I worked at BUCA full-time (More than a year)
Great staff, when I was employed here. Free employee meals, and lots of times we got to bring home leftovers to our families. Close net staff, and fun atmosphere.
Not much opportunity for advancement, and no benefits unless you're management. Open for every holiday, which it's mandatory to work all holidays. Managers were cheap and don't want to give raises.
Advice to Management
Keep your promises when you say that when you learn new stations we'll up your pay.
I applied through an employee referral. The process took 6 days. I interviewed at BUCA.
Manager Sits with you to look over your application and resume.
Asks general interview questions, explains the high-volume, fast-paced environment that you are required to work in. If they think you are fit for the position, they schedule you for a 5 day training program where you learn the Buca steps of service, menu, and other job duties. Each training day ends with a written exam of menu items, ingredients, specialty cocktails, and the wine list. On the final day of training you are required to do a "manager serve" where you serve the managers and head chef to show that your understanding of the steps of service, food and beverage knowledge, that you have a great personality and can provide excellent service.
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