Kona Grill Reviews

Updated July 16, 2015
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  1. Great food, great restaurant, lacking management.

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    • Senior Management
    Former Employee - Cocktail Server in Gilbert, AZ
    Former Employee - Cocktail Server in Gilbert, AZ

    I worked at Kona Grill full-time (More than 5 years)

    Doesn't Recommend
    Negative Outlook
    No opinion of CEO
    Doesn't Recommend
    Negative Outlook
    No opinion of CEO

    Pros

    Very helpful staff most of the time, very fast paced and fun environment, hard work that pays off in cash tips MOST days. Depending on your location and clientele.

    Cons

    Great management is few and far between. When a great manager comes along, they are smothered by overwhelming lack of reinforcement.

    Advice to Management

    Keep your employees happy by going above and beyond! Excellence is hard to expect of people when you only provide the bare minimum.


  2. Assistant Manager

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    • Career Opportunities
    • Comp & Benefits
    • Senior Management
    Current Employee - Manager in San Juan, San Juan (Argentina)
    Current Employee - Manager in San Juan, San Juan (Argentina)

    I have been working at Kona Grill (Less than a year)

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

    Pros

    Great team, excellent opportunities to grow within the company. Kitchen from scratch, award winning sushi.

    Cons

    Need to much approval for minimal changes. No HR dept in PR, much needed due to all the different laws that don't exist in the US.


  3. Wonderful management

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    • Career Opportunities
    • Comp & Benefits
    • Senior Management
    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee in Carmel, IN
    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee in Carmel, IN

    I worked at Kona Grill full-time (More than a year)

    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    Recommends
    Positive Outlook

    Pros

    Great supportive and efficient management, good variety of clientele between dining room and bar venues. Hot spot. Attractive staff and guests :P Great reputation, positive atmosphere, good money potential

    Cons

    A lot of sidework and cleaning. Burnout is real


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  5. Overall ok job

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    • Comp & Benefits
    • Senior Management
    Current Employee - Sautee Cook in Alpharetta, GA
    Current Employee - Sautee Cook in Alpharetta, GA

    I have been working at Kona Grill

    Pros

    Good place to make a decent salary and move up

    Cons

    Unprofessional managers that cant hold their temper and yell at employees, bad attitudes and never know what they are doing. Overall stupid management staff. Other than that the hours are not distributed very well, you have to work a lot of doubles and expected to work like a robot.

    Advice to Management

    I suggest they find a better management staff so they have happier and better employees.


  6. Server

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    • Senior Management
    Former Employee - Server in Alpharetta, GA
    Former Employee - Server in Alpharetta, GA

    I worked at Kona Grill full-time (Less than a year)

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

    Pros

    Great environment, friendly coworkers, great food

    Cons

    Management had some issues with setting aside adequate time to train new hires


  7. Hostess

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    • Comp & Benefits
    • Senior Management
    Former Employee - Hostess in Lincolnshire, IL
    Former Employee - Hostess in Lincolnshire, IL

    I worked at Kona Grill part-time (More than a year)

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

    Pros

    Laid-back environment, fairly easy job, flexible hours. Good job for high school students to work after school and weekends. Some longtime employees.

    Cons

    Moody people, some difficult to work with. I was there almost 2 years and didn't receive a raise from receiving minimum wage until my last 2 months there. Favoritism for individuals who have worked there longer. A lot of rollover of employees.

    Advice to Management

    Be more involved with your employees, but trust that they can perform the job you hired them to do.


  8. Started off well then gradually dimished

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

    I worked at Kona Grill full-time

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

    Pros

    location on the west end

    Cons

    the cheap/ broke people that flock there for the happy hour specials

    Advice to Management

    re-staff


  9. Helpful (1)

    It's Ok

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

    I worked at Kona Grill part-time (More than a year)

    Doesn't Recommend
    Negative Outlook
    No opinion of CEO
    Doesn't Recommend
    Negative Outlook
    No opinion of CEO

    Pros

    Fun people to work with Fun area to shop before or after

    Cons

    Very strict about cellphone usage No food discount No sitting down Dress code

    Advice to Management

    Get better management - most managers were rude and asked a lot from the employee.. The pay isn't even that great. It's an OK job to have o the side, to pair with college. Not stable or fun for a full time.


  10. Great food and people

    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee

    I have been working at Kona Grill part-time

    Pros

    All my coworkers and managers are great, food discounts

    Cons

    can be stressful at times, normal restaurant drama


  11. Lots of fun, really easy but just the pay is a little lower

    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee

    I have been working at Kona Grill

    Pros

    Fun, in the mall, busy, the staff is a lot of fun

    Cons

    Not a lot of money, a lot of work, a lot of sidework



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