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California Pizza Kitchen Reviews

Updated August 16, 2017
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Pros
  • Great management, friendly staff, flexible hours and schedules (in 24 reviews)

  • Great benefits great food staff can be super fun to work with (in 23 reviews)

Cons
  • Long hours 11 - 12 hours everyday (in 16 reviews)

  • The 50 hour work week is unrealistic when you don't have support from upper management on a 3 man team (in 15 reviews)

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  1. "Poor Environment"

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    Former Employee - Server in New York, NY
    Former Employee - Server in New York, NY
    Doesn't Recommend
    Negative Outlook
    Approves of CEO

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

    Pros

    Good employees. Good food. Flexible

    Cons

    Poor management. No room for advancement. Unprofessional

    California Pizza Kitchen Response

    Jun 21, 2017 – Manager of People Selection

    Thank you for your feedback. We would welcome the opportunity to speak with you in regards to your experience with California Pizza Kitchen. Please call our home office HR department at... More


  2. "It's been great everyone is so friendly"

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    Current Employee - Host in Paramus, NJ
    Current Employee - Host in Paramus, NJ
    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    No opinion of CEO

    I have been working at California Pizza Kitchen part-time (Less than a year)

    Pros

    The staff is so nice and everyone seems to care about seeing the company improve and get better. To me that's what matters the most!

    Cons

    I don't see any cons in the company yet. I am sure I will find some but not yet I'm still getting used to everything!

    California Pizza Kitchen Response

    Jun 21, 2017 – Manager of People Selection

    Thank you for your comment. We love hearing that you are enjoying being a part of the CPK family! Thanks for being EPIC!

  3. "Server"

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    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee

    Pros

    Taught you a lot about the the foods that were served. Provided tests and training . The staff was supportive.

    Cons

    Sometimes did not get scheduled the way I wanted to. Policy towards paying non servers changed to the disadvantage of those people.

    Advice to Management

    Be more considerate about the pay structure for non-servers. Making take out people rely on tips as a large portion of the income isn't fair because most people don't tip on takeout.


  4. "Server"

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    Former Employee - Server in Clackamas, OR
    Former Employee - Server in Clackamas, OR
    Recommends
    Positive Outlook

    Pros

    401k and health insurance
    Half off on Employee Meals
    Company Growth

    Cons

    Clientele was bad compared to Hawaii location


  5. "CPK"

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    Current Employee - Shift Leader in Orange, CA
    Current Employee - Shift Leader in Orange, CA
    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    No opinion of CEO

    Pros

    Great benefits for employees who average 30+ hours per week. Flexible schedules. Lots of opportunity for upward movement.

    Cons

    New company ownership has taken away some benefits for part-timers. Can be difficult to get the 30 hours necessary for health benefits.


  6. "From dishwasher to busser to Server"

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    Current Employee - Server in Fresno, CA
    Current Employee - Server in Fresno, CA
    Recommends
    Neutral Outlook
    Approves of CEO

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

    Pros

    great atmosphere. Team work. only work for 5 hours or less and tips make it worth it. You get to meet different people everyday and then there are also the regulars which you can learn their likes and dislikes.

    Cons

    a little stressful when you get the busy rush but is part of the job and management is always asking if you need help.

    Advice to Management

    Keep on promoting employees it shows appreciation


  7. Helpful (1)

    "Ok company to work for"

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    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Recommends
    Neutral Outlook
    No opinion of CEO

    Pros

    Great Staff
    Easy menu to learn

    Cons

    Company itself suck, they don't care about the employees

    Advice to Management

    Treat your employees better!

  8. "Good Company"

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    Current Employee - Server
    Current Employee - Server
    Recommends
    Neutral Outlook
    No opinion of CEO

    I have been working at California Pizza Kitchen part-time (More than 5 years)

    Pros

    Great company culture, generally good co-workers, overall a positive place to work.

    Cons

    Recent shift in ownership and the resulting changes has driven down the level of clientele. Decreased employee benefits.

    Advice to Management

    Management is great, corporate should take better care of their employees.


  9. "Server"

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    Former Employee - Server in Chula Vista, CA
    Former Employee - Server in Chula Vista, CA
    Recommends
    No opinion of CEO

    I worked at California Pizza Kitchen part-time (More than 3 years)

    Pros

    They do really well hiring great personalities. You can definitely see a lot of teamwork. If you do really well or do anything that makes your store and your managers look great then they will definitely favor you.

    Cons

    Sometimes they depend on you so much that they smother you with work and just assume you can handle it all. Management can become obsessive with positive feedback that they will not hide their disappointment in you.

    Advice to Management

    Be more considerate of your employees especially those who are really dedicated to their job.


  10. "Hostess at CPK"

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

    I worked at California Pizza Kitchen part-time

    Pros

    Good training and helpful managers, they hire a lot of young people so it can be a fun working environment.

    Cons

    Hostesses do not get paid enough because their pay is very dependent on tip share from servers and bussers.

    Advice to Management

    Management is good! But pay should be increased for hostesses.


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