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Holiday Retirement Executive Chef Reviews

Updated July 10, 2017
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  • upper management doesn't know what each author is doing (in 102 reviews)

  • extremely long hours for those who are salaried (60 (in 63 reviews)

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  1. Helpful (6)

    "Over worked"

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    Former Employee - Executive Chef in Las Vegas, NV
    Former Employee - Executive Chef in Las Vegas, NV
    Disapproves of CEO

    I worked at Holiday Retirement full-time (More than 5 years)

    Pros

    The residents are great, the staff I work with is wonderful and the benefits are decent. Paid holidays too (which you always have to work)

    Cons

    Time restraints, minimal budget for what's expected, not enough staff to complete what is needed. There should be a a housekeeper in the common areas on both Saturday and Sunday. Stop basing staffing levels on occupancy, that's absurd!

    Advice to Management

    Listen to employees that have been here a long time. Listen to the residents complaints and concerns. Try to KEEP existing residents instead of trying to always get new ones, regardless of their care needs. Stop bringing in residents to independent communities that should be in higher cars. Worry about the food rather than "how does the coffee bar look?" You need MORE STAFF and MORE HOURS.


  2. Helpful (6)

    "Executive Chef"

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    Current Employee - Executive Chef in South Bend, IN
    Current Employee - Executive Chef in South Bend, IN
    Doesn't Recommend
    Negative Outlook
    No opinion of CEO

    I have been working at Holiday Retirement full-time (More than 8 years)

    Pros

    Steady work. Pay is good

    Cons

    Company is calling apart. Not the same. NO VALUES

    Advice to Management

    LISTEN

  3. Helpful (12)

    "Nobody deserves to be treated this badly"

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    Current Employee - Executive Chef in Guilford, CT
    Current Employee - Executive Chef in Guilford, CT
    Doesn't Recommend
    Negative Outlook
    Disapproves of CEO

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

    Pros

    Residents and their families and most non-management staff.

    Cons

    Holiday Retirement is one of, if not the worst company in regards to treating their staff. The push you to the limit with no regards for your health and pocket every time. No recognition, low wages, micro managing, verbal abuse and just about everything a very poor management can do.

    Advice to Management

    If your managers are so talented then make them assist those that need their help. They are just a bunch of desk worms who hide behind endless paperwork, policies and harassment through email.


  4. Helpful (11)

    "Keep looking!! Don't stop here!"

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    Current Employee - Executive Chef in Detroit, MI
    Current Employee - Executive Chef in Detroit, MI
    Doesn't Recommend
    Negative Outlook
    Disapproves of CEO

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

    Pros

    To be honest, I can't think of any. I am supposed to write something here before I can post this.

    Cons

    You are no chef here! Only a glorified cook. You work the line every day and one day for paperwork. You get no hours to train your staff. It's a timed fast paced environment. Oh yeah, you have to wash your own towels and uniforms as well as the linen you use as well as your dishes you cook with. You are then required to have time to put on special events and meet with new residents. All within the 50 hours you are given. This is an hourly position.


  5. Helpful (7)

    "Executive Chef"

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    Former Employee - Executive Chef in Grand Rapids, MI
    Former Employee - Executive Chef in Grand Rapids, MI
    Doesn't Recommend
    Negative Outlook
    Disapproves of CEO

    I worked at Holiday Retirement full-time (Less than a year)

    Pros

    The choices on the menu were great. I was able to be creative with the alternate menu and adjust the menu to the residents likes and dislikes.

    Cons

    Where do I begin? This is the worst company I have ever worked for. They care nothing about their employees. The employee turnover rate in foodservice was terrible. Trying to explain this to upper management was a waste of time. They did not care. All they cared about was the bottom line and taking advantage of people to make money while they sat at a desk making their pockets fatter.

    Advice to Management

    Get some compassion and empathy for others. Get up from behind your desk and go visit the facilities. Talk to the employees and residents and get some imput on trying to make the community better as a whole. The employees are where it begins. I challenge the people at corporate to take on an employee role for just one day. I guarantee you could not handle it.


  6. Helpful (11)

    "Was a Great Company....."

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    Former Employee - Executive Chef in Dallas, TX
    Former Employee - Executive Chef in Dallas, TX
    Neutral Outlook
    Approves of CEO

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

    Pros

    Decent hours, good vacation benefits, medical kind of pricey $180/mo for single person.

    Cons

    Must work 50 hours now since DOL regulations and all chefs off salary and now hourly. Poor communication when rolling out major changes. More micromanagement now, even though we have exceptional chefs that have been doing thier job the right way for years.

    Advice to Management

    Promote more from within. Communicate with your team members more clearly. Allow your chefs to do thier job and provide them with the tools to be successful across the board. Properly train your chefs and not just throw them in.


  7. Helpful (5)

    "Going in the wrong direction!!"

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    Former Employee - Executive Chef in Jacksonville, FL
    Former Employee - Executive Chef in Jacksonville, FL
    Doesn't Recommend
    Negative Outlook
    No opinion of CEO

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

    Pros

    If you like micromanagement this company is for you. Great company for 90 olds

    Cons

    Not ready for the baby boomers. Still living in the 80 when it comes to management.

    Advice to Management

    Sell now to a better company like Brookdale or LCS.

  8. "Chef"

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    Current Employee - Executive Chef in Bridgeport, CT
    Current Employee - Executive Chef in Bridgeport, CT
    Doesn't Recommend
    Negative Outlook
    Approves of CEO

    Pros

    Good hours. Enjoy working with seniors . Enjoy the staff and what we do

    Cons

    Cut throat management. Incompetent managers. They are not qualified to do the job


  9. Helpful (4)

    "Executive Chef"

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    Current Employee - Executive Chef in Baldwinsville, NY
    Current Employee - Executive Chef in Baldwinsville, NY
    Positive Outlook

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

    Pros

    Residents are lovely people. Staff really tries to do right by residents

    Cons

    Upper (district level) management enjoys bullying to get extra work accomplished. It's a very political company, for a retirement community. They preach work life balance, but management works 75 to 100 hours a week.....no balance, all work


  10. Helpful (10)

    "Unrealistic food cost and quality for what Residents pay"

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    Former Employee - Executive Chef in Cypress, TX
    Former Employee - Executive Chef in Cypress, TX
    Doesn't Recommend
    Negative Outlook
    No opinion of CEO

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

    Pros

    Sharing the life of some amazing people!!!!

    Cons

    This corporation will hire just about anybody to run the front part of a Community as long as they sell more apts. and raise rent and treat them bad due to the fact that no real professional is going to put up with the unrealistic operational cost and goals they have i hope this company is investigated very soon the money they spend on advertising should be spent on the residents its their money if you were a great company and treated everyone the way your recruitment says word of mouth would get you there

    Advice to Management

    Treat people RIGHT.....