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Kona Grill appreciates the passionate, highly motivated and friendly individuals. They hire individuals who are energetic for hospitality. They provide service oriented environment. They support team work and collaboration as they pride themselves on innovation. They are passionate and they always seek for energetic individuals. They also take care of food sensitive people. They provide opportunity to individuals to eat more and earn more. The individuals can make the experience with the restaurant better by joining rewards program of kona grill. They have privacy policy for their customers. They safeguard the personal data of their customers. They ensure that data is protected by unauthorized access.

Company - Public
$100M to $500M
Large
Multiple locations
Full-Service Restaurants, Limited-Service Restaurants
1998
Berke Bakay
What departments Kona Grill employees work at?
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Servers / Bartenders34.2%
other occupation23.6%
Cooks / Food Preparation21.6%
General and Operations Managers20.6%
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Professional experience

How many years of experience do Kona Grill employees have before joining?
Years of experience at Kona Grill: Newcomers: 27%, Experiencers: 22%, Experts: 25%, Veterans: 26%. Kona Grill employees have less than 3 years experience on average before joining.
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Where did Kona Grill employees work before joining?
Where they've worked before Kona Grill: Buca di Beppo, Buffalo Wild Wings, Chilis. Typical Kona Grill employees have worked at Buca di Beppo.
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Buca di Beppo
Buffalo Wild Wings
Chilis
What industries did Kona Grill employees work in previously?
Industry Background: The most typical industries of Kona Grill: Full-Service Restaurants, Limited-Service Restaurants, Traveler Accommodation Companies, RV Parks / Recreational Camps / Dormitories, Niche Retailers. Kona Grill employees most likely come from a Full-Service Restaurants industry background.
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Where did Kona Grill employees work before joining?
Past employers' size at Kona Grill: Small: 37%, Medium: 9%, Large: 54%. Most Kona Grill employees have previously worked at large companies.
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Educational background

What did employees at Kona Grill study?
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Where did employees at Kona Grill study?
Arizona State University-Tempe
Florida International University
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Employee data

How long do people stay in a role at Kona Grill?
Time employed at Kona Grill: <1: 12%, 1-3: 36%, 4-8: 40%, 9-13: 10%, 14-20: 2%, 20+: 0%. Most Kona Grill employees stay with the company for 4-8 years which is the same as the industry average.
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How does Kona Grill rank for age & gender diversity?
Gender ratio at Kona Grill: 63.7% Male and 36.3% Female. Age ratio at Kona Grill: 16-20: 2%, 21-30: 66%, 31-40: 18%, 41-50: 13%, 51-60: 1%, 60+: 0%. Kona Grill rates - 6.7% less female than the industry average. Most Kona Grill employees are 21-30, which is on par with the industry median age range.
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What are the top roles at Kona Grill?
Top roles of Kona Grill: Server, General Manager, Bartender, Executive Chef, Manager. The top role at Kona Grill is Server.
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General Manager
Bartender
Executive Chef
Manager

Career advancement

How does Kona Grill rank for career advancement?
Career advancement at Kona Grill: very low. Kona Grill ranks very low for career advancement which is same as the industry average.
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General Manager
Las Vegas, NV - August 26, 2022
Golden Child until your not
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When your good, they're good to you. When you start to struggle they look to replace you. Yoy are the Golden Child...... until your not

Pros and Cons
Great pay.
No work life balance at all. You work 7 days a week and every hour between with the meetings, emails
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Bartender server
Las Vegas, NV - September 9, 2021
Energetic, fast paced, and fun
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Salary & Benefits
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Work-Life balance
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Recognition & Support
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I loved learning the menu with all of the ingredients. It made it easier to recommend to guest. The bartender training was exceptional with their online classes as well as with the amazing bartenders that helped show how to make the signature cocktails.

Pros and Cons
Very helpful managers, friendly staff, amazing food , and always busy
Parking options were a bit far but understandable
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What’s the stock symbol of Kona Grill?
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Sophie Hayes3 years ago
KONA.
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gender breakdown at Kona Grill?
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Sophie Hayes3 years ago
gender ratio is 36.3% female, 63.7% male.
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When was Kona Grill founded?
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Isabella Holmes3 years ago
1998.
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What industry is Kona Grill in?
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Liam Brown3 years ago
Restaurant/Food Service.
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What is the headquarters of Kona Grill?
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Liam Brown3 years ago
The headquarters of Kona Grill is Scottsdale, AZ.
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What is the annual revenue of Kona Grill?
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Sophie Hayes3 years ago
$100m to $500m.
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Who is the CEO of Kona Grill?
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Sophie Hayes3 years ago
Berke Bakay.
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What’s the average length of tenure at Kona Grill?
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Isabella Holmes3 years ago
Typically 4-8 year(s).
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what kind of companies did Kona Grill employees work for?
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Liam Brown3 years ago
Large companies before Kona Grill.
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what are the chances of career advancement at Kona Grill?
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Benjamin Gardner3 years ago
i think very low.
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who are employees usually hired by after leaving Kona Grill?
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Isabella Holmes3 years ago
Benihana, Cherry Hills Country Club, Cooper's Hawk Winery and Restaurants, Del Frisco's Restaurant Group, P.F. Chang's, State Farm, Topgolf, Williston Holding Company.
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Where did employees work before joining Kona Grill?
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Isabella Holmes3 years ago
Buca di Beppo, Buffalo Wild Wings, Chilis, Famous Dave's, Olive Garden, Outback Steakhouse, P.F. Chang's, The Cheesecake Factory.
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How old are Kona Grill’s employees in general?
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Benjamin Gardner3 years ago
around 21-30.
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Where did most of Kona Grill employees go to school?
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Isabella Holmes3 years ago
Arizona State University-Tempe, Florida International University, Normandale Community College, Northern Arizona University, The Ohio State University.
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What is the mission of Kona Grill?
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Sophie Hayes3 years ago
"Make every experience exceptional.".
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Do Kona Grill pay weekly or bi weekly?
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11 months ago
Daily TIps👍
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11 months ago
Every two weeks
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The people that work there are great, its like a family 👨, especially the male managers they are funny but also serious about their job.
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11 months ago
When we got the female managers, all the hostess were unhappy because they butt into the hostess stand🤣
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11 months ago
when there was only the male managers they trusted the hostess to do their job the way they believed was best and didnt question every single seating.👍
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What is a typical day like for you at Kona Grill?🤔
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A year ago
I clocked in and check my sautee station prep Whatever item I need before service and cook to order once service started😊
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A year ago
Fast paced as said by many!!
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Kona Grill is a wonderful job for job seekers. The food is extremely easy to become equated with and the managers are great at what they do.✌
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11 months ago
Kona Grill is a great place for a server.
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11 months ago
I had a great time working there and the staff and managers were great.👌
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Really started to love this job once i moved up to work the patio cocktailing.👏
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11 months ago
would definitely recommend this job to others.👍
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11 months ago
Will soon be a household restaurant name. Great food, a lot of variety.👌
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It does have a unique menu and great location and interesting guests.👏
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11 months ago
Kona has gone through changes in the last few years and with everything the management staff has adjusted to ensure guest and employee satisfaction.👌
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11 months ago
They run a pretty tight ship which allows each staff member to make their money and are constantly continuing education and growth within the store.👍
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I enjoyed the atmosphere of the relaxed workspace.😌
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11 months ago
Additionally, food is always good, so you will barely ever get complaints.👍
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11 months ago
The managers were very accommodating to my needs and time. But Management is sometimes too chill.😅
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Caring managers who try to work with you. Good money, hours are great with school👌
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11 months ago
Flexible, progressive, keep up with current food trends, made from scratch food and drinks✌
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11 months ago
not a lot of opportunity to move up in company not good money😖
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What questions did they ask during your interview at Kona Grill?😕
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11 months ago
How much knowledge did I currently have about sushi?😯
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11 months ago
What would be my standard availability?
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The volume of work is high and the pace is fast, but if you aren't afraid of a challenge and have a, "go-getter" personality the workload is absolutely doable.✌
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11 months ago
The culture is changing in a positive way👌
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11 months ago
The gaps between departments are closing to allow every employee a better understanding of how the "gears turn at Kona"👍
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I applied in-person. The process took 1 day. I interviewed at Kona Grill. Interview process of pretty laid back. Come in dressed business casual and with a good atttotude. 😊
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11 months ago
Interview Questions If you had to difficult customer, how would you handle that situation
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11 months ago
I applied online. I interviewed at Kona Grill. Met With a manager he was nice professional.😊
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I've just heard that they offer good salary 😌
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A year ago
Hosts allowed to keep tips (no tip pooling) from takeout orders.😍
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A year ago
decent pay for the labor😊
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I applied online. The process took 1 day. I interviewed at Kona Grill. Easy, took around 5 minutes. They only asked a couple of very easy questions👍
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A year ago
Hostess Interview. Sit down interview Literally the worst interview. I felt disrespected. 🥺
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A year ago
Interview Questions. What is your favorite cuss word
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I applied in-person. The process took 1 day. I walked in knowing they were looking for hostesses, and was then able to meet the GM and other Managers.😊
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11 months ago
If you get hired, be prepared to pass a bunch of tests, know the menu upside down and inside out😅
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11 months ago
including nearly 50 sushi rolls and all of their ingredients, and be prepared to work long hours with breaks.
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What is the minimum age requires to work any position at know grill🤔
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A year ago
They have hired people at age 15 i believe🙄
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A year ago
Depends on the position too!!
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I have been in training for over a month now and have made a wise choice joining the Kona Grill team.👌
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11 months ago
I'm fortunate to be working for Kona Grill. They reaffirm the value of hospitality each and everyday.👍
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11 months ago
The staff is wonderful as well.
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Harder requirements than other places I've worked at. Too much time spent on accommodations in regards to allergies.😪
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11 months ago
Learned a great deal about how restaurant industry operates.👍
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11 months ago
You get called in a lot even in your days off, periods where you’re overworked and understaffed or underworked and over staffed.
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I was hired at opening, but had to leave for personal reasons. Later the general mánager sought me out to make sure I was doing okay and told me I could come back to work anytime.
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A year ago
Trying to communicate with payroll and hr about vacations and christmas bonus can be a Little difficult
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A year ago
Apart from rehiring the no change attitude is what is so beneficial for me!!😌
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I was trained very well in the product/ menu knowledge and felt confident when approaching guests and answering their questions about food, wine, beer, etc.😊
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A year ago
50% off all meals when working but no breaks for lunch or dinner✌
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A year ago
At this job I met a lot of wonderful people and it also introduced me me to different cultures.
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Money can be made as long as you’re quick, personable and motivated.
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11 months ago
I like working here & don't have any problems. its a job🤷
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11 months ago
Kona Grill is a casual work place with high volume making it a lucrative serving job👏
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A day at Kona Grill was a fast paced day, with a great management.👍
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A year ago
The workplace was relaxed because the prep crew had everything ready for the front line crew to get the job done with no problems.💪
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A year ago
All hail the prep crew 🙌
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Great food, if your have success you could travel,👍
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10 months ago
Make sure you follow up on your tasks and duties. Make sure you get all necessary info needed for projects. ✌
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10 months ago
Be yourself and enjoy the ride.😊
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I have worked for Kona Grill in a number of different capacities, currently with the corporate office.☝
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A year ago
I have truly enjoyed every day of the years I have worked here and am appreciative of the opportunities presented to the hard working people that make up the KG family.👨
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A year ago
I have developed some amazing relationships through the years, while learning a huge amount about the industry from the incredibly talented people around me.👏
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Worked here while going to college. Flexible schedule, willing to work around my school schedule✌
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A year ago
I worked late nights. money was slow at times but eventually evened out during the busier seasons👍a
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A year ago
Amazing food. Lead by great chefs and servers
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We embrace through the chaos presented with any 7 million dollar company, and work as a team to achieve success.👏
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11 months ago
Kona is a great place to work. aim for night shifts for better tips.👍
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11 months ago
In any server/kitchen job, its best to stay away from negative attitudes and people.
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The kitchen was fast paced and hours were reasonable since I was a full time student at Le Cordon Bleu ✌
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11 months ago
In Ga, you need reliable transportation. Its worth the ride though.
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11 months ago
The only one in Atlanta is in North Atlanta, Alpharetta. A 4 mile drive coming from Fulton County. Again worth it.👏
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The amount of time training is excellent training.👌
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10 months ago
Just the time away from home but worth it. Training at Austin TX with the team was great👍
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10 months ago
love the opportunity to be with such a fortune company♥
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What advice would you give the CEO of Kona Grill about how to improve it?🤔
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A year ago
I also suggest that they improve the SA and bussers seen as they are tipped out, yet most of the servers are cleaning up after their own tables.‼
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A year ago
Expand the Happy Hour times back to where they were a few months back, this recent change in Happy Hour times and prices has caused for a decrease in daily customer volume.🙄
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I really can't think of any cons. Everyone has been so wonderful .😊
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A year ago
Kona grill goes above and beyond to make you feel welcome. 👏
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A year ago
I can honestly say there have been no cons. My first day I was a little intimidated with training. Everything has been great.😊
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The tips The people The ambience The staff 👏
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10 months ago
Very friendly and welcoming staff and management, thorough training, great customers and menu!👍
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10 months ago
Can get very busy and become overwhelming but Fun, Dynamic Menu, Great Team and guest first mentality✌
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I interviewed at Kona Grill Mine lasted around 15 mins which wasnt a good sign for me. Honestly, it was pretty good, alot of behavior questions and they asked about myself and my experience. ✌
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10 months ago
From previous reviews I knew there would be 3 interview and I only got 1.😧
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10 months ago
I was kinda bummed out about it because I know I can do better.😪
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I love Kona grill it is one of my favorite places that I have ever worked for. ♥
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11 months ago
This has been my favorite job, I loved working here and being able to conversation with customers and other employees.🥲
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11 months ago
Everyone was always willing to help!
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Leadership within sushi could be more apparent. ✌
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11 months ago
Moral seems to be down for sushi.😬
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11 months ago
What will you suggest to make it better than??a
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What is the interview process like at Kona Grill?🤔
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11 months ago
One on one with a manager.
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11 months ago
Not much. most members are family members
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Great happy hour prices keep the guests coming in.👍
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A year ago
Bought out by a new company. Don't really like some of their new tactics.😏
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A year ago
You'll have "secret shoppers" that come in on behalf of the company. There's a lot on the checklist that you have to maintain😪
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I applied online. The process took 3 days. I interviewed at Kona Grill At the time the management team was completely different then it is now. I had a interview first with one of the server managers and then had a interview with the gm at the time. ✌
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11 months ago
Very quick interview in the middle of the restaurant.
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11 months ago
The managers at the time were very nice and they asked very simple questions. I was hired on the spot .😊
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I applied online. I interviewed at Kona Grill✌
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A year ago
I applied through a recruiter. The process took 2 months. I interviewed at Kona Grill. Pretty long process. Vetting took 2 months. 😪
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A year ago
Catering Sales Manager Interview. 4 phone interviews and one "day in the life" interview at one to the companies locations.
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i am just worried about perks and other benefits
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11 months ago
the perks are great, 😌you'll have medical and vision coverage with 2 different 401k plans
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11 months ago
Good Health insurance, but bonuses were almost non-existent. and Uniforms were provided
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I am very excited to work there as a hostess..😊
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10 months ago
This company gives you plenty of opportunities to make a positive impact on the restaurant.😊
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10 months ago
Advancement and job security was always offerd to hard working employees😌
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Top Notch management training program! I feel that Kona Grill as a whole has gone above and beyond to make me feel at home, understand the job I am performing, kept and open line of communication at ALL TIMES👍
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11 months ago
Start to utilize the trainer title on hourly employees more, as an incentive based program for them and a quality and consistency tool for management. Just a opinion from an employee
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11 months ago
It helps the employees to push themselves a little harder and a great tool for management to know that our employees believe in Kona Grill as much as we do.✌
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Great health insurance options and helped build 401k👍
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11 months ago
Other staff are offered medical only after a year there working full time☝
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11 months ago
Medical insurance is pretty basic and not too cheap.
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I interviewed at Kona Grill. First he asked me some questions about myself, and general interview questions about how I would handle things in certain situations.✌
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11 months ago
Interview Questions Name a time in which you were creative with a order while serving?
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11 months ago
I applied online. The process took 2 months. I interviewed at Kona Grill. Very easy; spoke to a recruiter, then came in for face to face interview. 😊
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Great atmosphere average pay Able to become National trainers in minimum of 6 months Easy side work awesome training for FOH and BOH🙌
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A year ago
Really nice people to work with fun upbeat atmosphere👌
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A year ago
Management is terrific I wouldn't change a thing I love working at kona grill😍
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Final interview with senior executive from corporate office. Was offered and accepted position a few days after final interview. 😊
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11 months ago
Catering Sales Manager Interview. No specific questions. Pretty organic conversations to see if there was a fit and find out what I would do in the position.👌
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11 months ago
Interview Questions Do you have experience working in a restaurant HIH
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When you spend as much time working as most of us do, I think it is essential to believe in the company you work for and enjoy the people you work with.👍
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11 months ago
Kona Grill is a good company to work for. The executive management has their finger on the pulse of the teamwork and comradery.😍
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11 months ago
I learned alot about myself and the responsibility of working in a kitchen that was fast passed.😊
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What is the work environment and culture like at Kona Grill?😕
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11 months ago
It was fun, and exciting. The area was nice and clean. People were friendly and the staff was like a family.
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11 months ago
Once you become “one of them they become your best friends. The staff cares about you, checks in on you and makes sure youre on your game at all times.
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easy menu, fun fast paced environment. extremely easy going and management is amazing,🤩
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11 months ago
Great learning experience with management and industry.👌
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11 months ago
I want to expand my horizons in a new location.
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Kona Grill is a stable growing company which values employee engagement.👏
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11 months ago
Competitive compensation and benefits are offered. It is an amazing place to work.👍
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10 months ago
It is a lean team
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Sat down for an interview and asked about previous experience, all the managers were around and seemed comfortable around each other by joking around. Hired on the spot. 🤘
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11 months ago
They did a mass hiring and conducted a two week paid training period while there restaurant was still being built.✌
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10 months ago
Took SO MANY tests and were told that if we did not pass them we wouldn't be scheduled.‼
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What is the food discount policy at Kona Grill?🤔
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10 months ago
Half off while working, 25% discount when not.
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10 months ago
50% is giving off of every meal you order when entering or leaving work, simple as that,☝