BJ's Restaurants

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BJ's Restaurants Reviews

Updated 17 August 2014
Updated 17 August 2014
195 Reviews
3.2
195 Reviews
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Greg Trojan
28 Ratings

Review Highlights

Pros
  • Possibility to make good money if your a closing server (in 12 reviews)

  • Flexible schedule, when working with a (literally) almost hundred other servers, easy to get a shift covered (in 10 reviews)


Cons
  • long hours, crappy clientele, high turn-over thus servers are not very good (in 9 reviews)

  • You have a script to follow and secret shoppers come in to grade you, if you don't say the right things you could be fired (in 7 reviews)

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  1.  

    Work load is heavy but it is enjoyable.

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    • Career Opportunities
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee  in  Houston, TX (US)
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee in Houston, TX (US)

    I have been working at BJ's Restaurants full-time for more than a year

    Pros

    Huge growth opportunities, new restaurant openings throughout the country. The future is very bright. The pay is higher then most in the industry

    Cons

    Late hours, heavy work load. The pizza slash sports bar style restaurant creates some late and long hours. Once you get that part down it is great!

    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    Approves of CEO
  2.  

    Very flexible schedule and fun to work with

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    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee

    I have been working at BJ's Restaurants

    Pros

    Flexible Schedule
    Good money
    Fun staff
    Hotschedule scheduling system is legit

    Cons

    Lower income guests who don't tip at times

  3.  

    New style of casual dining and a fun atmosphere.

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    Current Employee - Server  in  Lewisville, TX (US)
    Current Employee - Server in Lewisville, TX (US)

    I have been working at BJ's Restaurants part-time for more than 5 years

    Pros

    This company has provided me with a challenging work environment as well as job stability throughout the years I've dedicated to it.

    Cons

    The fast paced work environment can take a physical toll after time. Additionally, the potential turn over rate can make team building a challenge.

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    The management staff should not change around restaurants as often.

    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    No opinion of CEO
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  5.  

    Positive.

    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee

    I worked at BJ's Restaurants

    Pros

    Great potential for growth.

    Cons

    Easy to get over looked.

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    Keep up the good work.

  6. 2 people found this helpful  

    Great Growth and Salary Potential, Hard Work/Life Balance

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    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    Current Employee - Senior Manager  in  Seattle, WA (US)
    Current Employee - Senior Manager in Seattle, WA (US)

    I have been working at BJ's Restaurants full-time for more than a year

    Pros

    Salary + Bonus is great, as well as health benefits, 401K, etc. GM's can top 100K including bonus if they stick around long enough. Lots of corporate structure to support and guide you, you always know exactly what is expected of you.

    Cons

    If you have a GM that is hard to communicate with it can make it difficult to get certain days off or have a positive work environment. BJ's also expects a lot of work hours from managers, and holidays are blacked out for vacation, so you'll never get to see your family during those important times of the year.

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    Find a way to have a rotation system so that you can earn your way to eventually taking time off during Christmas/Thanksgiving.

    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    Approves of CEO
  7.  

    "I LOVE THIS PLACE"

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    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee

    I worked at BJ's Restaurants

    Pros

    Never a dull moment! Always busy! Great location!

    Cons

    Parking can be a challenge, for some especially around the holidays/wkends...if your not aware of the 4 levels/parking.

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    U Rock!

  8. 1 person found this helpful  

    Great culture!

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    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee

    I have been working at BJ's Restaurants full-time for more than 8 years

    Pros

    Great teamwork, solid structure. Love the food, beer and the up beat environment. Makes work FUN. Love my co-workers too.

    Cons

    Very high standards. Lots of structure. Very black and white process and procedures.

    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    Approves of CEO
  9.  

    Great company. Advancement opportunities.

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    • Career Opportunities
    Former Employee - Server  in  Dublin, OH (US)
    Former Employee - Server in Dublin, OH (US)

    I worked at BJ's Restaurants part-time for more than a year

    Pros

    -They were very up-to-date with their technology. They used HotSchedules for scheduling and it was virtually impossible not to work exactly what you wanted to with it.
    -Base pay was very good. Hostess started out $2 about minimum wage. Servers $1 above the server minimum wage.
    -The opportunity for advancement was excellent. Every manager I had started out as a Server for the company.
    -Hard work pays off.
    -Yearly raise.

    Cons

    -No reimbursement for uniform expenses. The non-slip shoes you have to wear run through very quickly.
    -Servers have a very high tip-out. 5-6% depending on your section.

    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    Approves of CEO
  10.  

    Overall average/above average serving job

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    Current Employee - Server  in  Las Vegas, NV (US)
    Current Employee - Server in Las Vegas, NV (US)

    I have been working at BJ's Restaurants part-time for less than a year

    Pros

    They work around your schedule with school or 2nd job. Good money. With hourly (7.00-8.00) plus tips I would average a little over 20.00 per hour.

    Cons

    Could only work 5 shifts per week and no more than 7 hours a day. They are very strict about labor and rush you to get sidework done.

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    Allow employees to spend more time doing a thorough job with sidework.

    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    Approves of CEO
  11.  

    I would love to be given another opportunity at this restaurant.

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    Former Employee - Host  in  Arlington, TX (US)
    Former Employee - Host in Arlington, TX (US)

    I worked at BJ's Restaurants part-time for less than a year

    Pros

    great team. great leadership by the managers. great atmosphere for customers and employees.

    Cons

    you end up loving work so much you forget you have a life. work-life balance kinda gets affected.

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