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Islands Restaurants Employer Reviews

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Director of Information Technology (Current Employee), Carlsbad, CAJuly 18, 2014
Pros: focused on guest service and operational efficiency
Cons: motivated technologically to enhance the guest experience
Great Company, Great Culture. Operationally focused with the passion to provide the best experience for the guest.
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Fun place to work, great atmosphere
Line Cook/Hostess (Former Employee), Rancho Cucamonga, CAMarch 5, 2014
Pros: free meal for boh once a day, everyone was friendly, decent raises
Cons: no paid time off, no vacation time, not enough hours
I loved my job at Islands. It only ended because I decided to move to Washington, but if I hadn't decided that I would've gone far in that company. They treat you like family, work with your schedule, and worked as a team. There was good communication between BoH and FoH, management always tried their best, and they liked seeing employees move up positions. – more... I learned a lot in time management here, and if it weren't for this company, I wouldn't be the confident cook I am today. I'm not afraid to take charge because of them, and I learned how to really be a team player and work well with others. – less
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Restaurant/Customer Service experience
Restaurant Hostess (Former Employee), Chino, CAFebruary 10, 2014
My work day consisted of greeting customers, cleaning tables, and stocking the ice machines. The work environment was fast-paced and dealt with a lot of multi-tasking. The hardest part of the job was that there were a lot of interactions between some co-workers that I personally deemed unprofessional, but then again, a lot of my co-workers were quite – more... young. The most enjoyable part of the job was the interaction I had with customers! – less
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Fun work atmosphere
Hostess / Electronic Take-out Server (Former Employee), San Diego, CADecember 21, 2013
Pros: half priced food, fun staff, fun environment
Cons: stressful, fatty foods
I enjoyed working at Islands because of the staff and culture of the restaurant. It is a fast paced environment, and you can advance quickly if you are a hard worker such as myself. There is no job security, however. Minimum wage job, plus tips as you advance.
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Great place to work.
Bartender / Service Trainer (Current Employee), Vista, CANovember 13, 2013
It is a fast paced environment. You have to come into work prepared for anything. No day is really the same, you deal with different people everyday and you have to be able to work well with all types of customers and co-workers. We have a great management staff and the company as a whole is trained very thoroughly. I love my regulars, they make my – more... shifts go by quickly and bring some fun and excitement to my day. The hardest part is the inconsistency. You never know what each day will bring. – less
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Upbeat, casual dining experience
General Manager (Former Employee), Los Angeles, CASeptember 3, 2013
casual-themed restaurant
American & Mexican food
set schedule
General Manager received weekends off
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Good company to work for
Payroll Supervisor (Former Employee), Carlsbad, CAAugust 1, 2013
Learned how to implement a restaurant POS system at Islands.
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Fun workplace environment
Hostess, Expediter, Take-Out, Server (Former Employee), Paradise Valley, AZMay 28, 2013
I learned a lot about customer service and the restaurant industry. It is a great corporation!
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Some good...Some Bad
Management (Former Employee), Southern CaliforniaOctober 29, 2012
They talk a good game...There is lots of talk about quality of life...however, that is not always the case.
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Payroll Administrator (Former Employee), Carlsbad, CAJuly 11, 2012
Pros: free lunches from islands all the time, comp card
Cons: don't work in payroll if you dislike being micro-managed.
I loved the culture and avibe at Islands, it felt like a family, however the duties were not delegated in payroll as well as they could have been at the time I decided to leave. Due the economy I was the first to train on what used to be three, and then two positions in regards to the payroll for all 4,000 employees. Although I loved the3 work, and – more... the people, the balance between work and having a social life was not possible. – less