4.9

Mitchells & Butlers

Chef at Mitchells & Butlers

People in this role may also be known as chefs.

53 workers in this role at Mitchells & Butlers have taken the survey.

How much does Mitchells & Butlers pay chefs?

Chef at Mitchells & Butlers
£8.34–10.92
Typical range
£8.21–13.00

Chef employees at Mitchells & Butlers are typically paid £8.34–10.92 an hour, based on data from 53 employees.

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What is management like for chef employees at Mitchells & Butlers?

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  • Head office doesn’t understand the frontline

    Do chefs think Mitchells & Butlers head office understands what's happening where they work?

    People think head office doesn’t understand what’s happening where they work

    How we know this

    78% of people think that this employer’s head office or owners don’t have a good understanding of what’s really happening where they work

    Based on information from 51 job reviews

    Why this matters

    At a good job, the role of head office should be to support the people on the frontline serving customers.

    To do that properly, the company’s owners or head office need to have a good understanding of what’s really happening on the frontline. This is especially important when a company owns multiple locations.

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  • Managers are respectful

    Do chefs at Mitchells & Butlers feel treated by respect by their managers?

    Most people feel treated with respect by their managers

    How we know this

    64% of people say they’re treated with respect by their managers

    Based on information from 42 job reviews

    Why this matters

    Everyone should get treated with respect by their managers. You shouldn’t feel discriminated against or bullied, and if you have a problem you should be able to speak to someone about it.

Here’s a recent review that mentions management:

  • Best thing

    The team,
    Progression,
    Management

    Worst thing

    Pay rates,
    Head office

    8.0

    Employee, June 2021

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What are the hours like for chef employees at Mitchells & Butlers?

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  • Less than 4 weeks notice of shifts

    How much notice do chefs get of their shift pattern at Mitchells & Butlers?

    People don’t get 4 weeks notice of when they’re working

    How we know this

    • 52% report getting one week notice or less
    • 28% report getting two weeks notice
    • 14% report getting three weeks notice
    • 6% report getting four weeks notice or more
    • 0% report having a fixed rota

    Based on information from 50 job reviews

    Why this matters

    At a good job, you get plenty of notice about when you’re working.

    This makes it easy for you to plan the rest of life, as well as your finances, because you know how much you’ll be working and when.

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  • Contracts don’t match the hours people work

    Do chefs work the same number they are contracted for at Mitchells & Butlers?

    Only some people work the same number of hours they’re contracted for

    How we know this

    63% of people report working 8 hours or more than they’re contracted for each week

    Based on information from 35 job reviews

    Why this matters

    At a good job, you should expect to work about the same number of hours that your contract guarantees you, most of the time.

    It’s useful to pick up or drop a few shifts here and there, but if you often work a lot more hours every week than you’re contracted for, a good job should guarantee them.

    This means you’re more likely to know when you’ll be working and how much you’ll earn in advance.

  • Shifts get changed at short notice

    Do Mitchells & Butlers managers change chefs shifts at short notice?

    Most managers change people’s shifts at short notice

    How we know this

    63% of people say their manager changes their shifts at the last minute

    Based on information from 49 job reviews

    Why this matters

    If your manager is often changing your shifts at short notice that’s a sign of poor planning. At a good job you won’t be messed around at the last minute.

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  • Easy to book holiday

    How easy is it for chefs to book a holiday at Mitchells & Butlers?

    Most people find it easy to book holidays

    How we know this

    68% of people report it’s easy to book holidays

    Based on information from 50 job reviews

    Why this matters

    A good job should let you take time off when you need it, and it shouldn’t be a nightmare to arrange.

  • Easy to take sick leave

    How easy is it for chefs to take sick leave at Mitchells & Butlers?

    Most people find it easy to take sick leave

    How we know this

    52% of people report that it’s easy to take time off if they are sick

    Based on information from 42 job reviews

  • Good choice of shifts

    Do chefs at Mitchells & Butlers get to choose the shifts they work?

    Most people get enough choice over which shifts they work

    How we know this

    65% report that their manager gives them enough choice over which shifts they work

    Based on information from 43 job reviews

    Why this matters

    A good job is flexible around your personal life. This means you get a say in when you prefer to work.

  • People get proper breaks

    Do chefs at Mitchells & Butlers get proper breaks?

    Most people get proper breaks

    How we know this

    55% of people report that they get to take proper breaks

    Based on information from 44 job reviews

    Why this matters

    When you take a break it should be a proper rest. It should last the full duration and you shouldn’t get pulled off it.

  • No unpaid extra work

    Do chefs at Mitchells & Butlers do extra work that they don't get paid for?

    Rarely. Most people don’t do unpaid extra work

    How we know this

    59% of people report that they don’t do extra unpaid work

    Based on information from 44 job reviews

    Why this matters

    Everyone should get paid for any extra work they do, even if it is outside your contracted hours. At a good job, you should be paid for all the time you spend at work.

  • People don’t worry about getting enough hours

    Do chefs at Mitchells & Butlers worry about hours?

    Most people don’t worry about getting enough hours

    How we know this

    70% of people report they don’t worry about getting enough hours

    Based on information from 43 job reviews

    Why this matters

    At a good job, you shouldn’t have to worry about getting enough hours each week.

    A good job should guarantee you a minimum number of hours in a contract, if you want it.

    This makes it easier to plan your finances, because you know how much you’ll be earning.

Here’s a recent review that mentions hours:

  • Best thing

    Hours can be catered to your availability.
    Discounts and benefits.
    Team moral mostly high

    Worst thing

    Sometimes lack of staff

    6.5

    Employee, April 2021

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What is career progression like for chefs at Mitchells & Butlers?

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  • Not enough training

    Do chefs get enough training when they start at Mitchells & Butlers?

    Most people don’t get enough training when they start

    How we know this

    52% of people report they didn’t get enough training when they started working here

    Based on information from 46 job reviews

    Why this matters

    A good job should give you good training when you start, not just drop you in at the deep end.

    This means that you’ll be happier and more productive from day one and shows that your employer values you.

    It’s also very important if your job involves anything that could be dangerous. Good training from the outset keeps you and your team safe.

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  • Opportunities to progress

    Are chefs given support to progress at Mitchells & Butlers?

    Most people are given support to progress here

    How we know this

    In the last year, 54% of people report being given an opportunity to get better at their job, learn a new skill, learn to manage a team or get more responsibility in their role

    Based on information from 48 job reviews

    Why this matters

    A good job should help you progress at work, if you want to. That might be supporting you to get better at the job you currently have, learn something new, manage a team or take on more responsibilities.

    This means you’ll be able to build on your skills and experience, and earn more money.

Latest reviews from chefs at Mitchells & Butlers

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  • Best thing

    Nothing I can’t wait to find a new job love cooking but NOT here

    1.5

    Employee, October 2021

  • Best thing

    Social aspect of the job
    Good people
    Flexible shifts
    OK pay in regards to the industry as a whole
    The actual job is quite fun and every day is different
    Rewarding when guests are happy and you get good feedback.

    Worst thing

    Unsociable hours
    Work too much
    Difficult to stay in contact with friends and family
    Often expected to work without breaks and over my hours (unpaid)
    Little recognition for doing a good job but immediately noticed and bought up on any small mistake
    Constantly short staffed
    Contacted and expected to do things on days off - can never really switch off
    Lack of training when you start - thrown into deep end

    4.0

    Employee, September 2021

  • Best thing

    Great fun and tight team. We are helping each other not only at work but also in real life.

    Worst thing

    Long working hours sometimes. Very hard to balance family and social life while working. Pay not too great for the amount of work required.

    6.0

    Employee, July 2021

  • Best thing

    The team I work with

    Worst thing

    Not having enough staff to work in the kitchen when you have large bookings

    3.4

    Employee, June 2021

  • Worst thing

    No breaks, even on a 12 hour shift

    5.0

    Employee, June 2021

  • Best thing

    Good customer service and working hard for my company.

    5.3

    Team leader chef, January 2021

  • Best thing

    hours suit me as best they can right now

    Worst thing

    its hard expecially at the minute our hours are all over the place and there's alot more rules than there use to be people arnt always understanding and can be hard to get people to follow the rules

    6.7

    Chef, November 2020

  • Best thing

    The team

    Worst thing

    Working extra hours/days for free
    No breaks
    Last minute rotas
    Lack of communication

    3.7

    Senior chef de partie, October 2020

  • Best thing

    Team work

    Worst thing

    Long hours and pressure of been constantly busy with no rest periods

    5.2

    Kitchen manager, September 2020

  • Best thing

    Good team to work with.

    Worst thing

    Rubbish pay. Expect too much from people. Lazy management.

    2.8

    Chef, August 2020

  • Best thing

    Great team, easy work, opportunity for more learning

    7.0

    Chef, July 2020

  • Best thing

    Pay

    Worst thing

    Long hours working weekends

    5.8

    Kitchen manager, May 2020

  • Best thing

    I enjoy working as part of a team

    Worst thing

    The hours and working evenings/weekends

    4.8

    Kitchen manager, February 2020

  • Best thing

    Cooking

    Worst thing

    Stationed to one section for hours

    6.6

    Chef, November 2019

How Mitchells & Butlers ranks

Mitchells & Butlers ranks joint 25th to work for in chef employers

  1. 25= Marston’s
    4.9
  2. 25= Mitchells & Butlers
    4.9