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- Former Employee, more than 1 year★★★★★Nov 1, 2017 - Anonymous Employee in San Diego, CARecommendCEO ApprovalBusiness Outlook
I really enjoyed the work atmosphere and my coworkers.
Venue in the San Diego market was closed. Frequent turnover of managers prior to the location closing.
- Former Employee, less than 1 year★★★★★Apr 19, 2021 - Host in Chicago, ILRecommendCEO ApprovalBusiness Outlook
Just don't work here, ever.
On top of being a toxic work environment, they owe employees thousands of dollars still even years after disbanding
- Former Employee★★★★★Dec 12, 2020 - Director in Chicago, ILRecommendCEO ApprovalBusiness Outlook
They finally went out of business
Worst con-men ever to run a business.
- Former Employee★★★★★Feb 28, 2019 - ManagementRecommendCEO ApprovalBusiness Outlook
The staff works really hard.
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.Continue reading
- Current Employee, less than 1 year★★★★★Oct 11, 2017 - Anonymous EmployeeRecommendCEO ApprovalBusiness Outlook
Open door policy / Flexible work schedule / Entrepreneurial work environment / Building a company from the ground up, you have a voice
Understaffed / Underfunded / Need to create a better working cultureContinue reading
- Former Employee★★★★★Nov 9, 2017 - Anonymous EmployeeRecommendCEO ApprovalBusiness Outlook
Great locations. buuuuut thats about it
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."
- Former Employee, more than 1 year★★★★★Feb 5, 2018 - Management in Chicago, ILRecommendCEO ApprovalBusiness Outlook
Beautiful spaces and that’s about it. Honestly hard to come up with any other positive thoughts about this company. Really.
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.Continue reading
- Current Employee★★★★★Nov 13, 2016 - Anonymous EmployeeRecommendCEO ApprovalBusiness Outlook
Discount at restaurants - that's really it.
- 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.Continue reading
- Former Employee, less than 1 year★★★★★Oct 23, 2017 - FOH Staff in Chicago, ILRecommendCEO ApprovalBusiness Outlook
Large staff discount for food.
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.Continue reading
- Former Employee★★★★★Jul 14, 2017 - Anonymous EmployeeRecommendCEO ApprovalBusiness Outlook
Too few pros to mention
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.Continue reading