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What opportunities are there for me at CPK?
At CPK, we challenge our employees to dream, and to dream big. Check out our videos on our Careers page to see what our people are all about!
CPK takes pride in promoting from within in order to maintain a strong company culture. Our goal is to have 30% of our manager hires be promoted from within. Likewise, the majority of our Support Center employees begin their CPK careers in our restaurants. Promotions are performance based, which means your passion and dedication determine your growth. If you’re committed to your training and ongoing development, the sky’s the limit for your career growth at CPK.
What type of ongoing career development do you offer?
When you complete your training, you'll be ready to participate in a variety of development opportunities. In addition to Elevating Your Career – CPK Style! Workshop, we offer Management Decathlons, a 10-event skills challenge hosted by regional partners and trainers, which combines fun and professional development.
CPK also provides you with ongoing development guidelines to lead you toward your desired position as well as the opportunity to work with mentors at various levels to help keep your career moving forward. Our most successful managers take an active role in their development by asking questions, taking initiative and driving their own development.
What is your management and hourly turnover?
We hire the best and work hard to keep you! CPK has been benchmarked as having some of the lowest hourly and management turnover in the industry. We have been nationally recognized multiple times by People Report™ with their Best People Practices Award for leading the industry in employee retention and low turnover.
What are you looking for in qualified management candidates?
We typically look for a minimum of two years of experience in a full-service restaurant, but for us, it goes beyond experience. We seek people who have the passion, drive, and attitude to move the business forward. We’re looking for leaders who can build a culture of excellence, partnership and ownership that are willing to come along on our brand’s journey.
What is the management training program like at CPK?
CPK offers a nine week comprehensive Management Training Program in a World Class Training Center (WCTC) closest to you, an additional two weeks at your home restaurant, and one week in sunny Los Angeles, CA for a Management Training Workshop! During your first nine weeks at a WCTC, you are fully trained and validated in all Front of House and Back of House hourly positions. You also learn our menu, line checks, food ordering and receiving, opening and closing procedures, and other management responsibilities. Your final 2 weeks of training are completed at your home restaurant to give you the opportunity to meet your team members, get acquainted with your guests, become familiar with your restaurant, and set you up for success in your position with your management team.
How is leadership structured at CPK?
There are multiple leadership positions that vary in different restaurant locations: Community Brand Ambassador, Shift Leaders, Front of the House Managers, Back of the House Managers, Assistant General Managers, Kitchen Managers, General Managers, and Managing Partners. Each restaurant can have a different mix of the above positions, which is typically 3-5 managers per location, depending on the restaurant’s needs.
What type of benefits do you offer?
We bring the same kind of inspiration, commitment, and pride in taking care of our employees as our employees are to creating memorable experiences for our guests through great food and awesome hospitality. Our benefits package is highly competitive with offerings such as health, dental and vision coverage on the first of the month following 30 days of employment for our salaried employees.
Does CPK offer a bonus program?
Yes we do! Each level of management can potentially earn a bonus linked to key achievements in the restaurant. All bonuses are highly attainable based on meeting criteria and rewards for restaurant performance.
What is the minimum age requirement to work at CPK?
You can be a host if you are under 18 and at least 15 in certain states. You can become a server if you are 18 and above (in most states). If you are 17, you cannot be a server in most states because they serve alcohol. Bartenders and managers need to be at least 21 years of age because they will be pouring alcohol as well as serving it. Some high schools will grant work permits at the age of 15, so talking to your school is a good idea to learn about the age requirements in your area.
How do I apply?
- Apply online – all applications are emailed directly to your desired location.
- Apply in person – which we highly recommend (M-F during the hours of 2:00-4:30 PM). Who knows? You may get an interview on the spot!
Each location conducts their own hiring for hourly employees. If there are multiple locations you are interested in within your area, we recommend applying in person at each location.
- Apply online only: http://tbe.taleo.net/CH04/ats/careers/jobSearch.jsp?org=CPK&cws=1
Restaurant Support Center applicants:
- Apply online only: http://tbe.taleo.net/CH04/ats/careers/searchResults.jsp?org=CPK&cws=2
Hourly applicants: If uploading your Word or PDF document doesn’t work, try copying and pasting your resume into the text box in the online application and uploading that way instead of attaching it separately. All hourly applications are sent directly to the restaurant to which you apply.
Management & RSC applicants: Save your Word document resume in Rich Text Format (.rtf) and try again. RTF documents usually upload easier into our system. If that doesn’t work, please send us an email by clicking the “Ask a Question” link at the top of this page.
You will be notified by email once we have received your submitted resume. We collect and screen each application we receive for each of the positions posted. A recruiter will typically reach out to you to schedule a phone interview within one to two weeks of applying if there is an interest in moving forward to the next step of the process. If you have not heard from us within three weeks of applying, we have most likely decided to pursue other applicants. However, don't be discouraged if you don't hear back; please feel free to reapply for other opportunities with us. We always want to find the best fit for everyone.