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BJ's Restaurants Reviews

Updated September 14, 2017
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Greg Trojan
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Pros
  • Great culture, good money, and decent food (in 50 reviews)

  • Flexible Schedule and good tips (in 38 reviews)

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  1. "Great company with opportunity for growth"

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    • Culture & Values
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    • Comp & Benefits
    • Senior Management
    Former Employee - Server in Nanuet, NY
    Former Employee - Server in Nanuet, NY
    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    No opinion of CEO

    I worked at BJ's Restaurants part-time (More than a year)

    Pros

    Great training, lots of help provided by management. Great opportunity for growth in the industry.

    Cons

    Typical restaurant downfalls, inconsistent pay, unpredictable schedule, uneven work load.

    Advice to Management

    Acknowledge and reward those who deserve it.


  2. "Gold Standards"

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    • Senior Management
    Current Employee - Server in Teterboro, NJ
    Current Employee - Server in Teterboro, NJ
    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    Approves of CEO

    I have been working at BJ's Restaurants part-time (More than a year)

    Pros

    The management and corporate teams truly respect all other team members and would never ask another team member to do something they would not do themselves. Restaurant management is easy access and more than willing to help (within reason).

    Cons

    Not necessarily a fault of BJs, but it is hard to find strong, committed employees. Many of my co-workers only do the bare minimum and the best servers often leave to find work elsewhere.

    Advice to Management

    Stop playing favorites and acknowledge those who truly go above and beyond.

  3. "Lots of stress, little teamwork"

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    Former Employee - Server in Lake Buena Vista, FL
    Former Employee - Server in Lake Buena Vista, FL
    Doesn't Recommend
    Neutral Outlook
    No opinion of CEO

    I worked at BJ's Restaurants part-time (More than 3 years)

    Pros

    Tips were decent, food is good, employees were friendly

    Cons

    No teamwork, management was unorganized, Managers got very personal and definitely had their favorites, unfair, lots of fights between management back of house and servers

    Advice to Management

    give every employee the same opportunity, stop letting certain people slide and certain people write ups


  4. "It's a Job"

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    Former Employee - Service Assistant in Eugene, OR
    Former Employee - Service Assistant in Eugene, OR
    Recommends
    Neutral Outlook
    No opinion of CEO

    I worked at BJ's Restaurants part-time

    Pros

    If you have nothing else on your plate in terms of a career it's a great place to make some decent money. In my opinion it's one of the highest paid restaurant jobs out there before you start getting into the high profile "fancy" restaurants.

    Cons

    They treat customers like cattle. 2 minute table turnover times. But that's part of why you walk home with a hefty wad of cash after you close the restaurant at 2:30 in the morning. Sometimes someone coming onto their shift has to pay for someone else not doing their job correctly as they leave their shift. Coworkers can be a hit or a miss.

    Advice to Management

    Communicate with your employees more.


  5. "Busser"

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    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Doesn't Recommend
    Neutral Outlook
    No opinion of CEO

    I worked at BJ's Restaurants part-time

    Pros

    Decent amount of money in tips especially over the weekends

    Cons

    It was arduous work especially during nights


  6. "Amazing"

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    • Senior Management
    Former Employee - Line Cook in Elk Grove, CA
    Former Employee - Line Cook in Elk Grove, CA
    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    Approves of CEO

    I worked at BJ's Restaurants full-time (More than a year)

    Pros

    Store was always clean and everyone was ready to help!

    Cons

    busy busy but still great


  7. "Would recommend to any experienced server"

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    • Work/Life Balance
    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    • Comp & Benefits
    • Senior Management
    Current Employee - Server in Sparks, NV
    Current Employee - Server in Sparks, NV
    Positive Outlook
    Approves of CEO

    I have been working at BJ's Restaurants part-time (Less than a year)

    Pros

    $50+ average tab for 2 top table
    Easy to sell desserts + appetizers
    Appealing food
    Better than average clientele
    Good scheduling flexibility for students and parents
    Represented reward for hard work
    Discount on food that you can even take home
    Well organized

    Cons

    Food service can be rough as always and expected
    High expectations from management (which can be a pro as well)
    Food Runner shifts required for new servers
    Appetizers can be slow at times

    Advice to Management

    Insure that appetizers can make it out before entrees

  8. "Server Review"

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    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    Approves of CEO

    I worked at BJ's Restaurants part-time

    Pros

    Staff was mostly very friendly, managers were professional.

    Cons

    Some customers were difficult to deal with, which is expected and uncontrollable.


  9. "Bartender"

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    Current Employee - Bartender in Folsom, CA
    Current Employee - Bartender in Folsom, CA
    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    Approves of CEO

    I have been working at BJ's Restaurants part-time (More than 8 years)

    Pros

    Management cares about employees, and it is a high energy place to work.

    Cons

    The menu changes every 3-4 months, and the communication of new food and drinks to staff lacks.

    Advice to Management

    More communication of new items and company changes


  10. "Service Assistant & Host"

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    • Comp & Benefits
    • Senior Management
    Former Employee - Service Assistant, Host, & Finished Beer Specialist in Sacramento, CA
    Former Employee - Service Assistant, Host, & Finished Beer Specialist in Sacramento, CA
    Recommends
    Neutral Outlook
    No opinion of CEO

    I worked at BJ's Restaurants part-time (More than a year)

    Pros

    Popular place, good for learning how to balance, execute, and function, in a fast paced environment. A great place to practice conversation and getting to know people you normally wouldn't.

    Cons

    Very rushed position, most people are either looking for , to ask you to do something, or have already found you and are asking you to something.

    Advice to Management

    Pay attention to the people who are running around with their heads cut off, sometimes they may need a break.


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