Olga's Kitchen Reviews

Updated September 8, 2014
Updated September 8, 2014
14 Reviews
3.0
14 Reviews
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  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)

    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 ManagementAdvice

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

    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    Approves of CEO
  2.  

    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 an year)

    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 ManagementAdvice

    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.

    Doesn't Recommend
    Neutral Outlook
    Disapproves of CEO
  3.  

    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 an year)

    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.

    Recommends
    Neutral Outlook
    No opinion of CEO
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  5.  

    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 an year)

    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.

    Recommends
    Neutral Outlook
    No opinion of CEO
  6.  

    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)

    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 ManagementAdvice

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

    Doesn't Recommend
    Positive Outlook
    No opinion of CEO
  7.  

    Managers First

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    Former Employee - Server
    Former Employee - Server

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

    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 ManagementAdvice

    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.

    Doesn't Recommend
    Negative Outlook
    Approves of CEO
  8.  

    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 an year)

    Pros

    Good tips, good food, that's it

    Cons

    Poor leadership, inflexible scheduling, shady managers

    Doesn't Recommend
    Neutral Outlook
    Disapproves of CEO
  9.  

    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 an year)

    Pros

    Great people and managers and environment.

    Cons

    Disorganized and crazy at times

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    Give raises

    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    Approves of CEO
  10. 1 person found this helpful  

    Great place to start your carrer

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    Current Employee - Waiter
    Current Employee - Waiter

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

    Pros

    It is very easy to acquire shifts, and work with flexibility. Olgas Kitchen has been very flexible with my schedule and has given me every day I need off.

    Cons

    Some of the cons of employment at Olgas Kitchen is not getting off your shift at the scheduled time, but I do not mind since it is a great opportunity to earn extra money while I am still in High school.

  11.  

    Dead end job

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    Current Employee - General Manager in Grand Rapids, MI
    Current Employee - General Manager in Grand Rapids, MI

    I have been working at Olga's Kitchen full-time (more than 3 years)

    Pros

    Most location are in a mall so the hours are not terrible.

    Cons

    Struggling company, hard to move up and get promoted. Very low labor budget and hard to give good service and enhance sales.

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    upper management should re-structure the concept and try to drive in more sales.

    Doesn't Recommend
    Neutral Outlook
    Approves of CEO

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