Zoës Kitchen

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Zoës Kitchen Reviews

Updated February 26, 2015
Updated February 26, 2015
59 Reviews
3.4
59 Reviews
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Kevin Miles
24 Ratings

Review Highlights

Pros
  • Good food i love the free meal for working shift (in 8 reviews)

  • The work/life balance was excellent (in 3 reviews)


Cons
  • Since Zoes is fast-paced company, you must be ready and willing to embrace this pace (in 3 reviews)

  • Micromanagement from Sales Dept; very low compensation; no 401k; little recognition, but constant pushing to do more (in 3 reviews)

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Employee Reviews

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  1. Featured Review

     

    Great

    • Comp & Benefits
    • Work/Life Balance
    • Senior Management
    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    Current Employee - Host Cashier
    Current Employee - Host Cashier

    I have been working at Zoës Kitchen part-time (less than a year)

    Pros

    Great hours and really flexible

    Cons

    maybe more benefits would be nice but that's everywhere

    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    Approves of CEO
  2.  

    People oriented. Management takes care of their own.

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

    I have been working at Zoës Kitchen full-time (more than a year)

    Pros

    Work-life balance is good for those just going into the restaurant business

    Cons

    Inconsitencies with training across the company

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    Follow the book!

    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
  3.  

    Great culture and menu strategy

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    • Work/Life Balance
    • Senior Management
    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    Former Employee - General Manager
    Former Employee - General Manager

    I worked at Zoës Kitchen full-time (more than a year)

    Pros

    Awesome atmosphere well run shifts great food. Work/life Balance

    Cons

    Long hours when it isn't going smooth. Rushes hit hard

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    Stop worrying about the investors. Go back to what made you great

    Recommends
    Neutral Outlook
    Approves of CEO
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  5.  

    I've met some very funny people.

    • Comp & Benefits
    Current Employee - Shift Lead
    Current Employee - Shift Lead

    I have been working at Zoës Kitchen part-time (less than a year)

    Pros

    The pay is good.
    The work is easy
    Co-workers are funny.
    The work environment is very relaxed

    Cons

    Shifts are short.
    Hard to get a steady schedule unless you're working in the kitchen.
    Have yet to get a full time schedule .

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    create better shifts for your front of house workers.

    Recommends
  6.  

    Fast paced, managers work long hours, other employees do not.

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    • Senior Management
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    Current Employee - Shift Lead in Tallahassee, FL
    Current Employee - Shift Lead in Tallahassee, FL

    I have been working at Zoës Kitchen

    Pros

    Other employees are nice, young, and mostly upbeat.

    Cons

    Very fast paced, average pay.

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    More consistency with distribution of work load, give more responsibility and pay to someone besides two people that run the place.

    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    No opinion of CEO
  7. 1 person found this helpful  

    Awesome Culture!

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    • Senior Management
    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    Current Employee - Home Office Employee in Plano, TX
    Current Employee - Home Office Employee in Plano, TX

    I have been working at Zoës Kitchen full-time (less than a year)

    Pros

    I have worked for several large companies with very awesome cultures. However, this is the first small company I have worked for. I really enjoy every aspect of the company. When I drive to the office, I am excited about what I am going to do. There is something really special happening at Zoes!

    Cons

    So small and sometimes role clarity is an issue.

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    Continue to stay the course, continue to focus on the employees and food quality.

    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    Approves of CEO
  8.  

    This was a great first job experience.

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    • Senior Management
    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    Former Employee - Waitress, Hostess, Cashier, Shift Leader in Dallas, TX
    Former Employee - Waitress, Hostess, Cashier, Shift Leader in Dallas, TX

    I worked at Zoës Kitchen part-time (less than a year)

    Pros

    Great place to learn waitressing and the restaurant life.

    Cons

    Snobby customers depending on where you are located. Lots of soccer moms come in during lunch time.

    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    No opinion of CEO
  9.  

    A fun and laid back place where you can be yourself.

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    • Senior Management
    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    Former Employee - Host/Cashier in San Antonio, TX
    Former Employee - Host/Cashier in San Antonio, TX

    I worked at Zoës Kitchen

    Pros

    Fun, laid back, friendly managers, free drinks and meals, and great staff

    Cons

    A lot of work with an "okay" pay

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    None

    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    Approves of CEO
  10.  

    Stressful environment, support from upper management was lacking. Promises made,not kept

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    • Senior Management
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    Former Employee - Assistant Store Manager in Greenville, NC
    Former Employee - Assistant Store Manager in Greenville, NC

    I worked at Zoës Kitchen

    Pros

    It is a scratch kitchen,so learning all aspects of the restaurant,including the kitchen was exciting.
    Free meal, worked with some amazing people

    Cons

    The gm and kl.walked out,then our csm leaving only myself (agm,) to run the whole show. Got alot of push back from some staff and othet store managers. My word wasn't heard, I was working 120plus hours a week,getting paid for only 45.was doing ,4 people's jobs. Brought labor down got inventory where it was supposed to be..did everything thst was asked and beyond. The deciced I wasn't ready to.run a stote I had already been running,a hired a new gm. Same time,got a new ro. They didn't want me there,and made it obviousand a very uncomfortable work environment. Since ive left,their sanitation score has gone to a lousy 92 and tbey lost alot of great employees

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    Look beyond the gm, its the people around them doing the most,in my situation anyway,. You push zoes as a n experience...it definitely was that, unfortunately not a good one

    Doesn't Recommend
    Neutral Outlook
  11.  

    Host/Cashier

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    • Career Opportunities
    Current Employee - Host/Cashier in Glen Allen, VA
    Current Employee - Host/Cashier in Glen Allen, VA

    I have been working at Zoës Kitchen

    Pros

    Laws some customers
    Flexible schedule
    Great team

    Cons

    Not enough hours
    Not clear with schedule
    Hours shorten
    Pay

    Recommends
    Neutral Outlook
    Approves of CEO

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