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King's Seafood Reviews

Updated October 23, 2017
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  1. "Hours are flexible"

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    • Senior Management
    Current Employee - Server in Long Beach, CA
    Current Employee - Server in Long Beach, CA
    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    Approves of CEO

    I have been working at King's Seafood part-time (More than 3 years)

    Pros

    Nice customers, great location, good coworkers, it is located close to the harbor and prominent businesses so business is generally good all year

    Cons

    Waiting on mean people, serving food is hard, tip out is average but there is a lot to tip out as there is a lot of help

    Advice to Management

    Less


  2. "Server"

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    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Doesn't Recommend
    Negative Outlook

    I worked at King's Seafood part-time

    Pros

    The money is great during the holidays.

    Cons

    Management doesn't care about you.
    You never feel safe at work, any wrong doing can be grounds for getting fired.
    Management is known for being extremely condescending towards employees.
    Won't offer health benefits for people working full time unless they have been with the company for a year or longer.

    Advice to Management

    Appreciate the people that work for you, it can go a long way.

  3. "Water Grill- One of the worst job experiences I've ever had."

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    Former Employee - Server in San Diego, CA
    Former Employee - Server in San Diego, CA
    Doesn't Recommend
    Negative Outlook
    Disapproves of CEO

    I worked at King's Seafood part-time (Less than a year)

    Pros

    Cool co-workers. Good location (Gaslamp) so you can do stuff after work. Easy to get into management if that's your thing.

    Cons

    So many...most incompetent managers I've ever had to deal with. Tip out system is beyond any other place I've worked at. Kitchen can't handle it if it gets busy.

    Advice to Management

    Get a clue. Your incompetence doesn't keep good staff.


  4. "Not sure why people work here. Stay away"

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    Current Employee - Server in Costa Mesa, CA
    Current Employee - Server in Costa Mesa, CA
    Neutral Outlook
    Disapproves of CEO

    I have been working at King's Seafood full-time (Less than a year)

    Pros

    Some of the food is good. Fresh seafood is available. Nice decor and upbeat music. Co workers are good hearted (bussers servers bartenders wine stewards)

    Cons

    You pay $70/month for employee parking. You tipout an average of 20% of your SALES regardless of how much you make/don't make in tips: no exceptions.
    Management is rude and condescending.
    There is no cleaning crew. Employees must sweep, mop and clean after shift.
    It takes forever to leave after you are done with your shift bc you have to clean, get your paperwork signed, 3 times (good luck finding someone on the floor that can do that, especially when it is still busy), then you spend more time standing in line to finalize your tipout procedure. And when you are done, good luck walking out with cash and walking a few blocks to your car without getting mugged.
    Mgmt does not care for anyone other than supervisors and managers.
    No 401k or company matching.
    2 table sections for servers. Bussers only bread tables and turn tables, everything else servers must do. Was told sections will increase when yelp reviews get better.
    No corkage fees so guests take advantage and bring cases of wine and don't tip on servicing those bottles.
    No auto gratuities, EVER, unless it's a private party done through contract.
    Some servers are hired with NO experience.

    By the way, server are supposed to get 4 table sections but they say it won't change from 2 tp 4 until "yelp reviews go up to 4.5 star".... really???? Yeah, really

    Advice to Management

    Try to review your policies in order to retain good employees.


  5. Helpful (1)

    "Server at Lou and Mickey's"

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

    I have been working at King's Seafood part-time

    Pros

    Money is great, coworkers are wonderful, clientele is mostly business people at the convention center, the convention center makes it busy much of the time

    Cons

    Restaurant is dead for much of December and January, revolving door of management due to long hours and low compensation, constantly low on necessary supplies such as silverware, plates, glasses, etc

    Advice to Management

    Pay the entry level management more so that leaving for a serving job becomes a less attractive option. Also, keep a par stock of supplies in the back so that you aren't blindsided by shortages of several supplies every month. Upper management: Your managers at this restaurant are wonderful. There just needs to be more of them to make this place work without burning them out constantly.


  6. "Water Grill San Diego was great!"

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    Former Employee - Server in San Diego, CA
    Former Employee - Server in San Diego, CA
    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    Approves of CEO

    I worked at King's Seafood part-time (More than a year)

    Pros

    Thorough training program, fun staff both foh and boh, beautiful restaurant

    Cons

    Weekend hours can be long, management often changing

    Advice to Management

    pay the kitchen guys more! Their food is a half the reason guests come back!


  7. "Server at Lou & Mickey's"

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

    I have been working at King's Seafood full-time (Less than a year)

    Pros

    Great environment. Everyone works as a team. No drama. Managers know what they are doing. Money is very good. Well organized. The training program does a good job of preparing you. You work hard, you will make money.

    Cons

    Money is good, but inconsistent. Inconsistent work schedule. Tip out is huge, expect to tip out a large percentage of you tips at the end of the night.

    Advice to Management

    Keep doing what you are doing for the most part. Charge a fee for missed reservations in order for everyone to make more money and to reduce no shows.

  8. Helpful (2)

    "A great place to work with lots of possibilties for advancement"

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    • Senior Management
    Current Employee - Leadership Development Manager in Orange, CA
    Current Employee - Leadership Development Manager in Orange, CA
    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    Approves of CEO

    I have been working at King's Seafood full-time (More than 10 years)

    Pros

    Lots of opportunity to advance with this company! I enjoy working for a company that cares for its people. I've worked for this company for a very long time and never thought I would have some of the opportunities I have had! Only going to get better as we get bigger- who knows what possibilities will pop up!

    Cons

    Very high standards that some cant adhere to!

    Advice to Management

    Keep up the great work!


  9. "They go through front of house staff like nothing"

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    Former Employee - Waiter Bartender in Santa Monica, CA
    Former Employee - Waiter Bartender in Santa Monica, CA
    Doesn't Recommend
    Neutral Outlook
    No opinion of CEO

    I worked at King's Seafood full-time (More than 3 years)

    Pros

    Quick money overpriced menu items

    Cons

    Going to work everyday really sucks and made me sad

    Advice to Management

    Showing up to work


  10. "Honestly, Run!"

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    Former Employee - Server/Bartender in San Diego, CA
    Former Employee - Server/Bartender in San Diego, CA
    Doesn't Recommend
    Negative Outlook
    Disapproves of CEO

    Pros

    Having been a hospitality pro for 8+ years before coming to Kings, I was greatly disappointed by my direct management and especially the senior management. This is the type of corporate environment guaranteed to suck your soul out of your body and then mutilate it. If you like to be harassed, belittled and undermined on an assuredly daily basis, this is the place for you.

    Cons

    Senior Management .Pay, harassment, the uniform is a joke (thick jeans for servers... really lacking vision here) No benefits, they rely on Obama. Oh and get ready to fill out the Unemployment Application when summer is over and they stop giving everyone shifts.

    Advice to Management

    Sell this company to some one that cares.


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