McCormick & Schmick's

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McCormick & Schmick's Reviews

Updated October 2, 2014
Updated October 2, 2014
59 Reviews
2.3
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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.  

    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
  2.  

    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
  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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  5.  

    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
  6.  

    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
  7.  

    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
  8.  

    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
  9.  

    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
  10.  

    Server

    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee

    I worked at McCormick & Schmick's

    Pros

    Easy hours, very flexible work schedule

    Cons

    Selling LCS cards (Total rip off), They promote within in the same store so your friends become your bosses, worst unprofessional place I've ever worked

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    Create more of a professional environment

  11.  

    The worst job I have ever had

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    Former Employee - Server in Baltimore, MD
    Former Employee - Server in Baltimore, MD

    I worked at McCormick & Schmick's

    Pros

    Decent money and met some nice people. Needs a lot of help to run that place

    Cons

    The management was horrible. Side work was endless. Not only did you have running side work you also had much more to do after. I can't believe they haven't been sued yet.

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    The leadership needs to be experienced people and worry more about coaching and teaching than where everyone is going after work for a drink. Also, don't threaten people, cuss at them, or treat them like children.

    Doesn't Recommend
    Neutral Outlook
    No opinion of CEO

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