McCormick & Schmick's

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Updated August 30, 2015
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McCormick & Schmick's Chairman, President and CEO of Landry's Inc. Tilman J. Fertitta
Tilman J. Fertitta
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Pros
  • You have potential to make good money (in 4 reviews)

  • Flexible, with good pay, and outstanding wonderful friendly staff and environment (in 2 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. Not worth it

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    • Senior Management
    Current Employee - Server in Denver, CO
    Current Employee - Server in Denver, CO
    Doesn't Recommend
    Negative Outlook
    Disapproves of CEO

    Pros

    The 50% discount at most Landrys restaurants. That's the only pro.

    Cons

    I don't have enough space!!! Use of drugs, lack of management leadership, while structure of place is a mess

    Advice to Management

    Communicate better about everything and don't do things differently for different areas of restaurant


  2. Much has changed with this company.

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    • Comp & Benefits
    • Senior Management
    Former Employee - Sous Chef in Philadelphia, PA
    Former Employee - Sous Chef in Philadelphia, PA
    Doesn't Recommend
    Neutral Outlook
    Disapproves of CEO

    I worked at McCormick & Schmick's full-time (More than 5 years)

    Pros

    Pay for a salaried position is good. Diverse group of people to work with. Opportunity for growth in the company.

    Cons

    Corporate management expects too much of its store level managers, especially if you work in a slower location. Charging employees $20 per month to drink soda/tea/coffee but lumping it in with a discount program so there is "perceived" value. Multiple instances of intimidation by upper management on conference calls saying things like "You better think twice about quitting here to go to xyz restaurant because we might buy them too." Very little room for chefs to be creative. This is not a job for someone who wants to be a actual chef. You will spend all day buried in paperwork or typing "communication" on the computer that upper mgmt rarely reads. Quality of the food has dramatically decreased since Landry's bought this company. Most of the seafood is frozen.

    Advice to Management

    Invest more into your restaurants staff, train your employees better. Hire better and pay better in regards to hourly staff.


  3. Banquet captain

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    • Senior Management
    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Doesn't Recommend
    Positive Outlook
    Approves of CEO

    I worked at McCormick & Schmick's full-time

    Pros

    Not a bad place if you like hard core corporate Resturaunt experience. you will take tests monthly and learn a lot

    Cons

    You take test monthly on stuff that no one will ever ask you about. Over staffed so as a server it's very hard to make consistently good money.

    Advice to Management

    Cut people earlier so others can make money. Stop over staffing every shift.


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  5. Alright for students

    • Work/Life Balance
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    • Senior Management
    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Doesn't Recommend
    Neutral Outlook
    No opinion of CEO

    Pros

    Good if you aren't a full-time professional server.

    Cons

    Quality was not what it use to be. Kitchen

    Advice to Management

    Be uofront during new hire process, a few great employees.


  6. Server

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    • Senior Management
    Current Employee - Server in Pittsburgh, PA
    Current Employee - Server in Pittsburgh, PA
    Recommends
    Positive Outlook

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

    Pros

    The management is encouraging. Great opportunity for professional growth.

    Cons

    The menu changes frequently.

    Advice to Management

    Quiz servers on the menu to ensure thorough knowledge of entree selections.


  7. Great company!

    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee

    Pros

    Great place to work! Very detail oriented!

    Cons

    The uniform gets hot when one is busy.


  8. Helpful (1)

    work environment

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    Former Employee - Server in Reston, VA
    Former Employee - Server in Reston, VA
    Doesn't Recommend
    Negative Outlook
    Disapproves of CEO

    Pros

    There are some nice employees. Food is good.

    Cons

    Management is not professional. Speak to employees rudely when tempted. Then the next day they can be approachable. One never knows. Good old buddy system. Clicky. Management talk behind one another's backs so u you never have consistancy with policies being enforced

    Advice to Management

    Let go of people who do not want to be their and start being leaders versus bullies


  9. Helpful (2)

    Shop around first

    • Work/Life Balance
    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    • Comp & Benefits
    • Senior Management
    Current Employee - Server in Charlotte, NC
    Current Employee - Server in Charlotte, NC
    Doesn't Recommend
    Neutral Outlook

    I have been working at McCormick & Schmick's full-time (More than a year)

    Pros

    - They hire on the spot - No experience needed

    Cons

    - Management is terrible - Corporate atmosphere creates a divide between helpless management and staff (i.e. restaurant is open on all holidays, including Christmas and Thanksgiving, from 10am until 10pm and ALL EMPLOYEES WORK ALL DAY) - Training process takes two weeks (of minimum wage pay) - Money is not good (Lunches = $15-$30, Dinners = $30-$60 on average)

    Advice to Management

    It's hard to give advice to the managers when they have no control over anything. The restaurant's corporate ethos is it's biggest downside. Managers are required to fill their employee pay quotas and schedule too many employees even if it is a slow time of year. This causes the staff to make less money and creates a disdain for the management team. My advice is this: if you want to raise your pay quotas, management, schedule more kitchen workers rather than the $2.15/hour servers and bartenders. This will allow the kitchen to run more efficiently and will allow the servers and bartenders in your restaurant to make some money. Treating employees well will translate to a better experience for your customer.


  10. Ehh..

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

    Pros

    The restaurant environment was very clean and well kept. Also, it was very structured and organized in that there were always different sections sectioned off and a schedule was made for cleaning duties.

    Cons

    I thought it was pretty ridiculous that we had to pay a fee to drink from the soda machines and to receive a discount. It's a corporate restaurant, you would think that they make an ample amount of profit to allow their employees to drink for free and have a discount on foods. I don't know. Just my opinion.


  11. Avoid

    • Work/Life Balance
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    • Career Opportunities
    • Comp & Benefits
    • Senior Management
    Former Employee - Server in Chicago, IL
    Former Employee - Server in Chicago, IL
    Doesn't Recommend
    Neutral Outlook

    I worked at McCormick & Schmick's part-time (More than 3 years)

    Pros

    The food was good, and there was a good management team in place where I was working. I've worked at worse places

    Cons

    The corporate structure is stifling. Hiring policies ensured that we'd repeatedly be understaffed and/or overstaffed, with never a happy medium. Customers were rude, with no power to do anything about it. Prices were absurd.

    Advice to Management

    Find a balance for your employees to avoid burning them out. Fight back the corporate power structure, which does nothing but make suits feel important.



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