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Il Fornaio Reviews

Updated December 14, 2017
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  1. "Really enjoyed my time there"

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    Former Employee - Server
    Former Employee - Server
    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    Approves of CEO

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

    Pros

    Good working environment, friendly staff, accessibility of management.

    Cons

    Old fashioned marketing programs, never changed core menu, not technology driven (ie schedule still printed out).

    Advice to Management

    Embrace technology.


  2. "Be Careful"

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    Former Employee - Project Manager in San Francisco, CA
    Former Employee - Project Manager in San Francisco, CA
    Recommends
    Neutral Outlook
    Approves of CEO

    I worked at Il Fornaio full-time (More than 10 years)

    Pros

    Reliable pay, from scratch kitchen, beautiful upscale environment.

    Cons

    Iffy to awful supervisors and managers only looking out for themselves - huge biases, make sport of pitting staff against each other to make themselves look good.

    Advice to Management

    Clean your glasses and look for good in the people around you - you do have some great people on the team. Really live by the values your profess and take off your blinders and biases.

  3. "Great Company"

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    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    Approves of CEO

    I worked at Il Fornaio full-time

    Pros

    Everything is superb, great, fantastic

    Cons

    none, this is a perfect company

    Advice to Management

    keep it up


  4. "Busser/ Foodrunner"

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    Former Employee - Foodrunner/Busser in Irvine, CA
    Former Employee - Foodrunner/Busser in Irvine, CA
    Recommends
    Positive Outlook

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

    Pros

    Great tips and a lot of Hours.

    Cons

    Work weekends and holidays. Super busy.


  5. "Good company, good food, no complaints"

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    Former Employee - Banquet Server in San Jose, CA
    Former Employee - Banquet Server in San Jose, CA
    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    No opinion of CEO

    I worked at Il Fornaio part-time (More than a year)

    Pros

    Worked as a banquet server during the holidays, never had a hard time getting hours. Some of the banquet managers are better than others but that always happens. The company always adds 20% gratuity to every party so the pay was usually very good.

    Cons

    Nothing against the company, just banquet serving is a thankless job.


  6. "Sous Chef"

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

    I worked at Il Fornaio (Less than a year)

    Pros

    it was a Beautiful restaurant back in 1989

    Cons

    Management was a bunch of cons


  7. "Not a lot of room for growth/Unprofessional managers"

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    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Doesn't Recommend
    Negative Outlook
    No opinion of CEO

    I worked at Il Fornaio part-time (More than 3 years)

    Pros

    You get the chance to work with great people and they become your second family. Family meal is great, and you get a discount on food when you come in as a guest.

    Cons

    Management is unprofessional and there is lots of favoritism. Issues rarely are addressed and solved.Problems seem to get lost after relayed to management. Not a lot of opportunity for growth in the company. Tip: Don't be too good at your job, because you'll never be promoted.

    Advice to Management

    Stand up for your employees who work hard for you.

  8. "Good place to Work"

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    Current Employee - Server in Las Vegas, NV
    Current Employee - Server in Las Vegas, NV
    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    Approves of CEO

    Pros

    Excellent work environment filled with friendly and helpful employees. Management is very professional and motivated.

    Cons

    Nothing negative to share from any personal experience.


  9. "Easy restaurant work"

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    Current Employee - Server in Reston, VA
    Current Employee - Server in Reston, VA
    Doesn't Recommend
    Neutral Outlook

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

    Pros

    As far as the restaurant industry goes, the work here isn't too physically taxing. It's borderline fine dining, so a lot is expected of servers when it comes to detailed table service. In turn, the clientele tends to tip very well.

    Cons

    The blatant favoritism between management and certain employees is the worst I've seen out of any restaurant I've worked at. If you're in the managerial fold, expect to make loads of cash. If you're not (even if your just as good, if not better, at providing good service) then expect sections that won't dole out near the same amount of dollars.

    Advice to Management

    Better balance is needed in the alotment of money-making sections. Don't ignore your workhorses who are really good at their jobs because you would rather shower your few favorite servers with attention. This is people's income you are dealing with.


  10. "I loved it."

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    Current Employee - Server in Roseville, CA
    Current Employee - Server in Roseville, CA
    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    Approves of CEO

    Pros

    Free meals, staff is young and very fun to be around. Great locations so the place is always very busy

    Cons

    Managers like to micro manage their employees. The restaurant slows down dramatically during the summer and early fall

    Advice to Management

    Stop micro managing the employees


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