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College Chefs Reviews

Updated 19 March, 2019
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College Chefs Owner Kevin Gadus
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Pros
  • "decent pay when broken down on an hourly basis as I don't get paid as much as my other jobs but I also don't work nearly as much" (in 4 reviews)

  • "As a relatively young chef with about 10 years in restaurants this job is a breeze" (in 17 reviews)

Cons
  • "I honestly think sorority and fraternity houses should just keep the kitchen private" (in 2 reviews)

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  1. "Great company to work for!!!"

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    • Work/Life Balance
    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    • Comp & Benefits
    • Senior Management
    Current Employee - Area Manager
    Current Employee - Area Manager
    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    Approves of CEO

    I have been working at College Chefs full-time (More than 5 years)

    Pros

    Full support from the management team, Cares a lot about their employees, A lot of vacation time, Great pay, Amazing culture the company has built, and they show their appreciation on a daily basis.

    Cons

    Health and Dental benefits could be better


  2. "Good place to work if you enjoy being a chef and traveling for work"

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    • Work/Life Balance
    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    • Comp & Benefits
    • Senior Management
    Current Employee - Regional Director
    Current Employee - Regional Director
    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    Approves of CEO

    I have been working at College Chefs full-time (More than 5 years)

    Pros

    Good management support staff
    Ability to travel for work
    Good pay
    Ability to work from home

    Cons

    Can be highly stressful throughout the year
    On call 24/7
    Medical benefits could be better

    Advice to Management

    Continue pushing positive culture and teamwork.

  3. "Best Culture Around!"

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    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    • Comp & Benefits
    • Senior Management
    Current Employee - Marketing Coordinator
    Current Employee - Marketing Coordinator
    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    Approves of CEO

    I have been working at College Chefs full-time (More than a year)

    Pros

    Great culture, solid pay, management will make sure they put you in best position to succeed.

    Cons

    Some of the benefits could be improved.


  4. "Great challenging place to grow as a individual team member"

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    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    • Comp & Benefits
    • Senior Management
    Current Employee - Head Chef in Corvallis, OR (US)
    Current Employee - Head Chef in Corvallis, OR (US)
    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    Approves of CEO

    I have been working at College Chefs full-time (Less than a year)

    Pros

    1. Monday thru Friday for the most no earlier than 7a.m. and no later than 6.p.m. weekends off for the most part. 1week off paid for turkey day 4weeks off paid for Christmas 1 week for spring break and four to five 3 day weekends through the year. I was sold on this aspect alone. Oh and did I mention the summer off which college chefs does not deny unemployment for the summer.
    2. Great leadership that is knowledgeable, compassionate and has integrity no wishy washy bolognia.
    3. No bosses leaning over your shoulder breathing down your neck with coffee breath. But plenty of support if needed upon request.

    All and all my experiences have been great with college chefs and the people we work with are great.

    Cons

    1. The way we communicate is a bit challenging at first, but I got it done and became more tech sauce because of colleges chefs.
    2. Can be quite challenging at times and the work load can be alot, but as chefs we rise to the occasion and it just makes you stronger.
    3. Accepting the fact that you can't make every client happy.

    Advice to Management

    Keep doing what your doing and come see us more.


  5. "Fun Job, Good Company"

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    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    • Comp & Benefits
    • Senior Management
    Current Employee - Executive Chef in Lexington, KY (US)
    Current Employee - Executive Chef in Lexington, KY (US)
    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    Approves of CEO

    I have been working at College Chefs full-time (Less than a year)

    Pros

    Nice Benefits, Paid Vacation, Creative Freedom

    Cons

    Being laid off all summer

    Advice to Management

    Incentives for meeting semester budget goals, winning contests, etc, etc, etc.


  6. "Great Managers, Cool Food!"

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    • Work/Life Balance
    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    • Comp & Benefits
    • Senior Management
    Current Employee - Head Chef in Moscow, ID (US)
    Current Employee - Head Chef in Moscow, ID (US)
    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    Approves of CEO

    I have been working at College Chefs full-time (Less than a year)

    Pros

    I'm treated like a respected professional, who knows what they're doing.
    I get to write my own menus and do my own ordering, all within a clearly stated budget.
    Can't go wrong w/ paid breaks during the school year, and we have actual usable benefits.

    Cons

    Summer lay-off can be a minor drag, but that is inherent in the business model. Unemployment for the seasonally laid off attached worker is an easy mitigation.

    Advice to Management

    As far as my own experience so far, just keep doing what you're doing, and don't try to fix things that aren't broken.


  7. "Great company, great people, great job"

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    • Work/Life Balance
    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    • Comp & Benefits
    • Senior Management
    Current Employee - Regional Director
    Current Employee - Regional Director
    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    Approves of CEO

    I have been working at College Chefs full-time (More than 3 years)

    Pros

    Work with great chefs with a shared goal of providing ridiculously good food service
    Ability to be creative and always feel supported
    Opportunity for advancement
    Fast paced, adrenaline rush, travel
    Work as a team where input is expected and valued, generally we collaborate and are not dictated to

    Cons

    At first the unknown, the unexpected calls, 24/7 availability and the sudden change in plans, After a while it becomes a lifestyle you crave and it's the down time that feels awkward

  8. "Awesome"

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    • Culture & Values
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    • Comp & Benefits
    • Senior Management
    Current Employee - Head Chef in Decatur, IL (US)
    Current Employee - Head Chef in Decatur, IL (US)
    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    Approves of CEO

    I have been working at College Chefs full-time (More than 3 years)

    Pros

    I have been with College Chefs for right at 3 years. I love my job. I get to be creative and take suggestions from the house. Set schedule sun-thurs. Occasional later evening for an event. Paid winter break of over 4 weeks plus holidays and spring break

    Cons

    Unpaid summer break but job placement with summer camps is available

    Advice to Management

    Reward or incentive for maintaining budget


  9. "You Can't beat The Vacation time!"

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    • Work/Life Balance
    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    • Comp & Benefits
    • Senior Management
    Current Employee - Head Chef in Bloomington, IN (US)
    Current Employee - Head Chef in Bloomington, IN (US)
    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    Approves of CEO

    I have been working at College Chefs full-time (Less than a year)

    Pros

    I love working for this company, it has truely allowed me to be able to hone my passion and have a life. I love that I am my own real limiter and I can make my own decisions without being micromanaged. Small crew, Great hours, Great Pay, Gr Vacation time!

    Cons

    No summer placement, but they are upfront about this so it can be managed with proper finacial management.

    Advice to Management

    Keep working on communication, it is getting better than it was!


  10. "Good life work balance"

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    • Work/Life Balance
    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    • Comp & Benefits
    • Senior Management
    Current Employee - Head Chef in Madison, WI (US)
    Current Employee - Head Chef in Madison, WI (US)
    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    Approves of CEO

    I have been working at College Chefs full-time (Less than a year)

    Pros

    6 week paid vacation
    Menu freedom lots of creativity
    Upper management our chefs and our more of a coach then a boss

    Cons

    No work in the summer

    Advice to Management

    Could use a little more training for new chefs
    I would like to see more of the food competition next year with a small award for example maybe a 1 week budget increase for the top 5