High turnover, stressful operations, unfair expectations
Host, Editor, Designer (Current Employee) – Portland, OR – February 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...
Good food, camaraderie between front of hours coworkers
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...