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  • "Very long hours for a restaurant, particularly around the holidays(in 18 reviews)

  • "Side work takes an extra hour compared to other restaurants (cheap labor)(in 13 reviews)

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  1. "Serving at the Melting Pot"

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    Current Employee - Server in Colorado Springs, CO
    Doesn't Recommend
    Negative Outlook

    I have been working at The Melting Pot full-time

    Pros

    Short hours on weekdays Easily make $100 a night Management is flexible with schedule Decent food, you can't experience this elsewhere, typically.

    Cons

    Too many specials bringing in the wrong crowd -- they just want to fill the seats Management doesn't care too much about their employees -- you're easily replaceable to them Side work takes an extra hour compared to other restaurants (cheap labor) High turnover rate with the way management are running things, they're on a downward spiral. People who have been working there for over 5 years don't even have health care benefits. All this place cares about is your money.

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    The Melting Pot2018-10-12
  2. "Server/Bartender"

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    Former Employee - Server/Bartender in Whippany, NJ
    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    Approves of CEO

    I worked at The Melting Pot part-time for less than a year

    Pros

    Great management, opportunities to learn bar tending and managing. 50% off of food and opportunities to earn free money to eat there with.

    Cons

    Ridiculous amounts of side work, long hours, inconsistent tips

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    The Melting Pot2017-09-25
  3. "Probably better at a busy location"

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

    I worked at The Melting Pot part-time

    Pros

    Looks great on a resume Decent money on a busy night

    Cons

    My location had a lot of nepotism Owner of my location was demeaning Overall pretty slow Tip out cocktail servers on the busier nights, the weekend on alcohol sales and tip bartender too Auto gratuity only on Valentine's Day and New Year's in my location because owner didn't want to pay for it Constant heavy lifting and running around when tables also demand constant service, hard to juggle all at the same time, especially while trying to do side work so you're out not super late

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    The Melting Pot2017-07-03
  4. "Sidework abounds"

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    Former Employee - Server in Reston, VA
    Doesn't Recommend

    I worked at The Melting Pot part-time for less than a year

    Pros

    Very in-depth training process and supportive management, who expose you to a great wealth of knowledge. Free salad of your choice before meals, latitude to gift guests with free samples of champagne for their special events. Very unique and one of a kind dining experience, which exposes you to the world of fondue and it was a terrific learning experience.

    Cons

    I worked in Reston, VA for some months. Great and supportive management, though they sometimes played favorites. There was a distinct culture of seniority there, and it seemed the system was designed so that the long-term staff always made significantly more money. The thing was, there was tons of side work. They took advantage of the servers. There was pre-side work, which involved cutting veggies, breads and other cheese dippers. Then there was tons of closing sidework at the end of the night, which got grueling after tons of hours on your feet multi-tasking cooking and serving at different tables. The worst part was the never-ending rolling of silverware. This took the most time and was highly tedious. And all this for what? To leave with $60 to $80 a night if you were lucky, from the three or four tables you had ALL night, because remember, the dining experience is extremely long, and so you don't flip tables very often and your ability to make good money really rests on your service ability and the benevolence from the few guests you would get the entire night. I do not recommend. Go work at a faster paced, economy restaurant and save yourself the time and headache. You will probably make more money there too. I was working at a chain restaurant, doing considerably less sidework and making much more money nightly than at the Melting Pot. Also senior staff members were exceedingly clique-ish with management.

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    The Melting Pot2017-03-31
  5. "Great Atmosphere"

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    Former Employee - Assistant Manager in Durham, NC
    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    Approves of CEO

    I worked at The Melting Pot for less than a year

    Pros

    You only have to worry about working during dinner hours as they are not open for lunch

    Cons

    There is a lot of side work for a restaurant. Most nights you will get off fairly late.

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    The Melting Pot2015-11-11
  6. Helpful (1)

    "A dying franchise"

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

    I worked at The Melting Pot part-time for more than 3 years

    Pros

    Some of the coworkers are amazing, they become your family The food is really good Some nights you do make decent money

    Cons

    They're losing business and frantically trying to fix that by offering coupon after coupon which brings in the worst customers a server could ask for Management has no respect for people's time. Frequently get called in early to wait around and not have tables. Management can also be extremely petty. Side work is long and a lot of times pointless. Why am I polishing every glass in the restaurant?

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    The Melting Pot2015-10-28
  7. "Good serving job"

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    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee 
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    I have been working at The Melting Pot part-time

    Pros

    Higher end customers give the chance to yield some good tips

    Cons

    Hours and side work can be long sometimes, and you will have days where the money isn't good.

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    The Melting Pot2015-08-28
  8. "Can be stressful at times"

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    Former Employee - Server/Waiter in Knoxville, TN
    Recommends
    Neutral Outlook
    No opinion of CEO

    I worked at The Melting Pot part-time for more than 3 years

    Pros

    The tips were great most of the time. Most of the diners can only afford to be there on special occasions, so it was fun to see them celebrate. Fun Christmas party paid by company.

    Cons

    Long shifts, stressful to turn tables, working holidays, draining on your body at times, a great amount of side work.

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    The Melting Pot2015-07-14
  9. "A great job to have during college"

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    Former Employee - Server 
    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
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    I worked at The Melting Pot

    Pros

    You build relationships with coworkers because teamwork is an absolute necessity You build relationships with guests because dining experiences are more intimate. I had lots of regulars. Pretty good money for a serving job They often promote management from within

    Cons

    There's a ton of side work compared to other restaurant jobs

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    The Melting Pot2014-12-17
  10. "Worth the money?"

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    Current Employee - Waitress in Columbia, MD
    Doesn't Recommend
    Negative Outlook
    No opinion of CEO

    I have been working at The Melting Pot part-time for more than a year

    Pros

    quick cash, guaranteed good tips usually, easy menu to memorize

    Cons

    long hours, unprofessional management, harassment, negative work environment, rather have co-workers who have drug problems then an honest employee. Ridiculous amount of side-work. If you don't catch on to the side-work you could be there late every night. Forced us to work extended hours, no breaks, sometimes didn't feed us during long hours. favoritism with co-workers.

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    The Melting Pot2014-10-21
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