Tavistock Restaurants

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Tavistock Restaurants Reviews

Updated 11 October, 2014
Updated 11 October, 2014
15 Reviews
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15 Reviews
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  1.  

    Lack of Transparency, Promises Unkept, Constant Change to Management

    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee

    I worked at Tavistock Restaurants as a contractor (more than an year)

    Pros

    I've heard that over the past year, it was great to work here because things were happening and campaigns were running. However, that pretty much stopped when I arrived, and I had no idea.

    Cons

    There isn't much passion in the employees nor innovation to do more with the brands.

    Doesn't Recommend
    Negative Outlook
  2.  

    Horrible,Horrible company to work for.

    • Comp & Benefits
    • Work/Life Balance
    • Senior Management
    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee in Boston, MA (US)
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee in Boston, MA (US)

    I have been working at Tavistock Restaurants part-time (more than 3 years)

    Pros

    It's a job. It still pays fairly well considering it's an all gratuity job.

    Cons

    Tavistock just doesn't care at all for it's line employees. They have demonstrated this attitude towards us time and time again. I'f your considering a job with this corp. look elsewhere if you value your pride and self esteem.

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    Grow a pair Tavistock , and show that you do care about your employees and not just your bottom line.

    Doesn't Recommend
    Neutral Outlook
    No opinion of CEO
  3. 1 person found this helpful  

    Laid off due to office closure---thankfully.

    • Comp & Benefits
    • Work/Life Balance
    • Senior Management
    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee in Emeryville, CA (US)
    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee in Emeryville, CA (US)

    I worked at Tavistock Restaurants full-time (more than 3 years)

    Pros

    The wages were fine, though I worked there for three years & still left without making the median income of the city we were based in.

    Cons

    Absolutely toxic environment with very few perks. Very low morale around corporate office. Instead of having working systems put in place, we were forced to cobble together broken systems and hope for the best.

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    Take value in your employees from the bottom to the top. They're the ones padding your pockets.

    Doesn't Recommend
    Negative Outlook
    Disapproves of CEO
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  5.  

    Worst Company I've Ever Worked For

    • Comp & Benefits
    • Work/Life Balance
    • Senior Management
    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    Current Employee - Sever in Los Gatos, CA (US)
    Current Employee - Sever in Los Gatos, CA (US)

    I have been working at Tavistock Restaurants part-time (more than 5 years)

    Pros

    It's employment. That's about it.

    Cons

    TERRIBLE MANAGEMENT: they take employees' tips, extort money from the staff, adjust employees' time cards, sit in the office when it's busy and they are consistently unable to execute proper hiring and training. The management at the corporate level is just as bad.

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    Stop breaking labor laws, stop being lazy, learn basic business skills and invest in REAL MANAGERS & RESTAURANT PROFESSIONALS.

    Doesn't Recommend
    Negative Outlook
    Disapproves of CEO
  6. 1 person found this helpful  

    Good job with Downfalls

    • Comp & Benefits
    • Work/Life Balance
    • Senior Management
    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee in Emeryville, CA (US)
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee in Emeryville, CA (US)

    I have been working at Tavistock Restaurants full-time (more than 5 years)

    Pros

    Colleagues are one of the best people to work around. Get to eat at the company restaurants every month. Learned a lot about accounting in the past 2 years.

    Cons

    Company went through several changes in the years I have worked here. Salaries aren't the best but you learn a lot.
    Currently outsourcing all accounting to Kansas.

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    Please learn to treat your employees like people and not robots.

    Doesn't Recommend
    Negative Outlook
    Disapproves of CEO
  7.  

    Bussing at the Coach Grill

    • Comp & Benefits
    • Work/Life Balance
    • Senior Management
    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    Current Employee - Busser in Wayland, MA (US)
    Current Employee - Busser in Wayland, MA (US)

    I have been working at Tavistock Restaurants part-time (more than an year)

    Pros

    good pay for part time

    Cons

    staff changes a lot, not much connection with management, a lot of work, training

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    Get more in touch with employees

    Recommends
    Neutral Outlook
    No opinion of CEO
  8. 1 person found this helpful  

    the worse company!!!!

    • Comp & Benefits
    • Work/Life Balance
    • Senior Management
    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    Former Employee - Server
    Former Employee - Server

    I worked at Tavistock Restaurants part-time (more than 8 years)

    Pros

    there are no best reasons to work for this company. I work part-time for almost 8 years, I wanted to quit so many times....but I just need some extra cash in my pocket (I like to save for different reasons) . I was never appreciated , I was never late for my shift, ....maybe I was to serious for that place, people started to hate me....

    Cons

    dealing with low class people, bad management

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    treat you good employee with respect, appreciated them. I am glad I am out of there and frustrated in the same time, they did not deserve me!!

    Doesn't Recommend
    Neutral Outlook
    No opinion of CEO
  9. 1 person found this helpful  

    Boys Club

    • Comp & Benefits
    • Work/Life Balance
    • Senior Management
    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    Former Employee - Tavistock Shift Manager
    Former Employee - Tavistock Shift Manager

    I worked at Tavistock Restaurants full-time (more than an year)

    Pros

    The environment in the restaurant was usually upbeat and exciting; diversity of staff; no two days were alike

    Cons

    Lack of value placed in long-term employees; promotional opportunities are very limited, especially for women in this organization

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    Place a little more value on the people in the trenches. In our unit, people who run the daily operations seem to be ignored until there's a problem. Sometimes feels like middle school with the "us versus them" mentality between Corporate and the rest of the company. You have a great product but you also have to keep your people happy and interested in promoting it.

    Doesn't Recommend
    Negative Outlook
    Disapproves of CEO
  10.  

    napa valley grille los angeles server job

    • Comp & Benefits
    • Work/Life Balance
    • Senior Management
    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    Former Employee - Server in Los Angeles, CA (US)
    Former Employee - Server in Los Angeles, CA (US)

    I worked at Tavistock Restaurants full-time (more than an year)

    Pros

    decent money at night, for a corporation they were pretty nice. Food is really good

    Cons

    working a lunch shift is fast paced and stressful with very little money and you have to pay for parking. intense server training.

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    Be nice to the lunch servers, they are making very little money for the work and training that is involved. Don't give pop quizes.

    Recommends
    Neutral Outlook
  11. 2 people found this helpful  

    The Worst Restaurant Company

    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee

    I have been working at Tavistock Restaurants

    Pros

    Food, location, tips. However, the few pros are far outweighed by the numerous cons of this company.

    Cons

    All the bad reviews for this company are all accurate. Tavistock is the worst restaurant company. It is so incredibly behind its competition. The standards that have been commonplace at other restaurants for decades are not practiced here. It is the lowest employee morale and everyone wants to quit. Some of the many reasons why:

    — No growth opportunities, no raises, and no promotions.

    — Tyrannical management style. Employees are yelled at and harassed daily.

    — Management not properly trained in dealing with people, employees and customers.

    — Payroll checks regularly shorted; employees have to fight for pay for hours already worked.

    — Two weeks notice not honored; those who quit told to leave immediately without pay.

    — No work-life balance. They want you to be married to your job and are blatantly hostile to employees with families.

    — Excessively high turnover rate. They are constantly advertising for new employees at every level. Positions are unfilled for months so skeleton crews have to do the work of 2 or 3 people with no bump in pay.

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    Keep up with the times and do some research about what every other restaurant company is doing today to retain employees and comply with current labor laws. You need serious updating and overhauling of your systems and upper management training. The word is out about your company and the quality people you need will not even consider you as a serious employment option.

    Doesn't Recommend
    Negative Outlook
    Disapproves of CEO

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