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Updated March 26, 2018
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  1. "Nobu is a solid company"

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    • Comp & Benefits
    • Senior Management
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee in Washington, DC
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee in Washington, DC
    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    No opinion of CEO

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

    Pros

    Great pay, free employee meals before service, great camraderie, unlike many other restaurants, amazing clientele

    Cons

    Sometimes can be tough hours

    Advice to Management

    Training is very thorough and prepares one for the rigorous environment of Nobu. My only suggestion is to assign a personal mentor that has experience in the company to new employees so that they have a trusted confidant to share their struggles and learn from them without fear of judgment. Nobu invests a lot in its employees which is greatly appreciated in terms of money, 401k and health benefits, but because we are in the hospitality industry, the human connection is most important because our primary goal is to create an amazing connection with our guests. The connection between employees, in my opinion, needs to be top notch in order to translate that experience to the guests.


  2. "2 years at nobu"

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    Current Employee - Manager in Los Angeles, CA
    Current Employee - Manager in Los Angeles, CA
    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    Approves of CEO

    I have been working at Nobu full-time (More than a year)

    Pros

    Great company
    Great growth potential
    organized and established

    Cons

    low paying
    long hours
    very political in the upper management.

    Advice to Management

    None

  3. "Happy and Mad"

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    Current Employee - Host in New York, NY
    Current Employee - Host in New York, NY
    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    No opinion of CEO

    I have been working at Nobu full-time (More than a year)

    Pros

    GREAT PAY, meet very established individuals and prominent societal figures

    Cons

    Management is beyond unprofessional when dealing the employee complaints

    Advice to Management

    You need to respect your employees, and give them equal respect you give your cliental


  4. "Reservationist - New York City"

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    • Senior Management
    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Recommends

    I worked at Nobu part-time

    Pros

    -It can be a fun and exciting experience if you know what you're doing.
    -You get a lot of gifts from clients during the holidays!
    -Good pay in comparison to other Reservationist positions in the city.
    -There's absolutely opportunity for growth if you prove yourself as an asset to the team/company.
    -Lovely work environment as you're working alongside great people.
    -Company offers 401k and benefits

    Cons

    -High phone volume so if you're not experienced can feel like you're in over your head.
    -Whenever opening new locations company occasionally uses NYC Reservations to start which can feel ridiculous at times when it seems like there's already enough going on within the department. But again, only occasionally.


  5. "Mediocre job at great company"

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    Current Employee - Reservationist in Miami, FL
    Current Employee - Reservationist in Miami, FL
    Doesn't Recommend

    I have been working at Nobu full-time (More than a year)

    Pros

    Flex schedule, benefits, 401k, etc etc

    Cons

    Shady management and constantly changing policies

    Advice to Management

    Get organized and be more transparent


  6. Helpful (1)

    "Server assistant"

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

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

    Pros

    One of the only restaurants to offer full time hours, benefits, and 401k in CA. Training is in depth and even captains and management started as bussers. You'll always learn something completely new. Great pay. Hard work and full time hours. If you feel sick or are in pain the management is extremely understanding. Never rude, always keeps employees in mind, and back you up if there is any problem with a rude guest.

    Cons

    Even if you've been a server for a number of years, nobu is a different kind of monster. Requires hard work at all times. Test taking can be very stressful. Learning all the food and meanings and allergens is stressful. You have to know by heart to move up. Wait staff is thin because of this. Almost always work a double and bring self hygiene products to work if you do. Extremely hot during summer. Do not recommend friends who are lazy or can't handle the stress of working hard and learning all the time.

    Advice to Management

    Maybe explain menu while taking certain tests. Information can be retained much better. Seeing a high end dish being run, I'd be able to recite its ingredients. As opposed to waiting for food running training to go back over the info. Everyone who is there wants to succeed. Give them a chance.


  7. "Host"

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    Former Employee - Host in New York, NY
    Former Employee - Host in New York, NY
    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    No opinion of CEO

    I worked at Nobu full-time (More than 3 years)

    Pros

    Excellent in-depth training, super effective and detailed systems in place, highly organized, very structured. Restaurant runs like a well-oiled machine. Hosts work closely in teams, shared work load, never alone. Management is very available. Guests are very generous with tips. Positive and fun work environment, great company culture, staff is full of great, genuine people.

    Cons

    Guests can be difficult, demanding, and sometimes out of control.

  8. "cook"

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    • Senior Management
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    No opinion of CEO

    I have been working at Nobu full-time

    Pros

    ability to work with high quality ingredients

    Cons

    low pay low motivation a factory like establishment

    Advice to Management

    facilitate a better work program for your employees


  9. "Server"

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    Former Employee - Server in New York, NY
    Former Employee - Server in New York, NY
    Doesn't Recommend
    Positive Outlook
    Disapproves of CEO

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

    Pros

    Great Pay, High Profile Clientele, Free Pre Shift Meals

    Cons

    Poor Treatment of Employees, Poor Work/Life Balance

    Advice to Management

    Do Better!


  10. "great atmosphere, very friendly environment"

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    • Career Opportunities
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    • Senior Management
    Former Employee - Server in Dallas, TX
    Former Employee - Server in Dallas, TX
    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    Approves of CEO

    I worked at Nobu (More than a year)

    Pros

    great co workers the food is outstanding managment

    Cons

    getting time off is limited

    Advice to Management

    give everyone time off at least for vacation reasoning


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