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Growing Company still working it out
Executive Chef (Former Employee) –  Aliso Viejo, CANovember 10, 2017
Growing Company still working it out, Good people who are passionate about making scratch food, facilities have great equipment, quality products, Fast paced
Pros
Opportunity, growth, good food
Cons
Fast Growth still working out systems
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Kinda stressful but otherwise very nice
Prep Cook (Former Employee) –  Thousand Oaks, CAOctober 3, 2017
The low pay, stressful work, lack of benefits, and hours weren't worth the employment in my opinion. I had a good time bonding with the other employees. However, it was still very, very, very stressful.
Pros
free lunches
Cons
no benefits, low pay, stressful pace
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Good for beginners
Baker (Former Employee) –  Pleasant Hill, CASeptember 29, 2017
If looking for an easy job, this is it, as the bar is quite low. This kitchen is quite disorganized and inefficient. Managers are referred to as "chefs" although it's quite clear there are no chefs working there.

Weekly schedules are made only days in advance and they expect everybody to work on holidays. Very little training or guidance is offered thus incompetence is rampant.

Be careful of their "Certified Trainer" program. It's simply a way to get staff to work harder without any extra pay.
Pros
Decent food
Cons
Disorganized and depressing
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Employees are fun and friendly, but its hard work.
Line Cook/Cashier (Former Employee) –  Irvine, CAJune 20, 2017
Management could be better at helping the employees with day to day work. The employees are friendly and fun to work with. Rushes can last for about 2-3 hours.
Pros
enjoyable co-workers
Cons
stressful customers
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Great Job for College Students
Cashier (Current Employee) –  La Jolla, CAMay 10, 2017
Its a cashier job, nothing more nothing less . The people are fun but again its a cashier job. Great for students looking for a job. You also get 50% off food which is nice.
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bad place to work
Line cook (Former Employee) –  Del Mar, CAMarch 10, 2017
employees suck so those of us that are real chefs have to work twice as hard. horrible work environment, hard work not enough pay. managers lie about everything, seasoned employees sabotage the new hopefuls...
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Cafe Style Restaurant
Line Cook (Former Employee) –  San Diego, CAFebruary 17, 2017
Typical work day was about 6 hours.I prepared meat on a grill and sides in sauté pans. Everyone there was entry level in their positions. Management was very energetic .
Pros
Discounted meals. Access to recipes
Cons
No room for advancement. Lack of hours. Late hours.
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fast paced but fun
Line Cook/New Restaurant Opening Trainer (Former Employee) –  Carlsbad, CAOctober 9, 2016
I enjoyed my time here, i built a bond with both co workers and customers and also learned a lot about food and the food industry as well. worked in an open kitchen environment where there was little to no room for error.
Pros
Built strong bonds and learned a lot about food
Cons
extremely long hours, was higher level getting paid same as entry level
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Office Manager (Current Employee) –  San Diego, CASeptember 17, 2016
In theory great company with key personnel who truly believe in the brand. Operations is tasked with a large responsibility on top of a full production made from scratch kitchen.
Pros
Lots of responsibility
Cons
Support
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Exciting and upbeat environment to work in.
Cashier (Former Employee) –  Del Mar, CASeptember 11, 2016
Couldn't ask for a better team to have worked with. Food was amazing, staff was the best.
Loved my job.
Management was fair.
Pay was fair.
Pros
Meeting all kinds of people
Cons
Not enough hours
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Awesome environment and everyone helps out!
Cashier/Barback (Current Employee) –  Brea, CAJuly 22, 2016
I love working here. Im a cashier mostly and make minimum wage. Yet, I am so happy! I quit another job I was working for at the same time as this one based on the energy and environment. It seems like everyone's happy to be here. Everyone helps out and management is awesome. I love how willing they are to accommodate your schedule with school etc. Hardest part of the job? Cleaning gross drains. Not much to complain about otherwise, obviously.
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Great work enviroment
Busser and Dishwasher (Current Employee) –  Irvine, CAMarch 24, 2015
The job itself, is fantastic. The company will look out for you and they are really going places. If you really need hours they will make sure you get them. The managment however is a bit iffy especially when you are working in the front of house. They always messed up the schedule, or neglected workers for advancement. They take their time because they are up and coming.
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productive
cook (Current Employee) –  San Diego, CAJune 14, 2014
Everyone works as a team, very productive environment, early shifts, half off one meal a day
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Very fun and Great social place
Buss Boy (Former Employee) –  San Diego, CANovember 22, 2012
Everything went good until they started laying people off and i was put on call.
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