Culinaire International

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Culinaire International Reviews

Updated November 12, 2014
Updated November 12, 2014
9 Reviews
3.0
9 Reviews
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  1.  

    Culinaire's culture is a good fit for me.

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    • Career Opportunities
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee

    I have been working at Culinaire International full-time (more than 3 years)

    Pros

    Opportunity to be creative, develop and implement new ideas. The company is large enough to offer growth opportunity but still small enough for your efforts to get noticed.

    Cons

    Since the company operates only a few properties in many different cities, in order to accept a promotion, may have to be willing to relocate; however, most of the locations are places I wouldn't mind living in.

    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    Approves of CEO
  2.  

    I took a challenging assignment as an excellent opportunity to utilize my entrepreneurial ability.

    Former Employee - Food and Beverage Director in El Segundo, CA
    Former Employee - Food and Beverage Director in El Segundo, CA

    I worked at Culinaire International full-time (more than 3 years)

    Pros

    Eventhough our company headquarters is in Dallas, I felt supported at the LAX property.

    Cons

    Since it was the company's only account in California, the growth opportunities were very limited unless one will consider moving to other states where the company's other accounts are located.

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    I appreciate the senior management's support during my tenure at LAX. I was privileged to work closely with Bill Thompson, President and COO of Culinaire.

    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    No opinion of CEO
  3.  

    Going to HR causes retaliation!!

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    • Senior Management
    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    Former Employee - Server in Dallas, TX
    Former Employee - Server in Dallas, TX

    I worked at Culinaire International part-time (more than an year)

    Pros

    Met and served many amazing people at the George W. Bush Library (Cafe 43)
    The location I worked at looks GREAT on my resume.
    The Green Employee app they have is a nice bonus.

    Cons

    Management plays favorites with certain employees.
    Management picks and chooses who they discipline.
    Management tries to justify the laziness of certain employees.

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    When several employees complain about the "supervisor", some as far as going to HR, maybe that would be a clue to investigate that supervisor and not try and target the ones who complained.

    Doesn't Recommend
    Negative Outlook
    No opinion of CEO
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  5. 1 person found this helpful  

    Be fair

    • Comp & Benefits
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    • Senior Management
    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee

    I worked at Culinaire International full-time (more than an year)

    Pros

    Great work environment, worked with mostly career minded professionals. High quality product for food and service. Nice diversity among the staff

    Cons

    Unfortunately there is a lot of pettiness. Most of it is rewarded as opposed to discouraged. Backstabbing is commonplace here

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    Be fair

    Positive Outlook
    No opinion of CEO
  6. 3 people found this helpful  

    Great venues, poor management

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    • Senior Management
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    • Career Opportunities
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee

    I have been working at Culinaire International full-time

    Pros

    Great venues, restaurant, and staff

    Cons

    Poor management with frequent turnover made for a difficult and sometimes contentious workplace environment

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    More upper management involvement, communication, consistency, training and follow through needed

    Doesn't Recommend
    Neutral Outlook
    No opinion of CEO
  7.  

    Great time!

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    • Senior Management
    • Career Opportunities
    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee in Houston, TX
    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee in Houston, TX

    I worked at Culinaire International

    Pros

    Good enviroment to be in.

    Cons

    Not to many pay raises.

    Recommends
    Approves of CEO
  8. 2 people found this helpful  

    I did not have good experience.

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    • Career Opportunities
    Former Employee - Server in Minneapolis, MN
    Former Employee - Server in Minneapolis, MN

    I worked at Culinaire International

    Pros

    My co-workers were the main reason I enjoyed working.

    Cons

    The management was bad and did not have a lot of consideration.

    Doesn't Recommend
    No opinion of CEO
  9.  

    Great Leadership.

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    • Work/Life Balance
    • Senior Management
    • Career Opportunities
    Former Employee - Conference Services Coordinator in Myrtle Beach, SC
    Former Employee - Conference Services Coordinator in Myrtle Beach, SC

    I worked at Culinaire International

    Pros

    Professional growth, positive work environment, team-oriented.

    Cons

    Kingston Plantation property has competing bottom lines between Hilton Sales and Culinaire. Produces conflict.

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    Reevaluate how budgets are projected. Put in the hands on Director of Catering/Conference Services vs. Food and Beverage.

    Recommends
    Approves of CEO
  10. 2 people found this helpful  

    A company that needs a huge overhaul.

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    • Work/Life Balance
    • Senior Management
    • Career Opportunities
    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee

    I worked at Culinaire International

    Pros

    --Good support at the National Sales level
    --Because most locations are small you are exposed to many different roles/responsibilities
    --Salary was acceptable when compared to industry standard

    Cons

    --Very little respect from Senior Management
    --Work life vs. Personal life balance is not respected (in any role)
    --Senior management is often very disrespectful of lower level management and front line staff
    --Diversity is not valued
    --The company as a whole is slow to adopt new technology and some areas are completely resistant.

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    --Embrace new technology and the new work style which allows people to work in an environment that best suits them for maximum productivity.
    --Don't be afraid of new ideas; there are new methods of training, implementing and fostering new talent and ideas that really are worthwhile.
    --TRAINING, TRAINING, TRAINING: increase initial training and make constant training available.
    --Review your diversity policies and make them more inclusive.
    --VALUE your staff. A little goes a long way to retaining talent rather than dealing with the excessive amount of turnover you currently face.
    --Above all else, find a way to review your senior staff's performance in a neutral way to find out the REAL truth about what is happening at each of your properties. What happens at the site and what is reported is most of the time not the same.

    Doesn't Recommend
    Disapproves of CEO

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