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Pasta Pomodoro Reviews

Updated January 11, 2017
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  1. "Good Food, Good Service"

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    • Senior Management
    Current Employee - Manager in San Jose, CA
    Current Employee - Manager in San Jose, CA
    Recommends
    Neutral Outlook

    I have been working at Pasta Pomodoro (More than a year)

    Pros

    Close-knit company culture, great food. All locations are close together so you can easily pick up shifts at other locations if you need more.

    Cons

    Sometimes managers are more important for the numbers they make than the way they treat their employees or guests.

    Advice to Management

    Pay attention to your employees - we're the ones that create sales and repeat guests.


  2. "Things have changed over the years..."

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    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
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    • Senior Management
    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee in San Francisco, CA
    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee in San Francisco, CA
    Doesn't Recommend
    Neutral Outlook
    No opinion of CEO

    I worked at Pasta Pomodoro (More than 8 years)

    Pros

    You can work independently without any micro-managing. Free meals while working.

    Cons

    Lack of communication and direction from upper management. Non existent benefits (no 401K and you are given a small stipend to help cover the cost of your medical insurance) other than Dental and Vision.

    Advice to Management

    Provide better benefits to all your employees. Be transparent and honest.


  3. "General Manager"

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    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee in Pinole, CA
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee in Pinole, CA
    Doesn't Recommend
    Neutral Outlook
    No opinion of CEO

    I have been working at Pasta Pomodoro (More than a year)

    Pros

    the guest are great , the staff

    Cons

    Long hours 10+hrs , no benefits , no bonus , no room for growth

    Advice to Management

    take care of your management team


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  5. "Shift manager, Server, Everything else"

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    • Senior Management
    Former Employee - Server, Shift Manager, Togo Person, Host in San Jose, CA
    Former Employee - Server, Shift Manager, Togo Person, Host in San Jose, CA
    Doesn't Recommend
    Negative Outlook
    Disapproves of CEO

    I worked at Pasta Pomodoro part-time

    Pros

    Decent work environment, nice co workers and regular patrons.

    Cons

    Management is corrupt, and does whatever they want to get what they want no matter what the law says. Labor laws are frequently broken and employees are required to follow what management says or leave. No breaks, no lunches, even after working 8+ hours. There is no space for employees to even take breaks.

    Advice to Management

    Get your stuff together! We are people too and have feelings and get tired too!


  6. "i had a great time, but limited room for growth."

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    • Senior Management
    Former Employee - Server in San Francisco, CA
    Former Employee - Server in San Francisco, CA
    Recommends
    Neutral Outlook
    Approves of CEO

    I worked at Pasta Pomodoro part-time (More than 5 years)

    Pros

    fast paced, comfortable environment. good food- leaders definitely could have been more accountable at times in terms of their attention to detail and making sure the staff was trained well and doing their job effectively.

    Cons

    corporate structures were a bit annoying when it came to standards and pleasing corporate. definitely need a better review system to take care of their employees.

    Advice to Management

    need more training and incentives for employees


  7. "Lost opportunities: How two years were squandered working at Pasta Pomodoro"

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    Former Employee - Server in San Mateo, CA
    Former Employee - Server in San Mateo, CA
    Doesn't Recommend
    Negative Outlook
    Disapproves of CEO

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

    Pros

    You get a discount on everything on the menu with the exception of seafood, beef, special dinners, or alcohol.

    Cons

    Incompetent management who refuse to take responsibility for their leadership decisions, for the lack of comprehensive training, and for stonewalling progress. Management does not back their own team members, rather, they back even the most unreasonable, irate, foul mouthed, and intoxicated customers instead.

    Advice to Management

    Do not keep your head in the sand and ignore what is going on; and look around you! There is much to be done! There is so much to improve upon. Read a few books on leadership, become transparent and open to new ideas, admit your mistakes, stop backstabbing, discard your passive aggressive behavior, build a sense of camaraderie with the team so that people actually look forward to returning, give those working there a sense of purpose and ensure that people know that their contribution matters and cannot be easily done away with at the swipe of a time card, and give entry level servers the opportunity to move up the chain of command. Management is rarely hired from within, and are generally poor leaders. I learned more in my three months of my current position in law enforcement than I did in my twenty-four months at Pasta Pomodoro.


  8. "Can casual dining survive?"

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    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee in San Francisco, CA
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee in San Francisco, CA
    Recommends
    Negative Outlook
    Approves of CEO

    I have been working at Pasta Pomodoro full-time (More than 3 years)

    Pros

    This food concept created by Adriano Paganini was ahead of its time back in the mid 90s. Good value and quality served in a family friend environment.

    Cons

    The challenges of Pasta Pomodoro have very little to do with the current owners or the Company. It's the economy and changes in how people eat post the economic recession.

    Advice to Management

    Grow the company. Open new stores.


  9. "Good people, unrealistic goals for management, poor second level support."

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    • Senior Management
    Former Employee - Restaurant Manager in San Francisco, CA
    Former Employee - Restaurant Manager in San Francisco, CA
    Doesn't Recommend
    Positive Outlook
    Disapproves of CEO

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

    Pros

    Good, quality people for the most part. Line-level staff is usually friendly and responsive. Salaries are decent. Food for manager is free. Regional and CEO are knowledgeable and approachable.

    Cons

    Management under relentless pressure to hit goals. Goals are unrealistic. Benefits are staggeringly bad, BOH pays for daily meals, no retirement plan for managers. "Support center" staff is mostly incompetent.

    Advice to Management

    Follow through on your promises. Have reasonable, achievable goals.


  10. "Flexible to work with."

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    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    • Comp & Benefits
    • Senior Management
    Current Employee - Manager in San Francisco, CA
    Current Employee - Manager in San Francisco, CA
    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    No opinion of CEO

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

    Pros

    The food is great. Awesome use of local ingredients.

    Cons

    So far nothing thats not worth working for.

    Advice to Management

    Benefits and bonuses would be great.


  11. "Great money, but bad management"

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    • Senior Management
    Current Employee - Server in San Francisco, CA
    Current Employee - Server in San Francisco, CA
    Doesn't Recommend
    Negative Outlook
    No opinion of CEO

    I have been working at Pasta Pomodoro part-time (More than 3 years)

    Pros

    Tips are great and the hours are short. Great neighborhood and great regular customers for the most part.

    Cons

    Lack of organization and leadership from management

    Advice to Management

    Stop giving away thousands of coupons and make sure people are properly trained by GM's.


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