McMenamins Employee Reviews for Host/Hostess

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Fun and Fast paced.
Hostess (Former Employee) –  Forest Grove, ORAugust 20, 2018
If you want to work with great people that are fun and energetic work here.
Customers come from all over very fun people.
Super fast paced, lots of venues and catered events on the grounds.
Pros
Discounts on delicious food.
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4.0
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Very fast paced environment with friendly co workers
Host (Former Employee) –  Vancouver, WAFebruary 27, 2018
Since I worked there over the summer right on the Columbia River, most days were pretty crazy. It taught me how to perform under pressure as well as when days weren't going very well what I could do to fix it. The management was unfortunately somewhat disorganized, partly due to how busy it would be and it not being a up to par with regular restaurant chains, in how they manage their employees.
Pros
Meal Credit
Cons
Short breaks/none at all
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3.0
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High turnover, stressful operations, unfair expectations
Host, Editor, Designer (Current Employee) –  Portland, ORFebruary 16, 2018
Basically pay minimum wage despite being marketed as a "fine dining" establishment (certainly has the prices for it), tips were never great as a host, servers consistently approached or worked overtime, sometimes 11 days in a row without a break. Really not ideal. Kitchen staff usually great but definitely faced fare share of struggles, including navigating 3 different head chefs in the span of 6 months. McMenamins corporate leaders out of touch with grub workers, for sure...
Pros
Good food, camaraderie between front of hours coworkers
Cons
Managers get worse as people the higher up the ladder they are positioned, terrible pay for the work demands, logic for no free meals: "The McMenamin brothers pay for their food so you have to, too" even though hosts and servers don't own 70+ properties in two states...
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5.0
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I like this job just really long hours
Trainer and hostess (Current Employee) –  Troutdale, ORAugust 18, 2017
This job is and amazing summer job if all you want to do is work. I've been with this company for a year and a half. I love the people and the place. It just isn't fun working 10 hours a day, always running in your feet with little to no help. They don't have a set schedule so many days I'm there all day which is not a problem but I feel like it's time to get a different job with better scheduling and less chaos.
Pros
Summer when the money is flowing in and tips are amazing
Cons
Don't know when you'll go home. No set schedule
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5.0
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Productive and fun workplace
Hostess (Former Employee) –  Wilsonville, ORMay 27, 2017
Everyone was very nice and friendly and it was a very fun place to work. I enjoyed going to work everyday I just wish I could have worked more hours but overall a great experience.
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3.0
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Fun atmosphere
Host (Current Employee) –  troutdale, oregonSeptember 5, 2013
I've really enjoyed working for this company although it isn't my career.
Pros
nice employees, high volume
Cons
pay
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