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McMenamins Reviews

Updated May 11, 2017
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Mike McMenamin
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Pros
  • You have the ability to transfer to different locations, and move up within the company relatively quickly (in 3 reviews)

  • Great insurance, good tips, cheep beer, and a fun working atmosphere (in 3 reviews)

Cons
  • Food Quality, Lack of Organization within upper management, Staff Retainment (in 7 reviews)

  • There can be long hours and very late nights during the summer months and in December (in 3 reviews)

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  1. "Family and Owned and down to earth"

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    • Work/Life Balance
    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    • Comp & Benefits
    • Senior Management
    Former Employee - Line Cook in Portland, OR
    Former Employee - Line Cook in Portland, OR
    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    Approves of CEO

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

    Pros

    PTO and health insurance after your first year, tons of opportunities when business is slow, a casual work environment.

    Cons

    Long hours in the summer during busy season


  2. "Good Employer"

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    • Work/Life Balance
    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    • Comp & Benefits
    • Senior Management
    Current Employee - Manager in Portland, OR
    Current Employee - Manager in Portland, OR
    Recommends

    I have been working at McMenamins full-time (More than 5 years)

    Pros

    Great family atmosphere. Friendly management and co-workers.

    Cons

    Can have long hours in the retail setting.

    Advice to Management

    Allow managers to manage adjust to changing technology.

  3. Helpful (1)

    "Worst job"

    Star Star Star Star Star
    • Work/Life Balance
    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    • Comp & Benefits
    • Senior Management
    Former Employee - Everything in Portland, OR
    Former Employee - Everything in Portland, OR
    Doesn't Recommend
    Neutral Outlook
    Disapproves of CEO

    Pros

    Generous tips and some great customers.

    Cons

    On-call at a pub. Cook, waitress, busser, bartender, dishwasher, all in one shift. Too cheap to hire enough staff. No benefits.

    Advice to Management

    Give each employee a designated position. At least for that shift.


  4. Helpful (1)

    "Corporate Disorganized Trickle"

    Star Star Star Star Star
    • Work/Life Balance
    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    • Comp & Benefits
    • Senior Management
    Current Employee - Pubstaff in Seattle, WA
    Current Employee - Pubstaff in Seattle, WA
    Doesn't Recommend
    Neutral Outlook
    No opinion of CEO

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

    Pros

    Rich Company History, Great Beer

    Cons

    Food Quality, Lack of Organization within upper management, Staff Retainment

    Advice to Management

    Spend more time in the pubs during peak service to see issues and address them.


  5. "Line cook"

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    • Work/Life Balance
    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    • Comp & Benefits
    • Senior Management
    Current Employee - Line Cook in Portland, OR
    Current Employee - Line Cook in Portland, OR
    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    No opinion of CEO

    Pros

    Stability, easy to execute menu. Job security. Benefits, paid vacation, 401k. Easy to advance with the company if you're willing to move around to different locations.

    Cons

    No other cook in the industry will take you seriously. You're a corporate sell out flipping frozen patties and pre portioned fish.

    Advice to Management

    Communicate with each other better.


  6. "Standard"

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    • Work/Life Balance
    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    • Comp & Benefits
    • Senior Management
    Former Employee - Waiter in Lincoln City, OR
    Former Employee - Waiter in Lincoln City, OR
    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    Approves of CEO

    I worked at McMenamins full-time (Less than a year)

    Pros

    Not much oversight
    Cheap hotel stays through the company

    Cons

    Disorganized
    Really busy or really slow


  7. "Love this comapny!"

    Star Star Star Star Star
    • Work/Life Balance
    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    • Comp & Benefits
    • Senior Management
    Former Employee - Server in Troutdale, OR
    Former Employee - Server in Troutdale, OR
    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    Approves of CEO

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

    Pros

    The people, the atmosphere, the home made brew, and they care about their employees. The benefits are great too!

    Cons

    Super busy all the time depending on location.

  8. Helpful (1)

    "Meat grinder"

    Star Star Star Star Star
    • Work/Life Balance
    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    • Comp & Benefits
    • Senior Management
    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee in Gresham, OR
    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee in Gresham, OR
    Doesn't Recommend
    Positive Outlook
    No opinion of CEO

    I worked at McMenamins full-time (More than 5 years)

    Pros

    Nice Perks, cheap stays at hotels discount on wine. if allowed you can transfer anywhere to do anything.

    Cons

    current management is lazy and sleazy. favoritism is rampant.

    Advice to Management

    you can't work only days Monday-Friday. get involved and put in the hours to lead by example.


  9. "Good company"

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    • Work/Life Balance
    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    • Comp & Benefits
    • Senior Management
    Current Employee - Server in Portland, OR
    Current Employee - Server in Portland, OR
    Recommends
    Positive Outlook

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

    Pros

    Fun staff. They will become your family. Great atmosphere and lovely customers.

    Cons

    Worried about labor. Higher-ups have a lot of say. Corporate even though they claim to be a local company.

    Advice to Management

    Care more about your employees.


  10. Helpful (1)

    "No Job Security"

    Star Star Star Star Star
    • Work/Life Balance
    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    • Comp & Benefits
    • Senior Management
    Former Employee - Licensed Massage Therapist in Forest Grove, OR
    Former Employee - Licensed Massage Therapist in Forest Grove, OR
    Recommends
    Negative Outlook

    I worked at McMenamins full-time (More than 5 years)

    Pros

    Fun atmosphere that attracts "decent class" individuals. Discounted room rates and services and product only. Music and concerts. Somewhat of a preservation on historic properties with very interesting stories and backgrounds. Great opportunity still if you can handle the "baggage."

    Cons

    Constant turn around with employees. No job security even after working there for years you can be fired for the most simple of things. No true concern or care for their employees unless you got a connection with one of the McMenamin family members. Multiple overhead; Way too many bosses and managers to listen to which makes tasks and responsibilities unorganized and way more stressful than need be. No discounts on food or drink. Majority of employees don't have a true set schedule unless you are a lead/head manager. Some of their properties don't seem too clean or sanitary since they are very old collecting quite a bit of dust, dirt, and mildew.

    Advice to Management

    Need to set in place a more organized set of standards for assigned managers. Decrease the amount of managers and or titles. Got property manager, head manager, department manager, then each has an assistant manager, as well as a "AAM' which is assistant-assistant manager. Seriously chaos especially if the property has many departments like theatre, spa, and bars etc.


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