Joey Restaurants

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Joey Restaurants Reviews

Updated June 5, 2014
Updated June 5, 2014
22 Reviews

3.2
22 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

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    • Career Opportunities
    Current Employee - Guest Service Manager  in  Tukwila, WA
    Current Employee - Guest Service Manager in Tukwila, WA

    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.  

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

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    • Career Opportunities
    Current Employee - Line Cook
    Current Employee - Line Cook

    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
  3. 1 person found this helpful  

    Poor Management System

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    Current Employee - Server/Dining Room Partner  in  Bellevue, WA
    Current Employee - Server/Dining Room Partner in Bellevue, WA

    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
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    Worker

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    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee  in  New York, NY
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee in New York, NY

    Pros

    Great place to work everyday

    Cons

    Hard work is really plentiful

    Recommends
  6.  

    Great place to work! Lots of room to grow and develop within the business and a great operation to be a part of.

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    • Career Opportunities
    Former Employee - Shift Leader  in  Calgary, AB (Canada)
    Former Employee - Shift Leader in Calgary, AB (Canada)

    Pros

    Working for the Joey's group gives you a sense of accomplishment. You have a lot of opportunity to grow and develop which is one of the main mandates working for this company. Everyone operates as a team which secures your position within the company and really allows you to work cohesively. There are great compensations for leadership positions, and a lot of opportunity to move forward in the business.

    Cons

    With the size of the company, it can take a while to move forward. The leadership positions that you can move into before a salary position are not well paid and you work quite a bit harder than expected per shift. The leadership can vary from store to store, but at Saltlik there was a strong group of managers who were always eager to move people forward and develop them well.

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    It would be helpful to really accommodate a larger incentive to shift leaders who are on the floor everyday. It is a tough business to be a part of everyday, and those shift leaders are necessary to keep the company operational. Other than that, the company has a great operational aspect.

    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    Approves of CEO
  7.  

    Perfect if you're aimless and have very low expectations of yourself.

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    • Career Opportunities
    Former Employee - Shift Leader  in  Burnaby, BC (Canada)
    Former Employee - Shift Leader in Burnaby, BC (Canada)

    Pros

    Accommodating scheduling and persistently trying to develop meaningful connections with employees.

    Cons

    In their pursuit to develop meaningful connections with employees very few interactions come across as genuine.

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    Provide realistic views about what it is that you actually do here. This is not simply providing food to the hungry or creating a memorable experience to the costumer. It is a superficial attempt to satisfy unimaginative upper-middle class people who have bland expectations of what a restaurant should be. This place facilitates a form of culinary gentrification.

    Doesn't Recommend
    Positive Outlook
    Disapproves of CEO
  8.  

    Great Restaurant to Work At

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    • Career Opportunities
    Former Employee - Server  in  Toronto, ON (Canada)
    Former Employee - Server in Toronto, ON (Canada)

    Pros

    The restaurant has a steady clientele and is very popular in Toronto - meaning you are busy a lot of the time. The company also promotes promoting from within and many of the people making up senior management have been promoted through the ranks from serving or hostessing positions. Great training program as well.

    Cons

    A lot of the servers have a very selfish attitude and neglect responsibilities (food running), making it difficult and unfair for the people that do.

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    Make a more clear division between management and staff. They were too friendly when I worked there.

    Recommends
    Neutral Outlook
    No opinion of CEO
  9.  

    Cash

    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee

    Pros

    Great experience and learn how to be organized.

    Cons

    Hours are usually short.
    Hard to move up unless you are full time.

  10.  

    Great place to earn money for the short-term, but get out as soon as you can.

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    • Senior Management
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    • Career Opportunities
    Current Employee - Server  in  Calgary, AB (Canada)
    Current Employee - Server in Calgary, AB (Canada)

    Pros

    The training program is extensive but very useful.

    Cons

    Management is so disconnected from what their employees go through. That or they don't care.

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    Treat servers like the face of your brand, rather than just a food runner.

    Doesn't Recommend
    Neutral Outlook
    No opinion of CEO
  11.  

    Good money, but you will be taken advantage of by management.

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

    Pros

    -Good tips
    -Time goes by fast
    -They have a lot of servers, so it's decently easy to get a shift covered
    -Good training, but there needs to be more resources available for learning wine and beer

    Cons

    -Communication between management is extremely disorganized, they don't have a consistent schedule maker so it is difficult to find out who to talk to about issues. They also don't always follows availability, especially during busy times of the year
    -They don't allow any time off for December, but failed to mention this to staff until a week before, an absolute nightmare for students needing time off for exams
    -If you don't wear a lot of noticeable makeup you will be talked to about it... super uncomfortable, especially when all the girls they hire don't need much anyways.

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    Treat your employees more like humans and less like servants. You make it easy for servers to resent you when you don't give time off for exams and go against availability without asking first, then seem to make it our problem for not getting someone to cover the shift.

    Doesn't Recommend
    Neutral Outlook
    No opinion of CEO

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