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Found 13 of over 13 reviews

1.4
0%
Recommend to a Friend
0%
Approve of CEO
Element Collective Principal Chris Freeman
Chris Freeman
7 Ratings
  1. 4.0
    Former Employee, more than 1 year

    Quality Social in San Diego, CA

    Nov 1, 2017 - Anonymous Employee in San Diego, CA
    Recommend
    CEO Approval
    Business Outlook

    Pros

    I really enjoyed the work atmosphere and my coworkers.

    Cons

    Venue in the San Diego market was closed. Frequent turnover of managers prior to the location closing.

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  2. 1.0
    Former Employee, less than 1 year

    Withholding pay from literally everyone

    Apr 19, 2021 - Host in Chicago, IL
    Recommend
    CEO Approval
    Business Outlook

    Pros

    Just don't work here, ever.

    Cons

    On top of being a toxic work environment, they owe employees thousands of dollars still even years after disbanding

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  4. 1.0
    Former Employee

    Out of Business

    Dec 12, 2020 - Director in Chicago, IL
    Recommend
    CEO Approval
    Business Outlook

    Pros

    They finally went out of business

    Cons

    Worst con-men ever to run a business.

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  5. 1.0
    Former Employee

    If you like getting paid, don't work here.

    Feb 28, 2019 - Management 
    Recommend
    CEO Approval
    Business Outlook

    Pros

    The staff works really hard.

    Cons

    They literally can't pay anyone. Every vendor account is maxed out and there is no cash in house, so you either have to go and buy product using your own money or open for business with nothing to sell. Also good luck getting reimbursed for that. Staff goes weeks and sometimes months without getting paid. The company has been bouncing checks so long that no one will cash their paychecks, leaving employees to hope that the company will eventually pay them in cash. As management you also get to deal with the backlash that comes with running a business that is falling apart. You might open for business with half a menu because you are out of every item. You might not be able to take reservations because that account wasn't paid. Staff will walk out in the middle of a shift or go on strike because they haven't been paid in so long. The owners have no concept of reality. They do not value their staff or understand the basics of runnning a business. They use their employees like credit cards to get work done and maybe pay them eventually, but they have no empathy for the hardship it causes their staff. If you stay, you don't get paid. If you quit, they refuse to pay you. Don't work here.

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  6. 4.0
    Current Employee, less than 1 year

    Managment

    Oct 11, 2017 - Anonymous Employee 
    Recommend
    CEO Approval
    Business Outlook

    Pros

    Open door policy / Flexible work schedule / Entrepreneurial work environment / Building a company from the ground up, you have a voice

    Cons

    Understaffed / Underfunded / Need to create a better working culture

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  7. 1.0
    Former Employee

    Payroll issues, disorganization and systems out of wack

    Nov 9, 2017 - Anonymous Employee 
    Recommend
    CEO Approval
    Business Outlook

    Pros

    Great locations. buuuuut thats about it

    Cons

    Wether you are a manager or FOH or BOH, your payroll and tips will be missing or your check will bounce. while they work hard to correct theses issues they happen EVERY pay period. Hiring is a mess and has almost no organization, their accounting team is not very proactive in fixing their financial issues and they regularly dont pay vendors or have outstanding payments due to other auxillary companies. Training of FOH employees is confusing and has no real guidelines, so when you get hired its up in the air what you learn from day to day. employees regularly walk out on shift, and they cannot retain hires as fast as they loose staff. they have no clear cut management or direction as even the owners regularly tell management, "who cares they are just bartenders and servers."

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  8. 1.0
    Former Employee, more than 1 year

    Horrible

    Feb 5, 2018 - Management in Chicago, IL
    Recommend
    CEO Approval
    Business Outlook

    Pros

    Beautiful spaces and that’s about it. Honestly hard to come up with any other positive thoughts about this company. Really.

    Cons

    Where to begin? Ownership has no idea how hospitality works which is clear in the amount of failures/closings they’ve had. The list of former staff is mind boggling in it’s length. Wages/bonuses not paid is disgustingly common and has been for years. Vendors often refuse to service them due to non-payment issues. Very arrogant “leadership” results in lack of motivation. Chicago has so many great restaurant groups they thought they could compete with (Boka, LEYE, Hogsalt, etc) but EC got crushed in that environment so now it’s just sub-standard chicken sandwiches holding them together. Sad company.

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  9. 1.0
    Current Employee

    Worst Company in Chicago

    Nov 13, 2016 - Anonymous Employee 
    Recommend
    CEO Approval
    Business Outlook

    Pros

    Discount at restaurants - that's really it.

    Cons

    - You'll never know if your paycheck is going to clear or go through. Bounced paychecks are a common theme and there is no apology whatsoever. - No direct deposit because they're cheap. - All staff is severely underpaid, again, because they're cheap. - Managers that have absolutely no idea how to manage people, especially the ones getting promoted only because they've been there for years but are actually terrible managers.

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    4 people found this review helpful
  10. 1.0
    Former Employee, less than 1 year

    Stay away!

    Oct 23, 2017 - FOH Staff in Chicago, IL
    Recommend
    CEO Approval
    Business Outlook

    Pros

    Large staff discount for food.

    Cons

    Incredibly underqualified FOH staff, absentee managers, and lack of care from all employees in the building. I saw things that I couldn't believe were allowed to happen in a restaurant. They're bouncing checks, and getting cut off from vendors. I won't be mentioning this company on my resume, because they are bound for bankruptcy, and giving some of the worst service in the city.

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  11. 1.0
    Former Employee

    Sinking Ship

    Jul 14, 2017 - Anonymous Employee 
    Recommend
    CEO Approval
    Business Outlook

    Pros

    Too few pros to mention

    Cons

    Poor training, management, and career path. You'll be hired as a last resort to save the business and then fired when the ship eventually sinks. Be prepared to work long hours for minimum pay and to be blamed for the company's shortcomings. This place is going nowhere fast.

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    3 people found this review helpful
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