Lou Malnati's Pizzeria Reviews

Updated April 12, 2015
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  1. Team Member

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    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee

    I have been working at Lou Malnati's Pizzeria

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

    Pros

    You got to eat delicious food for free :) But also, the environment was awesome and the people (coworkers and management) were really down to earth.

    Cons

    I can't think of any cons.

  2. Great Place to Work!

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    • Culture & Values
    Former Employee - Delivery Driver in Lake Zurich, IL
    Former Employee - Delivery Driver in Lake Zurich, IL

    I worked at Lou Malnati's Pizzeria part-time (Less than a year)

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

    Pros

    Laid back atmosphere, great money in tips, great culture (like a family), team members willingness to help, and management is helpful and fair.

    Cons

    I can't think of any cons to working at Lou's other than working inconvenient hours, however you need to know you will be working those hours in the food industry (i.e. Friday and Saturday nights, Sundays during football games, etc..) However these are also the nights that are busiest resulting in more deliveries and therefore more money. The last delivery can come in until 10:30 and side-work can usually be done beforehand so although it may be a Friday or Saturday night, you are never working too late.

    Advice to Management

    Management was great. Scheduling was fair and worked on a rotating basis. Managers addressed problems directly and never beat around the bush. Managers are always willing to help with even the smallest problems. The managers were also very approachable.

  3. Helpful (1)

    Pressure, make it too clear how expendable someone can be, pressure, customers can be rude, did I mention the pressure?

    • Comp & Benefits
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    • Senior Management
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    • Career Opportunities
    Current Employee - Phone Worker
    Current Employee - Phone Worker

    I have been working at Lou Malnati's Pizzeria part-time (Less than a year)

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

    Pros

    Free meal, good discount, fun co-workers, quick raises, can be easy to get time off, they try to make this a good place to work and there is a company party, overall friendly environment

    Cons

    Been slowly cutting everyone's hours and trying to make up for it with quarter raises, business has been gradually getting slower and slower, I'm familiar with the phrase "customer is always right," but in comparison to my previous jobs, too much blame is placed on employees when they get something "wrong." Don't feel comfortable listening to managers talk horribly of coworkers, because I know they speak just as badly of me when I'm not around, have to give up my Saturday evening for a three hour shift

    Advice to Management

    Be more reasonable with general managers and managers of stores because they probably feel pressure from upper management and that trickles down to regular employees

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  5. Good

    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee

    I worked at Lou Malnati's Pizzeria

    Pros

    Nice people that want to promote within. It is a fun place to work as well, there is always something to learn

    Cons

    There is nothing I could say that would be a com. It is really a nice place to work

  6. Driver

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    • Career Opportunities
    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee

    I worked at Lou Malnati's Pizzeria

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

    Pros

    Flexible schedule, besides weekends. Pretty busy store, in a wealthy area. Customers tipped well, went home with cash every night. Free meal every time you work.

    Cons

    Driving personal vehicle, being the one to get yelled at if the kitchen makes a mistake. Work everyweekend, if you want to make money

    Advice to Management

    None

  7. Best place to work for a pizzeria restaurant, great pay, amazing workplace, great benefits.

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    • Work/Life Balance
    • Senior Management
    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    Current Employee - Delivery Driver in Village of Lakewood, IL
    Current Employee - Delivery Driver in Village of Lakewood, IL

    I have been working at Lou Malnati's Pizzeria full-time (More than a year)

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

    Pros

    Best managers one could ask for
    Hire great employees, fun atmosphere
    Free meal every time you work
    Very flexible

    Cons

    Shift are around 5 hours for most jobs besides managers, But you can pick up more shifts

    Advice to Management

    Update the bar

  8. As a delivery driver, working here was pretty "chill" and a good opportunity make some extra cash.

    Current Employee - Delivery Driver in Lake Forest, IL
    Current Employee - Delivery Driver in Lake Forest, IL

    I have been working at Lou Malnati's Pizzeria part-time (More than a year)

    Recommends
    Neutral Outlook
    Recommends
    Neutral Outlook

    Pros

    Free employee meal when working.
    50% off at any Lou Malnati's location (if order is under $50) and 20% off (if order is over $50).
    For delivery drivers: $5/hour + ~$2/delivery + TIPS; don't have to put up a sign on top of your car like the other pizza places.
    For carry-out store workers: shifts are short since carry-out stores open at 4PM.
    Shifts are consistent.

    Cons

    Free employee meal can lead to gaining extra weight.
    On the weekends, there can be too many drivers (<6 deliveries is bad; 6-9 is OK; >10 is good).
    Going on deliveries can take a toll on your car (a lot of short distance driving; constantly turning the engine on/off; not good for cars that have bad gas mileage; potential to get into accidents).

  9. Good Benefits, Bad Management

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

    I have been working at Lou Malnati's Pizzeria full-time

    Recommends
    Neutral Outlook
    Recommends
    Neutral Outlook

    Pros

    Good benefits (401K, health insurance, paid holidays off or overtime pay for working holidays) for full time hourly employees. free food while working, good discount when not working. promote managers from within.

    Cons

    nearly impossible to get a day off, unresponsive management, too little too late with raises, blatant favoritism,

  10. Helpful (1)

    dont do it

    • Comp & Benefits
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    • Senior Management
    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    Former Employee - Pizza Driver in Bolingbrook, IL
    Former Employee - Pizza Driver in Bolingbrook, IL

    I worked at Lou Malnati's Pizzeria part-time (Less than a year)

    Doesn't Recommend
    Negative Outlook
    Doesn't Recommend
    Negative Outlook

    Pros

    good pizza, free employee meal

    Cons

    bad management, not busy enough

    Advice to Management

    quit ur job

  11. Great Company!

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    • Work/Life Balance
    • Senior Management
    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    Current Employee - Server/Bar Tender in Chicago, IL
    Current Employee - Server/Bar Tender in Chicago, IL

    I have been working at Lou Malnati's Pizzeria full-time (More than a year)

    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    Recommends
    Positive Outlook

    Pros

    -Flexible schedules
    -Paid training
    -Competitive pay
    -Advancement opportunities (89% of the current store managers started their career at Lou Malnati’s as a staff member!)
    -Insurance -medical, dental, prescription drug, vision, life, accident, STD, LTD, AD&D & FSA
    -Domestic Partner Benefits
    -401(k) with generous match
    -Annual vacation check paid to eligible full-time hourly non-exempt employees
    -Free meals while working, 50% discount on food when not working
    -Full-time and part-time hourly non-exempt employees receive Holiday Pay
    -Safety rewards
    -Family culture and fun work environment!

    Cons

    -No real cons other than getting addicted to the pizza and gaining weight!

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