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BJ's Restaurants Reviews

Updated July 26, 2017
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Pros
  • Great culture, good money, and decent food (in 48 reviews)

  • Flexible Schedule and good tips (in 35 reviews)

Cons
  • Long hours no work life balance (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. Helpful (1)

    "Senior manager"

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    • Senior Management
    Current Employee - Senior Manager in Fort Myers, FL
    Current Employee - Senior Manager in Fort Myers, FL
    Doesn't Recommend
    Negative Outlook
    Disapproves of CEO

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

    Pros

    Good people to work with not as crazy as people think for the volume.

    Cons

    Crazy menu that constantly changes. Need to figure out true Identity.

    Advice to Management

    Promote on merit not on quizzes and tests.


  2. "Waitress"

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    Former Employee - Server/Waitress in Covina, CA
    Former Employee - Server/Waitress in Covina, CA

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

    Pros

    Always had business coming in

    Cons

    The managers put so much pressure on you so they get their bonus

  3. "Great place most of the time"

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    Current Employee - Server in Plano, TX
    Current Employee - Server in Plano, TX
    Recommends
    Neutral Outlook
    No opinion of CEO

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

    Pros

    Pretty great tips usually
    Great co-workers
    Good food discounts
    Flexible scheduling

    Cons

    Managers say different things
    Slow lunch shifts
    Unnecessary rules

    Advice to Management

    Be more laid back. Let your servers do their jobs and don't be so uptight about the littlest things


  4. "To-Go"

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    Former Employee - Take Out Server in Pearland, TX
    Former Employee - Take Out Server in Pearland, TX
    Doesn't Recommend
    Negative Outlook
    No opinion of CEO

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

    Pros

    Good Hours. Always Busy. Employee discounts

    Cons

    Hostile work environment, bad tippers due to this particular location being apart of a outdoor mall, Bad Management, Awful scheduling (coworkers often being scheduled double shifts without break time) Constant turnover (people would put in their two weeks after only working a week due to the lack of money being made) heavy focas on pitching food items and corporate interference. Secret shoppers being sent out regularly.

    Advice to Management

    Stop picking favorites and be more considerate of employee scheduling. Work on preventing such rapid turnover.


  5. Helpful (1)

    "Don't do it"

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    Former Employee - Server in Addison, TX
    Former Employee - Server in Addison, TX
    Doesn't Recommend
    Negative Outlook
    No opinion of CEO

    I worked at BJ's Restaurants full-time

    Pros

    The money of pretty good

    Cons

    Horrible hosts/ hostess
    Horrible bussers
    And even worse management

    Advice to Management

    Don't hire people and say you can accommodate their schedule and then every week schedule them outside of their availability. Maybe the turn over rate wouldn't be so high. Also train better hostesses/host getting 5 tables in 5 min all large parties is just asking for you employees to quit right in the spot. ( which happened all the time at my location) I have been a server for 5 years during college and this was the worst servering job I ever had! The management constaly screws over their employees. Everything I have stated has not just happened to me but something all the employees have said.


  6. "Good environment"

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    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee

    Pros

    Fun, fast paced, easy money

    Cons

    Slow at times so low tips

    Advice to Management

    Listen to your employees.


  7. "Server"

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

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

    Pros

    A place to work but nothing amazing.

    Cons

    Poor tips. Cheap customers, janky kitchen to FOH ratio. Disasters daily.

  8. "Hostess"

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    Current Employee - Hostess in Oviedo, FL
    Current Employee - Hostess in Oviedo, FL
    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    No opinion of CEO

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

    Pros

    Positive work environment
    Ability to advance in the company

    Cons

    Not guaranteed hours (getting cut early)


  9. "Great serving job"

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    Former Employee - Server/Waiter in Murfreesboro, TN
    Former Employee - Server/Waiter in Murfreesboro, TN
    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    No opinion of CEO

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

    Pros

    friendly/helpful management
    Easy to navigate POS system
    Flexible hours

    Cons

    Management comes and goes -- trial and error -- not a terrible con

    Advice to Management

    Not much


  10. "Senior Management is terrible"

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    Former Employee - Server in Sunset Valley, TX
    Former Employee - Server in Sunset Valley, TX
    Doesn't Recommend
    Negative Outlook
    Disapproves of CEO

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

    Pros

    Discounted food, good ppa therefore more tips

    Cons

    So focused on bottom line that staff is under developed. Management doesn't seem to care about restaurant.

    Advice to Management

    Get out of the office. Yes there is paperwork to be done, but you can't run a busy shift from the office.


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