Swiss Chalet

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Swiss Chalet Reviews

Updated November 12, 2014
Updated November 12, 2014
36 Reviews
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  1.  

    Swiss Chalet is AOK, personnel are wonderful people.

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    Former Employee - Housekeeper/Maid in Hartford, CT
    Former Employee - Housekeeper/Maid in Hartford, CT

    I worked at Swiss Chalet part-time (less than an year)

    Pros

    I got along with everyone I worked with and if I needed with something someone was already to assist.

    Cons

    I don't know anything a downside.

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    Management was always on top of everyone, the we placed the patrons first, and and their came first.

    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
  2.  

    Fun Environment, Management Needed Improvement

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    Former Employee - Server in Georgetown, ON (Canada)
    Former Employee - Server in Georgetown, ON (Canada)

    I worked at Swiss Chalet part-time (more than 3 years)

    Pros

    Good staff and relaxed environment. Hours are generally light and don't work too late. Improved near the end of my employment there.

    Cons

    Franchise owner was annoying and it was a struggle to get the supplies we needed.

    Doesn't Recommend
    Neutral Outlook
  3.  

    STAY AWAY!

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    Current Employee - Line Cook in Calgary, AB (Canada)
    Current Employee - Line Cook in Calgary, AB (Canada)

    I have been working at Swiss Chalet part-time (less than an year)

    Pros

    Discount at any other CARA restaurant for 20%.
    Some of the Front of House staff are nice.

    Cons

    "As long as everyone is making money, who cares." This is the motto at Swiss Chalet. These people do not care about health and safety, food safety regulations...etc. Only sociopaths behave this way. This workplace is the poster child of abusing the temporary foreign worker program. The whole entire kitchen staff are temporary foreign workers (there is a local High School just down the street with plenty of students looking for a job) at one point every single manager and general manager were temporary foreign workers too. The temporary foreign workers see these jobs as a path too getting Canadian Citizenship. If you are a Canadian worker they will make working here very uncomfortable for you until they succeed and you quit.

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    These are kitchen's that require competent kitchen managers with experience running a kitchen, not a bunch of temporary foreign workers who cant read a single word of English.

    Doesn't Recommend
    Negative Outlook
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  5.  

    don't be a hostess

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    Former Employee - Hostess in Mississauga, ON (Canada)
    Former Employee - Hostess in Mississauga, ON (Canada)

    I worked at Swiss Chalet part-time (more than an year)

    Pros

    the people you work with are amazing, my coworkers were the only reason i stayed for as long as i did (1 year)

    Cons

    the customers treat employees terribly because this isn't a fancy restaurant. managers are constantly hiring new hostesses and not training them so they have no idea that they are doing and are completely incompetent. the work is physically straining and little compensation is received. hated being a hostess as soon as i started and would not recommend the job to anyone.

    Doesn't Recommend
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  6.  

    Good

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    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee

    I worked at Swiss Chalet part-time (more than an year)

    Pros

    Good work environment. Friendly coworkers

    Cons

    Management is disorganized with no definite answer for simple things that management should know.

    Doesn't Recommend
    Neutral Outlook
  7.  

    Sociopath Chalet

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    Former Employee - Line Cook in Calgary, AB (Canada)
    Former Employee - Line Cook in Calgary, AB (Canada)

    I worked at Swiss Chalet full-time (less than an year)

    Pros

    Cara discount card which is good for %20 off food at other Cara restaurants.

    Cons

    The only way you can become a Manager or Franchise owner is if you are a sociopath. The managers set people up too fail constantly. They give little too no training then laugh at you when you fail. Managers are racist and discriminate against Canadian workers. Canadian workers will be given 5 hours too do a shift while a Temporary Foreign Worker will be given a full 8 hours too do the exact same shift. Even the General Manager is a Temporary Foreign Worker.

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    Stop acting like Enron! These are psychologically damaging workplaces.

    Doesn't Recommend
    Negative Outlook
  8.  

    Not worth it

    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee

    I have been working at Swiss Chalet

    Pros

    Sometimes free food. Usually 50% off.
    When you're not closing.
    Friday-Sunday are usually the only busy days.
    Flexible hours.

    Cons

    Managers.
    Closing.
    Not enough money.
    The amount of tasks and side duties.
    Servers are usually two faced.
    Usually you're always on YOUR OWN.
    Very little to at least no help from anyone else.
    If you're a part time or a student you will get paid very low even if you are doing the same jobs as the rest of the employees, specially for students.

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    To the managers out there, the same rules you set out applies to you also. Just because your "managing" doesn't mean you try to make everyone your personal assistant. You too need to be living under those rules.

  9.  

    good company

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    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee

    I worked at Swiss Chalet

    Pros

    always busy ...very clean..and managers were very nice

    Cons

    low wages and tough to get fulltime hours

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    raise the low wages

    Doesn't Recommend
    Neutral Outlook
  10.  

    Toxic Workplace

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    Current Employee - Line Cook in Calgary, AB (Canada)
    Current Employee - Line Cook in Calgary, AB (Canada)

    I have been working at Swiss Chalet part-time (less than an year)

    Pros

    You get 1 free meal.
    Nothing else at all.

    Cons

    Very Toxic Workplace. Everyone just going through the motions. Equipment constantly broken. Managers act like the rules don't apply to them.

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    Stop discriminating against Canadians. The temporary foreign workers get all the full time hours while Canadians constantly get sent home early. How is it possible for the same temporary foreign workers too be working here for 5+ years? This is some kind of temporary foreign worker scam.

    Doesn't Recommend
    Negative Outlook
  11.  

    Dont do it

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    Current Employee - Waitress in Calgary, AB (Canada)
    Current Employee - Waitress in Calgary, AB (Canada)

    I have been working at Swiss Chalet full-time (more than 5 years)

    Pros

    Cara Discount
    Good co-workers
    Flexible hours

    Cons

    poor management
    very stressful for the pay you were getting

    Doesn't Recommend
    Negative Outlook

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