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BJ's Restaurants Reviews

Updated January 12, 2018
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Pros
  • Good money is pretty regular if you get the good server sections (in 51 reviews)

  • Flexible schedule, supportive management, decent food (in 39 reviews)

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  1. "server"

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    Former Employee - Server in Orange, CA
    Former Employee - Server in Orange, CA
    Recommends
    Neutral Outlook
    Approves of CEO

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

    Pros

    you can make some decent money serving

    Cons

    Quantity over quality seems to be their focus :/

    Advice to Management

    work smarter not harder


  2. "Bad management horrible Communication"

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    Former Employee - Line Cook in Tacoma, WA
    Former Employee - Line Cook in Tacoma, WA
    Doesn't Recommend
    Neutral Outlook
    No opinion of CEO

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

    Pros

    Get a rise in pay for every station you learn

    Cons

    No Communication. Food is always ran to wrong tables. No report filed for injuries. No support from management after injuries even with doctors notes.

    Advice to Management

    Have 1 person expediting the line so cooks don’t hear the same thing 20 times in 2 minuets. Trust your line cooks.

  3. "server"

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    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee

    I have been working at BJ's Restaurants part-time

    Pros

    Easy place to serve with hosts, bussers, food runners, bartenders, and bev-tenders (people make your non-alcoholic drinks)

    Cons

    have to pay out 6% of total sales

    Advice to Management

    treat your servers with respect and they will be happy to work for you


  4. "Dishwasher"

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

    I worked at BJ's Restaurants full-time

    Pros

    Fun, fast paced environment. Super easy job, not much to really do besides end of day clean up.

    Cons

    Managers severely lack any communication skills. Breaks are hardly ever actually given and are never in accordance with state laws.


  5. "Unfullfilling"

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    Former Employee - Corporate Trainer in Tampa, FL
    Former Employee - Corporate Trainer in Tampa, FL
    Doesn't Recommend
    Negative Outlook
    No opinion of CEO

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

    Pros

    Corporate company with a good product, takes care of those they move into key positions

    Cons

    Consistently passed on good talent for advancement. Appreciation for good employees not always up to par.

    Advice to Management

    Do not overlook talent, saw many dedicated employees leave due to lack of appreciation


  6. "Takeout and Hostess"

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    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee in Addison, TX
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee in Addison, TX
    Doesn't Recommend

    I have been working at BJ's Restaurants part-time

    Pros

    2 years ago I worked here and really enjoyed it with good management and colleagues, but I can't say the same anymore

    Cons

    Don't acknowledge how many hours you requested when hired or stick to scheduling for the position they hired you for.
    Additionally they have management that acts like they are in high school causing drama and giving dirty looks when you ask them to speak with a customer or do something they don't want to do but is a part of their job

    Advice to Management

    Schedule people for the position they are hired for and don't require someone that was hired as host and takeout to work mostly foodrunner shifts where they make less than they were promised at hire


  7. "Line cook"

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    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee in Corona, CA
    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee in Corona, CA

    Pros

    free food. Time goes by fast.

    Cons

    Abuse workers with time frames in regards to breaks/lunches. Scheduling only shows your arrival time. You never know when your leaving, which makes no sense.

  8. "Server"

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

    I have been working at BJ's Restaurants part-time

    Pros

    Simple work, small sections, loose dress code, simple sidework

    Cons

    unprofessional coworkers(food not prepared correctly/food runners don't read tickets and don't run the whole ticket/bussers only halfway buss tables), circular break rotation, hosts lack knowledge (full section or no tables), relatively no training, hands-off management, and general lac of cooperation between employees.

    Advice to Management

    train your people, set boundaries, fire people who drink on the job and show up high for their shift, be more hands on so people don't get lazy with no repercussions


  9. "It was a Lose-Lose-Lose Situation"

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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

    The job in and of itself wasn't difficult.

    Cons

    Never felt respected by management, servers, guests.


  10. "Just another serving job"

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    Former Employee - Server
    Former Employee - Server
    Recommends

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

    Pros

    It's easy, can be good money.

    Cons

    Militant managers sometimes don't seem human. Very corporate, they would rather you be a robot than be yourself.


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