5.3

Wagamama

Chef at Wagamama

People in this role may also be known as chefs.

22 workers in this role at Wagamama have taken the survey.

How much does Wagamama pay chefs?

Chef at Wagamama
£9.00–13.78
Typical range
£8.21–13.00

Chef employees at Wagamama are typically paid £9.00–13.78 an hour, based on data from 22 employees.

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What is management like for chef employees at Wagamama?

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  • Head office doesn’t understand the frontline

    Do chefs think Wagamama head office understands what's happening where they work?

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

    How we know this

    72% 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 18 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.

Good
  • Managers are respectful

    Do chefs at Wagamama feel treated by respect by their managers?

    Most people feel treated with respect by their managers

    How we know this

    54% of people say they’re treated with respect by their managers

    Based on information from 13 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.

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What are the hours like for chef employees at Wagamama?

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  • Less than 4 weeks notice of shifts

    How much notice do chefs get of their shift pattern at Wagamama?

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

    How we know this

    • 82% report getting one week notice or less
    • 14% report getting two weeks notice
    • 0% report getting three weeks notice
    • 5% report getting four weeks notice or more
    • 0% report having a fixed rota

    Based on information from 22 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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  • Shifts get changed at short notice

    Do Wagamama managers change chefs shifts at short notice?

    Most managers change people’s shifts at short notice

    How we know this

    55% of people say their manager changes their shifts at the last minute

    Based on information from 22 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.

Good
  • Easy to take sick leave

    How easy is it for chefs to take sick leave at Wagamama?

    Most people find it easy to take sick leave

    How we know this

    67% of people report that it’s easy to take time off if they are sick

    Based on information from 15 job reviews

  • Good choice of shifts

    Do chefs at Wagamama get to choose the shifts they work?

    Most people get enough choice over which shifts they work

    How we know this

    60% report that their manager gives them enough choice over which shifts they work

    Based on information from 20 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 Wagamama get proper breaks?

    Most people get proper breaks

    How we know this

    67% of people report that they get to take proper breaks

    Based on information from 15 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.

Excellent
  • Easy to book holiday

    How easy is it for chefs to book a holiday at Wagamama?

    People find it easy to book holidays

    How we know this

    90% of people report it’s easy to book holidays

    Based on information from 21 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.

  • No unpaid extra work

    Do chefs at Wagamama do extra work that they don't get paid for?

    No. People don’t do unpaid extra work

    How we know this

    75% of people report that they don’t do extra unpaid work

    Based on information from 16 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 Wagamama worry about hours?

    People don’t worry about getting enough hours

    How we know this

    86% of people report they don’t worry about getting enough hours

    Based on information from 21 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

    Good pay and tips and never short of hours

    Worst thing

    Short notice for rota and last minute changes to rota without asking us

    5.5

    Employee, April 2021

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  • Enough training

    Do chefs get enough training when they start at Wagamama?

    Most people get enough training when they start

    How we know this

    67% of people report they got enough training when they started working here

    Based on information from 21 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.

  • Opportunities to progress

    Are chefs given support to progress at Wagamama?

    Most people are given support to progress here

    How we know this

    In the last year, 65% 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 20 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 Wagamama

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  • Best thing

    Flexibility
    Friends
    Not too serious of an environment

    Worst thing

    Long hours sometimes
    Really busy shifts sometimes

    7.4

    Employee, June 2021

  • Best thing

    Good pay and tips and never short of hours

    Worst thing

    Short notice for rota and last minute changes to rota without asking us

    5.5

    Employee, April 2021

  • Best thing

    Real sense of teamwork. Hard work, but rewarding. Good pay.

    Worst thing

    Meeting labour budgets can sometimes be difficult, meaning less staff on shifts to effectively hit targets and sales

    8.5

    Sous chef, March 2021

  • Best thing

    We have each others backs

    Worst thing

    We could get paid bether

    8.5

    Head chef, March 2020

  • Best thing

    Staff food

    Worst thing

    Not all of us is a team player

    7.4

    Chef, December 2019

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How Wagamama ranks

Wagamama ranks joint 15th to work for in chef employers

  1. 15= Aramark
    5.3
  2. 15= Wagamama
    5.3
  3. 17= Pizza Hut
    5.2