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First and foremost, don’t work for macleod trail! The possibility of advancement is zero. “Aces in their places”, or a nice way of the sous chefs telling you they are too lazy to train, and management is unwilling to put those training hours down. Inconsistency is the name of the game, with no follow ups, so the inconsistency stays pretty consistent unfortunately. Work life balance is horrible, with the scheduling app GIVING YOU a start and end time, BUT only the start time is enforced. There is no care about your personal life, responsibilities, or even your set availability. Really great company culture, if only it could be followed. Kitchen is RUN DOWN to the point the steamer leaks boiling hot water and scalds you when it hits you. The equipment does not facilitate learning, efficiency, or cleanliness. Management on both ends constantly bad mouth other employees around people, leaving you wondering what they say about you when you leave. Stay away from MAC T if you want to keep your passion for food service.
Great boh & foh staff to work with
No work life balance, terrible equipment, run down kitchen, no room for advancement
Hmm, the management heads are not good people. They try to pass as caring but at the end of the day all they care about is money, not you. They don't do any real work unless their own boss is around, they will let you suffer on your own during rushes. They offer no support. If you get on their bad side they will ice you out and make your life miserable.
made cool friends
Cactus club are penny pinchers, they will cut staff and screw over their team if it meant to save a few bucks. Stressful work environment and the occasional temper tantrum from the chef's, high expectations, low pay, you are not treated well here, working here feels like you are slowly chipping away at your sanity and dignity. Perfectionism reigns supreme and you are expected to work like an impeccable unfeeling automaton. If you make a mistake you will be hearing about it from 6 different managers.
Long hours, low pay, hostile work environment.
Upper management needs to work on development and strength of their team to be able to lead adequately. The support does not exist, the job security does not exist, favourites are played and you are frequently asking about why you're there. That is until you develop friendships with some of the most incredible people you've ever met FOH and BOH. Good people want to work for the best company, and overall, this place is. It's only the location that I worked at last that is so so poor. Do yourself a favour and investigate the leadership at the locations you have nearest to you before making a decision. It makes a MASSIVE difference in how much you love this company.
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Never feeling good enough
Usually its a question of performance or dedication to long hours but a combination of both still won't promote you. If you don't fit in with the crowd you won't have much of a future. The odd manager will coach you however the majority of the time is a sink or swim environment. Pay is bare minimum
the customer base
the colleague base
Cactus Club is a great place to work, and has a good vibe/environment. I have made lots of friends, and it has given me the chance to learn new skills.
Good environment, people skills, and good pay
can be stressful, clientele can be difficult at times
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A fantastic place to work. Became very close with not only your fellow employees but the management aswell. Felt a great sense of care from everyone. Was given many opportunities to further my growth as a person and as a restaurant employee.
people are really nice long hours but doable management is kinda eh you can see favouritism. Working here you'll learn different techniques to cook but you dont really learn how to cook everything is already pre determined and you jsut follow the steps to cook.
The management was consistently terrible, we were constantly understaffed and I often had to hop between being both prep cook and dishwasher because they didn't hire enough people
Cooks sneak you free food
Long Hours, Long Commute if you don't live in Downtown
False hope and promise to advance. String you along to keep you interested in the job and then overwork you, hard to get time off, work life balance is stressful. 15 minute breaks on 8+ hour shifts, getting them to pay overtime deserved is like pulling teeth. GM isn't involved in moral. Difficult experience.