If you are looking for a restaurant job, and you know the name Bob Evans, then perhaps a Bob Evans job might be worth looking into.
In Ohio, in the year 1953, a farmer named Bob Evans took it into his head to start a truck stop diner next to his farm, and the Bob Evans Restaurant chain was born. Competing roughly in the same category as Denny’s, the firm expanded smoothly under Bob Evans, and after his retirement, under his relative Dan Evans. After his retirement in 2000, however, the company fell upon 5 years of slackening growth. In 2006, the board of directors ousted the unsuccessful leadership and eventually hired current CEO Steven Davis, who seems to have led the company back to prosperity.
Today, Bob Evans Restaurants has nearly 600 restaurants in 18 states, and 45,000 employees. All restaurants are company owned; there are no franchises.
Bob Evans Restaurant Jobs
OK, so, let’s have a look at the various hourly jobs at a Bob Evans restaurant, and talk a little about what each of them does –
Grill Cook – The most typical sort of short-order cook, you fix everything imaginable on that grill, except what goes in the fry basket. Lobster to pancakes, steaks to patty-melts, you fill the orders in a timely and accurate manner, with careful attention to portion control and visual appeal.
Hostess/Cashier – You greet the guests, you ask how many in their party, you seat them immediately if possible, and add them to a waiting list if not. You make sure they have menus, napkins, and silverware. Depending on the restaurant and shift, you may take their drink order and either fill it yourself or pass it to their server.
Kitchen Prep – This is a back kitchen job. You prep food items for the cooks in the kitchen, you thaw meats and other frozen items, wash and slice or peel vegetables, as needed. You make salads, you bake rolls, and you complete other simple cooking or pre-cooking tasks.
Dishtank Operator – This is the Bob Evans name for a dishwasher. You wash dishes, you sanitize dishes, and you mop up any other messes that may be created in the restaurant.
Server – The unsung heroes of the restaurant industry, servers are the actual interface between customer and restaurant. Everything is in your hands, and your tip is on the line. You greet the customers, you talk about the daily specials, you take the order and upsell as possible, you take the order to the kitchen, you collect the food from the window when it’s ready, you deliver the order to the table, remembering which customer gets what, you be sure to offer dessert, and you generally do whatever the customer needs. And you do all this for as many as a dozen tables at once.
Anonymous feedback from current and former Bob Evans employees shows an above-average level of employee satisfaction, which is actually pretty good for a business of this type. On the other hand, only a thoroughly mediocre 51% “approve of” CEO Steve Davis.
Getting That Job At Bob Evans
The Bob Evans Restaurants career site, (http://www.bobevans.com/employment), is a good one. You’ll arrive at the site and see immediately two big buttons, a blue one for hourly jobs, and a red one for management and corporate jobs. Click the blue button and away you go. You’ll land at a page with a short blurb and a drop-down menu from which to choose your state. Since there are no Bob Evans here in California, I chose Missouri, where I used to live. Next you’ll arrive at a page listing the towns or cities in which there are openings. You’ll notice that Bob Evans are fond of putting restaurants in out-of-the-way places like Branson, Missouri. Anyhow, if you find something near you, click on that city name, and you’ll be taken to a page with more detailed information. You’ll see the restaurant address, or addresses if there’s more than one. And you’ll see a list of job titles. Click on the job title of your choice, or if you don’t see one that suits you, click the “apply here” link above to submit a general application. When you arrive at the detail page for a job, you’ll find a brief description of the duties, perhaps the hours you’re expected to work, and a big link you can’t miss that says “Click Here to apply”.
And now a collection of odds and sods that may be helpful to you –
- Average wage for a Server is $3.84 per hour, with reports varying from a low of $2.00 per hour to a high of $10.00 per hour. As we have seen in previous reviews, this is a painfully low average, driven down by the fact that Bob Evans is operating largely in an East Coast market where state laws allow the payment of sub-minimum wages to employees in tipped positions.
- Average wage for a Host/Hostess is $8.73 per hour, with reports varying from a low of $7.00 per hour to a high of $10.00 per hour.
- Average wage for Kitchen Prep is $9.17 per hour, with reports varying from a low of $9.00 per hour to a high of $10.00 per hour.
- Most applicants report being contacted for an interview within a week of applying online.
- Standard routine is two face-to-face interviews, first with an Assistant Manager and then with the General Manager of the restaurant.
- Applicants report, particularly with Server positions, that their appearance was scrutinized very carefully at the first interview, even down to their fingernails.
- Sample interview question – “If you could be any color, what color would you be?”
- Sample interview question – “Tell me about a time when you handled a stressful situation.”
- Sample interview question – “Do you have reliable transportation?”
- Sample interview question – “Why do you want to work at Bob Evans?”
- Sample interview question – “How would you rate your attendance?”
And there you have a quick summary of what you need to know to get Bob Evans jobs. If they have a restaurant in your area, and you’re looking for a restaurant job, why not give them a try?