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Earls Kitchen + Bar US Reviews

Updated September 28, 2017
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Pros
  • A great place to make long lasting friendships with great people (in 19 reviews)

  • People are fun, and the food is good (in 7 reviews)

Cons
  • work/life balance working past scheduled time (in 11 reviews)

  • Some long hours working in the kitchen, evenings and weekends (in 15 reviews)

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  1. "Great Company, not your average restaurant job"

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    • Comp & Benefits
    • Senior Management
    Former Employee - Manager in Denver, CO
    Former Employee - Manager in Denver, CO
    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    Approves of CEO

    I worked at Earls Kitchen + Bar full-time (More than 5 years)

    Pros

    They do a great job coaching
    Employees are dedicated
    Management team is awesome and always there to help

    Cons

    Canadian company in US needs more corporate support from HO in Canada
    USA restaurants and dining crowd differ than habits in Canada and company should adjust operations to help recognize the differences in style.

    Advice to Management

    Run the 2 countries with different mind sets on the demographics.


  2. Helpful (1)

    "will never work there again"

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    Former Employee - Hostess in Boston, MA
    Former Employee - Hostess in Boston, MA
    Doesn't Recommend
    Negative Outlook
    No opinion of CEO

    I worked at Earls Kitchen + Bar part-time

    Pros

    First thing you'll take away from this job is the friendships like ANY OTHER job! The environment can be fun with the right management and people, which there was but it was not consistent. they train you very well and they care about the way they train you. Good money on doubles! The partner discount for food when you're working is %50 OFF!

    Cons

    Most unorganized company! its a stressful and unorganized environment! Hostess have extremely short (3 hours) on an hourly salary!There is never enough support staff and lack of communication was a constant problem and it negatively impacted the guest experience. Sometimes the environment is not professional even the management!

    Advice to Management

    Put equal care to all departments and part of the restaurant.

  3. "Host"

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    • Senior Management
    Former Employee - Hostess in Denver, CO
    Former Employee - Hostess in Denver, CO
    No opinion of CEO

    I worked at Earls Kitchen + Bar part-time (More than a year)

    Pros

    Great pay! Best in the restaurant biz!

    Cons

    The girls could be very snotty, and dramatic. Lots of drama in the restaurant industry anyways, but here it was like being in a sorority... that I never wanted to be in....

    Advice to Management

    Management, you were great!!! keep it up!


  4. "Line Chef"

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    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee in Bellevue, WA
    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee in Bellevue, WA
    Doesn't Recommend
    Neutral Outlook
    No opinion of CEO

    Pros

    Great people who work there, many become friends.

    Cons

    low pay, not allowed to leave unless given permission - even if you have completed your given timeslot. Sometimes keep you back 2-3+ hours after your shift ended


  5. "The People Place"

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    • Culture & Values
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    • Comp & Benefits
    • Senior Management
    Current Employee - Assistant General Manager in Denver, CO
    Current Employee - Assistant General Manager in Denver, CO
    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    Approves of CEO

    I have been working at Earls Kitchen + Bar full-time (More than 8 years)

    Pros

    The believe in people. They are a family owned company out of Canada with over 68 restaurants between Canada and the US, but you still get the family owned feel. The people within the company all work to build each other up.

    Cons

    The food is so good, not so great for the diet.

    Advice to Management

    Continue to do what you are doing.


  6. "fine"

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    Former Employee - Back of House in Tysons Corner, VA
    Former Employee - Back of House in Tysons Corner, VA

    I worked at Earls Kitchen + Bar part-time (More than a year)

    Pros

    fun place to work mostly

    Cons

    sometimes management is pretty annoying


  7. "Steady"

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    Current Employee - Server/Bartender in Chicago, IL
    Current Employee - Server/Bartender in Chicago, IL
    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    No opinion of CEO

    I have been working at Earls Kitchen + Bar full-time (More than a year)

    Pros

    Nice restaurant, good food, good atmosphere

    Cons

    Management tends to be moved around so fast, most of the time the people in power do not have the experience to be proficient at managing.

    Advice to Management

    Micromanage less.

  8. "Mindless Company"

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    Current Employee - Server in Littleton, CO
    Current Employee - Server in Littleton, CO
    Doesn't Recommend
    Negative Outlook
    Approves of CEO

    I have been working at Earls Kitchen + Bar part-time (More than a year)

    Pros

    I really enjoyed working here for a really long time. I made decent money, and I enjoyed the girls I worked with. Earl's has good concepts if followed through, but they are never carried through to the BP's (employees). Lots of room for growth within leadership positions or back of house.

    Cons

    Management is classic restaurant management. They make promises without carrying them through, and then forget about them. GM doesn't care about employees.. and even the best servers are disposable. No room for growth within servers due to seniority.

    Advice to Management

    Follow through with your company mission, and learn how to value your employees. When regular feedback is critical to the BP's position within the company, then make time for them. I have seen endless dedicated employees who were with the company 3+ years walk out recently due to lack of communication within management.


  9. "Server pay"

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    Current Employee - Server/Waiter in Tyson's Corner, Fairfax, VA
    Current Employee - Server/Waiter in Tyson's Corner, Fairfax, VA
    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    No opinion of CEO

    I have been working at Earls Kitchen + Bar full-time (More than a year)

    Pros

    The majority of the people are great and the ones that aren't don't last. They pay is actually really good once you know what your doing and get into the swing of things. My 1st month I was worried I couldn't afford to keep working there. Now I can't afford to leave. Management is great for a restaurant so long as you don't abuse it.

    Cons

    It's a lot of work but that's because unfortunately there are always a couple people who don't hold their weight but those are the ones that don't last. Advice talk to your closing server and ask what they expect of you cause they're the ones that will be in charge of you leaving once your cut. Also if your pro active and make the most of your time while you still have tables, people like myself will notice and do their best to get you out when your cut

    Advice to Management

    Offer Zack a salary position even if he hasn't applied. He deserves it. Every time I work with him he embodies everything Earls stands for.


  10. "Expo"

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    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee in Denver, CO
    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee in Denver, CO

    I worked at Earls Kitchen + Bar part-time

    Pros

    Free food, learn cook, and learn good life skills

    Cons

    Nothing really like extra $10 add cuz you get a free meal when you work

    Advice to Management

    Cut expos earlier


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