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Earls Kitchen + Bar Reviews

Updated 21 June, 2017
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Pros
  • A great place to make long lasting friendships with great people (in 17 reviews)

  • People are fun, and the food is good (in 7 reviews)

Cons
  • It seems there is zero work/life balance anywhere in the company (in 9 reviews)

  • Some long hours working in the kitchen, evenings and weekends (in 13 reviews)

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  1. "Assistant Manager"

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    • Senior Management
    Former Employee - Assistant General Manager in Toronto, ON
    Former Employee - Assistant General Manager in Toronto, ON
    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    Approves of CEO

    I worked at Earls Kitchen + Bar full-time (More than 3 years)

    Pros

    Great atmosphere, good people,

    Cons

    Bonus structure is not competitive and base salary is low


  2. "Loved the culture, Hated the politics"

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    • Culture & Values
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    • Comp & Benefits
    • Senior Management
    Former Employee - Server/Bartender in Whistler, BC
    Former Employee - Server/Bartender in Whistler, BC
    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    Approves of CEO

    I worked at Earls Kitchen + Bar full-time (More than 3 years)

    Pros

    The business model is top notch, so organized from A-Z!! Room to be creative, learn and grow. Supportive managers (can't count the times they have bussed tables, took orders or took care of details without having to ask! Amazing!) They love when you take initiative to learn more, do more and advance your position. They are constantly recognizing employees for their hard work. The company truly cares about quality of food/drinks and it shows! Earls brand/reputation is of high standards, working here would stand out on your resume for future employers.

    Cons

    Constantly on top of you to keep up to date with the forever rotating food and drink menu, having everything memorized and constantly being tested (fair, but super annoying!). Wages are low and tip out is high (4.5%) and based on your total sales (so if you made bad tips you're basically paying for that guest to eat there). I have found many times our managers weren't that honest to your face. There is a lot of competition between locations (highest food/drink-bill times, highest profits).

    Advice to Management

    Pay your employees more! (and take the lead on this! Reward them without employee having to ask or beg)


  3. "efficient"

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    Former Employee - Earls Server in Edmonton, AB
    Former Employee - Earls Server in Edmonton, AB
    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    No opinion of CEO

    Pros

    Great place to work at Great environment for people to locate and coworkers a very understanding, Beautiful ladiesand great Gentlemen to work with

    Cons

    Not enough hours,giving away too many responsibilities to people who cannot handle it, sometimes people don't know what they say and try to offend other people

    Advice to Management

    Need better cleaning crew


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  5. "It's not what I want to do as a career, but a good atmosphere to kill time."

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    Current Employee - Hostess in Vancouver, BC
    Current Employee - Hostess in Vancouver, BC
    Recommends
    Negative Outlook
    No opinion of CEO

    I have been working at Earls Kitchen + Bar part-time (More than a year)

    Pros

    Good people. I've met lots of people I connect with and remain friends with outside of work. Makes going to work enjoyable as it's very social.

    Cons

    The capitalist ideals of the larger company. The ways in which the costumer is always right even if they are acting out.

    Advice to Management

    Trust your partners. Sometimes your staff is not treated right by guests and I think they should have more freedom to stick up for themselves. Bad behaviour should not be swept under the rug to make a buck.


  6. "Great start to becoming a Chef!"

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    • Comp & Benefits
    • Senior Management
    Former Employee - Line Cook in Vancouver, BC
    Former Employee - Line Cook in Vancouver, BC

    I worked at Earls Kitchen + Bar full-time (Less than a year)

    Pros

    • Awesome team
    • Great entry-level start to learn some culinary skills
    • Weekly tips available to all staff

    Cons

    • Hours can be tough for night/closing
    • Base rate a little low

    Advice to Management

    Would be good to offer some compensation for staff working night to early morning closing shifts.

    Earls Kitchen + Bar Response

    24 Mar, 2017 – People Brand Specialist

    Thank you for taking the time to write a response! We wish you the best in all your future endeavours.


  7. "server"

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    Current Employee - Food Server in Calgary, AB
    Current Employee - Food Server in Calgary, AB
    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    Approves of CEO

    I have been working at Earls Kitchen + Bar part-time (More than a year)

    Pros

    great management team to work with, albeit sometimes under prepared

    Cons

    clientele is most frustrating part of serving jobs as usual


  8. "Server"

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    Former Employee - Earls Server in Whistler, BC
    Former Employee - Earls Server in Whistler, BC
    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    No opinion of CEO

    I worked at Earls Kitchen + Bar part-time (More than a year)

    Pros

    Decent tips, staff discounts, flexible scheduling.

    Cons

    Late nights, inconsistent income, large tip out.

    Advice to Management

    Value your employees more, engage in more friendly competition and team building activities.


  9. "Server"

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    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee in Vancouver, BC
    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee in Vancouver, BC
    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    Approves of CEO

    I worked at Earls Kitchen + Bar part-time (More than 3 years)

    Pros

    From the moment I was hired at Earls Test Kitchen, I was given a training session that would stick with me forever. Throughout my 3 years of serving part-time at the Test Kitchen, I felt a strong sense of family that I've never experienced before in an establishment. As a server, I appreciate how the company's operations remain strict and organized. Overall, I would recommend Earls Kitchen + Bar to anyone looking to work hard and have fun. The culture of this company is refreshing.

    Cons

    Downsides include serving mouth-watering dishes while hungry. In other words, I did not experience anything negative while working at Earls Test Kitchen.


  10. Helpful (2)

    "Excellent environment"

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    Former Employee - Server/Bartender in Edmonton, AB
    Former Employee - Server/Bartender in Edmonton, AB
    Recommends
    Neutral Outlook
    No opinion of CEO

    I worked at Earls Kitchen + Bar full-time (More than 3 years)

    Pros

    - A fun and self-directed environment
    - Keeps you busy and time goes by quicky
    - A great place to make long lasting friendships with great people
    - Depending on your skill, you can make insanely good money with tips

    Cons

    - Favouritism is often at play which means you have to work even harder to get noticed
    - Management needs to work on doling out equal recognition opportunities to all staff and not just their favourites or their friends


  11. "Manager"

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    • Senior Management
    Current Employee - Manager in Vancouver, BC
    Current Employee - Manager in Vancouver, BC
    Recommends
    Neutral Outlook
    Approves of CEO

    I have been working at Earls Kitchen + Bar full-time (More than 3 years)

    Pros

    Great leadership development and culture

    Cons

    Low pay and Long nights


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