Campus Cooks Reviews

Updated Jun 30, 2020

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3.6
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16 Ratings
  1. Helpful (2)

    "Outstanding Experience"

    5.0
    • Work/Life Balance
    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    • Compensation and Benefits
    • Senior Management
    Former Employee - Marketing Manager in Wheeling, IL
    Recommends
    Positive Outlook

    I worked at Campus Cooks full-time for more than 3 years

    Pros

    I worked for Campus Cooks as Marketing Manager for 4+ years at the home office and during that time had the ability to grow professionally and set my own path. I also had the ability to lean on and collaborate with an amazing team led by President Bill Reeder, who provided direction but also gives his employees the opportunity to try new things and truly contribute to the success of the company.

    Cons

    Sometime that level of freedom within a position is not embraced by all, and some require more overall structure. Not a con for myself, personally.

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  2. "Overachievers apply"

    2.0
    • Work/Life Balance
    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    • Compensation and Benefits
    • Senior Management
    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee 
    Doesn't Recommend
    Negative Outlook
    No opinion of CEO

    I worked at Campus Cooks full-time for more than 3 years

    Pros

    Summer off and time off for major holidays

    Cons

    Everything they say sounds great! Don’t fall for it.

  3. Helpful (1)

    "Amazing company with lot of personal freedom and transparency"

    5.0
    • Work/Life Balance
    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    • Compensation and Benefits
    • Senior Management
    Current Employee - Marketing 
    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    Approves of CEO

    I have been working at Campus Cooks full-time for less than a year

    Pros

    Very value-based company with a lot of room for personal growth. Everyone in the company wants you to succeed in your role and is open to hearing new ideas no matter what role you have in the company.

    Cons

    At times lack of organization

  4. Helpful (5)

    "no support from company"

    1.0
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    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    • Compensation and Benefits
    • Senior Management
    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee in Chicago, IL
    Doesn't Recommend
    Negative Outlook
    Disapproves of CEO

    I worked at Campus Cooks full-time for more than 3 years

    Pros

    Free food and paid holidays

    Cons

    Basically every thing of this job is a con. When you start the job they promise you the world, then when you get to your kitchen and start working you barely hear from them again. Supervisors are a joke, they work from home and come visit your kitchen once a year so they’re no help at all. Don’t ever plan on getting sick because if you do you will just have to come to work sick because there’s no one to pick up your slack. They have “chef on demands” but they aren’t used for people getting sick. Worked for this company four years and never called in sick once. The whole work life balance spiel they have is a joke. Some accounts are six days a week. So plan on working 10+ hours a day six days a week with no help. Saturday’s are quite frequent too with no option to say no to extra events . Revolving door of upper staff so you never know who to go to if things aren’t going right with your supervisor. Which they never are. You will begin to feel you only work for your sorority/fraternity house rather than Campus Cooks so your communication with the company will get less and less over the years. Plan on moving up in the company? Fa get aboutit!!! Unless you live in an area close to headquarter or are a male you aren’t going anywhere. Especially if your account likes you they will do everything to keep you. Getting a new job with an excellent company really has made me realize what a crappy company this is. Even when you’re off work you aren’t done with work because you have to come up with new and exciting meals to keep girls and guys that only want Mac n cheese and chicken tenders 23/7. You’re a cafeteria worker not a chef in this position. You will lose all drive of living food when you leave this place.

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  5. "Great place to work"

    5.0
    • Work/Life Balance
    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    • Compensation and Benefits
    • Senior Management
    Current Employee - Unit Manager 
    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    Approves of CEO

    I have been working at Campus Cooks full-time for less than a year

    Pros

    Great opportunity to expand your skills at cooking. Writing new menus every week for your clients. You will be coming up with new ideas and something is always different everyday.

    Cons

    None that I can think of.

  6. "Great Company to work for"

    5.0
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    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    • Compensation and Benefits
    • Senior Management
    Former Employee - Payroll Benefits Specialist in Wheeling, IL
    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    Approves of CEO

    I worked at Campus Cooks full-time for more than a year

    Pros

    Strong leadership team, great company culture , schedule flexibility, supportive coworkers and a collaborative environment that works hard to grow and develop each of it's employees and the company as a whole.

    Cons

    Expensive Medical Insurance and no 401k offered at the time, but they looking into plan options.

  7. Helpful (1)

    "It’s a corporate lie of an organization."

    1.0
    • Work/Life Balance
    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    • Compensation and Benefits
    • Senior Management
    Former Employee - Unit Manager 
    Doesn't Recommend
    Positive Outlook
    No opinion of CEO

    I worked at Campus Cooks full-time for more than a year

    Pros

    Excellent Work schedule Energy from the house members

    Cons

    Very little support with horribly equipped kitchens (not even a phone) grumpy know it all about food service House Directors and supervisors who assume but aren’t around. When you bring up an issue to your supervisor, it is not properly or professionally handled.

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  8. "Best company I've ever worked for"

    5.0
    • Work/Life Balance
    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    • Compensation and Benefits
    • Senior Management
    Current Employee - Regional Chef in Columbus, OH
    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    Approves of CEO

    I have been working at Campus Cooks full-time for more than 3 years

    Pros

    All the tools and training to do the job, great support from company, excellent advancement opportunities, normal work hours, lots of paid time off (Christmas, thanksgiving, spring break etc)

    Cons

    The summer break ( a little over 3 months) can be a bit tough if you don't plan ahead, but can be a blast if you do! unemployment isn't much but it is manageable

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  9. Helpful (3)

    "Unit Manager"

    1.0
    • Work/Life Balance
    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    • Compensation and Benefits
    • Senior Management
    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee 
    Doesn't Recommend
    Negative Outlook
    Disapproves of CEO

    I worked at Campus Cooks full-time

    Pros

    My regional supervisor was a very nice person. Able to directly order products

    Cons

    Company claims to promote care for Greek System. They are ripping off the students. Budget next to nothing to provide food. Dishonest Directors. Don’t actually run background checks. Only interested in the higher ups getting rich

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  10. Helpful (4)

    "Terrible Small Company with poor leadership"

    1.0
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    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    • Compensation and Benefits
    • Senior Management
    Former Employee - Corporate Employee in Wheeling, IL
    Doesn't Recommend
    Neutral Outlook
    Disapproves of CEO

    I worked at Campus Cooks full-time for less than a year

    Pros

    The only pro is that they regularly have free food items to consume. No other pros worth justifying working here.

    Cons

    The office structure is a hoax. They sell themselves to potential employees by staying they have a "relaxed" environment but nothing can be further from the truth. Management is uptight and watches you closely and criticizes your every move like going for a 5-minute walk. Then if they don't like you, they create a pretty excuse to get rid of you. There's no bounds here.

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