Tropical Smoothie Cafe

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Tropical Smoothie Cafe Reviews

Updated August 29, 2014
Updated August 29, 2014
65 Reviews
2.8
65 Reviews
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Review Highlights

Pros
  • easy work, managers are understanding, lots of responsibility (in 5 reviews)

  • It usually has its fun and easy days (in 3 reviews)


Cons
  • Minimum wage for starting out unless shift supervisor (in 11 reviews)

  • No room for advancement because no raises if you move up (in 3 reviews)

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Employee Reviews

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  1.  

    Fun and easy job

    Former Employee - Team Member  in  Norfolk, VA
    Former Employee - Team Member in Norfolk, VA

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

    Pros

    It's fun and easy. You get the opportunity to advance into shift leader. Always something exciting going on such as promotions, etc.

    Cons

    Working here long hours can get exhausting if there aren't many employees at a certain time. You have to be good at every station in order to advance, but that isn't much of a con

  2. 1 person found this helpful  

    Easy Job

    • Comp & Benefits
    • Work/Life Balance
    • Senior Management
    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    Former Employee - Cashier  in  Iowa City, IA
    Former Employee - Cashier in Iowa City, IA

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

    Pros

    Easy Free Smoothies Flexible schedule

    Cons

    Terrible uniform Inconsistent Staff Long Schedule

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    Train people to do more duties

    Doesn't Recommend
    Positive Outlook
    No opinion of CEO
  3.  

    All depends on management and mine is great

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

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

    Pros

    Like all places, it really is the management that greatly affects your outlook of who you're working for. Our owner is definitely one who cares, making the environment really fun to work in. I love being a shift leader and hope to continue for growth in the company.
    You get 50% off your food on work days which is I'm sure awesome for any college kid
    Very flexible schedule
    Always something to do making the hours fly by (if you take the initiative to find things to do)

    Cons

    no cons, everything is cool

    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    No opinion of CEO
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  5.  

    Great at first, but all fake

    • Comp & Benefits
    • Work/Life Balance
    • Senior Management
    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    Current Employee - Crew Member  in  Las Vegas, NV
    Current Employee - Crew Member in Las Vegas, NV

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

    Pros

    Free smoothies and 50% off food

    Cons

    Poor training of employees. Unprofessional management team. Hostile work environment. Employer cannot protect workers from hostile customers.

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    Treat your people better because they don't get paid enough for the abuse and disrespect.

    Doesn't Recommend
    Negative Outlook
    Disapproves of CEO
  6.  

    It was an amazing job to start out

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    • Work/Life Balance
    • Senior Management
    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee  in  Front Royal, VA
    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee in Front Royal, VA

    I worked at Tropical Smoothie Cafe part-time for more than a year

    Pros

    Very flexible hours, and also great management

    Cons

    Minimum wage for starting out unless shift supervisor

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    Management was great, you could tell they really cared

    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    Approves of CEO
  7.  

    Great Employees, Terrible Management

    • Comp & Benefits
    • Work/Life Balance
    • Senior Management
    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    Former Employee - Team Member  in  Las Vegas, NV
    Former Employee - Team Member in Las Vegas, NV

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

    Pros

    Free food, flexible hours, youthful environment, and the ability to interact with customers in a relaxed manner are all great advantages

    Cons

    Management offers little to no opportunity for advancement, and treat the employees as expendable, This creates a hostile workplace where employees aren't happy to come in. Also, no breaks were given and if labor cost reached a certain level, employees were forced to clock out.

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    As a franchise owner, you cannot be placed at fault for prioritizing profit; but don't ever do it the the expense of your employees. People come first.

    Doesn't Recommend
    Negative Outlook
    Disapproves of CEO
  8.  

    Pretty good starting job

    • Comp & Benefits
    • Work/Life Balance
    • Senior Management
    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    Former Employee - Team Member/Shift Leader
    Former Employee - Team Member/Shift Leader

    I worked at Tropical Smoothie Cafe part-time for more than a year

    Pros

    Easy, not stressful, fun customers

    Cons

    The Tropical Smoothie I worked at had pretty bad management, but I am sure others are much better.

    Recommends
    Neutral Outlook
    No opinion of CEO
  9.  

    A tremendous amount of work and responsibilities w very little respect or support

    • Comp & Benefits
    • Work/Life Balance
    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    Current Employee - Manager  in  Virginia Beach, VA
    Current Employee - Manager in Virginia Beach, VA

    I have been working at Tropical Smoothie Cafe full-time for more than 3 years

    Pros

    You are subjected to survival of the fittest training method here given no support or feedback. On the flip-side you will earn a tremendous amount of self taught experience due to their old fashioned boot-strap drop-kick method of induction. A fantastic building block of knowledge to bring forward on your future endeavors.

    Cons

    No system for management training allotted by the franchisees. Little offerings of support, feedback, meetings/ discussions, evaluations. All your hard work and improvements go unnoticed and unappreciated.

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    First, check out the Franchises business /operations manual as it's a helpful good read when you invest in a business. Next step, take 1 course in restaurant /business management. It would not go to waste. Also, try to show just a little appreciation for people who work extremely long hard overtime (not applicable) hours. They are your key to success and the survival-ship of your business..

    Doesn't Recommend
  10.  

    Dancing Banana

    • Comp & Benefits
    • Work/Life Balance
    • Senior Management
    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    Former Employee - Dancing Banana  in  Saginaw, MI
    Former Employee - Dancing Banana in Saginaw, MI

    I worked at Tropical Smoothie Cafe part-time for more than 3 years

    Pros

    Very fun and easy work. Just danced in a banana costume.
    Very young, good first job.
    Good tan.

    Cons

    Management can be hard on the kids. Differs from franchise to franchise.
    Work looks stressful and hard sometimes inside. Banana wasn't.

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    Don't get too hard on these high school kids.

    Recommends
    Neutral Outlook
    No opinion of CEO
  11.  

    OK College Job, Not Good for Anyone Else (Assistant Store Manager)

    • Comp & Benefits
    • Work/Life Balance
    • Senior Management
    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    Former Employee - Assistant Manager  in  Orlando, FL
    Former Employee - Assistant Manager in Orlando, FL

    I worked at Tropical Smoothie Cafe part-time for more than a year

    Pros

    50% off everything sold in store, flexible schedule IF you have a nice manager, good training, often a fun environment and I was able to get my friends hired easily

    Cons

    I can only speak for the franchise I specifically worked with- sexist owner, you never got a raise unless you fought for it and then it would only be a tiny amount, no upward movement past store manager, often dealing with young employees who don't care about cleanliness, either not enough hours or swamped because employees often didn't stay long

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    Pay more attention to advice from employees, screen your managers better, pay your employees more

    Doesn't Recommend
    Positive Outlook
    No opinion of CEO

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