Pasta Pomodoro Reviews

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  1. i had a great time, but limited room for growth.

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    Former Employee - Server in San Francisco, CA
    Former Employee - Server in San Francisco, CA

    I worked at Pasta Pomodoro part-time (More than 5 years)

    Recommends
    Neutral Outlook
    Approves of CEO
    Recommends
    Neutral Outlook
    Approves of CEO

    Pros

    fast paced, comfortable environment. good food- leaders definitely could have been more accountable at times in terms of their attention to detail and making sure the staff was trained well and doing their job effectively.

    Cons

    corporate structures were a bit annoying when it came to standards and pleasing corporate. definitely need a better review system to take care of their employees.

    Advice to Management

    need more training and incentives for employees


  2. Lost opportunities: How two years were squandered working at Pasta Pomodoro

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    Former Employee - Server in San Mateo, CA
    Former Employee - Server in San Mateo, CA

    I worked at Pasta Pomodoro full-time (More than a year)

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

    Pros

    You get a discount on everything on the menu with the exception of seafood, beef, special dinners, or alcohol.

    Cons

    Incompetent management who refuse to take responsibility for their leadership decisions, for the lack of comprehensive training, and for stonewalling progress. Management does not back their own team members, rather, they back even the most unreasonable, irate, foul mouthed, and intoxicated customers instead.

    Advice to Management

    Do not keep your head in the sand and ignore what is going on; and look around you! There is much to be done! There is so much to improve upon. Read a few books on leadership, become transparent and open to new ideas, admit your mistakes, stop backstabbing, discard your passive aggressive behavior, build a sense of camaraderie with the team so that people actually look forward to returning, give those working there a sense of purpose and ensure that people know that their contribution matters and cannot be easily done away with at the swipe of a time card, and give entry level servers the opportunity to move up the chain of command. Management is rarely hired from within, and are generally poor leaders. I learned more in my three months of my current position in law enforcement than I did in my twenty-four months at Pasta Pomodoro.


  3. Can casual dining survive?

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    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee in San Francisco, CA
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee in San Francisco, CA

    I have been working at Pasta Pomodoro full-time (More than 3 years)

    Recommends
    Negative Outlook
    Approves of CEO
    Recommends
    Negative Outlook
    Approves of CEO

    Pros

    This food concept created by Adriano Paganini was ahead of its time back in the mid 90s. Good value and quality served in a family friend environment.

    Cons

    The challenges of Pasta Pomodoro have very little to do with the current owners or the Company. It's the economy and changes in how people eat post the economic recession.

    Advice to Management

    Grow the company. Open new stores.


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  5. Good people, unrealistic goals for management, poor second level support.

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    Former Employee - Restaurant Manager in San Francisco, CA
    Former Employee - Restaurant Manager in San Francisco, CA

    I worked at Pasta Pomodoro full-time (More than a year)

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

    Pros

    Good, quality people for the most part. Line-level staff is usually friendly and responsive. Salaries are decent. Food for manager is free. Regional and CEO are knowledgeable and approachable.

    Cons

    Management under relentless pressure to hit goals. Goals are unrealistic. Benefits are staggeringly bad, BOH pays for daily meals, no retirement plan for managers. "Support center" staff is mostly incompetent.

    Advice to Management

    Follow through on your promises. Have reasonable, achievable goals.


  6. Flexible to work with.

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    Current Employee - Manager in San Francisco, CA
    Current Employee - Manager in San Francisco, CA

    I have been working at Pasta Pomodoro part-time (More than a year)

    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    No opinion of CEO
    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    No opinion of CEO

    Pros

    The food is great. Awesome use of local ingredients.

    Cons

    So far nothing thats not worth working for.

    Advice to Management

    Benefits and bonuses would be great.


  7. Great money, but bad management

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    Current Employee - Server in San Francisco, CA
    Current Employee - Server in San Francisco, CA

    I have been working at Pasta Pomodoro part-time (More than 3 years)

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

    Pros

    Tips are great and the hours are short. Great neighborhood and great regular customers for the most part.

    Cons

    Lack of organization and leadership from management

    Advice to Management

    Stop giving away thousands of coupons and make sure people are properly trained by GM's.


  8. Helpful (1)

    So much promise.....so many politics....uuugghh

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    Former Employee - Restaurant Manager in San Jose, CA
    Former Employee - Restaurant Manager in San Jose, CA

    I worked at Pasta Pomodoro full-time (More than 5 years)

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

    Pros

    Great learning experience, great recipes *(at one point), wonderful people, loyal following.

    Cons

    Hostile work environment due to dysfunctional senior leadership. Growth for employees is unfair and unprofessional.

    Advice to Management

    Great learning experience, great people, baaad leadership!! I could go on forever but i'll just say that this company had so much promise and I am sad to see it in such horrible shape. Great companies start from the top and the people at the top are human.


  9. Corporation in flux.

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    Current Employee - Sever in San Jose, CA
    Current Employee - Sever in San Jose, CA

    I have been working at Pasta Pomodoro

    No opinion of CEO
    No opinion of CEO

    Pros

    It is very easy. People generally like the food.

    Cons

    Rules and standards are always changing. The steps of service change weekly making it very hard to abide by all the rules. It is stupid that bread is served before drinks, what if someone chokes? All the rules make it difficult to ensure guest satisfaction.

    Advice to Management

    Find a system you like and stay with it. No two tables are the same, there should be more flexibility in the steps of service.


  10. Ok

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    • Senior Management
    Former Employee - Hostess in Irvine, CA
    Former Employee - Hostess in Irvine, CA

    I worked at Pasta Pomodoro

    Recommends
    Approves of CEO
    Recommends
    Approves of CEO

    Pros

    Good Pay, Good co-workers, Nice Environment

    Cons

    Less Hours, No seating system

    Advice to Management

    Stop moving around managers.


  11. Unpleasant Work Environment

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    Former Employee - Waitress in Emeryville, CA
    Former Employee - Waitress in Emeryville, CA

    I worked at Pasta Pomodoro

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

    Pros

    reasonably good food for half off (though at other restaurants the staff eat for free). Good location with lots of parking and nearby shops.

    Cons

    The unhappy servers made me depressed to go to work everday, the patrons treated the waiters like dirt and tipped poorly.

    Advice to Management

    hire happier people, who want to work there, not people who feel like life screwed them over and complain about everything



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