WAITRESS (Former Employee) – Long Beach, CA – November 20, 2017
Islands Restaurants is a corporate restaurant chain that knows how to shape young kids into stable adults for the workplace. The company hires relatively young, making the culture great for young adults needing money to support themselves while in college. Would recommend.
Bartender/Server (Former Employee) – Glendale, CA – November 8, 2017
I worked for Islands for many years, and I thoroughly enjoyed most of them. It was a very high volume restaurant, so business was always good. Made a lot of friends with my coworkers, and the customers made it very enjoyable as well.
Lead Server, Bartender, and Training (Current Employee) – Thousand Oaks, CA – November 3, 2017
The people here are better than most. The pay is good for someone without an advanced education and there's always room to move up. Management can be fantastic or unbearable depending on your store and shift manager. Scheduling is flexible and there aren't any days with long hours.
Restaurant Manager (Former Employee) – California – October 19, 2017
Islands had high turnover because its pay for management was lower then other chains but it was not as stressful as working from some of the big boys in the game. They treat there people well enough but retail in general is getting pretty difficult with all the money shifting to the top and all the work shifting to the bottom.
SERVER/TRAINER (Current Employee) – Brea, CA – October 18, 2017
It is a laidback but fast-paced environment. There is always something to do. Keeping a good attitude is a must! I learned a lot about remaining calm in high pressure situations, being responsible for myself, and not being afraid to ask questions.
Key Manager, Lead Bartender, Trainer, Shift Leader (Current Employee) – Long Beach, CA – October 9, 2017
Islands Restaurant's goal as a growing company is to always create experiences that bring guests back. I have always been provided with a positive, fun, and a learning-focused environment. As lead trainer, I am tasked with challenging management style duties and provided with opportunities to develop leadership and team building skills.
Building lifelong guest connections, skills I can utilize in future careers, competitive pay based on performance
No benefits, only part-time, income varies with tips.
Dishwasher/Food Prep (Former Employee) – Seal Beach, CA – October 7, 2017
Work was very stressful during the rush, especially when you need to take a break and there was no one to cover you, the workload piles up and everyone is busy doing there own task. Sometimes you have to work during your break in order to catch up. Management was understanding, if they know you, other managers will give you a hard time and do not understand nor consider employee needs. Great food, get one free food meal during lunch which probably was the highlight of my shift. To be in the dishwashing station, and having to prep for the bar, pay was not enough, doing work that does not fit the job title or description.
Bartender (Former Employee) – San Diego, CA – September 27, 2017
Worked at Islands for awhile and liked it. There are draw backs but that comes with any job. It's a pretty relaxed job if you know what you're doing and go about things right. I didn't particularly like the fact that comps on food that had been eaten already or any matter really were so easy for customers to attain. Felt like it took away from my service as they just want to please anyone without confrontation ( which is understandable). Every store is different.
Lead Busser/Server (Former Employee) – Fullerton, CA – September 25, 2017
Islands was a fun environment and a great place to meet new people and improve communication skills.The annual salary was low due to it only providing part time positions.It was a great learning experience while attending college.
Easygoing place to work and coworkers are friendly
Waiter (Current Employee) – Miami, FL – September 13, 2017
Each day you meet new people and sometimes you will have regulars. The tips you make from either one are very good. The pay itself is understandable considering I am a waiter and waiters rely on tips. The managers are very kind and like to make small talk with their employees. So the environment is very comfortable and friendly.
Dishwasher (Former Employee) – Rancho Cucamonga, CA – September 1, 2017
As a dishwasher I cleaned a majority of the restaurant and prepared a little bit food. the management provided great feedback to help me improve. the hardest part of the job is dealing with hundreds of dishes and staying on task
EXPO (Former Employee) – Cupertino, CA – August 16, 2017
Title says it all. Went through lots of managers while I was there, employes wouldn't show up to work, kitchen staff was deplorable. servers were lazy, to the point of not being willing to run their own food to their table.