Olga's Kitchen Reviews

Updated February 2, 2015
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  1. Helpful (1)

    Very nice opportunity and still building.

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    Former Employee - General Manager in Troy, MI
    Former Employee - General Manager in Troy, MI

    I worked at Olga's Kitchen full-time (more than 5 years)

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

    Pros

    The people are awesome. Leadership really does a good job listening and adding value to your opinion.

    Cons

    Bonuses are not there as in most other companies. Could be the economy.

    Advice to Management

    Need a better review system for all. Need to pay hourly employees more to be more competitive.

  2. Okay

    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee

    I worked at Olga's Kitchen

    Doesn't Recommend
    Doesn't Recommend

    Pros

    Co workers, and I would say that's about it..

    Cons

    Management, customers, hours, and everything else.

  3. Great first job

    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee

    I worked at Olga's Kitchen

    Pros

    I started as a hostess and moved to a server after a year. Fun work environment, especially for a first job. Management generally accommodating. Left job during school and could return on summer and holidays.

    Cons

    Little to no training, too much corporate management, and regularly over staffed. Hard to change schedule over time.

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  5. Management Disorganization

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    Former Employee - Cook in Livonia, MI
    Former Employee - Cook in Livonia, MI

    I worked at Olga's Kitchen full-time (more than a year)

    Doesn't Recommend
    Neutral Outlook
    Disapproves of CEO
    Doesn't Recommend
    Neutral Outlook
    Disapproves of CEO

    Pros

    The people are great, the food is of decent quality.

    Cons

    The managers are constantly rotating between stores, which causes confusion. This company cares more about becoming a "fine dining" experience, than what their customers actually want: soup, salad, simple sandwiches, and snackers.

    Advice to Management

    Realize what you are: mall food. You have set a standard for your kitchen team to pump out orders in 7 minutes, keep the food simple.

  6. Not too bad.

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    Former Employee - Hostess in Ann Arbor, MI
    Former Employee - Hostess in Ann Arbor, MI

    I worked at Olga's Kitchen part-time (less than a year)

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

    Pros

    Nice people to work with. Fast-paced environment that kept me on my toes.

    Cons

    I worked sporadically at first, so I ended up not being really trained. Scheduling was done via a sheet of paper posted in the kitchen, which wasn't the best.

  7. It was okay, it depends on what location you work.

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    Former Employee - Hostess/Server in Southfield, MI
    Former Employee - Hostess/Server in Southfield, MI

    I worked at Olga's Kitchen full-time (more than a year)

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

    Pros

    Olga's is a decent job. It's not the best but you make the best of it. Great first job for high school kids.

    Cons

    When I was there, as long as I showed interest in the company they were willing to promote within.

  8. Always be ready for change and support it will every new day.

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    Former Employee - Assistant Manager in Ann Arbor, MI
    Former Employee - Assistant Manager in Ann Arbor, MI

    I worked at Olga's Kitchen full-time (more than 8 years)

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

    Pros

    The learning availability, change of pace, the willing to work on goals to want show successes.

    Cons

    Not all managers support the work policies and procedures.

    Advice to Management

    Be all on the same issues and work together. Communicate.

  9. Managers First

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    Former Employee - Server
    Former Employee - Server

    I worked at Olga's Kitchen part-time (more than a year)

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

    Pros

    Olga's Kitchen is a busy, casual restaurant where servers can make a decent amount of money. The food is quick to make, and easy to learn.

    Cons

    The majority of the managers I worked with at several different locations were either unprofessional, power hungry, or jude plain rude. I have been verbally abused by management several times. If you work a double shift, they adamantly only provide you with half off one meal and breaks are rare.

    Advice to Management

    Instead of blaming all the problems directly on your staff, take a look at yourself and evaluate whether or not you are appropriately doing your job.

  10. Good money, that's about it

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    Current Employee - Server in Novi, MI
    Current Employee - Server in Novi, MI

    I have been working at Olga's Kitchen part-time (more than a year)

    Doesn't Recommend
    Neutral Outlook
    Disapproves of CEO
    Doesn't Recommend
    Neutral Outlook
    Disapproves of CEO

    Pros

    Good tips, good food, that's it

    Cons

    Poor leadership, inflexible scheduling, shady managers

  11. Smh....

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    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee in Detroit, MI
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee in Detroit, MI

    I have been working at Olga's Kitchen full-time (more than a year)

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

    Pros

    Great people and managers and environment.

    Cons

    Disorganized and crazy at times

    Advice to Management

    Give raises

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