McCormick & Schmick's

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McCormick & Schmick's Reviews

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

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  1.  

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

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    • Career Opportunities
    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
  2.  

    The worst job I have ever had

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    • Career Opportunities
    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
  3.  

    summer job

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    Former Employee - Pantry Cook in McLean, VA
    Former Employee - Pantry Cook in McLean, VA

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

    Pros

    a lot of great exposure to fine dining techniques (i.e., scratch production, blah blah blah)

    Marissa, one of the managers, aside from being GORGEOUS, is really chill/easy to get along with

    Cons

    some (one) of the management can be (is) a pain in the ass

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    you really should offer parking comps for your employees instead of telling them to park in restricted areas (and risk being towed) to avoid parking garage fees

    Recommends
    Neutral Outlook
    No opinion of CEO
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    Mr. Frittata wouldn't make a dime if he didn't charge employees for everything

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    Former Employee - Server in Chicago, IL
    Former Employee - Server in Chicago, IL

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

    Pros

    none since Landry's took over

    Cons

    pressured to participate in employee food program, working 10 hrs plus on holidays without a break, being required to tip out bus, bar and front door even though mgmt has no one working those positions, and constant pressure to sign the guest up in the rewards program

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    no use offering these people a suggestion they have their heads so far up it they can't hear

    Doesn't Recommend
    Negative Outlook
    Disapproves of CEO
  6.  

    A Good family environment

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    • Career Opportunities
    Current Employee - Server in Washington, DC
    Current Employee - Server in Washington, DC

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

    Pros

    The staff is very friendly towards one another, management can be okay, i understand that at the end of the day they have someone to answer to as well.

    Cons

    It is a corporate company, enough said.

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    Learn to work with your staff.

    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    No opinion of CEO
  7.  

    Great company to work for, quality products.

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    Former Employee - Catering Coordinator in Portland, OR
    Former Employee - Catering Coordinator in Portland, OR

    I worked at McCormick & Schmick's full-time (more than 3 years)

    Pros

    McCormick & Schmick's takes good care of its employees. Promotes from within, pays above industry standard.

    Cons

    It's a restaurant company with limited potential for growth.

    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    Approves of CEO
  8.  

    I life changing job

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    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee

    I have been working at McCormick & Schmick's

    Pros

    There are "some" good managers, while others lack loyalty to employees. You will grow some thick skin before you leave.

    Cons

    In any big corporation there is too much micro- management. Everyone needs to have personality and they found away to take it.

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    Allow your staff to have some freedoms within their jobs and tables. To much structure is detrimental.

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

    Worked at the Portland corporate office before Landry's took over

    Former Employee - Accounts Payable in Portland, OR
    Former Employee - Accounts Payable in Portland, OR

    I worked at McCormick & Schmick's full-time (more than 3 years)

    Pros

    Overall, the people in my department really worked as a team. There was a very nice lady in my department who I was able to bring questions to as a new person and I still remember and am thankful for that. The culture at the corporate office was one where people were encouraged to talk face to face. I met a couple of truly wonderful people while working there that put smiles on my face when I think about them now. The Portland corporate offices where we were – both the original Washington Street location and the later Northrup spot – had a classy look to them.

    Cons

    Way too much work from day one! Management never cared. I actually loved most of the work but was always besieged with a truckload of it – everyone in my department was and we often ridiculed the amount and joked about it. There needed to be a bookkeeper at every one of the restaurants to handle communication with our corporate office accounting team but management cut back on hiring for that position. This resulted in tremendous frustration for us at the corporate office because in many cases invoice processing and paperwork were not completed by the restaurants and then we would either have to remind the restaurants to do it or play “bad cop” with repeated requests. One of our supervisors would get mad at US for things the restaurants did not complete, which was extremely stressful and unfair. Raises were paltry. It was a very stiff working environment with too many meetings and an intimidating review process. Several of the supervisors were openly harsh and strict. Company was sold to Landry’s right before Thanksgiving 2011 and pretty soon all of us corporate office people were gone. Very cold finish cementing the feeling of everyday uncaring that went on. Soul-sucking place in many ways that drained the life out of me and took me a long time to recover from.

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    Nothing I can add now as Landry’s took it over in 2012 and I’m no longer there.

    Doesn't Recommend
  10.  

    Great company

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    • Career Opportunities
    Former Employee - Assistant Manager in Miami, FL
    Former Employee - Assistant Manager in Miami, FL

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

    Pros

    Flexible, with good pay, and outstanding wonderful friendly staff and environment

    Cons

    busy days sometimes long hours, scheduling issues with times and dates, needs some improvement in minor areas

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    solve scheduling issues

    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    Approves of CEO
  11.  

    Private Dining Coordinator is great for no job skills but not a career path.

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    • Senior Management
    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    Former Employee - Private Dining Coordinator in Portland, OR
    Former Employee - Private Dining Coordinator in Portland, OR

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

    Pros

    Little to none supervision or management training enables workers to seem faultless.

    Cons

    Little to none supervision or management training creates a stagnant workforce and mediocre attitude which inhibits ambition and caused the company to decline into a hostile takeover by Landry's Inc., a profit driven casino ownership.

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    Proactive leadership requires constant training and coaching of the staff. Do not wait for secret shopper reports to determine the skill level of employees. Interview more and hire less to posses a more competent staff; keeping sub-par employees only hurts the team.

    Doesn't Recommend
    Negative Outlook
    Disapproves of CEO

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