Tavistock Restaurants

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Tavistock Restaurants Reviews

Updated July 25, 2014
Updated July 25, 2014
13 Reviews

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    Worst Company I've Ever Worked For

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    • Senior Management
    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    Current Employee - Sever  in  Los Gatos, CA
    Current Employee - Sever in Los Gatos, CA

    Pros

    It's employment. That's about it.

    Cons

    TERRIBLE MANAGEMENT: they take employees' tips, extort money from the staff, adjust employees' time cards, sit in the office when it's busy and they are consistently unable to execute proper hiring and training. The management at the corporate level is just as bad.

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    Stop breaking labor laws, stop being lazy, learn basic business skills and invest in REAL MANAGERS & RESTAURANT PROFESSIONALS.

    Doesn't Recommend
    Negative Outlook
    Disapproves of CEO
  2. 1 person found this helpful  

    the worse company!!!!

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

    Pros

    there are no best reasons to work for this company. I work part-time for almost 8 years, I wanted to quit so many times....but I just need some extra cash in my pocket (I like to save for different reasons) . I was never appreciated , I was never late for my shift, ....maybe I was to serious for that place, people started to hate me....

    Cons

    dealing with low class people, bad management

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    treat you good employee with respect, appreciated them. I am glad I am out of there and frustrated in the same time, they did not deserve me!!

    Doesn't Recommend
    Neutral Outlook
    No opinion of CEO
  3. 1 person found this helpful  

    Boys Club

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    • Senior Management
    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    Former Employee - Tavistock Shift Manager
    Former Employee - Tavistock Shift Manager

    Pros

    The environment in the restaurant was usually upbeat and exciting; diversity of staff; no two days were alike

    Cons

    Lack of value placed in long-term employees; promotional opportunities are very limited, especially for women in this organization

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    Place a little more value on the people in the trenches. In our unit, people who run the daily operations seem to be ignored until there's a problem. Sometimes feels like middle school with the "us versus them" mentality between Corporate and the rest of the company. You have a great product but you also have to keep your people happy and interested in promoting it.

    Doesn't Recommend
    Negative Outlook
    Disapproves of CEO
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  5. 2 people found this helpful  

    The Worst Restaurant Company

    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee

    Pros

    Food, location, tips. However, the few pros are far outweighed by the numerous cons of this company.

    Cons

    All the bad reviews for this company are all accurate. Tavistock is the worst restaurant company. It is so incredibly behind its competition. The standards that have been commonplace at other restaurants for decades are not practiced here. It is the lowest employee morale and everyone wants to quit. Some of the many reasons why:

    — No growth opportunities, no raises, and no promotions.

    — Tyrannical management style. Employees are yelled at and harassed daily.

    — Management not properly trained in dealing with people, employees and customers.

    — Payroll checks regularly shorted; employees have to fight for pay for hours already worked.

    — Two weeks notice not honored; those who quit told to leave immediately without pay.

    — No work-life balance. They want you to be married to your job and are blatantly hostile to employees with families.

    — Excessively high turnover rate. They are constantly advertising for new employees at every level. Positions are unfilled for months so skeleton crews have to do the work of 2 or 3 people with no bump in pay.

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    Keep up with the times and do some research about what every other restaurant company is doing today to retain employees and comply with current labor laws. You need serious updating and overhauling of your systems and upper management training. The word is out about your company and the quality people you need will not even consider you as a serious employment option.

    Doesn't Recommend
    Negative Outlook
    Disapproves of CEO
  6. 2 people found this helpful  

    Horrendous Work Culture

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    • Senior Management
    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee  in  Emeryville, CA
    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee in Emeryville, CA

    Pros

    -Location was convenient for commute
    -Fantastic Manager

    Cons

    -Company does not care about its employees/ no respect for the work that is done
    -Minimal benefits
    -Company culture is equivalent to a jail without food or outdoor time.
    -No room to grow/advance
    -Everyone lives in fear of upper management
    -Very politically driven and intense office politics

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    Give your employees the respect they deserve. Actually invest in them and be thankful for the job they are doing. Change is a good thing and its time to let go of the old ways and embrace new ideas. New ideas like: regular catered lunches, gym memberships, team activities, off-site volunteer events. Happy employees do better work.

    Doesn't Recommend
    Negative Outlook
    Disapproves of CEO
  7. 1 person found this helpful  

    The worst company I have ever worked for in my entire life

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    • Senior Management
    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee  in  Emeryville, CA
    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee in Emeryville, CA

    Pros

    Nothing positive about the company; as a result, they deserve zero star

    Cons

    The CEO's attitude is "I give you a job. If you don't like it, that's the door." The benefits SUCKS. Long hours with no compensation. Has the highest turnover rate ever in the history of corporate America as long as I'm concern.

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    Get trained and learn how to appreciate your employees

    Doesn't Recommend
    Negative Outlook
  8. 2 people found this helpful  

    No Opportunity For Growth

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

    Pros

    You get to work with really nice non-mgmt staff

    Cons

    Terrible senior mgmt. long hours, no overtime pay. no one can go home before 7:00 p.m. in corp. office.

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    care more about good people than dollars, maybe people will stay and your company might grow.

    Doesn't Recommend
    Neutral Outlook
  9. 1 person found this helpful  

    Laid off due to office closure---thankfully.

    • Comp & Benefits
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    • Senior Management
    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee  in  Emeryville, CA
    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee in Emeryville, CA

    Pros

    The wages were fine, though I worked there for three years & still left without making the median income of the city we were based in.

    Cons

    Absolutely toxic environment with very few perks. Very low morale around corporate office. Instead of having working systems put in place, we were forced to cobble together broken systems and hope for the best.

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    Take value in your employees from the bottom to the top. They're the ones padding your pockets.

    Doesn't Recommend
    Negative Outlook
    Disapproves of CEO
  10.  

    Supervise food prep staff, and delegate tasks as needed.

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    • Senior Management
    • Career Opportunities
    Former Employee - Kitchen Manager  in  Houston, TX
    Former Employee - Kitchen Manager in Houston, TX

    Pros

    No dress Code, great music

    Cons

    Terrible senior management, unappreciated lower staff members

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    Get better qualified leaders, who will grow the company

    Doesn't Recommend
  11.  

    If you like to work in the 70's .. come work here

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

    Pros

    People are nice and try to be helpful.

    Cons

    Bad benefits, small salaries, old school mentality, no clear paths for promotion or advancement. They hold on to ineffective people due to loyalty. There is a do minimum possible mentality. Everyone is frustrated and upset all the time the environment is extremely negative.

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    Hire smarter and younger people to change the mentality and corporate environment. Until you can wear jeans on Fridays, have some fun and room for advancement you will never get A players. Smart people work with smart people ...

    Doesn't Recommend
    Disapproves of CEO

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