ARAMARK

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ARAMARK Reviews

Updated 18 August 2014
Updated 18 August 2014
625 Reviews

3.0
625 Reviews
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ARAMARK CEO Eric J. Foss
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Review Highlights

Pros
  • Good work-life balance if you are in the right account, good 401k program and benefits (in 16 reviews)

  • Ability to learn various aspects of contract management; opportunity to work in different lines of business (in 12 reviews)


Cons
  • It has a horrible work life balance (in 16 reviews)

  • The upper management that wasn't at the direct location was never seen (in 25 reviews)

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Employee Reviews

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  1.  

    A great company to work for

    • Comp & Benefits
    • Work/Life Balance
    • Senior Management
    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    Current Employee - Food Service Director  in  New York, NY (US)
    Current Employee - Food Service Director in New York, NY (US)

    Pros

    In B&I and have most weekends off and evenings too.. Hours can be long, usually from early morning to late afternoon. Good company benefits and a nice 410K plan

    Cons

    If you loose you account for reasons that you can't control you could be out of a job. You can cover over accounts if your colleagues go on vacation, but this usually involves you being willing to travel far and work lounger hours, while learning how they do things at their account.

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    be honest

    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    Approves of CEO
  2.  

    Not the best job for entry level

    • Comp & Benefits
    • Work/Life Balance
    • Senior Management
    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    Current Employee - Lead  in  Houston, TX (US)
    Current Employee - Lead in Houston, TX (US)

    Pros

    Good company benefits for full time employees

    Cons

    Reduce hours during the summer

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    Pay employees their worth not pennies.

    Doesn't Recommend
    Neutral Outlook
    Disapproves of CEO
  3.  

    Mostly positive

    Current Employee - Food Service Director  in  San Francisco, CA (US)
    Current Employee - Food Service Director in San Francisco, CA (US)

    Pros

    OK pay and benefits. Co Workers interesting

    Cons

    didn't support promotion and working in jails hard on the "Soul"

    Recommends
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  5.  

    Student Employee Experience

    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee

    Pros

    Nice Manager, frequent training, state minimum wages

    Cons

    Too tight about working hours. Over employed

  6.  

    Fast paced, diverse, all encompassing experience

    • Comp & Benefits
    • Work/Life Balance
    • Senior Management
    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    Current Employee - Sous Chef  in  Charlottesville, VA (US)
    Current Employee - Sous Chef in Charlottesville, VA (US)

    Pros

    Ability to learn culturally diverse foods and provide service to a university students whose love for great food is beginning with us.

    Cons

    very fast paced environment servicing upwards of 2000 customers per meal service(2hrs) can be a bit challenging physically

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    communicate explicitly and frequently for best results

    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    No opinion of CEO
  7.  

    Retail Manager

    • Comp & Benefits
    • Work/Life Balance
    • Senior Management
    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    Current Employee - Retail Manager  in  Wichita, KS (US)
    Current Employee - Retail Manager in Wichita, KS (US)

    Pros

    ARAMARK is truly committed to customer satisfaction, they have great programs and tools to assure you succeed in what ever position you hold in the company. ARAMARK promotes within the company before looking outside the company, There HR Department is great, whatever the question they have the answer and take time to explain ARAMARK policy's and benefits.

    Cons

    Cannot think of any cons. ARAMARK Is a great company to work for, they are truly committed to there employees. They have great training programs, great work life balance, great benefits.

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    Continue to engage with your employees they are your greatest asset!

    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    Approves of CEO
  8.  

    Life with Aramark

    • Comp & Benefits
    • Work/Life Balance
    • Senior Management
    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    Former Employee - Biomed Tech  in  Norfolk, VA (US)
    Former Employee - Biomed Tech in Norfolk, VA (US)

    Pros

    You were a family when you work with Aramark

    Cons

    If you leave for any reason you are shunned for life.

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    Consider taking back former employees.

    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    Approves of CEO
  9.  

    Cashier

    • Comp & Benefits
    • Work/Life Balance
    • Senior Management
    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    Current Employee - Lead Cashier  in  Kanata, ON (Canada)
    Current Employee - Lead Cashier in Kanata, ON (Canada)

    Pros

    Wonderful environment and wonderful employers to work for. Very laid back and enjoyable atmosphere to work in.

    Cons

    Is night time work and can work past 11 pm at nights

    Recommends
    Neutral Outlook
  10.  

    I had a very good work experience and I wish that I was able to stay longer.

    • Comp & Benefits
    • Work/Life Balance
    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    Former Employee - Food Prep, Cook, Server, Cashier  in  Chicago, IL (US)
    Former Employee - Food Prep, Cook, Server, Cashier in Chicago, IL (US)

    Pros

    During my brief experience with this company I've witnessed a good working environment, team players, good customers, nice pay and benefits. Hands on training is excellent, management is fair when it comes to hours.

    Cons

    Some of the challenges of working with this company is long hours with short breaks, working nights and weekends if necessary, traveling when needed.

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    Only advice I have is that I wish that they have judged me off the person that I am today and not the person that I was years ago.

    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    No opinion of CEO
  11.  

    ok but not spectacular

    • Comp & Benefits
    • Work/Life Balance
    • Senior Management
    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    Current Employee - Cook  in  Richmond, VA (US)
    Current Employee - Cook in Richmond, VA (US)

    Pros

    easy to get hired (they have mass hiring events at campuses and facilities at least once a year); flexible with scheduling; there are SOME advancement opportunities (if you're willing to hustle); benefits are available, even if you start full time and reduce your hours - including health, dental, vision, and 401k. (but the benefits themselves are so-so, as i'll explain in cons).

    Cons

    as with any food service gig, there are a LOT of cons: i work in a dining services facility, where they're really lackadaisical about training. most training is done from employee to employee, not with management directly involved, so if you're unfamiliar with equipment or how to transcribe recipe info, then you're going to have to dig for help and answers, which is very hard when the dinner rush is ravaging your line; LONG HOURS - some facilities contracted with this company are open till the wee hours of the morning - and they do HIGH VOLUME and HIGH STRESS, so be prepared to work and sweat the whole time; if working on-campus, you get laid off during winter and summer breaks unless you're a supervisor or manager, which can be a real hardship if you've got bills to pay or gifts to buy around Christmas; health benefits are available, but are expensive and can cost you half your paycheck, depending on how comprehensive you want your coverage; advancement opportunities are available, but hard to track down - a company this size should have a training program for existing employees to prep them on new stations, new roles and responsibilities, and really help them advance from the ground up.

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    TRAIN PEOPLE! It was a good thing I had tons of kitchen and restaurant experience before starting this job, because I was given virtually NO training on the job. it would help if managers and supervisors would have at least one or two training shifts for new employees, so they know what they're doing when it gets busy.

    OFFER ADVANCEMENT OPPORUNITIES FOR EXISTING EMPLOYEES: If an hourly cook comes to a manager and says "I'd like to earn a pay raise, take on new responsibilities, and become a supervisor or a sous chef," then have a program in place that can help them do that. you'll retain a lot more talent and help a lot of your employees with a training program designed to give motivated candidates a chance to advance.

    PAY YOUR EMPLOYEES MORE: this may not even be up to management (though they make recommendations for raises), but the pay for food service workers with this company is very low - just a smidge above minimum wage. advice to managers and HR - if you're actively seeking people who are experienced and have already demonstrated competency in this industry, then they deserve to be paid for their skill and productivity - more than $8 an hour.

    Recommends
    Neutral Outlook
    Approves of CEO

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