Server (Former Employee) – New Brunswick – 14 April 2019
-A typical day at work for me, while I was there, would be anywhere from a 2 hour shift to a 13 hour shift. I didn't really get breaks, and although I'm not one to complain, it was pretty ridiculous. The only shifts I would get a break on would be a 10-12 hour one, where I'd have a short break, long enough to eat, and then be back out on the floor again. I know that this is pretty prominent restaurant industry, so it's not a huge point of critique for me, but was still pretty stressful and a little unnecessary. -The most notable thing, in my opinion, was just how clique-y it was while I worked there. It was not far from the groups and cliques of your average high school, and honestly, this made me more mad than anything else I experienced here. Although there were some kind hearted individuals there, and I won't bash the place completely, it was certainly horrible to see how certain staff members are picked on by everybody else. It's like everyone gets on this band wagon of picking on and almost downright bullying one individual, and it almost seems like management gets on the bandwagon as well, as this poor individual gets there hours cut severely. *As a side note, the point above is pretty location-specific, so I wouldn't take it as 100% fact to all Montana's locations. -It's really hard to move up or progress. Maybe that's just me, because favourites were a huge thing with the managers when I was employed. I also found that my schedule would be kind of consistent for about 2 weeks and then be totally different. For example, for 2 weeks I might get 3 shifts a week andmore... then the next two weeks be working everyday all day. There really was no middle ground. -I actually did learn a lot from working here, although not all of it was good. I learned how to stick up for myself, food safety skills I didn't know until being employed here, and learned that 12 hour shifts without a break, definitely, 100%, without a doubt, is not worth the money. And although working here really wore down on my mental state and self confidence, everyone's experience is different. Just because I didn't have a good experience, doesn't mean you won't. Jobs don't work out all the time and that's okay, I hope the location I worked at has improved. Please keep in mind I worked there quite a while ago in 2016, I just had to get all this out.less
half off food when working
inconsistent hours, somewhat unfriendly to staff, not many or no breaks
Expeditor (Current Employee) – Sydney, NS – 20 January 2019
My time working at Montana's I found myself becoming a lot more confident. I learned how to think of solutions on the spot and solving problems. I am a lot better at communicating because I am the middle man between the servers and the chefs. I learned how to be a strong team leader. As stressful as this job may be, I am thankful I got the opportunity to work at Montana's and to work with such a great team.
Dishwasher (Current Employee) – Whitby, ON – 29 May 2018
the restuarant was very busy and high stress, there were alot of responsbilities such making sure all the dishes cleaned properly and put back in the correct place, making sure that all the garabges were emptied and counters were wiped and cleaned, bus bin were washed
Line Cook (Former Employee) – Dartmouth, NS – 28 January 2018
while I worked at my limited time at Montana's, I discovered that there was a lack of management. I had quite a few run-ins with a certain manager who did not treat her staff very well and it was a consistent problem during service. We would run out of products that were required for service often. I had a fun time working there because I had my co-workers to keep me afloat.
management, long hours, not knowing when you're getting off work.
Line Cook (Former Employee) – St. Albert, AB – 22 September 2016
I worked the fryer, made appetizers and salads. the people were really fun to work with and i enjoyed cooking. I worked until 12 at night sometimes which was a downside, but it was also nice started later in the day.
Hostess/Server (Current Employee) – St. John's, NL – 28 August 2016
Montanas Cookhouse is a great place to work. A typical day at work consists of all the employees working their hardest to make the guests happy and everyone helping each other out to achieve this goal. The management is amazing, they just be our friend and always listen. Most weekend nights they even stay a bit past closing time for the closing employees to enjoy some food. My co-workers are the most amazing people I have ever met in my entire life, so amazing that for my 19th birthday the whole restaurant threw a surprise party for me at a co-workers house and by the time Montana's closed the whole restaurant was there. Even the managers cause they really do try to be our friends. The hardest part of the job is when it gets extremely busy and guests get upset about the waiting time for a table but it's not something we can control. The most enjoyable part is how much everyone gets along and is there for each other.
50% off when working. 20% off for 8 guests including myself at all Cara restaurants. Tips.