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Specialty Restaurants Reviews

Updated May 3, 2017
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  1. Helpful (4)

    "Catering"

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    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Doesn't Recommend
    Neutral Outlook
    Approves of CEO

    I worked at Specialty Restaurants full-time

    Pros

    Great co-workers, some members of management were nice to work with. Free food was a nice perk.

    Cons

    Favoritism ruined employee morale. All employees were expected to be team players, but if you ever asked a department for help that related to that specific team, you were told to do it yourself. Also, if you managed your time well and finished your tasks, you were looked down upon for leaving work on time.

    Advice to Management

    Industry-wide, SRC's reputation is that of a company with a culture that does not reward employees based on merit. Instead, if you want to get promoted, you need to fit a certain physical aesthetic and either be dumb enough not to understand how to do your job or be spineless enough to allow members of management to dictate your actions. If this does not change, then the constant turnover and low morale will continue.


  2. Helpful (1)

    "Horrible managers"

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    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Doesn't Recommend
    Negative Outlook
    Disapproves of CEO

    Pros

    The view is a nice one. Coworkers are generally nice. Guests for the most part are relatively easy. So hard to find anything pro...

    Cons

    Managers and corporate nepotism. Favoritism is Culture and almost cult like corporate management. Don't dare bring up an idea that would be helpful to the guest experience or do anything to improve morale because you will be driven out.

    Advice to Management

    Get rid of the nepotism

  3. "SUCKS"

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    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee in Los Angeles, CA
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee in Los Angeles, CA
    Doesn't Recommend
    Negative Outlook
    Disapproves of CEO

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

    Pros

    This place is horrible. I have to say the only positive side is the salary I was getting paid.

    Cons

    Everything. Can't forget about the "B" on the front door. Zero retention rate within Chefs and Management. I can write a thousand things wrong with this group.

    Advice to Management

    Stand up to the bullying by your superiors! I did...


  4. Helpful (2)

    "Auditor/Bookkeeper"

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    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Doesn't Recommend
    Negative Outlook
    Disapproves of CEO

    Pros

    Can't really think of any.

    Cons

    Poor leadership. Father died a few years back and one of the kid's runs it now. It was going south when the father passed....the kid just accelerated the process....


  5. Helpful (1)

    "Poor Work Environment"

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    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Doesn't Recommend
    Negative Outlook
    Disapproves of CEO

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

    Pros

    There is complimentary food for management within the restaurants.

    It is very difficult to get fired (maybe this is a con).

    You are usually treated to beautiful views when you come to work.

    Cons

    Poor work/life balance.

    Managers are not well taken care of by upper management.

    Lots of turnover.

    Poor focus on training.

    Try to squeeze everything they can from you.

    Advice to Management

    Train your managers. Improve and prioritize company culture.


  6. Helpful (1)

    "There Are MUCH better options out there"

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    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Doesn't Recommend
    Neutral Outlook
    Disapproves of CEO

    Pros

    Busy, high volume restaurants. Company has been around for many many years.

    Cons

    This Restaurant company is definitely not culinarily driven. Just read the job descriptions on the online job boards if you don't believe me. Food creativity is never mentioned. If you are a true chef stay away unless you like and want your creativity to be curtailed. This company thrives on antiquated cuisine geared to diners in their 50's-70's. The executive management and directors work in a very unorganized manner resulting in lack of communication to the restaurant operators. Very little room for advancement on the culinary side which seems to always be a revolving door except for a few chefs who have been there for 15+ years. It's a true Sysco kitchen in the majority of properties. Be ready to open boxes and cans.
    This company always seems to be hiring chefs even though there are no new properties opening. Should tell you something.

    Advice to Management

    Allow the creativity to flourish, don't be afraid to try new things. GM's and Executives- Ask your managers what they actually need from you to be successful. Stop running your company through fear and intimidation. Maybe it's time to ask yourself why you can never keep managers


  7. "A little chaotic"

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    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Recommends
    Neutral Outlook
    No opinion of CEO

    Pros

    Learned a lot about HR and the schedule was very flexible with school, nice people to work with and they are eager to help you learn

    Cons

    The company as a whole is very disorganized and has an unclear idea of what the priorities are which leaves employees confused and unsure of what should be done and when.

    Advice to Management

    Support your team in order to make sure they understand what is expected and how to succeed at their job

  8. "employment at SRC"

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    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Doesn't Recommend
    Neutral Outlook

    I worked at Specialty Restaurants full-time

    Pros

    majority of good people, always something to do, beautiful location (in good neighborhood), semi good benefits, cool historic background, and offers benefits (medical, dental, vision, 401k, short/long term disability, and more).

    Cons

    no leadership, some people were unprofessional, favoritism, lack of organization, lack of training, set certain people up to fail, some expectations are unrealistic, high turn over rate for both management and hourly employees

    Advice to Management

    invest in your employees, implement more life/work balance, listen to your employees, perhaps provide suggestion box, create realistic expectations, recognize/praise good employees, and respect ALL employees at ALL times.


  9. Helpful (1)

    "Catering Manager"

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    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Doesn't Recommend
    Negative Outlook

    Pros

    Excellent co-workers and decent benefits.

    Cons

    Little to know corporate presence. Many archaic practices on the floor and in the offices.

    Advice to Management

    Turnover amongst floor staff in the restaurant industry is normal but with such a high turnover in management, you're cultivating an environment where employees feel unsupported, helpless, and hopeless unfortunately.


  10. "Banquet Captain"

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    Former Employee - Banquet Server in Los Angeles, CA
    Former Employee - Banquet Server in Los Angeles, CA
    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    No opinion of CEO

    I worked at Specialty Restaurants part-time (More than a year)

    Pros

    Go workers are great. Always busy banquet managers are great. Free food most of the time. Great place to g t experience.

    Cons

    At least the one I work for too much work for few ppl. Under staff. Company is always trying to save money so you get a room for 300 guest with 6 servers.

    Advice to Management

    Stop trying to save labor cost. Maybe the issue is not in labor since it's obviously needed.


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