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Kona Grill Reviews

Updated April 14, 2017
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  • long hours- but all restaurants have (in 7 reviews)

  • Most side work you will ever do in a serving job (in 5 reviews)

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  1. "Fantastic Corporate Atmosphere!"

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    • Comp & Benefits
    • Senior Management
    Former Employee - Payroll Specialist in Kona, NC
    Former Employee - Payroll Specialist in Kona, NC
    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    Approves of CEO

    Pros

    Kona Grills Corporate office has a lively, upbeat, happy atmosphere that spreads infectiously through the restaurant locations. The corporate staff truly cares about their location employees and making sure that they have every available resource needed. The communication between the corporate office and site locations is impeccable and everyone works together with a smile. The entire staff has the mindset to get the job done, get it done with accuracy, and have fun while doing it in a professional manner. Great group of managers and support staff. I would work with these lovely individuals again in a heartbeat.

    Cons

    The corporate office is very small, there is not enough room for the entire support staff, but they are moving into a new office that should give more leg room to the employees.

    Advice to Management

    Keep up the great work, keep up with the team building and employee appreciation. The staff is obviously loved and it shows in how they pride themselves in their work. I would say to encourage more team building from department to department, that would be the only constructive criticism I could give for Kona.


  2. "General Manager"

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    • Senior Management
    Current Employee - General Manager in Scottsdale, AZ
    Current Employee - General Manager in Scottsdale, AZ
    Recommends
    Approves of CEO

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

    Pros

    I have been in training for over a month now and have made a wise choice joining the Kona Grill team. A family that works very hard to make their guests a #1 priority along with creating a positive environment for their employees. They go the extra mile in training for all their employees and have a never ending drive to execute the freshest product. It's a model other restaurants should aspire too. I'm fortunate to be working for Kona Grill. They reaffirm the value of hospitality each and everyday.

    Cons

    There are no cons working for Kona Grill.


  3. "Management"

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    • Senior Management
    Current Employee - Assistant Manager in Chandler, AZ
    Current Employee - Assistant Manager in Chandler, AZ
    Recommends
    Approves of CEO

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

    Pros

    The amount of time training is excellent training location are the best in keeping you in tune of what the Kona Brand is and that is a plus love the opportunity to be with such a fortune company

    Cons

    Just the time away from home but worth it

    Advice to Management

    Training at Austin TX with the team was great


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  5. "Hostess w/ the mostest"

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    • Senior Management
    Current Employee - Hostess in San Antonio, TX
    Current Employee - Hostess in San Antonio, TX
    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    Approves of CEO

    I have been working at Kona Grill part-time (Less than a year)

    Pros

    Great atmosphere
    average pay
    Able to become National trainers in minimum of 6 months
    Easy side work
    awesome training for FOH and BOH

    Cons

    Too many host = no hours

    Advice to Management

    none


  6. "Amazing"

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    Current Employee - Host/Hostess in Miami, FL
    Current Employee - Host/Hostess in Miami, FL
    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    Approves of CEO

    Pros

    Friendly staff Environment is peaceful.

    Cons

    A Lot of down time


  7. "Hostess"

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    • Culture & Values
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    • Comp & Benefits
    • Senior Management
    Current Employee - Hostess in Austin, TX
    Current Employee - Hostess in Austin, TX
    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    No opinion of CEO

    I have been working at Kona Grill part-time (More than a year)

    Pros

    Amazing management and cool employees gives you a second family.
    flexible hours, convenient and efficient scheduling system
    good opportunity for growth
    fun atmosphere made work easy

    Cons

    Stressful when busy and when communication between servers , kitchen , host , and management is slacking.
    Inevitable Drama

    Advice to Management

    Keep it up! Listen to employees and be open to change and promoting


  8. "Great place to work"

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    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee in Minnetonka, MN
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee in Minnetonka, MN

    Pros

    Really nice people to work with fun upbeat atmosphere

    Cons

    No cons at all just be ready for a high paced environment

    Advice to Management

    Management is terrific I wouldn't change a thing I love working at kona grill


  9. "Some Growing Pains, but a Great Company!"

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

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

    Pros

    Nice corporate structure and training but still very laid back in the sense that they do not micromanage. They hired you for your skills and realize that minimal coaching is involved.

    Cons

    It's rapidly growing so we are constantly moving to new system and procedures, which causes some headaches and causes confusion.

    Advice to Management

    Restructure the bonuses so assistant managers get more of a cut. Other than that, they do well with recognizing good workers.


  10. "Over a decade of fun"

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    • Comp & Benefits
    • Senior Management
    Current Employee - General Manager in Austin, TX
    Current Employee - General Manager in Austin, TX
    Positive Outlook
    Approves of CEO

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

    Pros

    Allowed and encouraged to think outside the box. District management pushes and develops you into stronger leaders. Creative food and vibrant cocktails. Executive management knows your name, and listen to your ideas

    Cons

    None really, as a GM it is faced paced with lots of changes and challenges. This is a career not a job.

    Advice to Management

    None


  11. "Bartender"

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    • Culture & Values
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    • Comp & Benefits
    • Senior Management
    Current Employee - Server/Bartender in San Juan, PR
    Current Employee - Server/Bartender in San Juan, PR
    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    Approves of CEO

    I have been working at Kona Grill part-time

    Pros

    I was hired at opening, but had to leave for personal reasons. Later the general mánager sought me out to make sure I was doing okay and told me I could come back to work anytime. They gave me a second chance and I have been with Kona ever since. We really do work as a team and I enjoy coming to work.

    Cons

    Trying to communicate with payroll and hr about vacations and christmas bonus can be a Little difficult. Tip out to Sushi chefs is a Little high.

    Advice to Management

    Maintain the Good Work and consistent attitude


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