Joey Restaurants

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Joey Restaurants Reviews

Updated November 24, 2014
Updated November 24, 2014
29 Reviews
3.2
29 Reviews
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  1. 1 person found this helpful  

    very fun, a lot of growth/learning for you in management, people building company

    • Comp & Benefits
    • Work/Life Balance
    • Senior Management
    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    Current Employee - Guest Service Manager in Tukwila, WA
    Current Employee - Guest Service Manager in Tukwila, WA

    I have been working at Joey Restaurants full-time (more than 3 years)

    Pros

    Very flexible with work schedule. It is easy to have another job, focus on studies, etc.
    Very fun place to work at! You meet a lot of great people you become friends with. Joeys is one of the few jobs i've had, that when you wake up in the morning to go work--it doesn't feel like you are going to work.
    Great management that cares and listens to employees and encourages growth.

    Cons

    not very satisfying health benefits
    no paid vacation available. Only available for salary managers.

    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
  2.  

    Family Environment

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    • Work/Life Balance
    • Senior Management
    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    Former Employee - Shift Leader in Seattle, WA
    Former Employee - Shift Leader in Seattle, WA

    I worked at Joey Restaurants full-time (more than an year)

    Pros

    Once you establish yourself as a good server or bartender, you are a favorite of the managing staff and scheduler.
    However, there is a lot of favoritism that goes along with being within the clique so I recommend making sure you have the patience to work in that kind of environment since your bosses are your peers or younger.
    Each location has ways to appreciate their employees and to take on leadership responsibilities.

    Cons

    It's pretty inconsistent standards for who gets the best shifts or tables, can feel a bit like hazing to enter the group instead of a welcoming the newcomers.
    Huge piece of your tips goes to bartenders and kitchen and management.
    Heels and hair down required, a tough thing to do staying safe and being quick

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    If you're a manager, be a manger. You can't be a friend partying with everyone and then enforce rules you don't hold true to yourself.

    Doesn't Recommend
    Positive Outlook
    No opinion of CEO
  3.  

    Great Experience, High Turnover

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    • Work/Life Balance
    • Senior Management
    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    Former Employee - Server/Bartender in Tukwila, WA
    Former Employee - Server/Bartender in Tukwila, WA

    I worked at Joey Restaurants full-time (less than an year)

    Pros

    I was able to learn a lot about the urgency needed in this industry, and gained valuable teamwork experience. Working here allowed me to gain some bar tending experience without the necessity of taking a course outside the company.

    Cons

    My schedule was never consistent so I could never make social-plans. I would often have to work longer than anticipated, or cover shifts when people didn't show up to work. The management was unorganized in their communications so it seemed you had to tell all four managers the same thing separately. You are not allowed to request holidays off, even in special circumstances such as birthdays, yearly family gatherings, etc. The turnover rate was very high. No sooner had a learned someone's name than they were already putting in their two weeks or being fired for missing one shift without getting a doctor's note.

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    There should be some changes made to holidays off policy. Special requests should be taken into consideration for time off, especially for veterans who have more difficult shifts to cover. Communication among managers should also be improved since there were many occasions where managers didn't know what was going on with their employees. Your company will do better if you take care of your employees instead of focusing so greatly on the numbers.

    Doesn't Recommend
    Neutral Outlook
    No opinion of CEO
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  5.  

    Unprofessional but super way fun and cool peeps to kick it with

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

    I have been working at Joey Restaurants part-time (more than an year)

    Pros

    Good people, anyone can work here! Fast paced environment and very exciting making the best food in a very high class environment.

    Cons

    Culinary degree not being utilized, low pay but high expectations. New hires get paid more than more "senior" employees.

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    Get better management, hire better candidates. A pay structure that makes more sense and gives workers incentive to want to come to work.

    Doesn't Recommend
    No opinion of CEO
  6. 1 person found this helpful  

    Poor Management System

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    • Senior Management
    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    Current Employee - Server/Dining Room Partner in Bellevue, WA
    Current Employee - Server/Dining Room Partner in Bellevue, WA

    I have been working at Joey Restaurants part-time (less than an year)

    Pros

    Popular restaurant with a consistent and relatvaly high volume of customers. Fun people to work with. Company has a great culture.

    Cons

    Almost no connection with upper management. Communication with all levels of management is ineffective. Policies change frequently. Highest turn over rate in Bellevue. you have to give the restaurant around 5% of your sales which gets divided up between management, Hosts, kitchen and bartender. With that said there is still no busser or functioning expediter. People with little to no restaurant experience are hired in large groups on a monthly basis. Getting good shifts is almost entirely based on the amount of tables you greet and who recommends you as best "sharker" (cleaning other servers tables). New servers typically will be the highest on these lists because they're not allowed to have many tables of their own. Male servers are only allowed to work in a small section of the restaurant giving them several disadvantages compared to women. New policies typically are based on making the job easier for the bartender, kitchen and sometimes cocktail waitresses but never the dining room. Management is very young and often unprofessional seeking out they're own agenda as opposed to solving important issues. In general Joey is a high class Hooters

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    Your main priority should be watching your team and cognitively finding strengths and weaknesses. Take action on weaknesses and give praise where it is due. The manager who writes the schedule should know they're staff. The General Manager should be there more than any other manager and he/she should be in constant communication with his team. When making policy decision keep your entires staff in mind

    Doesn't Recommend
    Neutral Outlook
  7.  

    Worker

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    • Work/Life Balance
    • Senior Management
    • Career Opportunities
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee in New York, NY
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee in New York, NY

    I have been working at Joey Restaurants

    Pros

    Great place to work everyday

    Cons

    Hard work is really plentiful

    Recommends
  8.  

    Awesome

    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee

    I worked at Joey Restaurants

    Pros

    Good pay, and you can have a balance life as well.

    Cons

    I have nothing against them.

  9.  

    line coach

    • Comp & Benefits
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    • Senior Management
    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    Former Employee - Line Coach in Toronto, ON (Canada)
    Former Employee - Line Coach in Toronto, ON (Canada)

    I worked at Joey Restaurants full-time (more than an year)

    Pros

    chef and sous chef are hardly at work so you basically run the shift for better or worst

    Cons

    highly bias management at least in the yorkdale location. if you are Caucasian and speaks English you will get promoted in no time even if you don't know how to cook or have any experience at all.

    Doesn't Recommend
    Neutral Outlook
    No opinion of CEO
  10. 1 person found this helpful  

    Lack integrity

    • Comp & Benefits
    • Work/Life Balance
    • Senior Management
    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    Current Employee - Server in Vancouver, BC (Canada)
    Current Employee - Server in Vancouver, BC (Canada)

    I have been working at Joey Restaurants full-time (more than an year)

    Pros

    You meet great customers
    There is just one manager who takes time to find out how well you're advancing, when you get there it'll be obvious who
    Lots of pressure, even in the kitchen, but they don't speak up

    Cons

    Low wage
    Lacks integrity
    The girls pretend to be nice
    Rarely follows its values
    The managers never give great feedbacks which encourages employee dissatisfaction
    They backbite each other and gossip

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    Do what you promise, look back to your mission statement
    Give positive feedbacks
    It's not all about the good service, in fact having happy employees give great customer satisfaction, research has shown.

    Doesn't Recommend
    Neutral Outlook
    No opinion of CEO
  11. 1 person found this helpful  

    Good but not Great

    • Comp & Benefits
    • Work/Life Balance
    • Senior Management
    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    Current Employee - Server in Edmonton, AB (Canada)
    Current Employee - Server in Edmonton, AB (Canada)

    I have been working at Joey Restaurants part-time (less than an year)

    Pros

    Good pay and decent training leading up to service

    Cons

    Limited hours, and not very welcoming to new servers.

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    Better training, and more team meetings.

    Doesn't Recommend
    Neutral Outlook
    No opinion of CEO

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