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California Pizza Kitchen Reviews

Updated November 14, 2018
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Pros
  • "Flexible schedule, easy to transfer stores, great place to work while in college" (in 36 reviews)

  • "Great people to work with, flexible hours" (in 28 reviews)

Cons
  • "Long hours 11 - 12 hours everyday" (in 18 reviews)

  • "The 50 hour work week is unrealistic when you don't have support from upper management on a 3 man team" (in 17 reviews)

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  1. "Great place to work if you love food"

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    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee

    I worked at California Pizza Kitchen part-time

    Pros

    All of the people that you will meet! Chefs and cooks from all walks of life, some are self-taught, or classically trained. Others chefs offer a more medical and nutrition approach in their classes, and there is always something new to learn! The best part of the job is being able to audit any cooking class for free.

    Cons

    The only downside is washing dishes, but its just part of the job. On occasion, the customers can be obnoxious but overall it isn't an issue. Also, the pay is lower than anywhere I've worked in my life.


  2. "Review"

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    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee

    I worked at California Pizza Kitchen part-time

    Pros

    Good Tips, Good people to work with

    Cons

    Disorganized sometimes but it's a restaurant

  3. "Chef"

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

    I worked at California Pizza Kitchen full-time

    Pros

    Awesome Team, Great Pay and Location!!

    Cons

    Hard work, meeting new people, smiling, eating good food, great location

    Advice to Management

    Give second chances, water the herbs, better training for training


  4. "General"

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    Former Employee - General Manager in New York, NY
    Former Employee - General Manager in New York, NY
    Recommends
    Neutral Outlook
    No opinion of CEO

    I worked at California Pizza Kitchen full-time (More than 10 years)

    Pros

    Good bonus through the year

    Cons

    Limited growth to upper level


  5. "Fast paced work environment, easy"

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    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee

    Pros

    Great friendly managers
    Work with scheduled

    Cons

    Part time hours, not a full time work area


  6. "Short-term profit focus"

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    Current Employee - Full Time Employee
    Current Employee - Full Time Employee
    Doesn't Recommend
    Negative Outlook
    Disapproves of CEO

    I have been working at California Pizza Kitchen full-time (More than 3 years)

    Pros

    Doing a good job of keeping the menu interesting. Food isn’t bad.

    Cons

    Does not care about its people. Currently only focused on gimmicks to drive sales while gouging most cost areas to boost profits creating a pretty picture to take public. Good food, good service, and culture have dropped in priority drastically.


  7. "Excellent"

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    Current Employee - Counter in Seattle, WA
    Current Employee - Counter in Seattle, WA
    Recommends

    I have been working at California Pizza Kitchen full-time (More than 3 years)

    Pros

    Good money and flexible schedule

    Cons

    Benefits are very difficult to reach.

    Advice to Management

    None

  8. "Office Administrator"

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    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee in Playa Vista, CA
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee in Playa Vista, CA
    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    Approves of CEO

    I have been working at California Pizza Kitchen full-time (More than a year)

    Pros

    Cool office culture, causal vibe, and friendly employees. Everyone works very hard even though it's a laid back atmosphere. Pleasant place to work every day, great location in Playa Vista, and rooftop patio. Lots of company activities and events.

    Cons

    Could use more mentoring and professional development.


  9. "Great Staff, Exciting opportunities"

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    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee

    Pros

    The staff was willing to allow the head chef to train with me.
    It was a great working environment.

    Cons

    Hours were unclear with scheduling.
    I was expected to train other employees
    when I felt I was unqualified to do so.


  10. "Great experience"

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    Former Employee - Server in Lakewood, CA
    Former Employee - Server in Lakewood, CA
    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    Approves of CEO

    I worked at California Pizza Kitchen part-time (More than a year)

    Pros

    Opportunity to move up, with variety of jobs available. Host, take out, server and bar tender. Great teamwork environment, coworkers become like family!

    Cons

    Poor management in some circumstances


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