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Guckenheimer Reviews

Updated April 19, 2017
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  • Apparently, friendships between upper management matter more than keeping a well trained staff (in 9 reviews)

  • Work/Life Balance - it was great to start (in 3 reviews)

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  1. "Come for a job, stay for a career!"

    Star Star Star Star Star
    • Work/Life Balance
    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    • Comp & Benefits
    • Senior Management
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee in Los Angeles, CA
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee in Los Angeles, CA
    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    Approves of CEO

    I have been working at Guckenheimer full-time (More than 10 years)

    Pros

    Friendly, family-oriented company that truly values employee relationships. That culture is part of what makes it a great place to work.

    Cons

    Communication efforts between HQ and the field could be improved.


  2. "Great company culture"

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    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    • Comp & Benefits
    • Senior Management
    Former Employee - Sous Chef in San Diego, CA
    Former Employee - Sous Chef in San Diego, CA
    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    Approves of CEO

    I worked at Guckenheimer full-time (More than 3 years)

    Pros

    Employee-centric, food is fantastic, and my manager was great to work for.

    Cons

    Sometimes there's a disconnect between corporate office and the field.

    Advice to Management

    Make sure resources are communicated to employees to advance.


  3. "Chef"

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    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    • Comp & Benefits
    • Senior Management
    Former Employee - Chef in Pittsburgh, PA
    Former Employee - Chef in Pittsburgh, PA
    Doesn't Recommend
    Negative Outlook
    Disapproves of CEO

    I worked at Guckenheimer full-time (More than 3 years)

    Pros

    Fun environment, great customers, set hours, weekends and holidays off, decent benefits

    Cons

    Over worked, under paid, lots of brown nosing, many useless employees

    Advice to Management

    Give the sites more funds to ba Lance the work load


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    "This position would be great if it had stayed the old company that was employee owned."

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    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    • Comp & Benefits
    • Senior Management
    Former Employee - Sous Chef in East Haven, CT
    Former Employee - Sous Chef in East Haven, CT
    Doesn't Recommend
    Positive Outlook
    Disapproves of CEO

    I worked at Guckenheimer full-time (More than a year)

    Pros

    Clientele was great to serve and be around. Holidays off, week schedule from 7-5, and ok benefits. The companies you work inside of are fun. Get to see how the other half lives.

    Cons

    The job itself. Talk about overworked and underpaid. The exec chefs are lazy, because the company allows them to be. The company doesn't care about spending time and resources on the staff, so that they will become better employees. They have multiple trainings available to the employees that no one can do because they keep the place is understaffed so you can't grow or train. You're promised traveling and other benefits that are never followed through on, also because of sorely understaffing. They have created useless jobs such as an interior decorator that is full time and gets paid an absurd amount of money, when they should use a consultant. The executive chefs make twice what the sous does and stays in their office to play on the internet. There are plenty of ways to keep management in line. Apparently, friendships between upper management matter more than keeping a well trained staff.

    Advice to Management

    Fire the unnecessary positions that do nothing but suck the pay and resources up that should be going to the people that work in the cafes. My understanding is that this company used to be great to work when it was employee owned. Per usual, the turning it into a corporation broke it.


  6. "Prep cook"

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    • Culture & Values
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    • Comp & Benefits
    • Senior Management
    Current Employee - Food Prep, Cook, Server, Cashier in San Francisco, CA
    Current Employee - Food Prep, Cook, Server, Cashier in San Francisco, CA
    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    Approves of CEO

    I have been working at Guckenheimer full-time (Less than a year)

    Pros

    Great hours with great benefits. Employees are really friendly

    Cons

    Kitchen area is way too small for what we need to do.


  7. "Great company culture with a lot of growth potential"

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    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    • Comp & Benefits
    • Senior Management
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee in Chicago, IL
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee in Chicago, IL
    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    Approves of CEO

    I have been working at Guckenheimer full-time (More than 3 years)

    Pros

    There's a lot of room for career growth within the company as it expands and adds new business. The company culture of health and wellness is not just in the food we serve our customers, but to it's employees as well with medical insurance monthly discounts for both the employee and their spouse. If you enjoy preparing and serving delicious healthy food made from scratch everyday, this is the company for you.

    Cons

    It used to be the 401K, but the new company is doing a fantastic job.

    Advice to Management

    Keep up the good work!


  8. "This is a great place to work."

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    • Culture & Values
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    • Comp & Benefits
    • Senior Management
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee in San Mateo, CA
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee in San Mateo, CA
    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    Approves of CEO

    I have been working at Guckenheimer full-time (More than 5 years)

    Pros

    Company size allows you to make a big impact
    People are passionate about healthy food that tastes great
     Senior Leadership team is great

    Cons

    The competition in the industry is fierce

    Advice to Management

    Stay the course


  9. "Great People, Great Food and Work/Life Balance"

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    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    • Comp & Benefits
    • Senior Management
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee in San Francisco, CA
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee in San Francisco, CA
    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    Approves of CEO

    I have been working at Guckenheimer full-time

    Pros

    -Great Food
    -Great People
    -Great History
    -Great Mission
    -Work/Life Balance
    -Autonomy

    Cons

    -The challenges that come with rapid growth

    Advice to Management

    The company is moving in the right direction...keep us on track!


  10. Helpful (1)

    "Beware..."

    Star Star Star Star Star
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    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    • Comp & Benefits
    • Senior Management
    Current Employee - Chef in Seattle, WA
    Current Employee - Chef in Seattle, WA
    Doesn't Recommend
    Negative Outlook
    Disapproves of CEO

    I have been working at Guckenheimer full-time (More than a year)

    Pros

    "Some" great co-workers and team mates. But it's a small group of people who really do care. Weekends spent not being talked down on by your eye rolling GM are always a plus. Had high hopes, feeling let down.

    Cons

    Where to begin:
    Career Opportunities - I'm not sure of this great or accelerated growth mentioned in other reviews. Entrenched long term managers really block upward movement of pretty much all below them. If by employee turnover you mean opportunity, well, there's an ever turning list of cashier, dishwasher and cooks jobs posted feel free to join. Just don't expect to get anywhere fast.
    Compensation & Benefits - not bad, but your expected to do the work of three to four people. Someone gets let go, you can be expected to do the work of five - with, no increased compensation because "it's not in the budget". Benefits are expensive, double for salaried managers, and their program regularly changes your dependant status or attempts to decline benefits.
    Work/Life Balance - it was great to start. But quickly the truth was revealed. People calling out constantly, people taking advantage when they realize nothing would be done. Lost a number of good people because their time was consumed by poor performers and failure to deal with them.
    Senior Management - no training from day one, the training answer "it's on the website" why don't you know? Some good people no doubt, but also afraid to deal with tough situations. Human Resources practically non-existent, takes a month for help or advice.
    Culture/Values - hardworking front line people don't want to sit on conference calls and hear your corp office cheer themselves on..... they should all come live the life, maybe then some true values can be established. Maybe then some understanding will exist.

    Advice to Management

    Your trying to compete against giants and losing, and you will continue to do so until you realize that your cookie cutter model, way of doing things does not work. One size does not fit all. Every market is not the same.. expand, build your management team/s. Expand your market.


  11. "Accountant"

    Star Star Star Star Star
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    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    • Comp & Benefits
    • Senior Management
    Former Employee - Accountant in San Mateo, CA
    Former Employee - Accountant in San Mateo, CA
    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    Approves of CEO

    I worked at Guckenheimer full-time (More than a year)

    Pros

    Work life balance, good coworkers

    Cons

    not really much, maybe not so good health benefits


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