutral Outlook
  9. 3 people found this helpful  

    They do the opposite of what you'd think in most situations

    • Comp & Benefits
    • Work/Life Balance
    • Senior Management
    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee in Poway, CA
    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee in Poway, CA

    I worked at Chef Works full-time

    Pros

    Flexible schedule and decent benefits

    Cons

    They don't treat people equally. If you are on the 'friends & family plan', you'll be fine. They don't enforce policies. They grow 20-30% most years, but don't hire staff to accomodate the growth, so it's a big disorganized, insanely busy place to work.

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    Start enforcing policies on the people who don't follow them. Be honest and do what's RIGHT, not what will make you look good to other people.

    Doesn't Recommend
    Positive Outlook

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