McCormick & Schmick's

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McCormick & Schmick's Reviews

Updated October 2, 2014
Updated October 2, 2014
59 Reviews
2.2
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Review Highlights

Pros
  • You have potential to make good money (in 4 reviews)

  • Good money, good people, great food (in 3 reviews)


Cons
  • The management here used to be really good, but they managed to chase away the General Manager who everyone respected and liked (in 4 reviews)

  • A true disconnect between the corporate office and the operations (in 3 reviews)

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  1.  

    Accounting

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    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee

    I have been working at McCormick & Schmick's full-time

    Pros

    I enjoy working with the people

    Cons

    The compensation could align more with the work and hours put forth

    Recommends
    No opinion of CEO
  2.  

    Okay money, abusive management

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    Former Employee - Server in Pittsburgh, PA
    Former Employee - Server in Pittsburgh, PA

    I worked at McCormick & Schmick's part-time (less than an year)

    Pros

    The clientele that comes to dine usually has a lot of money to spend - making it easy to upsell food and drinks. Usually at dinner, a couple won't be able to pay any less than $70. You can really raise the price if you sell an appetizer, entrees, drinks, and dessert. You have potential to make good money.

    Cons

    Customers are okay. Usually stuck up because they're rich enough to eat at the place, which doesn't bother me.

    My serious problem is with the management. It doesn't matter what your sales are like, as long as you can sell Landry's Select Club cards. You might as well sell your soul. If you didn't sell four a month, you would get written up. Absurd. An employee who sells LSCs often was caught drunk on the job, but management turned a blind eye because of his LSC sales. If it would've been anyone else, they would've been fired on the spot.

    They have a strict "no outside food or drink policy", but they make you PAY monthly for an employee discount??? I had a manager throw out a cup of coffee I brought in for myself because of the policy, but I've seen her bring in leftovers plenty of times.

    I wouldn't recommend that anyone work here. Everyone I know who is still there is trying desperately to get out.

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    1) Give employees incentives to sell LSCs besides the fear of being fired

    2) Hire managers that respect their employees

    3) Allow servers to bring in their own food.

    Doesn't Recommend
    Neutral Outlook
    Disapproves of CEO
  3.  

    Missing the Target

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    Current Employee - Server in Troy, MI
    Current Employee - Server in Troy, MI

    I have been working at McCormick & Schmick's part-time (more than 5 years)

    Pros

    Stress-Free environment, well managed and great all-around staff. It's pleasant to come to work and there is a lot of flexibility. All of these pros are (probably) the direct result of the cons

    Cons

    It just isn't busy enough, consistently enough. You cross your fingers and hope for a "whale" table because you have 3 or 4 tables in a night and that's it. I blame the concept itself. It is almost unheard of in this area, sounds like a Law Firm, and the menu is lackluster with direct, more contemporary competition just across the street. It often feels as if corporate wants us to fail, perhaps for tax purposes.

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    Market research your area, consider dissolving this site as a "McCormicks" and rebrand it as one of your other Landry's concepts that is better-known in the area. This location should be doing triple what it does. Better, more interesting fish choices. Everyone has perch, trout, whitefish, and awful farm-raised Salmon with mashed and green beans. Go out on a limb and let your clientele know you're doing something a lot more special.

    Doesn't Recommend
    Neutral Outlook
    No opinion of CEO
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    Solid Earning for Part TIme, Terrible Corporate Culture

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    Former Employee - Busser and Server in Cherry Hill, NJ
    Former Employee - Busser and Server in Cherry Hill, NJ

    I worked at McCormick & Schmick's part-time (less than an year)

    Pros

    Great coworkers, and very interesting customers. For skill-less, part-time work, the pay was very good. Product is excellent, which is always a plus and also, it being a restaurant, meant delicious free meals.

    Cons

    Everything that is wrong with corporate restaurants. General Manager was much more concerned with her own career and her relationship with superiors than with her relationship with employees. My particular branch closed with no announcement, workers came in to locked doors and later received e-mails informing them their jobs were gone. Also, classic issue of giving all the crap-jobs to the hardest workers because they will actually DO them, instead of rewarding initiative.

    Doesn't Recommend
    Neutral Outlook
    No opinion of CEO
  6.  

    busser

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    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee

    I have been working at McCormick & Schmick's

    Pros

    good pay got at least 3-500 every 2 weeks loved everyone i worked around other then the manager it was a fun job when the previous managers were there

    Cons

    over hired people was let go without knowing it just took off the schedule management changed constantly manager who fired me was terrible lady working on holidays was unfairly scheduled

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    choose better managers

    Recommends
    Neutral Outlook
    No opinion of CEO
  7.  

    Constant management changes and favoritism!

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    Former Employee - Server
    Former Employee - Server

    I worked at McCormick & Schmick's full-time (more than an year)

    Pros

    I liked some of the people and won't lie enjoyed the money especially when I was the favorite and selling many of their silly Landry select club frequent diner program so got better sections and big parties as well as found the side work was not bad

    Cons

    To every pro there is a con plus some, the fact we even had to sell 25 dollar frequent diner program with little incentive was absurd. By the time the hype of just how many I could sell died down, newbies got my sections and I got a high five. Side work was not bad because the place was absolutely disgusting literally cockroach disgusting. Good short term job but anything long term is asking for getting used to constant changes in hours (getting called off a lot sometimes even told once you got there) and o the people for every good there was a bad and a new person as they hired anyone that walked through the door.

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    Try not to let favoritism control how everything in your restaurant works it makes for ugly situations.

    Negative Outlook
    No opinion of CEO
  8.  

    Poor company.

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    Current Employee - Bartender in Cherry Hill, NJ
    Current Employee - Bartender in Cherry Hill, NJ

    I have been working at McCormick & Schmick's full-time

    Pros

    They make up their own hours and close early when it's slow.

    Cons

    No standards for cleanliness at the location I worked at.
    Close restaurants for business with no warning to the staff

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    Get a health inspector. Have higher standards.

    Doesn't Recommend
    Negative Outlook
    No opinion of CEO
  9.  

    This place sucks.

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    Current Employee - Server in Washington, DC
    Current Employee - Server in Washington, DC

    I have been working at McCormick & Schmick's part-time (less than an year)

    Pros

    The servers I work with are cool. I was making a decent amount of money before they started putting 8+ servers on the floor on non busy nights.

    Cons

    This place sucks. The management is terrible. They don't talk to the guests when there are 30+ minute tickets on food, especially on salads but will be in the kitchen chatting it up with other employees. The kitchen sucks. Food won't be placed on the grill until 25 minutes after you rang it in. The head chef sells spoiled fish and changes the date on expired food items. One of the managers flirts with almost every good looking woman that walks in the place but won't talk to tables about 45 minute tickets. The managers get mad when you ask them to do their job. They take forever to void items and get upset again when you ask them to take it off again. Another manager constantly talks bad about all the servers and thinks he is funny. They constantly push those dumb lsc cards that nobody wants to buy. They want us to sell them because they get a bonus for the amount sold. We tip out to the busser, host, and bartender which is stupid because I bus my tables most of the time and I still tip out when there isn't a busser or host on the clock. I hate working here but it pays my bills.

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    Be professional and do the job that you're getting paid to do. Not be in the office (the cave) when you're needed on the floor. Talk to the guest more when the kitchen is backed up so the server won't be punished by getting a terrible or no tip.

    Doesn't Recommend
    Negative Outlook
    Disapproves of CEO
  10. 1 person found this helpful  

    Dumb & Dumberer

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    Former Employee - Front of House in Bridgewater, NJ
    Former Employee - Front of House in Bridgewater, NJ

    I worked at McCormick & Schmick's full-time (less than an year)

    Pros

    It is VERY easy for ANYONE to be hired here for front of house because the turn over is very high, if you're a female under 22 you're pretty much guaranteed a job per the perverse all male management staff.

    Cons

    While the general manager openly refers to himself as 'God' its the offensive poor managerial practices regularly that contradict mandates and sneak around health codes ( I personally never ate the food after seeing the storage relabeling/non labeling) that stood out. To maintain bottom line profit bonuses for 'God' the restaurant was constantly poorly supplied with everything from silverware to glasswear to key menu items resulting in slow service (we had to literally wait 10-15min to serve a martini drink because we only had 8- 14 martini shell glasses in the entire restaurant) and poor tips, being bullied and threatened into selling the Landry Club cards ($25 frequent diner reward card) your incentives for selling them are bogus and measly and of no monetary value, money can be made here however if you are aggressive enough to backstab, blamegame, lie or just flat out brown nose your way into sections with fair rotation, sidework assignments are biased, bar shift and closing duties are ridiculous( DON'T GET TRICKED INTO WORKING BeHIND THE BAR! You make under $100 for a 6hr shift on busy Saturday nights), you will find that issues cannot be solved because the management has poor individual communication and will openly gripe outloud about your fellow coworkers when they leave the area in an almost gossipy manner... BOTTOM LINE: Landry's owned restaurants have a generally poor reputation on Glassdoor so if you must work there get your experience and get out asap

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    Get a clue, your shady back stabbing cost pinching practices and 'us vs them' attitude in regards to management and employees sucks and resolves nothing. You are not politicians so stop acting like them...

    Doesn't Recommend
    Neutral Outlook
    Disapproves of CEO
  11.  

    unfortunately the standards of this company are not what they used to be

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    Former Employee - General Manager
    Former Employee - General Manager

    I worked at McCormick & Schmick's full-time (more than an year)

    Pros

    quality of life is good; good sense of hospitality and service

    Cons

    numbers are all that matters; difficult place to work if you have a passion for quality food; corporate restrictions handcuff local management

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    focus more on guests and individual markets and maybe sell some fresh seafood

    Doesn't Recommend
    Negative Outlook
    No opinion of CEO

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