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Playa Vista-based casual dining restaurant chain California Pizza Kitchen specializes in California-style pizza. California Pizza Kitchen is backed by a fearless philosophy which empowers its team members to work on the edge and think outside the box, as well as innovate in an anything-but-ordinary way. Respect guides the company to value its individuals and guests. Kindness, service, and communication are also core values at California Pizza Kitchen - it has an open-door policy and a culture where everyone is known on a first name basis and always welcome to speak up. The restaurant chain hires passionate and hospitality-minded people who support and encourage the company with knowledge and understanding. If you would like to join a place of passion, encouragement, hard work and opportunity, California Pizza Kitchen will offer you perks in return for your contribution, covering healthcare benefits, employee meals, dining discounts, 401(k), and anniversary gifts.

Company - Private
$500M to $1B
Large
Multiple locations
Full-Service Restaurants, Limited-Service Restaurants
1985
G.J. Hart
What departments California Pizza Kitchen employees work at?
DepartmentsRatio
Servers / Bartenders41.9%
other occupation19.6%
General and Operations Managers18.9%
Cooks / Food Preparation8.6%
Food Service - Other6.3%
Management - Other4.8%
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Team

Professional experience

How many years of experience do California Pizza Kitchen employees have before joining?
Years of experience at California Pizza Kitchen: Newcomers: 37%, Experiencers: 19%, Experts: 18%, Veterans: 26%. California Pizza Kitchen employees have less than 3 years experience on average before joining.
Where did California Pizza Kitchen employees work before joining?
Where they've worked before California Pizza Kitchen: Buffalo Wild Wings, Chilis, Olive Garden. Typical California Pizza Kitchen employees have worked at Buffalo Wild Wings.
Buffalo Wild Wings
Chilis
Olive Garden
What industries did California Pizza Kitchen employees work in previously?
Industry Background: The most typical industries of California Pizza Kitchen: Full-Service Restaurants, Limited-Service Restaurants, Traveler Accommodation Companies, RV Parks / Recreational Camps / Dormitories, Food & Beverage Retailers. California Pizza Kitchen employees most likely come from a Full-Service Restaurants industry background.
Where did California Pizza Kitchen employees work before joining?
Past employers' size at California Pizza Kitchen: Small: 34%, Medium: 15%, Large: 51%. Most California Pizza Kitchen employees have previously worked at large companies.

Educational background

What did employees at California Pizza Kitchen study?
Where did employees at California Pizza Kitchen study?
California State Polytechnic University-Pomona
California State University-Fullerton

Employee data

How long do people stay in a role at California Pizza Kitchen?
Time employed at California Pizza Kitchen: <1: 5%, 1-3: 24%, 4-8: 45%, 9-13: 18%, 14-20: 6%, 20+: 2%. Most California Pizza Kitchen employees stay with the company for 4-8 years which is the same as the industry average.
How does California Pizza Kitchen rank for age & gender diversity?
Gender ratio at California Pizza Kitchen: 56.2% Male and 43.8% Female. Age ratio at California Pizza Kitchen: 16-20: 2%, 21-30: 68%, 31-40: 22%, 41-50: 5%, 51-60: 3%, 60+: 0%. California Pizza Kitchen rates - 0.8% more female than the industry average. Most California Pizza Kitchen employees are 21-30, which is on par with the industry median age range.
What are the top roles at California Pizza Kitchen?
Top roles of California Pizza Kitchen: Server, General Manager, Bartender, Manager, Kitchen Manager. The top role at California Pizza Kitchen is Server.
Server
General Manager
Bartender
Manager
Kitchen Manager

Career advancement

How does California Pizza Kitchen rank for career advancement?
Career advancement at California Pizza Kitchen: very low. California Pizza Kitchen ranks very low for career advancement which is same as the industry average.
What companies do California Pizza Kitchen employees go on to work at?
Future employers of California Pizza Kitchen: Apple, BJ's Restaurants, Lazy Dog Restaurant & Bar, Nordstrom, Panera Bread. People who work at California Pizza Kitchen most typically go on to work for the Apple.
Apple
BJ's Restaurants
Lazy Dog Restaurant & Bar
Nordstrom
Panera Bread

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When was California Pizza Kitchen established?
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Isabella Holmes3 years ago
1985.
gender breakdown at California Pizza Kitchen?
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Liam Brown3 years ago
gender ratio is 43.8% female, 56.2% male.
What industry does California Pizza Kitchen fall under?
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Isabella Holmes3 years ago
Falls under Restaurant/Food Service
Where is California Pizza Kitchen’s HQ?
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Isabella Holmes3 years ago
Playa Vista, CA.
Anybody knows how much California Pizza Kitchen makes in a year?
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Benjamin Gardner3 years ago
California Pizza Kitchen makes $500m to $1b a year.
What’s the name of California Pizza Kitchen’s CEO?
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Benjamin Gardner3 years ago
G.J. Hart.
are my chances high for career advancement at California Pizza Kitchen?
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Liam Brown3 years ago
no, chances of career advancement are very low.
How many years does an employee typically spend working for California Pizza Kitchen?
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Sophie Hayes3 years ago
An employee typically spends 4-8
what kind of companies did California Pizza Kitchen employees work for?
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Sophie Hayes3 years ago
Large companies before California Pizza Kitchen.
Top future employers of California Pizza Kitchen employees?
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Sophie Hayes3 years ago
Apple, BJ's Restaurants, Lazy Dog Restaurant & Bar, Nordstrom, Panera Bread, Red Robin, Self Employed, The Cheesecake Factory.
Where did employees work before joining California Pizza Kitchen?
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Isabella Holmes3 years ago
Buffalo Wild Wings, Chilis, Olive Garden, Outback Steakhouse, Panera Bread, Romano's Macaroni Grill, Starbucks, Texas Roadhouse.
How old are California Pizza Kitchen’s employees in general?
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Liam Brown3 years ago
21-30.
Where did most of California Pizza Kitchen employees go to school?
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Benjamin Gardner3 years ago
California State Polytechnic University-Pomona, California State University-Fullerton, California State University-Long Beach, California State University-Northridge, University of Southern California.
What’s California Pizza Kitchen’s mission?
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Benjamin Gardner3 years ago
found their mission statement: We are passionate individuals committed to Inspiring Others by bringing California Creativity to every meal!So go ahead -- BE BOLD, BE YOU, BE EPIC!
What is the best part of working here?
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6 months ago
Its easy the job isnt like most FAST FOOD places
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6 months ago
Free food
is the fuel card facility valid nationwide? ⛽
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8 months ago
available but many times card does not work 😪
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8 months ago
dont know abt it, i never visited outside the city 😂
Awesome company to work for! I’ve been there about five years now and I couldnt be happier!
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7 months ago
Everyone works as a team. Work is fun. 😋
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7 months ago
When you know your menu and system I can say it's easy. ✌
I interviewed at California Pizza Kitchen. It was a pretty easy process and did not take much time. 👍
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6 months ago
Basic questions so be prepared. They get iffy when discussing hourly pay so stand your ground 👍
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6 months ago
Interview Questions What previous experience do you have that is relevant to this?
Accountability and level setting high! 👍
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6 months ago
Thriving environment. Great NBenefits for everyone!
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6 months ago
There culd br better compebsation and need more monetary incentives! ✌
What is a typical day like for you at California Pizza Kitchen? 🧠
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7 months ago
You do the job of two persons, they work short of people, so you are working at a not normal pace.
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7 months ago
Can get very busy, need at least 3 cooks at pizza to stay efficient 🤘
good tips, great kitchen and nice people 👍 qq
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7 months ago
It was a wonderful place to work at. Family 👨 like environment
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7 months ago
Pressure on selling gift cards 😂
In depth. Good trainers who care about performance.✌
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7 months ago
I received paid training and was shown around the establishment, introduced to the diverse staff and taught all my responsibilities quickly and clearly.
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7 months ago
Job training is rushed and most knowledge is learned by trial and error 🙂
can i take a half day off? i need to meet my friend on thursday and i dont know i will be able to return to work or not
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6 months ago
yes its a simple process 😉
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6 months ago
yes you can get it 😊
I have heared that they provide safety at work policy to all employees, you all should avail it
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6 months ago
these things are only for affection 😒
Worked at two different locations and loved it but both are closed down now. 🥲
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7 months ago
Everyone was willing to work together in both the locations I worked at.
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7 months ago
New management came in and got rid of all rude servers at my location. 💪
Worked at two different locations sadly they were both closed down. Loved the atmosphere, managers and coworkers. 👍
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7 months ago
Aww that is so sad to hear... 🙂
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7 months ago
What were your locations? It is really surprising to see Cali pizza closing.
The management they were fair never yelled or cursed at us all the food Is wonderful it’s fresh I love it
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7 months ago
they are always are willing to help teach you when you don't understand something.
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7 months ago
Great team would defiantly recommend 👍
I interviewed at California Pizza Kitchen. 30 minutes. Asked about experience, transportation, knowledge about restaurant and what you want to gain. ✌
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7 months ago
For the second you will do a working interview for a couple of hours. 🤘
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7 months ago
Interview Questions Why do you want to work here? What experience do you have with food? What will you bring to our team?
Throughout the pandemic the restaurant remained always busy. 😪
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6 months ago
TIPs are pretty good. Managers are flexible with schedules too 🙂.
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6 months ago
Great food, clean environment - honest and fair management. great place to make friends.. lovely view.. easy and fun jobs..
This is a serving job, you will get what you put in. 👍
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7 months ago
The team here is like a family, they are all helpful and goal oriented. 😊
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7 months ago
If you're looking for a fast paced, fun work environment this is a great place! ☝
Server/Host Interview. Quick. Eager to hire. I brought a resume and the woman was astonished and said she would hire me because nobody really brings them around anymore. 😁
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6 months ago
They had asked about my previous experience, as well as my availability. ✌
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6 months ago
Server Interview. We talked about job expectations from both sides, and I was asked to cross train for a different position to fill in when needed.
It's a great place to meet people and provide excellent customer service for the guest 👌
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7 months ago
Pros location is beautiful - food is great - people are nice
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6 months ago
side work always sucks.. right? ☝
I interviewed at California Pizza Kitchen. easy, short, just asked why I wanted to work. 👍
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6 months ago
The hiring manager was very clear on the job expectations as well as what can be expected from an employee. ✌
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6 months ago
Interview Questions How I personally deal with angry guests
What is the best part of working at California Pizza Kitchen? 💭
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7 months ago
The customers and my co workers👍
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7 months ago
Family Oriented. Good energy. Great food. Time flys. Good money.
Working at CPK is like working with family, staff and management are great to work with. 👏
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7 months ago
I loved working there it's fun and interacting with customers really made me love it there .....
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7 months ago
I also recommend this place to ppl who enjoy working with customers 😍
what length of the notice period during the probationary period?
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8 months ago
normally 1 week ☹
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8 months ago
depends on the current situation of your employer 🤫
The dynamic between employees and employers is upheld to a respectful standard. This restaurant felt like a family. 😊
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7 months ago
Always amazing management, very caring, promote from within quickly 👍
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7 months ago
They have a program to donate an amount of your choosing from your paycheck to go towards a fund that helps assist employee that qualify during a time of need. (ex. they paid for my coworker's flight cross country to see his Dad when he was passing away)
Sometimes tenure doesn't matter as it should. While you build yourself up with one manager, the next day a new manager could enter and you have to do it all over again. 🤘
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7 months ago
I enjoyed working here. The food is great, and it's a positive and fun environment.
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7 months ago
Benefits and compensation could improve. ✌
Friendly Staff, Management, and most customers. 👍
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7 months ago
I feel like management really looked out for everybody. 👌
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7 months ago
Often understaffed towards the tail end of my employment largely due to COVID, leading to pileups in takeout if we fell behind at all.
How often do you get a raise at California Pizza Kitchen? 💭
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7 months ago
1 month depends on how it performance are.
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7 months ago
Never despite multiple employee evaluations 🤘
I enjoyed working for the company. I left then came back, and the quality and purpose remained the same. ✌
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6 months ago
Great place to work Good food Great tips
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6 months ago
Clientele is so so Managers are cool and accommodating Schedules work with you if you have school or another job . 👍
What tips or advice would you give to someone interviewing at California Pizza Kitchen? 🤔
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7 months ago
Catering to you customers will go along and they will come back for more
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7 months ago
Be punctual, early, dress nice, respect everyone you talk to in the restaurant and be nice and lively 🤘
Great benefits package at CPK 👍
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7 months ago
Health insurance, food discounts and paid time off for full-time workers after 6 months of work
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7 months ago
Benefits package was well designed and appropriate for the size of company. 🤘
This was the second serving job I ever had. I think its rare to say you actually enjoy the management and your coworkers but I honestly did. 👏
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7 months ago
It wasn't a lot of running around, and the side work was easy/minimal. I had so much fun and was sad to leave.
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7 months ago
Enjoyed my time working here for almost 5 yrs 👍
a business should be more customer-centric instead of profit-centric, i have learned this after working here 🤤
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6 months ago
world leading organizations follow this strategy
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6 months ago
Rightly said 👍
Working for California Pizza Kitchen was an amazing experience and is great for high school and college students. 👌
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7 months ago
The employees are great, always friendly and it’s a thriving environment always.
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7 months ago
Very busy restaurant as well for the most part, everyone likes pizza! 😊
I loved working there. Everyone worked as a family. 👨
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7 months ago
I was working around great people. They co-workers were very supportive.
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7 months ago
Making guests comfortable is very import to CPK. ✌
50% off of a meal everytime you work 👌
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7 months ago
The employee discount for dining in/take out is 20% and 50% while working. ✌
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7 months ago
On shift you got fifty percent off one meal which was very nice to have a cheap meal to take home after a long night. Of course alcohol was excluded from if you were sinning in on a day off.
Excellent growth opportunity and culture. 👏
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7 months ago
For those who haven't waited before, it can get stressful but that's true for any wait job.
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7 months ago
The staff was very helpful in helping to manage any stress and make things easier on you. 👌
I have heard employees called to complete urgent orders on weekends? is it so? 😧
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7 months ago
even you have to go to office if you get an urgent call😤
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7 months ago
we have to work when employer ask for
Money is give or take anywhere from $30-200 a day 👍
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7 months ago
It’s a server gig. Same as any other place.
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7 months ago
Great place fun to work decent money 💰
I have never experienced this level of training. ☝
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6 months ago
They treat you like family and respect your personal life. Even for a trainee ✌
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6 months ago
I thoroughly enjoyed my time at Cpk. It’s the best job training I have received and I continue to use the skills taught to me in all different fields of work o have been in.
Server/Waiter Interview. Due to the high demand for workers for a server position I got a walk in interview on the spot with both the general manager and store manger after filling out an application 👍
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6 months ago
Apply online and I was invited for an interview. Filled an application on site. I was interviewed with one of managers. 🤘
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6 months ago
Interview Questions Tell us about a difficult time at work
Comprehensive medical, employee dining discount. 👍
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8 months ago
Good benefits , good package
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8 months ago
Emergency Fund for employees who needed it the most 👌
Friendly fast paced loved it 🫶
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7 months ago
I loved working with the people there
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7 months ago
too easy for and i needed something challenging 💪
applied for job, 2-3 days later got an automated email about scheduling an interview online, scheduling was very easy and there was a nice range of times to choose from 👍
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7 months ago
Chef Interview. They'd give me useful pointers if they'd see I was thinking about some of my answers
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7 months ago
Interview Questions 1. How do you ensure that pizza orders are completed in a timely manner?
Everyone is here to help and will always help if you need it. 👍
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6 months ago
Everyone has your back.
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6 months ago
Serving isn't for everyone. It's tough thing to do. ✌
Working here is always a good day at work. 👏
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6 months ago
Everything was cool everything was good I got paid well I like the food I like the atmosphere everything was wonderful good times they treated me well everyone was nice
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6 months ago
Yes 🙌
How they select and evalute the employees for the promotion interview? 😳
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7 months ago
Selected by department heads and interviewd by top management 😶
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7 months ago
if you're selected by the management, it means you're promoted 🤫
Server Interview. He was kindly taking his time but looked very tired. I could easily tell he probably had been helping for all day because most of the inside tables were still never bussed at least for 30min and there were only few servers. 🥲
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7 months ago
It was very easy and very conversational. Applied online and was contacted a few days later. Went in for an interview and was offered a position right after. Questions were fairly easy, the same as most other food service jobs.
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7 months ago
Interview Questions Describe a restaurant you always go to and why you always go back. Describe a restaurant you went to and decided to never go back.
Takeout Interview. You speak to three different managers during the interview process & they’re pretty easy questions to answer.
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7 months ago
Super nice and just asked about my previous qualifications and strengths. 💪
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7 months ago
Interview Questions How are you under pressure?
It used to be so much better. Now, I feel uncertain about what will be covered on any doctor visit. 😪
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6 months ago
Helps with school schedule and life if you have kids 👍
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6 months ago
Food was great, free bread sticks and soup and ice tea amongst more
Everyone is so welcoming and treats you like family! 👨
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7 months ago
I think it is perfect for college students, or professional adults alike because they offer 401K options with Fidelity, healthcare, and flexible hours.
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7 months ago
The menu is great and it is a more relaxed, fun working environment! 😊
Great management and employee morale 👍
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7 months ago
Not too many bad things to say. Overall, if your good then people are good.
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7 months ago
Good management is always the key for good employee moral. 👌
I interviewed at California Pizza Kitchen. It was fast and the managers were super nice and inviting. 👌
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6 months ago
only thign is they sugar coat the type of work you will be doing and dont intend to help much when drowning in work
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6 months ago
Interview Questions how do you rank communcation skills
Make sure the younger workers are actually doing something and not texting while I run their food 😑
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8 months ago
You should text them too to run their food
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8 months ago
Instead call them 😛
Works well with my schedule Great team Love the culture ❤
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7 months ago
Can’t get over welcoming at Times
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7 months ago