Sammy's Woodfired Pizza

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Sammy's Woodfired Pizza Reviews

Updated October 15, 2014
Updated October 15, 2014
15 Reviews
3.5
15 Reviews
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  1.  

    This job is great as an opportunity to get experience towards future culinary jobs.

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    • Senior Management
    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    Current Employee - Line Cook in San Diego, CA
    Current Employee - Line Cook in San Diego, CA

    I have been working at Sammy's Woodfired Pizza full-time (more than 3 years)

    Pros

    There is an opportunity to move up and increase pay rate. However, these opportunities are limited and will only take you so far. The staff here is great and very easy to get along with. They will make you feel at home and will make sure that you get trained properly.

    Cons

    The biggest turn off about working for this company is working for the owner Sami Ladeki. I don't like to work in environments where you have to be on your toes (not in a good way) whenever he steps into the restaurant. He can be rude and will call you out in front of guests and staff.

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    Take care of your employees. They are the ones that keep the wheels turning.

    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    Disapproves of CEO
  2.  

    Good salads, bad pizza, and bad leadership from the top down

    • Comp & Benefits
    • Work/Life Balance
    • Senior Management
    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    Former Employee - Regional Manager in San Diego, CA
    Former Employee - Regional Manager in San Diego, CA

    I worked at Sammy's Woodfired Pizza full-time (more than 5 years)

    Pros

    Solid food quality. Allowed for upward growth but that was more because I was overqualified and based on random circumstance. Easily could have missed these opportunities and most team members did.

    Cons

    Tyrannical ownership (even among the restaurant owner subset), unrealistic expectations at all levels, almost impossible to bonus, horrible work environment, non-existent company culture, no positive recognition, low pay in a low paying industry.

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    This is the ultimate thankless job. Use SWP as an opportunity to gain experience and then jump-off to something better. That is what EVERYONE does here. This is why manager retention is absolutely abysmal.

    Doesn't Recommend
    Negative Outlook
    Disapproves of CEO
  3.  

    Wonderful growing experience coupled with a fantastic team.

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    • Work/Life Balance
    • Senior Management
    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    Former Employee - General Manager in San Diego, CA
    Former Employee - General Manager in San Diego, CA

    I worked at Sammy's Woodfired Pizza full-time (more than 3 years)

    Pros

    Ability to lead your teams through the direction of a great upper management team.

    Cons

    Salary is low, benefits are lacking and the coupons are extreme.

    Recommends
    Neutral Outlook
    No opinion of CEO
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  5.  

    Good food and go ood people

    Current Employee - Anonymous
    Current Employee - Anonymous

    I have been working at Sammy's Woodfired Pizza (more than an year)

    Pros

    Standby option is nice. Only have to work 1 shift a month and can pick up more if needed. Also helps the servers get the shifts covered easily.

    Cons

    Too corporate and money is inconsistent

    Doesn't Recommend
    Negative Outlook
    Disapproves of CEO
  6.  

    Great time

    • Comp & Benefits
    • Work/Life Balance
    • Senior Management
    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    Current Employee - General Manager in Los Angeles, CA
    Current Employee - General Manager in Los Angeles, CA

    I have been working at Sammy's Woodfired Pizza full-time (more than 3 years)

    Pros

    Small Company, get to know everyone from home office to staff in other stores.

    Cons

    Small company, they didn't know if they were going to sell or not.

    Doesn't Recommend
    Negative Outlook
    Disapproves of CEO
  7.  

    good place to work with flexible hours

    • Comp & Benefits
    • Work/Life Balance
    • Senior Management
    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee in San Diego, CA
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee in San Diego, CA

    I have been working at Sammy's Woodfired Pizza full-time (more than 3 years)

    Pros

    Fresh food and there is something for everyone. Flexible hours.

    Cons

    when I was there the menu was constantly changing and the overall decor and atmosphere was changing.

    Recommends
    No opinion of CEO
  8.  

    Good for experience

    • Comp & Benefits
    • Work/Life Balance
    • Senior Management
    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee

    I have been working at Sammy's Woodfired Pizza

    Pros

    Good place to gain management experience if you have none.

    Cons

    Very little support from corporate officers.

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

    Decent pay, decent schedule, poor management training .

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    • Work/Life Balance
    • Senior Management
    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    Former Employee - Bartender in San Diego, CA
    Former Employee - Bartender in San Diego, CA

    I worked at Sammy's Woodfired Pizza part-time (more than 3 years)

    Pros

    food, money, schedule , co workers

    Cons

    young management , schedule, hours

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    grow up

    Recommends
  10.  

    Great for college students

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

    I have been working at Sammy's Woodfired Pizza part-time (more than 5 years)

    Pros

    -Very flexible schedule (easy to get shifts covered)
    -Make decent tips
    -Management is usually laid back

    Cons

    -Will usually have to work holidays (except for Christmas and Thanksgiving)
    -High management turnover rates

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    Corporate should take better care of their managers and make it worth their while to stay.

  11.  

    Great Working Environment!

    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee

    I have been working at Sammy's Woodfired Pizza

    Pros

    the Del Mar location has some great comraderie in its coworkers, very team-work oriented atmosphere, good tips as well.

    Cons

    Management changes frequently which can add a little chaos, but it is pretty easy to get adjusted to working under different types of personalities

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