Taco Bell Reviews in Irvine, CA

Updated July 31, 2014
Updated July 31, 2014
607 Reviews

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Pros
  • You can get free food, freedom to make your own flexible schedule (in 51 reviews)

  • flexible schedule, you could choose to work nights or days (in 37 reviews)


Cons
  • always on your feet no breaks, always dealing with customers, very long hours at times (in 23 reviews)

  • had very high expectations but wanted to pay managers barely over minimum wage but expected a lot from them (in 20 reviews)

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  1.  

    Good place for internship!

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    Former Employee - Data Analyst  in  Irvine, CA
    Former Employee - Data Analyst in Irvine, CA

    I worked at Taco Bell as an intern for less than a year

    Pros

    Free food, game room, fitness center....you name it.
    Nice colleagues and energetic working atmosphere.
    A company with tradition and ambition. Live Mas!
    P.S. Flexible working schedule.

    Cons

    Nothing bad when considering internship.

    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    Approves of CEO
  2.  

    Better than average company by a hair

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    Current Employee - Analyst  in  Irvine, CA
    Current Employee - Analyst in Irvine, CA

    I have been working at Taco Bell full-time for more than 3 years

    Pros

    reputable company, has a small gym, day-care

    Cons

    company's preference towards marketing department is very sickening (they regurgitate rhetoric that they paid for), little opportunity to grow, HR gives the impression of uselessness and fake, company would rather seek talent outside than train internally, everything seems fragmented, no process,

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    standardize the business and tools, be proactive with dealing managers who have absolutely no credibility

    Doesn't Recommend
    Neutral Outlook
    Disapproves of CEO
  3.  

    Interesting

    Former Employee - Cashier  in  Irvine, CA
    Former Employee - Cashier in Irvine, CA

    I worked at Taco Bell part-time for less than a year

    Pros

    Great experience into the fast food industry

    Cons

    Poor Working conditions, poor ground level management

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    Please review working conditions on a frequent basis

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  5. 2 people found this helpful  

    Very political. Not ideal for longterm career growth. Great if you want to punch in punch out. And coast to retirement.

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    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee  in  Irvine, CA
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee in Irvine, CA

    I have been working at Taco Bell full-time for more than 5 years

    Pros

    Good perks on-site: gym, massage, haircut, car wash service (mon & wed) day-care, snacks
    Okay benefits: 3 weeks vacation for new hires (4 weeks @ 10 years), matching 401k up to 6% (100% vested)
    Some great people to work with.
    Laid back environment. (Jeans ok all week long)
    Good facilities, great location next to Spectrum.
    Taste panel (help shape products that are or will be launched)
    Summer - Holiday hours (45 mins added to Mon - Thurs., half day Fridays)

    Cons

    Okay to below average pay.
    Very, very political!
    Odd review process: all managers review you. If anyone doesn't like you they can shoot down your positive review. Whole company gets review at same time, but they only have a limited number of slots available for above target and/or promotions. But they swear you aren't competing against each other.
    Lots of managers very few leaders. Lots of "yes men"
    Poor direction, focus, and career development.
    Company is all about marketing. So spin is big, process is not. Thus everything is it's own special one off. You will be constantly solving the same problems over and over again.
    Departments are very siloed. Poor transparency, information is a weapon, politics rule.

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    Employees leave managers not companies. Invest in continually developing your middle managers. Clean house of poor managers or continue to suffer from a knowledge/talent drain.

    Promote from within at all levels. Do not just hire externally (especially true for management level positions). If there is no clear path for career growth all your talent will find that path elsewhere.

    Doesn't Recommend
    Neutral Outlook
    Approves of CEO
  6. 1 person found this helpful  

    Used to be great.

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    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee  in  Irvine, CA
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee in Irvine, CA

    I have been working at Taco Bell full-time for more than 8 years

    Pros

    Benefits are great and if you are part of the chosen few, life is good.

    Cons

    Leadership is horrible and getting worse. Went from "belief in people" leadership to "self-serving-at-any-cost" leadership.

    Negative Outlook
  7.  

    Environment, People, and Benefits were Great but Some of the Work itself was Mundane

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    Former Employee - IT Intern  in  Irvine, CA
    Former Employee - IT Intern in Irvine, CA

    I worked at Taco Bell as an intern for less than a year

    Pros

    - Managers and Co-workers were all very friendly and supportive
    - Free snacks
    - Task panel is FREE and pays in gift cards to employees
    - Lots of free events and promotions
    - Different groups in IT work very well together

    Cons

    - Some of the work itself was mundane
    - Some of the events were a lot of the company advertising itself rather than helping the employees

    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    Approves of CEO
  8.  

    It's been great working for these guys!

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    Current Employee - Software Engineering Intern  in  Irvine, CA
    Current Employee - Software Engineering Intern in Irvine, CA

    I have been working at Taco Bell as an intern for less than a year

    Pros

    Challenging IT work, most of the people are absolutely great to work with/deal with. I learned a lot at this place and my skills developed here will hopefully help me throughout my participation in this industry.

    Cons

    Communications is difficult with some of the people here. It's harder to move up or become full time. Pay is just okay.

    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    Approves of CEO
  9.  

    A company committed to changing perceptions of QSR

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    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee  in  Irvine, CA
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee in Irvine, CA

    I have been working at Taco Bell full-time for more than 3 years

    Pros

    Desire to make a difference, a be a better, more relevant Taco Bell

    Cons

    It's fast food, and franchised. A single bad actor can have a big impact on brand

    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    Approves of CEO
  10. 1 person found this helpful  

    Fantastic company to work for!

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    Current Employee - Associate Manager  in  Irvine, CA
    Current Employee - Associate Manager in Irvine, CA

    I have been working at Taco Bell full-time for more than 10 years

    Pros

    All of the oppertunity in the world! The only limit on how far you can go, is yourself

    Cons

    At the Taco Bell corporate office, you work HARD and you play HARD. It's very fast paced, you've got to stay current and grow, grow, grow. It's not a company for someone who just wants to come in and work....you've got to push yourself daily or you'll find yourself at the wrong end of a re-org.

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    Go at least three levels down to ground leadership on reality

    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    Approves of CEO
  11.  

    Good culture, same big company issues

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    Former Employee - Associate Manager  in  Irvine, CA
    Former Employee - Associate Manager in Irvine, CA

    I worked at Taco Bell full-time for more than 5 years

    Pros

    Supportive culture, good benefits, caring people

    Cons

    Common big corp issues (technology constraints, bureaucracy)

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    Get more up-to-date technology and training to reduce constraints to problem solving

    Recommends
    Negative Outlook
    Approves of CEO

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