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The Party Staff Reviews

Updated June 15, 2017
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Pros
  • Flexible schedule which you can create yourself (in 11 reviews)

  • You decide which jobs you want to work (in 5 reviews)

Cons
  • No benefits, no tips, not union (in 5 reviews)

  • The pay is abysmal, compared to nearly every other catering company out there (in 4 reviews)

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  1. "Have fun serving & working as part of a team"

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    • Work/Life Balance
    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    • Comp & Benefits
    • Senior Management
    Current Employee - Server/Bartender in San Francisco, CA
    Current Employee - Server/Bartender in San Francisco, CA
    Recommends
    Positive Outlook

    I have been working at The Party Staff part-time (More than a year)

    Pros

    Great staff who treat employees like family -- take a personal interest in "their people" and seem to match assignments to an individual's personal preferences.

    Cons

    Not the highest paying staffing agency around but they make up for it by frequency & consistency in providing interesting assignments.

    Advice to Management

    Keep up the good work. I feel the love ♥️


  2. "Hard work, little pay"

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    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    • Comp & Benefits
    • Senior Management
    Former Employee - Server in Los Angeles, CA
    Former Employee - Server in Los Angeles, CA
    Doesn't Recommend
    Neutral Outlook
    No opinion of CEO

    I worked at The Party Staff part-time (More than a year)

    Pros

    Lots of work available for the hard workers (you build a reputation very quickly here). It's a good filler for some extra cash or between jobs. Some jobs can be a lot of fun, like concerts at the Rose Bowl and award shows. You're always in new places, meeting new people and usually working with a great group of coworkers. You can also set your own availability.

    Cons

    The job itself is a bit of a beat down. They schedule where they need you and don't pay much attention to where you live...so you may end up commuting an hour or more. Their clients can "refuse" you for no reason, which puts a black mark on your record and Party Staff doesn't make an effort to tell you what you did that the client didn't like...which could be anything, even the way you look. It is very hard to find the approved footwear that is comfortable and supportive enough to get through the long shifts comfortably, and the pay is pretty dismal considering the toll the job takes on your body. I literally made more at a catering company 17 years ago than I do here.

    Advice to Management

    Pay more! This job is very demanding, physically, and nobody should start at less than 15/hr. Update the footwear requirement. The required footwear is not supportive or comfortable and everyone is sore at the end of their shifts, limiting the amount they can work.

  3. "Lower Pay, but a lot of work"

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    • Work/Life Balance
    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    • Comp & Benefits
    • Senior Management
    Current Employee - Event Server and Bartender in Los Angeles, CA
    Current Employee - Event Server and Bartender in Los Angeles, CA
    Recommends
    Neutral Outlook
    Approves of CEO

    I have been working at The Party Staff part-time (More than a year)

    Pros

    They offer a lot of work throughout the year and will work with you to get you shifts if you call in and ask.
    You get to work at a lot of venues across Los Angeles and get to explore many different places you would otherwise never see.

    Cons

    They don't pay as well as many other catering companies. They start you low and charge the client more than double what they pay most their employees. They are not the best with parking instructions sometimes as well.

    Advice to Management

    Work on being crystal clear about parking and attire instructions for all events. And pay your employees a little more for God's sake. You can afford it!


  4. "Great company almost steady & consistent work available"

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    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    • Comp & Benefits
    • Senior Management
    Current Employee - Fine Dining Server & Bartender in Seattle, WA
    Current Employee - Fine Dining Server & Bartender in Seattle, WA
    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    Approves of CEO

    I have been working at The Party Staff part-time (More than a year)

    Pros

    Various types of work and environments. Amazing flexible scheduling and awesome crews to work with.

    Cons

    Occasional periods of time of no work available sometimes for extended lengths of time which can make times though.

    Advice to Management

    Recently departed manager was absolutely the best manager I've ever encountered. Will truly miss him.


  5. "A really good place to work!"

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    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    • Comp & Benefits
    • Senior Management
    Current Employee - Server in Tucson, AZ
    Current Employee - Server in Tucson, AZ
    Recommends
    Positive Outlook

    I have been working at The Party Staff part-time (More than a year)

    Pros

    Many great experiences, lots of training opportunities, plenty of notice about new jobs.

    Cons

    Not everybody assigned to a job shows up.


  6. "Great Place to Work"

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    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    • Comp & Benefits
    • Senior Management
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee in San Francisco, CA
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee in San Francisco, CA
    Recommends
    Positive Outlook

    I have been working at The Party Staff full-time (More than 5 years)

    Pros

    weekly pay, comparable pay for the industry, San Francisco office team is wonderful to work with, camaraderie.

    Cons

    I don't have any cons

    Advice to Management

    Keep up the GREAT work!


  7. "Great Place to Work!"

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    • Senior Management
    Current Employee - Associate in Tucson, AZ
    Current Employee - Associate in Tucson, AZ
    Recommends
    Neutral Outlook

    I have been working at The Party Staff part-time (More than 3 years)

    Pros

    You can choose your own hours. Awesome! My boss is awesome, always.

    Cons

    There is always going to work at a new place for the first time...

    Advice to Management

    Keep up the great work, and the great opportunities for us.

  8. "Great job in the office accomodating me!"

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    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    • Comp & Benefits
    • Senior Management
    Current Employee - Server/Busser in San Jose, CA
    Current Employee - Server/Busser in San Jose, CA
    Recommends
    Neutral Outlook

    I have been working at The Party Staff part-time (More than a year)

    Pros

    Gives me flexibility to make the income I require in reimbursement.

    Cons

    I have worked for various clients for different agencies at venues. Client vary in organization. Some kill it. Some don't.

    Advice to Management

    Management always has my back when it is impossible for me to make an assignment due to transit restrictions and have always understood my needs for hours.


  9. "Server / Bartenders"

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    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    • Comp & Benefits
    • Senior Management
    Current Employee - Server/Bar in Irvine, CA
    Current Employee - Server/Bar in Irvine, CA
    Recommends
    Positive Outlook

    I have been working at The Party Staff part-time (Less than a year)

    Pros

    - Easy extra money shift
    - 4 hours paid, no matter what, some shifts may go longer
    - paid Classes provided
    - Staff is really friendly and helpful
    - picking up shifts are easy
    - great part time job, they work around you
    - you make good tips at residential or bartending events

    Cons

    - because this is pick-up shifts from various clients, you may not always know what you are doing
    - try to bring as little as possible with you, sometimes there is no where to put your purse of bag
    - you don't make tips at most events

    Advice to Management

    Not all the time, but Sometimes their is not enough information about the event you are about to do. I feel if there was more information than this could be helpful so that you can be better prepared.


  10. "TPS Review"

    Star Star Star Star Star
    • Work/Life Balance
    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    • Comp & Benefits
    • Senior Management
    Current Employee - Server in Oakland, CA
    Current Employee - Server in Oakland, CA
    Recommends
    Positive Outlook

    I have been working at The Party Staff part-time (Less than a year)

    Pros

    flexible scheduling; good people with which to work; ethical

    Cons

    not practical to work for TPS as sole employer for being self-supportive in the Bay Area.

    Advice to Management

    Keep on being the best you can be. Appreciate your honesty and sincerity, as well as your forbearance.


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