Papa John's Reviews

Updated September 21, 2014
Updated September 21, 2014
453 Reviews
3.0
453 Reviews
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Papa John's Founder, Chairman, and CEO John H. Schnatter
John H. Schnatter
217 Ratings

Review Highlights

Pros
  • Flexible hours, pay is commensurate with work effort as a driver (in 31 reviews)

  • Better than other starter jobs- if the customer complains, throw them a free pizza (in 26 reviews)


Cons
  • You make less than minimum wage without the chance of moving up (in 27 reviews)

  • wear and tear on vehicle, hourly pay - they only pay you 4 (in 13 reviews)

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Employee Reviews

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  1.  

    Wonderful

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    Former Employee - Cashier/Food Handler  in  Knoxville, TN
    Former Employee - Cashier/Food Handler in Knoxville, TN

    I worked at Papa John's part-time for less than a year

    Pros

    I had a lot of fun working here. I worked on a campus location and although the work was long it was sill a lot of fun. I have nothing bad to say about my time here. Were very lenient when it came to time off because some employees were students.

    Cons

    During slow days, asked to go home

    During busy days (big games) asked to stay longer

    Recommends
    No opinion of CEO
  2.  

    Okay stepping stone

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    Current Employee - Manager Designate  in  Gastonia, NC
    Current Employee - Manager Designate in Gastonia, NC

    I have been working at Papa John's full-time for more than a year

    Pros

    Hours are there if you want them. Easy to move up in the company and the only promote within. A lot of money to be made within the company.

    Cons

    Favorites are a big flaw with papa johns, each manager has their all star person. Overall no cobs though.

    Recommends
    Neutral Outlook
    No opinion of CEO
  3.  

    Good starter job

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    Former Employee - Delivery Driver/Shift Manager  in  Seattle, WA
    Former Employee - Delivery Driver/Shift Manager in Seattle, WA

    I worked at Papa John's part-time for more than a year

    Pros

    Good hours, opportunity for advancement, decent pay. Tips depend on area size and area, but generally they are good. Wouldn't work there longer than necessary, but its a good job for students.

    Cons

    Low hourly wage. Micromanagement from the district managers is intense. Hours can be tight depending on your store manager. Working nights/weekends is necessary.

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    Hire district managers who do not micromanage stores and place more trust in the store managers to do their job. Treat employees like they are valued instead of disposable.

    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    Disapproves of CEO
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  5.  

    Great to be a Delivery Driver! But kills your car...

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    Current Employee - Pizza Delivery Driver  in  Middleton, WI
    Current Employee - Pizza Delivery Driver in Middleton, WI

    I have been working at Papa John's full-time for more than a year

    Pros

    Tips aren't hard to come by as a Delivery Driver. It's nice to get out of the store and ease your mind. However, I eventually realized that the miles and damage to my car wasn't worth it anymore.

    Cons

    Damage and miles on car

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    Recognize the employees with potential and help them climb the corporate ladder.

    Recommends
    Neutral Outlook
    No opinion of CEO
  6.  

    Awesome company in which to work!!

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    Former Employee - Pizza Delivery Driver  in  West Lafayette, IN
    Former Employee - Pizza Delivery Driver in West Lafayette, IN

    I worked at Papa John's part-time for less than a year

    Pros

    Papa John's provided a friendly work environment. It was fast-paced work which made your time fly by! Great tips as a delivery driver.

    Cons

    Pay appeared to be slightly below industry average. Having your work hours cut unexpectedly if business was slow can be frustrating for your budgeting plan.

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    Managers were competent and worked with individuals to resolve conflicts before they became a big issue.

    Recommends
    Neutral Outlook
    Approves of CEO
  7.  

    Good experience, low pay

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    Former Employee - In Store Team Member  in  Coral Springs, FL
    Former Employee - In Store Team Member in Coral Springs, FL

    I worked at Papa John's part-time for more than 3 years

    Pros

    It's a good place to start off and gain experience. The work isn't hard and can be fun if you have enjoyable coworkers.

    Cons

    If you work for a franchise store, the pay is very low. Minimum wage with very little chance for a raise- you MIGHT get one and only if you ask. Apparently, corporate stores pay much more. Little to no chance to move up unless you want to be an assistant manager for only $1 more and a whole lot of extra work and responsibility. During slow times work can be boring but again, it's easy. No benefits.

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    It's a multi million dollar company...pay your employees more than minimum wage.

    Recommends
    Neutral Outlook
    Disapproves of CEO
  8.  

    not fun

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    Former Employee - Sales Associate  in  Herndon, VA
    Former Employee - Sales Associate in Herndon, VA

    I worked at Papa John's part-time for less than a year

    Pros

    come in when you want
    work few hours
    relaxed except for rush hours
    discounts galore

    Cons

    controlling managers
    unprofessional employment
    The papa johns sauce is not very good.
    the dough sits out all day and gathers flies.
    cleaning? ha.

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    relax. it's pizza.

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

    Love what i do

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    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee

    I have been working at Papa John's full-time for more than a year

    Pros

    Enjoy working with customers and employees

    Cons

    Pay and benifits could be better

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    Take care of the people that work for you.

    Doesn't Recommend
    Neutral Outlook
    No opinion of CEO
  10.  

    Manager

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    Former Employee - General Manager  in  Charleston, SC
    Former Employee - General Manager in Charleston, SC

    I worked at Papa John's full-time for more than 5 years

    Pros

    Flexiable work schedule, Promotions is easy with hard work

    Cons

    Area Supervisors expect too much...long work hours...min pay

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    Pay your employees what they are worth.

    Doesn't Recommend
    Neutral Outlook
    Approves of CEO
  11. 1 person found this helpful  

    Slave Job

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    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee

    I have been working at Papa John's part-time for less than a year

    Pros

    Cash in hand at end of shift. Autonomy when driving. Decent coworkers. Half price discount carryout. Hire anyone.

    Cons

    Customers are often terrible; do not tip, are rude, disrespectful, are not home, do not answer door, expect you to call them on arrival and do not answer, pay in change, etc. Company does not pay for car maintenance. High Turnover. Company cut their formerly minimum wage pay for drivers to split pay which=4.25 when driving/7.25 in-store to show how much they appreciate their employees. The company charges 2.50 non itemized delivery charge on the receipt and only gives drivers 1.35 per delivery. The drivers job is an insider as well as a maid/janitor. Managers are routinely threatened with firing for arbitrary reasons. All the managers I've seen are going bald. Dumb and cheaply made mandatory uniforms. There are no perks or incentives to stay in this position long term. No raises, performance rewards, tuition reimbursement, etc.

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    Mileage fee too low, provide maintenance costs or company vehicles, raises, more lax uniforms, split pay seriously?, provide urine for drivers to drink on the reg

    Doesn't Recommend
    Negative Outlook
    Disapproves of CEO

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