Starr Restaurants

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Starr Restaurants Reviews

Updated December 5, 2014
Updated December 5, 2014
19 Reviews
3.5
19 Reviews
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  1.  

    Server experience

    • Comp & Benefits
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    • Senior Management
    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    Former Employee - Server in Philadelphia, PA
    Former Employee - Server in Philadelphia, PA

    I worked at Starr Restaurants full-time (more than an year)

    Pros

    Excellent discount to all Starr Restaurants. Treats their employees very, very well! Working at El Vez they treated their staff with staff meal everyday. I would highly recommend working for this company.

    Cons

    Made so much in tips, my credit cards tips were taxed and put on a pay check I received every two weeks. Saw less than half of what I made, but you still make a lot for a serving job.

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    Some upper management within the restaurant wasn't always the easiest to work with. Some management really shined where as others did nothing and were on your case for everything. My advice would be to hire management that all share the same skills and enthusiasm and do their part too because the restaurants are always so busy, everyone should be doing their part.

    Recommends
    Approves of CEO
  2.  

    Good and Bad

    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee

    I worked at Starr Restaurants

    Pros

    The money is almost always good. I have always worked with great people. The food is on point and service is taken seriously. With the growing company, transferring to other cities is a fantastic perk. Food, wine, wine and liquor education is encouraged and often provided.

    Cons

    Individuality is not necessarily discouraged, but it's implied in the restaurants that I worked in. The management only has so much power...don't forget it is a corporation and is reproducing like bunnies, so it will only get worse. Over-time is not allowed, but you aren't eligible for health insurance if you don't work an average of 35 hours in a year (that is a challenge for front-of-house/only one person was eligible).

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    Allow the management to manage.

  3.  

    Tough Senior Management tough company to work for

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    • Work/Life Balance
    • Senior Management
    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    Current Employee - Manager
    Current Employee - Manager

    I have been working at Starr Restaurants full-time (more than an year)

    Pros

    Well known company in Philly area
    Pay is on the higher side
    Free meals - but most restaurant companies do that

    Cons

    Work life balance is poor
    Company expects managers to work very long hours. They call you on your "day-off"
    Bonus program is bad and does not motivate managers

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    Respect your people. People make your business work. Too many disrespectful senior leaders in the catering department

    Doesn't Recommend
    Neutral Outlook
    Disapproves of CEO
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  5.  

    Constantly Growing Company

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    • Senior Management
    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    Current Employee - Sous Chef in Fort Lauderdale, FL
    Current Employee - Sous Chef in Fort Lauderdale, FL

    I have been working at Starr Restaurants full-time (more than 5 years)

    Pros

    Promotions within the company, great benefits for managers and salary employees.

    Cons

    Poor benefits and low pay rate for hourly employees

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    Take better care of the little people (hourly employees) at the end of the day they are the ones tat make all the managers look good. A happy employee will perform better

    Recommends
    Neutral Outlook
    Approves of CEO
  6.  

    Smooth sailing

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

    I worked at Starr Restaurants full-time (more than an year)

    Pros

    Flexible scheduling
    Ability to take days off
    Laid back interview
    Informative shift meetings
    Fairness in section size
    Unique atmosphere in each restaurant

    Cons

    No upward promotions
    Flaunting about how that one guy three years ago was promoted to another tipped position
    Favoritism
    Asst manager answers to no body

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    Probably shouldn't run around thinking you're the star of the show

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

    Unpleasant working environment

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    • Senior Management
    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    Former Employee - Server in Phila, PA
    Former Employee - Server in Phila, PA

    I worked at Starr Restaurants full-time (less than an year)

    Pros

    Earning unthinkable amounts of money

    Cons

    Poor management style - focuses on what employee doesn't add to the group, openly compares one employee's sales to another employee's sales in monthly meetings with said employee, lack of feeling that management can be trusted

    Long hours - the only focus of Buddakan is to turn as many tables as possible. Have been subjected to 14-15 hour days, most times without a break

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    Build your employee's strengths - not focus on the weaknesses

    Doesn't Recommend
  8.  

    My 9-5

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    • Work/Life Balance
    • Senior Management
    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    Current Employee - Packer/Driver in Philadelphia, PA
    Current Employee - Packer/Driver in Philadelphia, PA

    I have been working at Starr Restaurants full-time (less than an year)

    Pros

    I really appreciate being a employee At Starr.They Make sure we are well fed each day.The staff are the bomb and i have atleast one person that helps me get the job done in the warehouse

    Cons

    Me being the only underpaid warehouse worker/Driver with a rate of 10hour when everybody else started with 12hour and my resume shows experience ranging all the way from 2006

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    Look at how each person works so You can see that person is a keeper and should be paid like it

    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    Approves of CEO
  9.  

    Great co-workers, so-so management, stingy perks

    • Comp & Benefits
    • Work/Life Balance
    • Senior Management
    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    Current Employee - Host in Philadelphia, PA
    Current Employee - Host in Philadelphia, PA

    I have been working at Starr Restaurants part-time (less than an year)

    Pros

    You really become a family with the rest of the staff. If you're a fan of an unpredictable routine, it's a great gig.

    Cons

    Who ever heard of a restaurant that didn't feed its employees? Sometimes they'll make staff meal on weekdays, but sometimes they just don't feel like it. Only 20% food discount.

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    Communicate better with fellow management before taking it out on employees.

    Recommends
    Neutral Outlook
    Approves of CEO
  10.  

    Great opportunity to make waiting tables lucrative

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

    I have been working at Starr Restaurants

    Pros

    Flexible scheduling, great coworkers, and consistent flow of business

    Cons

    Long shifts compared to other restaurants

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    Do not schedule double shifts

    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
  11.  

    Varies greatly by restaurant

    • Comp & Benefits
    • Work/Life Balance
    • Senior Management
    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    Current Employee - Bartender in Philadelphia, PA
    Current Employee - Bartender in Philadelphia, PA

    I have been working at Starr Restaurants full-time (more than an year)

    Pros

    Love everyone I work with and don't generally every have to work very late

    Cons

    Has become increasingly more corporate and the home office has no problem gouging it's employees

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    Pay attention to your FOH employees, especially the ones who have stuck around for a while! Although you may not pay us much, we're the face of your company and are not disposable.

    Doesn't Recommend
    Neutral Outlook
    Disapproves of CEO

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