Kitchen Helper (Former Employee) – Markham, ON – 26 November 2017
I worked there for a co-op and honestly it’s a bit awkward since most of the workers spoke a different language to each other. I also didn’t get to learn many new things I was more free labour than a student.
lack of proper management and communication between managers and associates
busboy/waiter (Current Employee) – Centrepointe, ON – 9 November 2017
A typical day at work wasn't bad unless it got busy. I would have to take on multiple roles at once when it got busy and the boss would get mad at me at times for not doing my first job, which is making sure the tables are cleaned and ready for people to be seated.
Server (Former Employee) – Brampton, ON – 8 April 2017
The environmental was great lots of team work. Lots if muti tasking l, very fast paced Making sure customers were always satisfied and if not satisfied did my best to help meet customers needs Enjoyed speaking to people and enjoy the restaurant experience
Take Out (Former Employee) – Toronto, ON – 2 April 2017
I enjoyed the job, can be stressful when it gets busy and nobody is there to help me. Other than that i loved working there. My coworkers were very nice to me and willing to help me exceed and learn more about how to be efficient.
Large restaurant with a lot to offer customers and many skills for employees.
FOH Manager / Desserts Manager (Current Employee) – North York, ON – 7 September 2016
It is a good place work at. You can learn several different positions there from front of house to serving, to cooking, to managing. It is a busy place to work at but it challenges you to get better at what you do, no matter the position you work in.
Grill Station Line Cook (Former Employee) – Etobicoke, ON – 5 July 2016
Working at one specific location, I did not feel motivated to learn. I was constantly belittled and did not feel that team work was present. Even though I did not enjoy my experience there, I still learnt to work and motivate myself even though I was being talked down to.
Busser/Dishwasher (Current Employee) – Yonge, ON – 25 May 2016
Working at PB was not what i expected. Working full time made me hate it. It was always dirty, you are constantly wet. Running around all the time. Even though there were breaks, it doesn't mean you can take it whenever. overall the work environment was fun but the work load is very heavy.
free meals and flexible hours
Dirty and wet conditions make it harder to work for long periods of time.
Server/Waiter (Former Employee) – Thornhill, ON – 9 May 2016
Working at the Pickle Barrel was a very interesting experience. The esteem that came with being a server in a restaurant made for a very enjoyable starting experience but as time progressed I realized and understood that the workplace was only losing flavour. Managers were constantly understaffed and always calling in other workers to cover shifts. I was able to provide my time during the summer but as the school year approached it was next to impossible to cover all the shifts I was called in to take. The respect the workers gave to management was very minimal due to the treatment of the workers. The managers weren't always there for the staff which made the staff feel unimportant and more on their own which is not the ideal mentality when working as a team in a restaurant. A good job/career offers an employee a sense of identity and pride. This one could only offer that much for a limited time before the workers felt like they were being taken advantage of for their time. Overall I am glad I earned the experience from working here as well as glad I made all the money I did while i could.
Hostess (Former Employee) – Newmarket, ON – 12 May 2015
As the host I would greet and seat the guests. At times I would help out with making desserts and bringing them to the correct tables. At certain times I would help out with taking and bringing take-out orders and taking party sandwich catering orders. As hostess of the pickle barrel I am the first and last face that they see so I always want to make sure that they feel comfortable the first moment they walk in, up until the last moment they leave and hope that their good experience makes them want to return.
While working at the Pickle Barrel I learnt many people skills and how to manage many tasks at once efficiently.
The management of the Pickle Barrel is well prepared for anything to happen, while checking on guests and making sure servers are able to handle their sections efficiently.
My co-workers at Pickle Barrel were friendly and formed a family team environment that made you feel very comfortable and welcome.They were always helpful to any team member that needed it at any time.
The hardest part of the job would be when things are starting to get busy and hard to control. In that situation we would ask for the managers help and they would help us get it under control and moving well again if we did not already succeed to do that before they offered their help.
Some of the most enjoyable things about my job as a hostess at The Pickle Barrel was being able to work in a team environment with the people that also worked there and being in such a friendly atmosphere with all the guests.
Hostess (Former Employee) – Toronto, ON – 28 April 2015
Working as a Hostess in pickle barrel has always been a stressful and busy job. Us hostesses have to deal with customers complaints, take consideration of timing whenever sitting a customer in each server tables, deal with appointments and cancellation, find ways to increase the restaurant pace once dealing with long-line up, and appease to customer satisfactory once they come and go. We are basically the face of the restaurant. People will judge the restaurant base on how they first see us-till they leave. Although it is stressful, I love it at the same time. I guess I just work better in stressful environments.
discount on food
long hours, head manager is agressive and rude, very unprofessional
Nice workplace overall but not professional hours were not guarenteed
Hostess (Former Employee) – Toronto, ON – 1 March 2015
As a hostess sometimes i went into work for just 2/3 hours of work. I had to travel and hour for a two hour shift and management could let you off at any time and I just made minimum wage. They had nice staff but everyone felt the lack of job security.
Take-out Cashier (Former Employee) – Toronto, ON – 15 January 2015
As my job at Pickle Barrel, I was one of the few employees who had a job to do almost every dutie in a everyday full time job from multi-tasking from hostess to the take out cashier and being the dessert bar attendant, etc. The co-workers at Pickle Barrel were exceptional, very friendly while training, patiences, it feels like we're all a family working together to satisfy our customers 100%. The hardest part of the job to me is leaving work when the day is done, because working at Pickle Barrel was a job I really enjoyed doing. The most enjoyable part of the job is seeing a customer leave with a smile on their face, then you know they are satisfied.