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BJ's Restaurants San Jose Reviews

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San Jose, CA

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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. "Server"

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    Current Employee - Server in San Jose, CA
    Current Employee - Server in San Jose, CA
    Positive Outlook

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

    Pros

    working with a team, getting to know people with different interests, the harder you work the more money you make for the most part, regulars are usually always nice to talk to

    Cons

    some people are not fun to server, the same income is not always the same


  2. "General Manager"

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    Current Employee - General Manager in San Jose, CA
    Current Employee - General Manager in San Jose, CA
    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    Approves of CEO

    I have been working at BJ's Restaurants (More than 10 years)

    Pros

    Great growing restaurant concept
    Good systems in place
    Peers are fantastic to work with

    Cons

    Long hours and high expectations

  3. "Host"

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    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee in San Jose, CA
    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee in San Jose, CA

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

    Pros

    The managers and the environment

    Cons

    The kitchen was a nightmare. So much chaos


  4. "Server"

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    Former Employee - Server in San Jose, CA
    Former Employee - Server in San Jose, CA
    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    No opinion of CEO

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

    Pros

    As with most server positions, scheduling was extremely flexible. Training experience was great, but based on your trainer, location was extremely busy = more sales = more tips.

    Cons

    The amount of people you need to tip out at the end of the night can get a little ridiculous during weekend shifts.


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    "Kitchen manager"

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    Current Employee - Executive Kitchen Manager in San Jose, CA
    Current Employee - Executive Kitchen Manager in San Jose, CA
    Recommends
    Positive Outlook

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

    Pros

    fast pace and great people. Good system are in place and are set up for growth. The food quality and training are top.

    Cons

    Micromanaged from many levels. Lots of steps to make anything happen. Long hours and no compilation or them. Quality of life is low.


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    "Kitchen Manager"

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    Former Employee - Kitchen Manager in San Jose, CA
    Former Employee - Kitchen Manager in San Jose, CA
    Doesn't Recommend
    Neutral Outlook
    No opinion of CEO

    Pros

    Decent starting pay with experience.

    Cons

    No breaks, overworked hourly employees, micromanaged from the top down, no advancement in California. A lot of 9-10 days working straight through. Habitually understaffed which makes for a very stressful work environment.


  7. "Managment"

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    Current Employee - Host in San Jose, CA
    Current Employee - Host in San Jose, CA
    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    No opinion of CEO

    Pros

    Tips are good if you are not a host.

    Cons

    Host should get tipped. Con

  8. "A good company to work for that is wiling to be flexible with your scheduling demands."

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    Current Employee - Server in San Jose, CA
    Current Employee - Server in San Jose, CA
    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    Approves of CEO

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

    Pros

    They are flexible with schedules for those who have another job or are going to school. Its easy to network with guests and become familiar or can even make friends with guests that frequent the establishment.

    Cons

    You never know how long your shift will be just like any other restaurant job, you however may work longer shifts at BJ's than one may be accustomed to.

    Advice to Management

    Management may want to consider being more selective on who they hire.


  9. "Prestigious organization that appreciates their employees"

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    Current Employee - Waitress in San Jose, CA
    Current Employee - Waitress in San Jose, CA

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

    Pros

    Constructive relationships, quality products, STAR awards

    Cons

    Inconsistent team work, language barriers

    Advice to Management

    Make Information regarding 401K available


  10. Helpful (1)

    "Great first hospo job, too corporate"

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    Former Employee - Bartender, Server in San Jose, CA
    Former Employee - Bartender, Server in San Jose, CA
    Doesn't Recommend
    Neutral Outlook
    No opinion of CEO

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

    Pros

    Great serving experience
    Meet lots of great people
    Some great regulars
    Great first bar tending job

    Cons

    SUPER corporate restaurant
    Some crappy regulars
    A LOT of work for a bartender for the money
    Can put incompetent people at the helm at times

    Advice to Management

    Stick up more for the good people in restaurant when it comes to your regional managers. Your people get you success, not the guy who is on top of you. Listen to your people's feedback more.


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