NYAJ was a fantastic place to work, however, like many other companies/corporate entities, the higher-ups may not be the best-received. That being said, the managers and boh/foh staff were amazing and cared about their product and environment. Everyone gave 110% and wanted what was best for the restaurant, each other, and the guests who came in.
The shift would normally with (saying 'hi' to everybody/hugging your family) pre-meal: talking about new menu items, points of concern or praise, specials, wine, beer, general well-being of everyone. Most shifts were busy, always something to do--if not you, personally, there was always someone else to help.
Management was (for the most part) absolutely amazing. Everyone worked so hard for their staff. The best part was that management was really transparent and good about keeping their employees in the loop--about staff performances, new and exciting news, etc. If there was an issue, nothing was ever said by means of back-handed comments, or met with pettiness that one may hear about happening in other establishments.
I had nothing but positive experiences (looking back, of course. When anyone is in the weeds, or finds themselves burning out, things may definitely seem more negative at the time). Not Your Average Joe's is a place where if you treat the establishment, and all of it's working parts, well, they will take care of you (from what I noticed during my time there).