McMenamins Employee Reviews

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Fast paced working evironment with a supportive staff
Server (Former Employee) –  Forest Grove, ORJuly 17, 2018
A typical day at work is very busy, mostly during the summer months. Sometimes you will be running around like crazy trying to get orders from people and food and drinks to your tables. On the busiest days sometimes there is no winning with your customers and they will be somewhat disappointed mostly because Mcmenamins restaurants are not fast food restaurants and sometimes people expect that. Also it can be understaffed at times which makes it difficult to keep up with the flow of business.

Coworkers were enjoyable and the atmosphere with the property and the people made the work fun and interesting. Hot summer days were very difficult if you work outside, and that combined with the fast pace flow of business and overabundant amount of customers was probably the hardest part about the job. The most enjoyable parts of the job were the other employees and managers who were nice, understanding, and open to making the work as fun as possible, and the benefits that came with the job such as discounts on alcohol and other merchandise at the front desk and restaurants.
Pros
semi-free lunches, outdoor and indoor working areas, great staff, company discounts
Cons
sometimes stressful pace, sometimes short-staffed
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A great opportunity for someone looking for work in food service
Server/Bartender (Current Employee) –  Portland, ORJuly 13, 2018
Every location is different, and there are over 60 locations in the company. Management, culture and hours vary wildly between locations, but the constants are the benefits, fringe benefits, and opportunity to advance within the company.
Pros
401k, healthcare, fringe benefits, opportunity to advance or move locations
Cons
irregular hours, nights and weekends
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2.0
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Lack of communication
Janitorial Worker (Former Employee) –  Forest Grove, ORJuly 12, 2018
I worked here for what seemed less than a week, everyone was nice and very welcoming expect for two people who were the ones that hired me. They seemed nice at first, but they eventually got upset after I specifically told them I worked on sundays. They decided to fire me after that which was in a very unprofessional way. But it's all good cause either way they didnt pay any attention to how some of the workers did they're job. I think I would only go to this place to admire and look around but to get a room never.
Pros
Food
Cons
Unprofessional, tref
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Upper management is a miss
Housekeeping AAM (Former Employee) –  Bothell, WAJuly 11, 2018
The environment is amazing and coworkers are top notch, but upper management dropped the ball. One of them is very unprofessional and extremely intrusive with personal space and purposely comes close enough to your face that you can see the pores on their skin. Was many complaints about this individual by numerous people and nothing is ever done about it.
Pros
Coworkers, Environment, benefits
Cons
Upper management
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4.0
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If you love people
Assistant Assistant Pub Manager (Former Employee) –  Forest Grove, ORJune 22, 2018
if you love people it is a great place to work. But they run staff thin and over work management, that stress runs over to the other staff. Summers are fun and full of lots of events. Fast paced and good tips.
Pros
great people, great tips
Cons
overworked and run to thin.
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5.0
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Hard work but worth it
Server/Bartender/Trainer (Former Employee) –  Salem, ORJune 15, 2018
I worked with this company for over four years and had the pleasure of having an amazing pub manager and staff. Best company to work for in this industry! If you appreciate craft brews and being able to travel around the Pacific northwest to work on the many different properties they have, stick with this company.
Pros
McBenefits, guaranteed breaks, positive atmosphere
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Where to begin...
Link Cook/Prep Cook (Former Employee) –  Beaverton, ORJune 14, 2018
SKELETON-CREW
Constantly short staffed during the busiest times of the year, and if even one cook was unavailable for extended amounts of time the rest of the kitchen staff would easily jump right into way over 40 hours, WITH frequent call-ins. McMenamins can't keep their employees long enough, and they hire the bottom of the barrel with a lot of their employees being inexperienced.

NEPOTISM AND HIRING MISTAKES
Nepotism was frequent, and this caused issues because people who don't know how to keep their cool in a kitchen environment are hired. Poor judge of character on the part of the management at my location.

ABUSE BY MANAGEMENT
A new manager added shortly before I left would frequently walk back into the kitchen during busy rushes and curse and shout at her cooking staff. How they could hire someone to this position who did that can only be attributed to nepotism (or just hiring based on friendliness, not competence and demeanor).

BENEFITS
Benefits were easily the best part of the job: cheap hotel stays, adventurous spirit of the company, discounts on beer, wine, spas, massages, etc. THE BIG ISSUE is that none of that mattered (expect the alcohol) because as noted above you'd never get the time to enjoy nearly ANY of those cushy benefits due to the sheer volume of work they expected of you and the already bone-dry kitchen staff.

The benefits in the long run were just not worth it, expect the health coverage and stock options. But for a young person those don't really matter as much, since many of us are just passing through job-to-job while bettering themselves
  more... from college or trade schools.

In short, the job started out good and was very promising and fun, but the moment things start to slip up it becomes a land-slide of toxicity, stress, and over-demanding, abusive, negligent management. I simply would not recommend this job if you have plans for your future other than flipping burgers.
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Pros
Cheap/Free Lunches, Awesome Benefits
Cons
Skeleton-crew, Long hours make benefits pointless
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Good to the distribution drivers
BREWERY DRIVER (Former Employee) –  Portland, ORJune 8, 2018
The company treats the Production and Distribution departments better than most pub staff. The pay isn't bad, benefits are OK, almost always make your meal credit, little pressure concerning reasonable OT... but in Portland it's just not enough to live on for a household of more than one person. I would work for them again if the pay were higher or cost of living came down.
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Good job while you're in school
Cook/Server (Current Employee) –  Corvallis, ORJune 6, 2018
Make better money here than most restaurants in the area. Some people go the career route, and there is room for advancement, but it's also probably the best job for if you have a limited schedule and need to make enough money to live on.
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Only care about the bottom dollar
Catering Assistant Assistant Manager (Former Employee) –  Portland, ORMay 29, 2018
I never felt like I was supported, listened to or mattered much. Higher-ups often let us know that we were replaceable and that we were lucky to work there. Fellow co-workers established a team like mentality and supported each other when times got tough. This could be such a great place to work if the pressure wasn't on to make as much money as possible in as few hours as we could.
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5.0
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Solid place to work
Prep Cook (Former Employee) –  Troutdale, ORMay 20, 2018
A great place to work if you are not the wait staff! I worked as a prep cook and I enjoyed getting done everyday by 12pm and still have the rest of the day.
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Overall a fun place
Housekeeper/Caterer (Former Employee) –  Troutdale, ORApril 30, 2018
McMenamins has a great, unique family of employees that help each other out and have a good time at work. Most of the time, there is opportunity for advancement in this growing company, but they also have a lot of unique, fun starting positions offered.
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2.0
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Its a job
Food Runner (Former Employee) –  Forest Grove, ORMarch 11, 2018
McMenamins is a job. If you need a job maybe you would like it. I mean really....It's the service industry. If you like being berated by customers you'll love it. If you like being berated by your co-workers youll love it even more.
Pros
Free food
Cons
service industry
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4.0
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Great place
Assitant Manager/Bartender (Former Employee) –  Portland, ORMarch 1, 2018
Fun place face-paced environment. Great company to work for. Worked there as an assistant manager before I relocated to Tacoma, which is why I had to leave.
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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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Quality Company
Dishwasher (Former Employee) –  Gresham, ORFebruary 6, 2018
Wonderful establishment, good work environment, nice employees and room for training in additional duties and room for advancement. Team worked together well in fasted paced environment quickly serving employees.
Pros
Paid Lunch
Cons
Varied works hours
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Great Company
Assistant Manager (Former Employee) –  Portland, ORFebruary 5, 2018
Unique and fun place to work! Never a dull moment, and typically busy and fast paced. Pay scale tends to be competitive for the industry, and progressing up through the ranks is an obtainable goal if you work for it.
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3.0
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Busy, not busy
Managenent (Former Employee) –  Portland, ORJanuary 29, 2018
While there was consistent work days, the work load was feast or famine. There was a constant grind in order to advance and make a reasonable wage.
There was a reasonable amount of options for career advancements and a decent variety of choices.
Pros
Free meal credit
Cons
Depending on position, available hours.
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They a great place to visit but not as good place to work at
Housekeeping (Former Employee) –  Troutdale, ORJanuary 24, 2018
Management can be cleaned up a little bit and the management doesn't need to play favoritism. You do get a pay until six monthsafter working for them
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