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If you are about people, experiences, and new opportunities this is the place for you.

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Current Employee - Catering Sales Manager  in  New York, NY (US)
Current Employee - Catering Sales Manager in New York, NY (US)

I have been working at ARAMARK

Pros

Lots of opportunities, lots of nice people, variety of experiences.

Cons

Not paid very well, very disconnected, lack of training, lack of middle managment support, no perks

Advice to ManagementAdvice

more middle managment support, more trainings, stronger communication.

Disapproves of CEO

Other Reviews for ARAMARK

  1.  

    If you enjoy sports and entertainment, then Aramark is for you.

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    • Senior Management
    • Career Opportunities
    Current Employee - Concessions Manager  in  Denver, CO (US)
    Current Employee - Concessions Manager in Denver, CO (US)

    I have been working at ARAMARK

    Pros

    First and foremost is that if you enjoy sports and entertainment, you are surrounded by it on an almost daily basis. Usually when you don't have events, it is typically a Monday through Friday 10-5, sometimes 10-4. The thing that I enjoy most is some of the things that I have been able to be a part of i.e. The Democratic National Convention, The World Series, and great concert after great concert.

    Cons

    It can be very long hours at times, and somewhat stressful, but I worked in hotels previous to Aramark, and hotels were longer hours and more stress. Also, your typical hourly concessions worker is usually not cream of the crop in the marketplace, so you have a lot of employee issues that need to be dealt with.

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    Bonuses should be given a little more regurlarly.

    Recommends
    Approves of CEO
  2.  

    ARAMARK Higher Education - good place to be if you rather work hard than smart

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    Former Employee - Can't Disclose - This Would Give Me Away  in  Phila, PA (US)
    Former Employee - Can't Disclose - This Would Give Me Away in Phila, PA (US)

    I worked at ARAMARK

    Pros

    One need not be very bright to be successful. The culture rewards people who are comfortable in working extremely hard in a reactive mode. At the leadership level (Band 5) you have a lot of opportunity to play golf in the course of doing business. It is fun to spend a lot of time on college campuses. Most people want to do a good job. If you are young, unattached, and interested in living in different parts of the country, then you have an opportunity to move up in the company. Many times the most critical factor in filling positions is willingnes to relocate.

    Cons

    They do not know what to do with smart people. They do not want to think strategically - it is too difficult as is calls for people to be introspective of the impact of current practices on future opportunities for growth. Many of the leadership level people (band 5) in the field started out as work-study caferteria workers in college and jocks. If you did not hang out with that crowd in college, you probably will not want to do so now. Dealing with college administrators can be very difficult for two reasons. First - they lack a fundamental understanding of how business works, therefore they struggle with understanding rationale business decisions. Second - colleges use the dining programs as a major source of revenue to fund school budgets. This puts enoumous pressure on the dining managers to balance quality and affordability.

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    Stop saddling the field with enormous growth targets every year - this causes an unreasonable and unfair level of stress for all involved. Compensate the leadership level more fairly - Band 5s are paid 20% below market. Make it a requirement that no one in the HQ Tower can achieve Band 5 until they have proven themselves for at least 2 years in a field role. This will cut down on some of the well intended, but ignorant decision making in HQ.

    Doesn't Recommend
    Disapproves of CEO
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