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Ark Restaurants Reviews

Updated October 5, 2017
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  1. "Best working culture in the industry"

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    • Culture & Values
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    • Comp & Benefits
    • Senior Management
    Current Employee - Assistant Manager in Hollywood, FL
    Current Employee - Assistant Manager in Hollywood, FL
    Recommends
    Approves of CEO

    I have been working at Ark Restaurants full-time (More than 3 years)

    Pros

    Humble and caring personalities from the executive management and ownership.

    Cons

    There is none. It's a great company!


  2. Helpful (3)

    "Care more about your employees"

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    • Comp & Benefits
    • Senior Management
    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Doesn't Recommend
    Negative Outlook

    Pros

    Good pay once you get past entry level positions in management; strong network of locations to allow for transfer.

    Cons

    Don't care about their employees; will toss you aside after years of service without a second thought. Put incompetent people in position they are unqualified to succeed in.

    Advice to Management

    Go back to your roots where your employees were your first concern, before your stock price.

  3. "Summer Job, Good pay"

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    • Comp & Benefits
    • Senior Management
    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee in Washington, DC
    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee in Washington, DC
    Positive Outlook
    No opinion of CEO

    I worked at Ark Restaurants full-time (Less than a year)

    Pros

    Work hard, play hard

    As a high-end restaurant operator (in several locations), they pay well and likely more than some of the competitors.

    Cons

    Company could invest more in some of the properties, some are aging and could use a renovation..

    Advice to Management

    Nothing critical to say in regards to management, i enjoyed my time spent at Ark.


  4. "Contract Project Recruiter"

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    • Work/Life Balance
    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    • Comp & Benefits
    • Senior Management
    Former Employee - Recruitment Manager in New York, NY
    Former Employee - Recruitment Manager in New York, NY
    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    Approves of CEO

    Pros

    Great Company culture and benefits

    Cons

    Large Corporate organization could improve communication between ranks

    Advice to Management

    More company team building events


  5. Helpful (1)

    "Worst Management Ever"

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    • Culture & Values
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    • Senior Management
    Former Employee - Server in Washington, DC
    Former Employee - Server in Washington, DC
    Doesn't Recommend
    Negative Outlook
    No opinion of CEO

    I worked at Ark Restaurants part-time (More than a year)

    Pros

    Good Money (tips, not pay or benefits)

    Cons

    Absolutely NO communication between management, horrible work culture

    Advice to Management

    Communicate with one another. Treat your employees with more respect and understand that they have their own lives.


  6. Helpful (1)

    "Not what it seems"

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    • Senior Management
    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Doesn't Recommend
    Negative Outlook
    Disapproves of CEO

    I worked at Ark Restaurants full-time (More than a year)

    Pros

    Good salary and benefits and not too many hours a week.

    Cons

    Untrustworthy: The CEO, Partners, and Managers break the first cardinal rule by being unable to separate the personal from business.

    Pretentious: It is a fast food restaurant group masquerading as fine dining.

    Run by idiots: General Managers have been with the company for decades and some have never worked anywhere else, so they are blind to how the industry is evolving and are clueless about new trends. They are intimidated by their staffs because they realize that their staffs know more about the business than they do, so as a result they micro-manage every tiny detail because they have zero confidence in their own abilities. They don't even know how to set a table correctly. In fact, they place their bread knives upside down on the bread plate because, get this, it's more Feng Shui. Seriously, I kid you not. Totally ridiculous! There's a reason none of their "fine-dining" restaurants have any stars or awards, because they obviously don't know what they're doing.

    Unprofessional: Owners aren't even aware of the hours of operation in their own restaurant and have been known to show up for dinner more than an hour after the last employee has already clocked out. How ridiculous is that?

    Unethical: Nepotism is rampant and the CEO and Board Member's children are allowed to dine for free on the company dime. The fact that it's a publicly held company astounds me. The stock holders obviously have their heads in the sand, because they're being robbed right and left.

    Advice to Management

    Get a clue. Hire real chefs and respect your management teams to do the jobs you hired them to do. Take the blinders off and see what's going on at "real" fine dining restaurants. Quit hiring your family and friends. That's so 80's!


  7. "Excellent company to grow with."

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    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee

    Pros

    Transparent, effective leadership. The firm genuinely cares about its employees--and it shows.

    Cons

    The firm isn't expanding as much as it has in the past.

  8. "imanaged the edr"

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    • Senior Management
    Current Employee - Sous Chef in Las Vegas, NV
    Current Employee - Sous Chef in Las Vegas, NV
    No opinion of CEO

    I have been working at Ark Restaurants full-time (More than a year)

    Pros

    nothing much do the same thing everyday

    Cons

    always work over time and not appreciate

    Advice to Management

    none


  9. Helpful (1)

    "Great"

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    • Comp & Benefits
    • Senior Management
    Current Employee - Manager in New York, NY
    Current Employee - Manager in New York, NY
    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    Approves of CEO

    I have been working at Ark Restaurants full-time (More than 10 years)

    Pros

    Great . The It is a wonderful Place to work.

    Cons

    None. I have nothing negative to say. It is the stimulating working environment.

    Advice to Management

    Keep up the good work


  10. "Great place to work and thrive."

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    • Work/Life Balance
    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    • Comp & Benefits
    • Senior Management
    Former Employee - Bartender in Las Vegas, NV
    Former Employee - Bartender in Las Vegas, NV
    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    Approves of CEO

    I worked at Ark Restaurants full-time (More than 10 years)

    Pros

    Company cares about it's employees and you make a great living while doing it. All you have to do is bring your personality and learn everything you can. You will be successful.

    Cons

    None if you are willing to work. Don't expect to have your opportunities given to you without the effort. You get what you put in.

    Advice to Management

    Keep up the good work.


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