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First Watch Restaurants is a restaurant chain, headquartered in University Park, FL. Its name stands for the first work shift aboard a ship, as restaurants across 26 states are only open from 7 am to 2.30 pm, focusing on daytime dining, serving breakfast, brunch, and lunch only. The company has 6,000 employees at 200 locations, but they are always on the lookout for energetic people who are fast in building relationships and ready to deliver top-notch services. First Watch was awarded the 2018 Business Intelligence Group Best Places to Work Award. The company lives by the culture called You First, striving that all team members are fulfilled, satisfied and appreciated. You never have to work night shifts and thus have a chance to balance work and life. If a First Watch Restaurant atmosphere resonates with you, you might enjoy the fun, fast-paced work environment, too. The company will help you speed up your career and performance and will grant you restaurant meal discounts, savings programs outside the restaurant, an employee assistance program, discounts on local childcare and many educational benefits, as well as health, dental, vision, and a 401k retirement savings plan.

Company - Private
Large
Multiple locations
Full-Service Restaurants
1983
What departments First Watch Restaurants employees work at?
DepartmentsRatio
General and Operations Managers34.5%
Servers / Bartenders31.9%
other occupation27.3%
Management - Other6.3%
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Professional experience

How many years of experience do First Watch Restaurants employees have before joining?
Years of experience at First Watch Restaurants: Newcomers: 30%, Experiencers: 15%, Experts: 21%, Veterans: 34%. First Watch Restaurants employees have 8+ years experience on average before joining.
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Where did First Watch Restaurants employees work before joining?
Where they've worked before First Watch Restaurants: Bloomin' Brands, Bonefish Grill, Carrabba's Italian Grill. Typical First Watch Restaurants employees have worked at Bloomin' Brands.
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Bloomin' Brands
Bonefish Grill
Carrabba's Italian Grill
What industries did First Watch Restaurants employees work in previously?
Industry Background: The most typical industries of First Watch Restaurants: Full-Service Restaurants, Limited-Service Restaurants, Traveler Accommodation Companies, Food & Beverage Retailers, RV Parks / Recreational Camps / Dormitories. First Watch Restaurants employees most likely come from a Full-Service Restaurants industry background.
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Where did First Watch Restaurants employees work before joining?
Past employers' size at First Watch Restaurants: Small: 34%, Medium: 10%, Large: 56%. Most First Watch Restaurants employees have previously worked at large companies.
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Educational background

What did employees at First Watch Restaurants study?
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Where did employees at First Watch Restaurants study?
Florida State University
Johnson & Wales University-Providence
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Employee data

How long do people stay in a role at First Watch Restaurants?
Time employed at First Watch Restaurants: <1: 18%, 1-3: 39%, 4-8: 31%, 9-13: 7%, 14-20: 4%, 20+: 1%. Most First Watch Restaurants employees stay with the company for 1-3 years which is less than the industry average.
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How does First Watch Restaurants rank for age & gender diversity?
Gender ratio at First Watch Restaurants: 53.0% Male and 47.0% Female. Age ratio at First Watch Restaurants: 16-20: 1%, 21-30: 59%, 31-40: 26%, 41-50: 10%, 51-60: 4%, 60+: 0%. First Watch Restaurants rates - 4.0% more female than the industry average. Most First Watch Restaurants employees are 21-30, which is on par with the industry median age range.
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What are the top roles at First Watch Restaurants?
Top roles of First Watch Restaurants: Server, General Manager, Manager, Operations Manager, Director OF Operations. The top role at First Watch Restaurants is Server.
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Server
General Manager
Manager
Operations Manager
Director OF Operations

Career advancement

How does First Watch Restaurants rank for career advancement?
Career advancement at First Watch Restaurants: low. First Watch Restaurants ranks low for career advancement which is above the industry average.
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What companies do First Watch Restaurants employees go on to work at?
Future employers of First Watch Restaurants: Apheleia Restaurant Group, Applebee's Neighborhood Grill + Bar, Bonefish Grill, Care.com, Cleveland Clinic. People who work at First Watch Restaurants most typically go on to work for the Apheleia Restaurant Group.
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Apheleia Restaurant Group
Applebee's Neighborhood Grill + Bar
Bonefish Grill
Care.com
Cleveland Clinic

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What’s the gender distribution at First Watch Restaurants?
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Sophie Hayes3 years ago
47.0% female, 53.0% male.
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When was First Watch Restaurants founded?
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Liam Brown3 years ago
I think 1983.
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What industry is First Watch Restaurants in?
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Sophie Hayes3 years ago
Restaurant/Food Service.
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what are the chances of career advancement at First Watch Restaurants?
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Sophie Hayes3 years ago
low.
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How long do people usually work for First Watch Restaurants?
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Benjamin Gardner3 years ago
1-3 year(s).
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what kind of companies did First Watch Restaurants employees work for?
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Isabella Holmes3 years ago
Large companies before First Watch Restaurants.
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Top future employers of First Watch Restaurants employees?
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Liam Brown3 years ago
Apheleia Restaurant Group, Applebee's Neighborhood Grill + Bar, Bonefish Grill, Care.com, Cleveland Clinic, Compass Group, Creative World School Franchising Company, Inc., Egg Harbor Cafe.
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Who are the top previous employers of First Watch Restaurants employees?
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Liam Brown3 years ago
Bloomin' Brands, Bonefish Grill, Carrabba's Italian Grill, Chipotle Mexican Grill, Cracker Barrel, Outback Steakhouse, Panera Bread, Ruby Tuesday.
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How old are First Watch Restaurants’s employees in general?
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Liam Brown3 years ago
21-30.
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Where did most of First Watch Restaurants employees go to school?
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Isabella Holmes3 years ago
Florida State University, Johnson & Wales University-Providence, University of Central Florida, University of Florida, University of South Florida-Main Campus.
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what’s the hiring age ?
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6 months ago
23
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In morning shift how many hours an employee need to work?
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11 months ago
but i do 9 hours job in the morning🕐
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11 months ago
it varies from position to position😀
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my interview is coming up in the next few weeks, was wondering the type of interview questions asked..anyone?
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11 months ago
The manager is pretty cool, so you'd get the job right on spitbal
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11 months ago
N/a knew someone who worked there so didn’t have an interview process. Just got hired.
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would you hire a high school student? and would you allow them to work around school hours.
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9 months ago
Yes,as long as they dont work past 11 and they have permission from the school and their parents
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9 months ago
They do hire high school students and they work well with ypur hours.
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Idk if this company provides any insurance to their employees.
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10 months ago
health insurance, dental insurance and disability insurance
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10 months ago
life insurance and disability insurance
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Can anyone share the idea if this restaurant provides any kind of initial training to new employees or not?
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10 months ago
yes for new employees and for new kind of project if ever
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10 months ago
oh yes, they provided me an amazing initial training😏
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Is relocation possible at this restaurant or not?
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10 months ago
they allow but you've to wait for the relocation process
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10 months ago
oh yes, they offer but it's a lengthy procedure at all
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Do this restaurant hires women here or not?
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11 months ago
oh yes, they hired my cousin too
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11 months ago
they dont discriminate so they hire both men and women📅
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Do this company offers real estate manager job?👀
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11 months ago
of course, i'm a real estate manager there
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11 months ago
no doubt, they do provide. You can check the website they also announced another post for the same position a few days ago🙄
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I wish the company provides health insurance so that I can save my health expenses.👨
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10 months ago
i availed it last year when i had kidney issue😕
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10 months ago
no doubt they provide a great health plan to all employees
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I love to do uniform job. Idk if this restaurant provide uniform job or not?😞
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10 months ago
yes but not for all😏
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10 months ago
it depends on the position you are applying for
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One of my neighbor told secret of success of this company is the teambuilding among the employees.🤝
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11 months ago
no doubt, teambuilding plays a vital role
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11 months ago
oh yes, but only few companies have this amazing teambuilding element😊
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Anyone have idea that what’s the employment length at this restaurant.
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10 months ago
most of the employees work here like 8 to 12 years
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10 months ago
only a small ratio employees quit after 1 year
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I’m not sure if the restaurant allows to bring an innocent kid with mother during work or not?
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9 months ago
they provide childcare benefit but dont allow to bring child with employee🧑
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9 months ago
no no they dont allow kids at this restaurant
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wondering how flexible the working hours are at the company
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10 months ago
Very flexible, but the cafe was only open till 3pm so I wasn’t challenged
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10 months ago
as a server, the hours should be flexible because there are other servers to switch with. Usually the managers are good about scheduling. The restaurant is open 7 am to 2:30 pm everyday with the weekends being very busy so plan to work just about every weekend.
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Idk if it offers any retirement plan to employees or not?
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9 months ago
a matching 401k plan
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9 months ago
company matching 401k plan
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Idk if they hire fresh graduate or not?
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10 months ago
yes, you can apply if you've completed your graduation🧾
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10 months ago
oh yes, they provide them initial training then allow to work🧑
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I heard they don’t need any experience for the post of dishwasher.
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10 months ago
no doubt, if you want you can work for this post🧑
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10 months ago
of course, they dont require experience for various other posts too
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One of my cousins said there is no career advancement at this restaurant.
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10 months ago
your cousin is misguiding you😳
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10 months ago
i cant agree because i got tw opportunities last year too but i love to work at this restaurant🏦
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Idk if there is peaceful environment for the employees or not?
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10 months ago
I'm there member at this restaurant and very satisfied
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10 months ago
no doubt, very serene environment
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I become sick a lot of times in a year. Idk what are their sick day’s policy?
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10 months ago
what policy you need?
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10 months ago
they'll allow you to rest those days nothing else😊
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Is there anyone who has cook job at this restaurant? Can you share what benefits they offer for this position.
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10 months ago
they provide benefit to hire you hahaha and give you good salary 💷
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10 months ago
i love only one benefit that is childcare benefit program😏
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Idk the size of hiring committee at this company because I get nervous if there are more people during interview.🥺
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10 months ago
dont worry they'll be friendly so you've to stable your confidence there
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10 months ago
sometimes onnly one person
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I’m worried because my friend said there employees dont work more than one year.
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10 months ago
not a fact but a rumor🥺
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10 months ago
no it's not true at all 😒
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I’ve time in evening. Idk if this restaurant have opportunity for me to work in the evening or not?
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10 months ago
why not just check their website for the latest jobs
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10 months ago
they've recently announced a few jobs so there must be some of them for evening time😐
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i heard they offer pet plan to server.🧾
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11 months ago
they provided me for my pet
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11 months ago
no doubt, it's an amazing benefit i love
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Idk if they offer maternity leaves or not?
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10 months ago
i enjoyed 15 days maternity leaves last year📅
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10 months ago
like other restaurants this also supports mother in their difficult time to allow for rest at home in their special days of pregnancy 🤰
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One of my friends said the restaurant also provide benefit to employees working on probation period.
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11 months ago
i didnt heard so maybe you heard wrong😠
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11 months ago
I'm workking at this restaurant but they offer once you get permanent status😉
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Heard the company doesn't like overtime
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10 months ago
dont even think about it...they will tell you to clock out right at 40 hours.
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10 months ago
they never wanted to push someone to go overtime because of the pay increase, obviously, but they allowed it when it needed to be done.
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heard the interview process is very long at the company..
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10 months ago
yesss....very long.🤦
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10 months ago
Very thorough, they take their time to be certain there is a great fit which makes great teams!
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I wish I could get relaxation in the morning so that I can continue my business in morning and can do job in the evening.
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10 months ago
no you cant🤥
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10 months ago
maybe possible but i couldnt get it when i needed in the past
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Idk if they hire aged people here or not.
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10 months ago
no doubt, they hired my uncle too as a cook🙄
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10 months ago
this is amazing restaurant where aged people can also get chance to work🧑
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Idk if it’s true that this restaurant has a good demand in the market.
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10 months ago
of course, it's because i've also tried once in last month📆
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10 months ago
oh yes, i'm working here and we get various orders from all around the city🏛
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I’m happy that this restaurant never discriminate on gender basis.
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11 months ago
they hired my sisters too without considering that they are women
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11 months ago
of course, it doesnt because of its policies😶
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Do they offer feedback if someone disqualify the interview?
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11 months ago
most of the people get their feedback during interview that how they answer hahaha
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11 months ago
i didnt get any feedback 😳
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Do they require any experience certificate for any job at this restaurant?🏦
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10 months ago
for which post you're asking?
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10 months ago
not for all but for a few specific posts
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One of my friends said they check the personal background of people then they hire them.🙄
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10 months ago
when they were hiring me they didnt check my background
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10 months ago
i'm working there but didnt hear about it because this is not the policy📰
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I’m somehow confused that I should do job or do internship first.
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9 months ago
when i completed education i went for job because of earning purpose😀
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9 months ago
best option is internship where people can learn
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Idk the policy of this restaurant. However, the previous company provided commission to the employees who do extra work.
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9 months ago
no commission but just performance bonus
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9 months ago
they just provide benefits but not the commission benefit to any employee.
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Idk if they’ve option for negotiation over benefits they provide to employees.
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10 months ago
i had issue but the authority negotiated with me😟
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10 months ago
no doubt they do negotiate.
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Idk if this restaurant provide supplemental insurance?
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9 months ago
oh yes, it offers supplemental insurance for critical illness🙄
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9 months ago
they offer accident, critical illness, indemnity as supplemental insurance
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Idk if I can get education assistance program at this restaurant or not.
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11 months ago
i got it so i assure you that they provide😒
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11 months ago
of course, they offfer it to all employees who are working under its umbrella🙁
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Do they provide any internship program?
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10 months ago
i've completed the internship there so yes they provide it😀
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10 months ago
when i was waiting for it but they didnt announce but later on they announced this program
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When this restaurant will announce their new job vacancies?🧾
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9 months ago
i was also waiting but i just checked their website all new vacancies are available😏
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9 months ago
you are looking for which position?🧐
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I’m sad to hear that they dont hire on part-time position.
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10 months ago
they offer but you've to wait for the next advertisements
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10 months ago
oh yes, they dont provide it when i was applying for the part time opportunity. but dont know about it right now😊
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Wow! This restaurant have amazing work ethics.
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11 months ago
this is the reason of it's success
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11 months ago
of course, it's the reason i'm keep on working there🙄
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My friend said they don’t hire Black race people at this company.
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10 months ago
i'm also working there and i'm from a black community but the authority provides me all benefits and respect like other employees🧑
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10 months ago
you may visit the branch then you'll trust that there all people are working i.e. black and white 😲
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I heard they don’t allow to people resign from their job when they want to do so.
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11 months ago
no no you can easily resign when you want
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11 months ago
i resigner after 18 months of job📆
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One of my friends enjoyed parental leaves. I think it’s a great benefit for employees
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10 months ago
no doubt, i got 15 days leave📆
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10 months ago
no doubt, leaves are always amazing haha
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Do this restaurant allows to move to other branch if a new employee wants after probation period?😏
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11 months ago
no one can move after probation period🥺
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11 months ago
i also tried but couldnt move🤔
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my friend told me that you can have your hair braided and have a lip piercing
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11 months ago
They allow face piercings and tattoos and as long as your hair is up you're good👍
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11 months ago
not sure abt that...but afaik, concerning beard- yes u have to wear a " beard Net"
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Idk if it’s true that the restaurant raise the pay very slowly.
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11 months ago
but they raised my pay on the time
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11 months ago
some people just want to spread rumor about it
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I wish I can know if it’s possible to switch from one department to another.
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10 months ago
yes but complicated one
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10 months ago
yes, sometimes you can but not always😒
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I’ve no idea about this company. Idk if I should apply to work here or not.
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10 months ago
go ahead and i assure you that you can safe your future here😟
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10 months ago
i'm also working here and happy to work here