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BJ's Restaurants Reviews

Updated August 20, 2017
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Pros
  • Good money is pretty regular if you get the good server sections (in 49 reviews)

  • Flexible Schedule and good tips (in 37 reviews)

Cons
  • long hours; no breaks for the most part (in 25 reviews)

  • If you become a manager your work life balance is pretty bad, food is sub par (in 9 reviews)

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  1. "Bartender"

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    • Comp & Benefits
    • Senior Management
    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


  2. "BJ's Cerritos Server Salary Review"

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    • Senior Management
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Recommends
    Negative Outlook

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

    Pros

    Great Co-Workers, decent cash, very flexible schedule

    Cons

    Terrible clients, no gratuity included, among many other things.

  3. "BJ's Restaurant & Brewhouse"

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    • Senior Management
    Current Employee - Hostess
    Current Employee - Hostess
    Recommends
    Neutral Outlook
    No opinion of CEO

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

    Pros

    free meals for hosts
    good hours

    Cons

    earliest to request off is a month


  4. "Great company, and great people"

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    • Senior Management
    Former Employee - Service Assistant in Kissimmee, FL
    Former Employee - Service Assistant in Kissimmee, FL
    Recommends
    Positive Outlook

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

    Pros

    Great Management, very helpful and willing to let you move forward. Great with schedule conflicts, and management staff valued employee opinions.

    Cons

    Going home at 3am sucks.

    Advice to Management

    Don't be afraid to fire bad employees! New service assistants can always be hired.


  5. "Working here is bad"

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    Current Employee - Server/Waiter in San Bruno, CA
    Current Employee - Server/Waiter in San Bruno, CA

    I have been working at BJ's Restaurants part-time (More than 3 years)

    Pros

    I wouldn't work here forever but would definitely recommend it for someone who is a student or if your looking for something part time.

    -Pretty Flexible schedule while at the same time can get the hours that you want. (If your location is as busy as San Bruno they will work you every hour you say you are available)

    -Easy getting vacation (you just have to let them know a couple weeks in advance, or if it is a holiday such as Halloween you need to schedule it months in advance).

    -Shifts are relatively short (4-5 hours) unless your closing. You can sometimes ask your manager though to work double shifts.

    -Schedules are hosted through a site called hotschedules which also has an app. This is a place where you can find people to cover your shift.

    Cons

    -Sometimes Management is hard to find when you need them ( you will need them if you need them to take stuff off the bill or talk to a guest)

    -Tips can fluctuate depending on the section your in ( there are some sections that are better than others because of the amount of tables they turn hourly)

    -Kitchen is a lot of the times slow. (this affects the happiness of your guests because a lot of the times their entrees will come out before their appetizer or they will be waiting around 30 min for a salad)

    Advice to Management

    For sure something that needs to be fixed is something in the back end of the restaurant. If anything, the size of the kitchen needs to be increased and the number of workers to accommodate a full dinner rush.


  6. "Constantly busy, team-oriented"

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    Former Employee - Server
    Former Employee - Server
    Doesn't Recommend
    Positive Outlook

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

    Pros

    Consistently busy, strong sense of teamwork

    Cons

    Corporate so any advancement within restaurant takes many steps.


  7. "It's an okay place for employment"

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    Current Employee - Service Assistant in Fort Worth, TX
    Current Employee - Service Assistant in Fort Worth, TX
    Doesn't Recommend
    Neutral Outlook
    No opinion of CEO

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

    Pros

    As being a restaurant your allowed free food
    Great environment very friendly faces

    Cons

    Lots of employee tend to leave because being not liking the job
    Scheduling can lead to almost no rest period

  8. "Average restaurant to get started in"

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    Former Employee - Host in Cerritos, CA
    Former Employee - Host in Cerritos, CA

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

    Pros

    Easy to get job, lots of young people, pretty hip (as far as restaurant chains go), can transfer to different stores if you move.

    Cons

    Can be lots of drama (as in any restaurant), dependent on tips (as in any restaurant), open late.


  9. "Server"

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

    I worked at BJ's Restaurants full-time

    Pros

    You can get a lot of hours a week
    You get a discount on the food
    Chance to become a manager

    Cons

    Not a steady schedule as you will be fluctuating hours all the time
    Huge menu to learn (more than 16 pages) compared to other restaurants
    Bare minimum labor employed per shift

    Advice to Management

    You only pay servers 2.13 an hour so put more on the floor to work. I had an average of 8 tables (with at least 4 people at each). I was overwhelmed with the workload because the management was trying to keep their labor hours low.


  10. "Okay job"

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    • Senior Management
    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee

    Pros

    Good money on weekends
    Good beer

    Cons

    Horrible management
    Need better training


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