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P.F. Chang's

Waitress

June 2018 • Cincinnati, OH

What I liked

Flexible hours, the ability to make a lot of money at any given time based on your performance

What I wish was different

I wish I would have figured out my side work sooner

Advice

Work smarter, not harder
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Host

May - August 2021 • Nashville, TN

What I liked

The pay and hours were nice, and management was very kind and flexible with emergencies and hours for their employees. When we were short on workers, they would roll up their sleeves and personally assist with whatever we needed. They also began training hosts/hostesses in other positions where they could begin earning tips as soon as possible.

What I wish was different

I wish that the waitlist system was applied differently, as busy days could quickly become a nightmare of angry customers and frustration from over-worked servers. Due to pandemic-related issues, a shortage of workers meant that you would have to constantly do things outside of your job description, sometimes resulting in you having to clean the entire dining room by yourself when a busboy decides to leave in the middle of their shift (they pay you for this however, don't get the wrong idea)

Advice

Do not go into the job expecting a glamourous experience. Its the food service industry, there's going to be LOTS of annoying things and people in the way. However, they pay you very well for your troubles ($12/hr starting for all roles) and are incredibly flexible with various issues. Plus, as a bonus, you get to take home any rejected/not-picked up food orders.
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Food runner

June 2017 • Tigard, OR

What I liked

I loved the flexible hoursand how they work with school schedule. There is great management and a work environment that makes me want to stay. I love work.

What I wish was different

I wish it could connect me with my major. I’ve worked with the company for 3 years and I would love to get connected with their public relations department.

Advice

It’s a great job with benefits and allows students, parents, or anyone to work efficiently and without stress.
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Food server

June - August 2019 • West Palm Beach, FL

What I liked

I loved being part of a large team and the business of everyday work.

What I wish was different

Advice

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server

January 2018 - September 2019 • Orem, UT

What I liked

I like the money and being able to socialize with people during my job.

What I wish was different

I wish I wasn’t totally dependent on tips since Utah only pays Servers $2.15 an hour so if I want to pay my rent, I have to get good tips.

Advice

Treat everyone how you want to be treated. As a server I always thought, if I were this table, what would I expect?
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Dining Room Host/Hostess

April 2019 • Grand Rapids, MI

What I liked

The staff is friendly and so are the guests, which makes it fun to work at.

What I wish was different

More employee retention as a lot of people leave after a few months for school.

Advice

It is a great place to work at, lots of fun!
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Line cook

April - August 2019 • Tempe, AZ

What I liked

Learning new cooking techniques and working in teams. The employee environment was really welcoming.

What I wish was different

Getting more opportunity to work in other stations.

Advice

The job is exhausting and really hard on your body, and you can be in the kitchen for up to 12 hours a shift. I have a passion for culinary so I didn’t mind, though I would not recommend this job to anyone if culinary isn’t your forte.
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Hostess

October 2018 • Rochester, MI

What I liked

Management is very hard working, does best to keep friendly working environment. Generous initial pay, flexible hours

What I wish was different

Advice

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Server

June 2016 • Ann Arbor, MI

What I liked

The people

What I wish was different

Nothing

Advice

It's a fun way to get to know people and the restaurant industry
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Restaurant Server

August 2017 • Tempe, AZ

What I liked

Coworkers Environment

What I wish was different

This is a very slow location during summer, wish it was busier. Good for the rest of the year though.

Advice

Good job, good coworkers and good with school schedules
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Waitress

May - August 2018 • Columbia, MD

What I liked

I loved the social environment, my coworkers and I got a long pretty well and helped each other out.

What I wish was different

I wish the customers realized how much the servers work to give them the best service, sometimes I would get undertipped or not tipped at all but I didn't even mess up.

Advice

Find anything you can to make conversation, to make you more relatable or likable with the customers. If you go out of your way to make them happy it will pay off and they usually will be impressed.
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Server

March 2018 • Reno, NV

What I liked

My coworkers

What I wish was different

Nicer customers

Advice

Understand that you are going to have annoying customers but don’t let them ruin your day
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Hostess

February 2018 • Tucson, AZ

What I liked

I absolutely love the people that I work with. They are so much fun and theyre all extremely kind and hardworking.

What I wish was different

I wish that I had been given more hours so I was able to save up more money as I can barely work during the school year.

Advice

Even if you are being yelled at by a customer, if you continue to physically smile it will always make things easier.
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