Tropical Smoothie Cafe Reviews

Updated March 26, 2015
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  1. Great place to begin

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    Current Contractor - Anonymous Contractor
    Current Contractor - Anonymous Contractor

    I have been working at Tropical Smoothie Cafe as a contractor

    Pros

    Young operations manager who is determined to make it work and who loves the business

    Cons

    Operating manager Still learning the ropes in growing an expanding business

  2. ok

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    Former Employee - Sales Associate in Memphis, TN
    Former Employee - Sales Associate in Memphis, TN

    I worked at Tropical Smoothie Cafe part-time (less than a year)

    Pros

    they have very flexible hours for students in school

    Cons

    you do a lot of the dirty work for the company but get paid minimum wage

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    treat employees better

    Doesn't Recommend
    Neutral Outlook
    No opinion of CEO
  3. Learn Your Ratios

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    Former Employee - Smoothie Specialist in Auburn, AL
    Former Employee - Smoothie Specialist in Auburn, AL

    I worked at Tropical Smoothie Cafe part-time (less than a year)

    Pros

    treated very fair. good sense of team. culture was inviting. easy to learn.

    Cons

    low pay. in terms of upward mobility there is none. repetitive smoothie making. learning the exact ratios and recipes to 20 plus smoothies.

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    transparency

    Recommends
    Neutral Outlook
    Approves of CEO
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  5. Shift Leader

    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee

    I have been working at Tropical Smoothie Cafe part-time

    Pros

    You get free food if you are shift leader or 50% if you just a normal worker. Owners of store are really nice. Job is fun if you work with good people

    Cons

    Pretty slow during winter time. Bad at training new employees

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    Train employees

    Recommends
    No opinion of CEO
  6. 1 person found this helpful

    Nice atmosphere, poor management.

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    Former Employee - Crew Member in Virginia Beach, VA
    Former Employee - Crew Member in Virginia Beach, VA

    I worked at Tropical Smoothie Cafe part-time (less than a year)

    Pros

    Learning and making somewhat healthy food

    Cons

    Management was horrible. I never met the manager after being hired, and because of that, I was never taken out of training or put on schedule.

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    Better management and care for employees

    Recommends
    Neutral Outlook
    No opinion of CEO
  7. Each franchise location is different - This review is for Clarkston, MI

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    Former Employee - Team Member in Clarkston, MI
    Former Employee - Team Member in Clarkston, MI

    I worked at Tropical Smoothie Cafe part-time (less than a year)

    Pros

    Fairly flexible, opportunities for promotion. Great food! The job itself is fun!

    Cons

    Local franchise owner is rude and disrespectful to all employees. Treats teenagers with contempt. Told us we would get free smoothies fairly often, but we almost NEVER got them. In fact, we were told off for just getting a sample taste so that we'd know what they tasted like. Has cameras all over the store and watches us from home while we work. Doesn't trust anyone.

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    Treat others as you'd have them treat you. Realize that teenagers are new to the work world and be a mentor to us.

    Doesn't Recommend
    Neutral Outlook
    No opinion of CEO
  8. 1 person found this helpful

    Stressful

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    Current Employee - Shift Leader Or IS IT Crew I Never Know I'm Only Paid 7 50 in Austin, TX
    Current Employee - Shift Leader Or IS IT Crew I Never Know I'm Only Paid 7 50 in Austin, TX

    I have been working at Tropical Smoothie Cafe part-time (less than a year)

    Pros

    You are guaranteed to work some hours

    Cons

    My paycheck year to date is always knew as if it's my first time working for the company

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    Fix payroll and have better employee relations,stop hearsay and go directly to the source,treat employees well so they can take honor and working for the company. Austin Member.

    Doesn't Recommend
    Negative Outlook
    No opinion of CEO
  9. Easy Work, Terrible Pay, Terrible management

    Current Employee - Crew
    Current Employee - Crew

    I have been working at Tropical Smoothie Cafe part-time (less than a year)

    Pros

    Working with all friends was a bonus, and the work load was really easy, but other than that it was terrible

    Cons

    Management was awful, the pay was terrible, there was obvious favoritism and no one was ever content working there. The company itself was fine, but our owner was not.

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    Treat your employees better

    Doesn't Recommend
  10. Eh.

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    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee in Las Vegas, NV
    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee in Las Vegas, NV

    I worked at Tropical Smoothie Cafe part-time (less than a year)

    Pros

    Tropical Smoothie is a cool place and most of the time you'll find people you connect well with.
    The pay is reasonable
    It's a fun job.

    Cons

    The job can be stressful when it gets busy.
    The managers sometimes don't have a clue what they're doing.

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    During training, make sure you actually train. I had a 'trainer' who never taught me the food items so when it came to my test- I failed because I was never taught. But when I would ask, she would say "No, it's okay, I got it." and i would have no choice but to go do something else. She had favorites and would make it known. She only taught those that she 'liked' and those of us that weren't on that list, she didn't care about.

    Doesn't Recommend
    Negative Outlook
    No opinion of CEO
  11. Tropical Smoothie Cafe has a laid back environment and the work is easy.

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    Former Employee - Cashier/Back-of-house Prep
    Former Employee - Cashier/Back-of-house Prep

    I worked at Tropical Smoothie Cafe part-time

    Pros

    Employees are nice.
    Everyone I worked with all attended the same university, so management tries to build a tight-knit team.
    Work load was light and easy.

    Cons

    Pay was barely minimum wage.
    Drastic inconsistencies in hours.

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    Spread hours out more evenly between employees so that no one is burdened with over 40 hours a week but also not inconvenienced with less than 5 hours. This type of drastic inconsistencies in scheduling should be avoided.

    Recommends
    Neutral Outlook
    No opinion of CEO

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