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McCormick & Schmick's Reviews

Updated November 8, 2017
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Pros
  • good money but a lot of sidework (in 9 reviews)

  • Location, great managers, great food (in 6 reviews)

Cons
  • By far the DIRTIEST restaurant I have ever worked at (in 8 reviews)

  • Upper management so full of themselves, spend the whole time in the office instead of observing (in 7 reviews)

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  1. "Good Place to Wait Tables"

    StarStarStarStarStar
    • Work/Life Balance
    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    • Comp & Benefits
    • Senior Management
    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Recommends
    Neutral Outlook
    No opinion of CEO

    Pros

    Good potential for money, flexible scheduling

    Cons

    Extensive side-work, can tend to be either under or over staffed

    Advice to Management

    Get down on the servers level and get to work when necessary instead of acting like it may not be your job.


  2. "Dirty!"

    StarStarStarStarStar
    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee

    Pros

    Can be good money, if you work your butt off.

    Cons

    Kitchen was dirty. Too fast paced to re-wash things. Would have to hand-wash coffee mugs in between customers, which I'm sure is a health code violation.

  3. "Great company, endless opportunity."

    StarStarStarStarStar
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee

    Pros

    You can work anywhere with 60 locations across the country.
    Benefits are good.
    Career growth is at your fingertips.
    The salary is there for skilled managers.

    Cons

    You will work holidays and they are busy.
    You will work long shifts especially if you are a salaried chef.

    Advice to Management

    Be more open minded with trends and stay current. Menu management needs attention. Some classical dishes that have had their day are due for retirement.


  4. "Server, Napkin Folder Extraordanaire, & Professional Bread Slicer"

    StarStarStarStarStar
    • Work/Life Balance
    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    • Comp & Benefits
    • Senior Management
    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Doesn't Recommend
    Negative Outlook
    Disapproves of CEO

    Pros

    I have to use at least 5 words.....Good bread.

    Cons

    Zero standards and lazy, incompetent coworkers. Absolutely ZERO accountability. NO ONE CARES. The first day of work got cussed out by a co-worker for helping by bussing a table in their section. Rude, cliquey, judgmental, socially unstable staff. Disorganized kitchen. Poor management, very catty and childish; biased behaviors/decisions and allowed personal relationships influence work/professional relationships; plays favorites.

    Full-time hours with part time pay. The management doesn't want to have to do anything, so they keep on too many servers and no one makes any money. The majority of the time 1-3 tables a night, two-tops only. For 2 weeks of work, I made $400 working 5 days a week. Full time?! ... Not worth the time, is more like it.

    McCormick & Schmick's also makes it's employees PAY for a discount program for food. When you're making $10 a shift at times, trying to eat during your double, make $30 more that night (because they will cut you first if you're a "double", but they will also send you home from the morning shift because you're a "double"....you get the least amount of tables and have to just fill in basically.........) you end up walking with maybe $15-$20 because you had to pay your "Discount Food Bill" and pay for your 'discounted food' for that double that day....It literally is the biggest scam I have ever seen!

    Landry's is a wildly stingy and tacky place. Treats it's employees and guests alike: like sheep, like cattle...Most miserable job experience in over a decade. Save yourselves from this headache! Guests included. All they want from you is to sign up for their tacky, tackey, BS "VIP Guest Card" service......give me a break.

    Advice to Management

    Do literally anything else but be a manager.


  5. "DISHWASHER"

    StarStarStarStarStar
    • Work/Life Balance
    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    • Comp & Benefits
    • Senior Management
    Former Employee - Dishwasher in Los Angeles, CA
    Former Employee - Dishwasher in Los Angeles, CA
    Recommends
    Neutral Outlook
    No opinion of CEO

    I worked at McCormick & Schmick's (More than a year)

    Pros

    The Staff was great and gave me opportunity.

    Cons

    DIDN`T not tell me ahead of time that job is going to end.

    Advice to Management

    MUCH RESPECT TO THEM ALL.


  6. "It's a job not a career"

    StarStarStarStarStar
    • Work/Life Balance
    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    • Comp & Benefits
    • Senior Management
    Current Employee - Server
    Current Employee - Server
    Doesn't Recommend
    Positive Outlook
    Disapproves of CEO

    Pros

    There is money to be made if you can stick it out. The restaurant has a great location and is always busy in the Winter. The harder you work the more money you make, duh, but that is especially true here. Hard-working employees get the best shifts.

    Cons

    The tip-outs are outrageous. Expect to tip out 25% of your tips. Gratuity is no longer allowed so it isn't uncommon to owe money when a party comes in decides the bill is too expensive to tip. You have to pay to get the employee discount which includes the "privilege" of drinking soda while on the clock. Landrys cheats out where they can, the bussers and hosts don't get paid minimum wage and rely on the tip-out to make up the difference.

    Advice to Management

    Make your employees feel valued and not completely expendable. Pay us fairly and we would be able to take pride in our jobs. I'm sure you've calculated out that it is cheaper to pay high training costs due to your unreasonable turnover rate than to pay decent wages. Expect to continue having problems with sub-standard service until you get you sub-standard wages fixed.


  7. "server"

    StarStarStarStarStar
    • Work/Life Balance
    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    • Comp & Benefits
    • Senior Management
    Former Employee - Food Server in Saint Louis, MO
    Former Employee - Food Server in Saint Louis, MO
    Doesn't Recommend
    Negative Outlook
    Disapproves of CEO

    I worked at McCormick & Schmick's (More than 3 years)

    Pros

    Great managers, money, and patrons

    Cons

    Was bought out by Landry's and became very corporate and micromanaged

  8. "Review of M&S Grill Reston"

    StarStarStarStarStar
    • Work/Life Balance
    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    • Comp & Benefits
    • Senior Management
    Former Employee - Server in Reston, VA
    Former Employee - Server in Reston, VA
    Doesn't Recommend
    Neutral Outlook

    I worked at McCormick & Schmick's (Less than a year)

    Pros

    Some of the managers are very nice and understanding. Food is good. Staff is generally nice. Very easy sidework and cutwork. Business is good on holidays (mothers day).

    Cons

    Management is disrespectful to employees. Overwork their servers. Many health code violations. Business is very slow in the summer

    Advice to Management

    I would advise they do not keep restaurants open when the air conditioning is not working. They should also have at least 10 servers employed at all times in order to give the staff reasonable hours.


  9. "Cocktail"

    StarStarStarStarStar
    • Work/Life Balance
    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    • Comp & Benefits
    • Senior Management
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee in Reston, VA
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee in Reston, VA
    Doesn't Recommend
    Negative Outlook

    I have been working at McCormick & Schmick's part-time (Less than a year)

    Pros

    Fast money, 3-5 hours a day max BEST HAPPY HOUR IN THE WORLD!!!

    Cons

    Sometimes there is no money to be made..


  10. "This sucks all the way"

    StarStarStarStarStar
    • Work/Life Balance
    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    • Comp & Benefits
    • Senior Management
    Current Employee - Anonymous
    Current Employee - Anonymous
    Doesn't Recommend
    Negative Outlook
    Disapproves of CEO

    I have been working at McCormick & Schmick's (More than 3 years)

    Pros

    Here is a list:
    Serving new faces everyday
    smelling tasty food
    50% employee discount
    talking with the guests.
    Free food when food sampling so everyone can piggy out on that one plate.

    Cons

    Landry's is just ridiculous. Mccormick and Schmick's is part of this corporate company. Management expects all servers to sell LSC for bonuses. What is the reward to sell those things? nothing no free food but you are now their favorite. Every server has a sidework assigned and some do it not all.

    Understaffed

    Poor food quality

    Expensive


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