Egg Harbor Cafe Reviews

Updated April 7, 2015
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  1. Good Company, a little misguided at the top

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    • Career Opportunities
    • Comp & Benefits
    • Senior Management
    Former Employee - Server in Chicago, IL
    Former Employee - Server in Chicago, IL

    I worked at Egg Harbor Cafe

    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    Approves of CEO
    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    Approves of CEO

    Pros

    A caring and nurturing environment, unlike most restaurants. The pay is comparable. Hours are great if you're a morning person. Never work past 3.

    Cons

    Early mornings can be rough, the menu is large, little room for upward mobility. It'll take at least two years to get to any kind of management position, and once you're a General Manager, the odds of further promotion are almost 0.

    Advice to Management

    Be more creative with the menu. Be more rewarding of good work and more strict on bad behavior. Several coworkers went unpunished for fireable offenses, while good work went entirely unrewarded.


  2. It's what you make it

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

    I worked at Egg Harbor Cafe

    Recommends
    Neutral Outlook
    No opinion of CEO
    Recommends
    Neutral Outlook
    No opinion of CEO

    Pros

    pays well, hours are great, regular costumers are a big plus, discounted food, has some great managers, helps pay for uniform.

    Cons

    drama between management and staff, lot of sexual harassment, most issues involving someone higher up are just ignored, any issue with someone who is entry level usually ends in an abrupt firing, promote people who have no other opportunities elsewhere and can dedicate a ton of extra hours for no pay as opposed to promoting the people who would actually be good at the position.

    Advice to Management

    At least pretend to care about the sexual harassment and stop trying to hide any issue that happens with managers. Promote someone every once in a while who isn't just sucking up to you all day long or that you aren't sleeping with.


  3. Helpful (1)

    Fantastic management and work environment

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

    I have been working at Egg Harbor Cafe

    Recommends
    Recommends

    Pros

    Great managers and Co workers Fun, fast paced work environment

    Cons

    None to note in my opinion


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  5. Helpful (2)

    Not at all what they seem

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    • Senior Management
    Former Employee - Server in Chicago, IL
    Former Employee - Server in Chicago, IL

    I worked at Egg Harbor Cafe full-time (More than 3 years)

    Doesn't Recommend
    Positive Outlook
    Disapproves of CEO
    Doesn't Recommend
    Positive Outlook
    Disapproves of CEO

    Pros

    Definitely very welcoming when you first start, everyone is very supportive and Informative. All the restaurants close at two which is amazing, but you usually leave around three. The customers are typically very friendly and understanding.

    Cons

    As I said when you first start everyone is very helpful, but that is only when you first start. Everyone has there own "clicks" including management which creates way to much gossip and competition. The managers all seem to be very interested in you, but it eventually feels like they were only interested in your information of your personal life to use against you and judge you. The owners seem very friendly and they are, but from what I have seen there is a lot if sexual harassment that is addressed but never handled. It seems as if they protect there own, and if you don't go along they will single you out. If you want to suck up and be someone they want you to be, (which is a petty competitive Pushover) perfect place to work!!!

    Advice to Management

    Enforce your sexual harassment policy not only with servers, but managers also. And that does not mean transfer employees around to protect perverts in upper management. Education is important and trying to persuade young adults to drop out of college to work in a restaurant that cannot guarantee them all a steady salary for the rest of there life without being harassed is just in poor taste. Let people work and go home when there work is complete, don't make people feel like there doing something wrong by having lives outside of Egg Harbor.


  6. Helpful (2)

    Gossip and Sexual Harassment

    Former Employee - Server in Libertyville, IL
    Former Employee - Server in Libertyville, IL

    I worked at Egg Harbor Cafe full-time (More than a year)

    Doesn't Recommend
    Disapproves of CEO
    Doesn't Recommend
    Disapproves of CEO

    Pros

    -The regular customers were the best, you really got to know your customers on a personal basis. -The pay was okay, they definitely overstaffed during weekends and holidays. In the end you would make more money during the week because of the larger sections. -Some of your co-workers are nice, but in the end don't trust anyone there. -Overall their policy on serving has helped me become a better server at other restaurants.

    Cons

    The only way to be liked by the kitchen is if you let them touch you inappropriately and if you don't then expect your food to come up later then others and when you make a mistake, the head cook will tell management. There are a lot of secrets that go on in the company that they try to brush off. Most of them consist of who is sleeping with who. That's how the majority of the managers got their positions, either by sleeping with upper management or members of the family that run the restaurant. When you do raise a concern with sexual harassment, nothing happens about it. They just suggest transferring you to another store.

    Advice to Management

    Stop only promoting from within, this creates too much competition amongst employees and results in poor leadership. Remember its a restaurant and just a job, stop trying to make it a lifestyle. Also, don't suggest employees that are students to drop out of school so that they can work more and potentially manage, it looks bad for the company and education is very important. You could mess up someones future by doing this so often.


  7. Once Upon a Time

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    • Senior Management
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee

    I have been working at Egg Harbor Cafe

    Pros

    The hours are the best for the restaurant industry. Pay is good in the beginning. Friendly co-workers that are all willing to help.

    Cons

    Don't expect any type of raise after they start you out well. Benefits are so-so and only for a chosen few. Run off the next new idea rather than thinking things through.. Could save money if they thought rather than only reacting.

    Advice to Management

    Take better care of your long term employees. Stop trying to get all the gossip. What happens at egg harbor stays at Egg Harbor.


  8. Team -oriented wait staff, excellent money due to great turnover

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    • Career Opportunities
    • Comp & Benefits
    • Senior Management
    Current Employee - Waitress in Hinsdale, IL
    Current Employee - Waitress in Hinsdale, IL

    I have been working at Egg Harbor Cafe part-time

    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    No opinion of CEO
    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    No opinion of CEO

    Pros

    hours of operation 6:30-2:00 pm. Average hourly wage/tips $20-$30/hour- depending on the day. No work to take home as a server. Great opportunity to move up into management- which is great pay.

    Cons

    Corporate headquarters took away 401K, then a savings plan- no benefits Feet and legs will be sore- you work hard, physically- exhausted by the end of the day. Very fast paced, must work well as a team, must run food and keep busy or you will not be liked by your co-workers.

    Advice to Management

    Family run operation, some family members may not have great integrity- communicate with other managers to get the low down.


  9. Hostess

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    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    • Senior Management
    Former Employee - Hostess in Libertyville, IL
    Former Employee - Hostess in Libertyville, IL

    I worked at Egg Harbor Cafe part-time (Less than a year)

    Pros

    You feel like your part of a family working at Egg Harbor! The owners are so kind and Im pretty sure they know every one of there employees names - which is impressive! I love'd everything about EHC!!

    Cons

    To me there were no downsides of working at Egg Harbor.


  10. good starting point

    • Work/Life Balance
    • Career Opportunities
    • Comp & Benefits
    • Senior Management
    Former Employee - Juicer in Chicago, IL
    Former Employee - Juicer in Chicago, IL

    I worked at Egg Harbor Cafe

    Recommends
    Recommends

    Pros

    - respectufl staff - friendly customers - decent pay and flexible hours - opportunities to take on more as show resposbility

    Cons

    - on your feet a lot - no long term growth - high turnover of staff - no consistent process

    Advice to Management

    more consistenty, better management of hours/scheduling, keep up the strong understanding of getting know to staff and being personable with them



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