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LYFE Kitchen Reviews

Updated March 24, 2017
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  1. "Great Management"

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    • Senior Management
    Former Employee - Cashier/Barista in Valencia, CA
    Former Employee - Cashier/Barista in Valencia, CA
    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    Approves of CEO

    I worked at LYFE Kitchen part-time (Less than a year)

    Pros

    There was a great management team and the entire crew was amazing. It was also a good working environment overall.

    Cons

    They seemed to over staff and so there would sometimes be a lot of down time.

    Advice to Management

    Schedule a little bit better soo there isn't a lot of staff all at once.


  2. "Bad Upper Management"

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    • Senior Management
    Former Employee - Shift Supervisor in Chicago, IL
    Former Employee - Shift Supervisor in Chicago, IL
    Doesn't Recommend
    Negative Outlook
    Disapproves of CEO

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

    Pros

    They pay well but it's not worth the torture.

    Cons

    Upper management talks to their employees and managers with zero respect. They throw your salary in your face whenever they feel like it. Assume no responsibilty for their actions. They hire and hire but never properly train prospective managers. In my honest opinion, since the beginning of my employment there, I felt a reverse sexism. Where the men of the company are treated less than fairly. In short, it was a horrible experience that a 'nice' salary can not fix.

    Advice to Management

    Treat your managers and employees with respect. Learn how to talk like an adult and stop making excuses and own your actions.


  3. "Awesome Company"

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    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee in Memphis, TN
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee in Memphis, TN

    I have been working at LYFE Kitchen (More than a year)

    Pros

    They are an awesome company to work for.

    Cons

    There are none this is a great company

    Advice to Management

    Keep things the way they are


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  5. "LYFE review"

    Star Star Star Star Star
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    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    • Comp & Benefits
    • Senior Management
    Former Employee - Assistant Manager in Plano, TX
    Former Employee - Assistant Manager in Plano, TX
    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    No opinion of CEO

    I worked at LYFE Kitchen (More than a year)

    Pros

    Excellent culture and concept for this area.

    Cons

    Upper management did not allow in house managers the flexibility to make decisions that affected the local store. Lower than average pay.


  6. "Fun energetic place to work"

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    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee in Dallas, TX
    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee in Dallas, TX
    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    Disapproves of CEO

    Pros

    The general managers and managers really care about you. They help fit you into the schedule, and the better of an employee you are, the more shifts you get. FOH money is good, base salary is high and you get a share of a tip pool.

    Cons

    Upper Management is concerned with saving money. The GM managers hands are tied in most cases. There are opportunities for growth and becoming a manager, but the opportunity for a raise are not.

    Advice to Management

    Upper Management: please make it seem like you care about your employees and the guests you are serving. It did not seem that way from my point of view.


  7. Helpful (1)

    "Very disorganized"

    Star Star Star Star Star
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    • Senior Management
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee in Chicago, IL
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee in Chicago, IL
    Doesn't Recommend
    Negative Outlook
    Disapproves of CEO

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

    Pros

    Coworkers are fun to work with, the restaurant is usually clean, tips can be pretty good sometimes, trainers get a free meal

    Cons

    very poor management, corporate managers are extremely critical and very rude, managers don't order enough produce/products and we are always running out of things, people working in the back talk smack about everyone in spanish, repeated sexual harassment from multiple crew members, poor quality food, no employee meal, very low starting wages, very little benefits

    Advice to Management

    Get off your high horse and remember whose working for you.


  8. "Fun job"

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    Former Employee - Server in San Jose, CA
    Former Employee - Server in San Jose, CA
    Recommends
    Positive Outlook

    I worked at LYFE Kitchen (More than a year)

    Pros

    Great fun environment. Great food and quality is very hood

    Cons

    No mandatory tips so it's a pay not so much great

    Advice to Management

    Apply tip


  9. Helpful (1)

    "Unorganized"

    Star Star Star Star Star
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    • Culture & Values
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    • Senior Management
    Former Employee - Shift Supervisor in Tarzana, CA
    Former Employee - Shift Supervisor in Tarzana, CA
    Doesn't Recommend
    Negative Outlook
    Disapproves of CEO

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

    Pros

    The food is good, but not as true as they say anymore.

    Cons

    Horrible shifts, the company itself has gone down the drain and it will just be getting worse. Corporate has no idea what they are running and it is a free for all. Sadly, this place had a lot of potential.

    Advice to Management

    Understand your employees and enforce equal rules and standards, which can lead to actually making a profit. Train your new people and bring back the hospitality to our guest.


  10. "Batista cashier"

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    Former Employee - Batista in Dallas, TX
    Former Employee - Batista in Dallas, TX
    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    Approves of CEO

    Pros

    Opportunity to grow, flexible

    Cons

    Lack of stable management and early hours

    Advice to Management

    Get permanent managers


  11. Helpful (1)

    "Big potential, bigger let down."

    Star Star Star Star Star
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    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    • Comp & Benefits
    • Senior Management
    Former Employee - Front of House in Lone Tree, CO
    Former Employee - Front of House in Lone Tree, CO
    Doesn't Recommend
    Positive Outlook
    Approves of CEO

    I worked at LYFE Kitchen part-time (Less than a year)

    Pros

    Great tasting food. Sustainable, local, organic whenever possible.

    Guests are so excited for the promises, menu items, price and variety stated by the Founders and described online and within the menu.

    Fresh, new concept and a growing company so lots of potential for career growth. Supported by impressive chefs and supply chain experts.

    Cons

    Still such a young company in spite of legacy founders and years of experience. Adjusting from the fast-food segment to fast casual, while not embracing the fast casual best practices, the break the mold mentality is hurting the operational success.

    There is little respect for food safety.

    I was hired in Colorado and there is no consistency in communication, expectations for crew or managers. Every shift is a new experience depending on who is scheduled and if the local owners are involved.

    Corporate support is inconsistent. My biggest frustration was the lack of integrated systems and training.

    Everyone hired is highly skilled and seems very committed to the principles of sustainability and healthful eating however, no one is supported so quickly skilled and experienced restaurant professionals are flailing and frustrated.

    Advice to Management

    To the founders and corporate level folks, I suggest that they realize what a great thing they have here and know that one day it will be big and automated like their beloved McDonalds. However, in the mean time, create accessible, consistent training and standards. Even if it is a paper document. We all get it, the goal is digital, the end result needs to be very detailed. Right now support your very few restaurants and stop concentrating on how to evaluate and judge success.

    To the local Colorado Operators do better. Reread the values and mission of LyFe and recommit to its essence. Recycling is yesterday's issue and. LYFE promises so much more. Not doing these things is not good business at best, and in breach of contract at some point. Aim to be a job of choice by respecting and empowering the people you have. Let people do what they are good at and give everyone a little credit. Unfortunately you are not seeing that when you are not at your restaurant the guests are happier, louder, buy more and your crew is more relaxed and enjoying sharing this incredible concept with the public.

    Growth is a given, why not make it enjoyable and beneficial to all involved.


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