A&W Restaurants
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Nice place to work at; fast paced

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Management is nice. Manager is understanding and nice to her employees; however, it is a tiring job as you stand for a long time every day. I do recommend the job.
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Hard to maintain work life balance

I was working at a&w to get my permanent residence papers. It was hard to maintain work life balance. I worked there as an assistant maanger for almost 2 years. I used to work almost 12 hours a day on fixed salary almost 6 days a week.
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It’s a decent place to work

It’s really not a hard place to work. Sometimes it’s stressful, during rushes. Over time, though, it gets easier. Like any job, it takes time to get used to.

Pros

Good people.

Cons

Bad people, no free meals unless you’re on graveyard shift, weird hours
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Manque de respect de l’humain.

L’être humain est considéré comme un numéro, une machine. Il serait peut être temps pour certains employeurs de comprendre ce que veux dire : être humain.
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To many don't treat you good

Last place I worked in Bracebridge for 3 years didn't even give me my last pay of over 200 and they had all uniform back they left buns out all day to lazy to pull in so sea gulls would peck at bags I did 4 to close mostly always left for me

Pros

Never got free meal

Cons

Wrong people as team leaders
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Better than your usual fast food job

Job itself is fairly easy. Once you pick up the menu and the system you’re good. Had good management at my location so that really helped. If you have a good crew you get along with, shifts can be almost fun. Worst parts being when buses come and you’re slammed for 20 minutes. Most of the regulars are sweet older folks, and some even tip! Good for if you’re in school. However you will probably smell like burgers for a while…
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Terrible management but i can not speak for all a&w

I do not recommend. The management were very unprofessional. The environment was toxic and overall the experience was definitely not worth it.
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Red flags

Worked at the A&W in Morinville for seven months, the first couple of months was fine a couple of hiccups here and there but whatever. And then the management issues started, schedule gaps where people weren't working for up to an hour, never knew when I worked because there was two different schedules or because it wasn't published until the day before, I had to practically beg for time off, no one liked working there.The building itself is falling apart and during the heatwave in 2021 there was no air con. My coworkers were amazing people but honestly, you'd be better off working at Sobeys or Dollar Tree
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Boring

As a first job, I would recommend it.But the job is actually boring, and pay is really bad. After getting the experience that you need, get another job
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Great starter job

Worked here as my first job. Great starter job. Only left because of accommodation issues. I have feet problems can't be on my feet for too long. Did not have issues while working.
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Good place but working is stressful and even pay is minimum.

Its a good place but working so hard and being paid just minimum with no stat pay on holidays is heart breaking, only some people are good. Rest just take advantage of you. Take care.
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Easy place to work

Very good job while in school, very flexible schedule and fun coworkers. You can usually work whatever shifts you would like. Shifts tend to go by fast due to busy atmosphere.
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Good for quick money if you can deal with the stress

Didn't get vacation pay and god screwed over many times plus I was drugged by a customer and wasn't sent home. So it's a pretty shabby company or at least the person running the establishment

Pros

40 percent off food

Cons

Customer attitude and fast paced and no support for staff
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A moderately okay stepping stone job

This was a wonderful place to work when I first started but with five manger swaps in one year as well as covid breathing down our neck it just wasn’t worth it for 14.25 Many many checklist to get through per shift though breakfast will always have a shorter task list to get done and many times in the evening shift were left to make up for morning shifts incomplete task sheet (folding/rolling cutlery, washing dishes, cleaning grills and kitchen countertops, checking/changing soda syrups) co workers made it okay but when they left I had to go too worked there for almost three years and the new management never knew what was going on who was coming or going

Pros

%50 discount on food, Flexible schedules

Cons

Long hours, No backing from management on policy issues, (most times with customers who the policies are for), Extra work completing overdue task lists
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Fun workplace, fast paced

Everyone is nice. Lovely and nice staff. If you are new there, the manager and all co worker would try to help you out which is so lovely. However, you have to work under fast-paced and you have to spend at least 2-4 days to get used to the work pace and everything

Pros

Fun environment

Cons

Fast-paced
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bad workplace

higher ups are disrespectful and act like you have no life while scheduling. quite stressful environment, the only good parts are the coworkers. didn't give me my uniform for a month and blamed me when i didn't wear one

Pros

cheap food

Cons

long hours, stressful
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Productive, speedy services.

Productive, speedy services for happy, picky eaters and not so happy customers that do not understand the customer service sector.I felt like I was in the army when ever the manager was around.

Pros

Meals at half price.

Cons

Meals should be free, they should have modified duties for disabilities.
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Productive and fun workplace with table tennis table

Make sure everything is done right and check all the Memu and dining room areas before you open put the coffee maker on. Sugars, Creams, stirring sticks, napkins

Pros

Free lunch

Cons

Long hours
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Bad Interviewing Process/Followup

Went to go for a job interview as a friend that I knew had worked there. He said they were really understaffed and that I should apply. I went to the interview and it went well (that's what it looked like) and said they would be in touch with me. They never got in touch and my friend was dumbfounded and quit as there was too much pressure as they were understaffed.
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Worst Place to work

This is a worst place to work , fake managers , bad salary disrespectful environment. I am being to restaurant industry from 4 hours but this was my worst experience working with them. Managers and owners are worst do not work in A and W anywhere.
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Gérant horrible, rabaisse les nouveaux au lieu de les aider

Faut mettre sa fierté de côté et accepter de se faire humilier pour travailler dans cette entreprise.

Cons

Courtes pauses, mauvaise ambiance de travail
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Based on 738 reviews

Ratings by category

3.4 out of 5 stars for Work/Life Balance
2.6 out of 5 stars for Salary/Benefits
3.0 out of 5 stars for Job security/advancement
3.3 out of 5 stars for Management
3.3 out of 5 stars for Culture

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