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California Pizza Kitchen Overview

Playa Vista, CA
10000+ employees
Company - Private
Casual Restaurants
$500 million to $1 billion (USD) per year

Working at California Pizza Kitchen

California is our Culture and Passion is our Heritage. This is the place for Taste Makers, Rule Breakers and Earth Shakers. Every day, we conquer challenges by daring to work on the edge and thinking outside the box!

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Mission: We are passionate individuals committed to Inspiring Others by bringing California Creativity to every meal!

So go ahead -- BE BOLD, BE YOU, BE EPIC!

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California Pizza Kitchen – Why Work For Us?

 California Pizza Kitchen is the place for taste makers, rule breakers and earth shakers who conquer challenges by daring to work on the edge and thinking outside the box. We're passionate, we inspire, we're creative, and we love what we do.  

Dare to be You.  Dare to be Bold. 


Join the Epic Nation today!  

 The “O” in ROCK is alive at CPK! Opportunities are here for the taking.  We dare you to join us and find yours! 


 Our Pizza Chef Program at CPK gives our back of house team members a chance to grow and shine, just like Alejandro. We believe in our people and provide opportunities for everyone. Come and join our team to show your passion and help others shine! 


Join the Epic Nation today! 


Since we first opened our doors in 1985, our R.O.C.K. philosophy (Respect, Opportunity, Communication, Kindness) has set CPK apart from those both inside and outside our industry. It’s not just a saying we hang on the wall but something we all strive to live and breathe every day. These values allow our employees to be who they (really) are, encourage everyone to apply their passion to their role, and open the door for all to fulfill their potential and exceed their expectations within the organization.


We opened our first restaurant In Beverly Hills in 1985. Former federal prosecutors Rick Rosenfield and Larry Flax combined their passion for food with fresh high-quality ingredients to create innovative, hearth-baked pizzas such as The Original BBQ Chicken, Thai Chicken, and Jamaican Jerk Chicken, cooked in an open kitchen. The restaurant gave California a place in the pizza pantheon alongside Chicago and New York. Our California twist on global flavors resonated with guests, and almost immediately, CPK became a bustling spot for business and family gatherings.

Almost immediately after the first location opened, we expanded from California to more than 250 locations in more than 30 states and 11 countries. But it doesn't stop there; you'll also find us bringing smiles to the pizza aisle in your grocer's freezer, taking the edge off travel fatigue in major airports all over the world, feeding eager fans at sports stadiums and students on college campuses.

California Pizza Kitchen completed an initial public offering in August 2000 and traded on the NASDAQ National Market under the ticker symbol CPKI. On July 7, 2011, Golden Gate Capital completed the acquisition of CPK and as a result of the acquisition, the company’s common stock is no longer publicly traded.

On August 18, 2011, G.J. Hart was named President, Chief Executive Officer and Executive Chairman.

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    "Amazing Culture, FUN!!!"

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    Amazing company!! Culture unlike any other, the CEO GJ is very friendly, knows your name and never has his head in the clouds. So many fun events at the RSC and give back opportunities for the community.


    Only con would be advancement, may take longer unless you have the right push from your department head.

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California Pizza Kitchen Interviews



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    Interviewed by three different people, the GM and two assistant managers. Very normal questions asking about how you cope with stress, previous experiences with multitasking, and other behavioral questions. After being interviewed I got a call back after a week or so saying they would like to offer me a job and to come in for orientation with the proper attire

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    • The most difficult question they asked was how I deal with different personalities and precious experiences with multitasking   Answer Question
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California Pizza Kitchen Awards & Accolades

  • America's 200 Best Small Companies, Forbes, 2009

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