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Taco Bell Irvine Reviews

Updated March 22, 2017
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Taco Bell CEO Brian Niccol
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  • Long hours, management can be lazy (in 114 reviews)

  • Minimum wage, not very flexible work ours (in 68 reviews)

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  1. "Fun, exciting and committed"

    Star Star Star Star Star
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    • Senior Management
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee in Irvine, CA
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee in Irvine, CA
    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    Approves of CEO

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

    Pros

    The Taco Bell Corporate office is a truly a wonderful place to work; full of amazingly talented people, dedicated to delivering quality food at a reasonable price.

    Cons

    Nothing really. It's a big company and there are bound to be challenges but, no "cons".

    Advice to Management

    Keep up the good work!


  2. "Free snacks"

    Star Star Star Star Star
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    • Senior Management
    Current Employee - IT Analyst in Irvine, CA
    Current Employee - IT Analyst in Irvine, CA
    Doesn't Recommend
    Negative Outlook
    Disapproves of CEO

    I have been working at Taco Bell full-time (More than 8 years)

    Pros

    Free snacks, nice clean building and free gym and free boot camp!

    Cons

    Taco Bell used to have strong culture and values but in the last couple of years I have sadly seen those go down the drain. Nearly all of the IT management has been replaced in the last 3 years with management that no longer fosters and grows its people and is no more effective than who they replaced.
    IT is moving most of the support out of state and much of it offshore.

    Advice to Management

    IT management, rate your employees on what they accomplish and not how hip they do their hair or how they dress. It's not "America's Top Model" for God's sake,


  3. "Great Culture!"

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    • Senior Management
    Current Intern - Intern in Irvine, CA
    Current Intern - Intern in Irvine, CA
    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    Approves of CEO

    I have been working at Taco Bell as an intern (More than a year)

    Pros

    Fast paced and fun culture.
    Great coworkers who care about the business.
    Flexible.

    Cons

    Lots of red tape.
    Stress innovation but don't help employees be innovated


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  5. "Great place to work."

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    Former Employee - Production Specialist in Irvine, CA
    Former Employee - Production Specialist in Irvine, CA
    Recommends

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

    Pros

    They pay well, have good benefits, great atmosphere. They try to have a relaxed atmosphere to be cooler than most corporations. You can volunteer to take a survey in the test kitchen. :)

    Cons

    I don't have any cons.


  6. "You will kill yourself, literally jump off a bridge if you work here!"

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    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee in Irvine, CA
    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee in Irvine, CA
    Doesn't Recommend
    Negative Outlook
    Disapproves of CEO

    I worked at Taco Bell full-time (More than 10 years)

    Pros

    Can't say anything nice at all.

    Cons

    Liars, sick sick psychopaths. Especially the Brand Marketing/Insights Team.

    Advice to Management

    Accountability for poisonous people that take people down.


  7. Helpful (1)

    "Not worth working here"

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

    Pros

    Nice office environment, Gym, Night shift

    Cons

    IT Service Desk was outsourced and 150+ employees lost their jobs. CFO made a failed decision to do so losing quality troubleshooting at their service desk. Good luck trying to order food at Tacobell when all of their registers are down.

    Advice to Management

    Run the floor and watch the quality of work being performed before making decisions to save a couple bucks a year on employees.


  8. Helpful (8)

    "Beware.....Choose Wisely!"

    Star Star Star Star Star
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    • Culture & Values
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    • Comp & Benefits
    • Senior Management
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee in Irvine, CA
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee in Irvine, CA
    Doesn't Recommend
    Neutral Outlook

    I have been working at Taco Bell (More than 8 years)

    Pros

    Public Recognition
    Work/Life Balance
    There's always a reason to celebrate socially as a company, as a department, or as a team
    The company always finds reasons to have fun

    Cons

    This feedback is at the Corporate office level. So if you are at looking for restaurant level feedback, this may not apply to you. If you are interested in joining TB at the Corporate office, I hope this helps you out. These were some of the things I wish I knew or someone told me beforehand:

    This is a HYPER-political environment to work in. If you think you have worked in a very political work environment, consider that warm up compared to the environment here. Taco Bell is a marketing driven organization. Unless you have a marketing background, have the gift of gab, highly extroverted, full of boundless energy and exudes excessive outward happiness all the time, you will not move up here as a career professional.

    Opportunities to advance are not available to talented and gifted employees. The people who move up are HIGHLY connected to someone at the Executive level. It is not the accomplishments you did but who you know. There are cliques that exist here like high school, there are allegiances and alliances that truly exist here, from each individual executive down to the managers, groupies and ambulance chasers that champion them.

    The company publicly encourages open communication/open door policies for regular unknown employees to develop relationships with the CEO and other C-Level executives, talk about great ideas anyone may have, but as soon as you are seen doing that you are secretly black-listed by the Directors, Senior Managers, Supervisors who report to them because you are seen as a threat to the long standing status quo. They will have none of it. Before you know it you are cut out from all important decision making your position expects out of you and you will be constantly undermined.

    Managers routinely take your ideas and make it their own, present it to the executive team without you there (you are "accidentally" left out of the email or meeting distribution) or hand it to someone they favor on the team you are in. If you even show an ounce of opinion and ask to be included, you are branded as a non-team player and are black listed.

    Supervisors are in it for themselves, trying to make a mark in the shortest time possible because they know of the high turn over rate and that it is a revolving door, especially in marketing. Those managers who have been with the company for a long time are jaded,arrive at their jobs no longer committed, lack passion and excitement, don't care about their direct reports and what issues that concerns them, cannot be bothered to assist employees and blames others for departmental problems, and when you ask them for help, you are given a very resigned response. Bosses routinely fail to care and lack complete empathy, don't want to be personally involved and don’t care about anything other than your output. "It is what it is" they say. Sometimes with the help of department heads, supervisors devalue their employees, leaving employees not feel valued or respected and their concerns not important or worse, lacking appreciative respect for all the accomplishments made to help the company thrive.

    Unless you're in marketing, don't expect to gain any growth/promotion in the position you are in. No matter how hard or how much contribution to the company's growth you've done. I learned this the hard way. Expect your authority, opinion, ideas to be superseded by low ranking employees, often from marketing, or because they're secretly sponsored by a C-level person.

    Managers lacks people skills. Many managers are promoted because they did their first job well, but that doesn’t mean they know how to lead others.

    Hiring and promoting the wrong people. I've seen this happen over and over. Managers don’t do the hard work of hiring good people. They hire based on "Oh, I liked him or her" rather than the right skills to do the job. It’s a major demotivator. Promoting the wrong people is even worse. Most are so miscast in their role and not having a single ounce of relevant experience to do the job they just got promoted for. You work your tail off only to get passed up for a promotion to someone who glad-handed their way to the top, it’s a massive insult.

    Supervisors don't recognize accomplishments when it really comes down to it during your performance assessment. You are recognized publicly along with everyone else because it looks good for the lights and cameras but when it's finally time, you have nothing to show for it and you can't help but ask the more important question, "how do I feed my family with this?" In some instances, all your shortcomings and failure as an employee are highlighted more than your successes.

    The company tolerates poor managers making poor choices, putting individuals in ill-fitting roles and permit bad decisions to exist without consequences and in certain instances, are even promoted to more senior roles. This is at the executive level ok?

    There is no standardized process. You are expected to take direction one day from certain individuals based on their opinion, no matter how misinformed it may be because of their standing in the company and who secretly supports them, the following day will be from someone else with a completely opposite direction because of a completely different agenda. There is no accountability and no system of checks and balances at the managerial level. If an initiative succeeds, it is because of your supervisor's vision and direction, if it fails, it is because you failed to translate and interpret the data and the requirements.

    As you can see, there is a common theme here. Hopefully I have provided you some helpful information based on, what some people might categorically say, years and years of experience with the company.

    Advice to Management

    Brian, if you are reading this, I hope this provides you some insight as to what most of your employees below the director level are experiencing but are too afraid to share with anyone. Taco Bell is a large company and with that comes a lot of decisions that are unaccounted for that affect really good employees that want nothing more than to be fully invested in the company, do great work, and to be led by well meaning managers who genuinely care professionally and personally.

    The few times we met and talked, you struck me as a person who wants to do the right thing and is a genuine good person. I hope you can be the difference.


  9. Helpful (3)

    "Corp office leadership"

    Star Star Star Star Star
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    • Comp & Benefits
    • Senior Management
    Former Employee - Executive Leader in Irvine, CA
    Former Employee - Executive Leader in Irvine, CA
    Doesn't Recommend
    Negative Outlook
    Disapproves of CEO

    Pros

    Tried to create a fun culture.

    Cons

    Constant reorganization. Corporate Leaders have no clear direction or vision. All decisions made are trial and error. No stability and lots of young egos.


  10. "Level 1 Analyst"

    Star Star Star Star Star
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    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    • Comp & Benefits
    • Senior Management
    Current Contractor - Level I Analyst in Irvine, CA
    Current Contractor - Level I Analyst in Irvine, CA
    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    Approves of CEO

    I have been working at Taco Bell as a contractor (More than a year)

    Pros

    great work environment and great perks

    Cons

    the service desk is being outsourced

    Advice to Management

    keep up the good work


  11. "sdfgvrthnjm"

    Star Star Star Star Star
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    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    • Comp & Benefits
    • Senior Management
    Former Employee - Team Member/Trainer in Irvine, CA
    Former Employee - Team Member/Trainer in Irvine, CA
    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    Approves of CEO

    I worked at Taco Bell (More than 3 years)

    Pros

    Fun work environment and nice

    Cons

    Lacks opportunities for growth needs improvement



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