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Sous Chef - Pitmaster

Mitchells & Butlers

About Mitchells & Butlers

Mitchells & Butlers is a pub and restaurant operator. They run All Bar One, Toby Carvery and Harvester.

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Job description from Mitchells & Butlers

We have an exciting opportunity to join us as Sous Chef (or as we like to call them…Pitmaster) at our new opening: Orleans Smokehouse. As a Sous Chef, you'll be part of a team creating mouth-watering Slow n' Low BBQ food that keeps our Guests wanting more!

Orleans Smokehouse is inspired by the flavours of New Orleans, Louisiana. It's perfect for relaxed get togethers to enjoy the succulent barbecue food lovingly smoked by our pitmasters. There's no better place in the world to be.

WHAT'S IN IT FOR ME?

  • Flexible shifts - to fit around you
  • A massive 33% discount across all our brands.
  • 20% discount across all our brands for up to 5 friends and family.
  • Hastee Pay - no more waiting for pay day, access your pay when you need it
  • Discounts on gym memberships.

On top of this, you will receive a pension; 28 days paid holiday; high-street shopping discounts; and free shares! There's also a free employee helpline- to support you with whatever life throws at you.

WHAT WILL I BE DOING? AS A SOUS CHEF YOU'LL…

  • Act as a role-model, inspiring your team to deliver Southern Slow n' Low BBQ food to be proud of
  • Have mastered the art of working with a branded menu.
  • Be part of the day-to-day running of the site - preparing before service and supporting the team throughout
  • Keep high standards of cleanliness and safety
  • Be driven to smash targets with your team.

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Solihull, England, B91 2

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What employees say

Pay

    Good
  • Most people are paid a living wage

    Do Mitchells & Butlers pay sous chefs enough to live on?

    Most people are paid a living wage.

    How we know this

    93% of people say they are paid at or above the Real Living Wage for where they live.

    Based on data from 30 people who took the Breakroom Quiz between February 2022 and December 2023.

    Why this matters

    Everyone should be paid enough to live on.

    The Real Living Wage is a voluntary rate employers can sign up to that is based on the real cost of living.

    The current rates are £12.00 per hour, and £13.15 per hour in London.

    Find out more in our explainer about the Real Living Wage.

  • Good
  • Most people are paid market rates

    Do Mitchells & Butlers pay sous chefs market rates?

    Most people are paid above average for their job.

    How we know this

    70% of people are paid above average for the type of work they do.

    Based on data from 23 people who took the Breakroom Quiz between June 2022 and December 2023.

    Why this matters

    Pay can vary a lot between types of job. Employers should be ensuring that the rates their staff are paid are in line with similar roles elsewhere.

  • Needs improving
  • Most people don’t get paid breaks

    Do sous chefs at Mitchells & Butlers get paid breaks?

    No. Most people don’t get paid breaks.

    How we know this

    97% of people say they don’t get paid breaks.

    Based on data from 30 people who took the Breakroom Quiz between February 2022 and December 2023.

    Why this matters

    A good job should have paid breaks.

    You should be paid for all your time at work, whether you’re on a break or not.

  • Needs improving
  • Most people don’t get sick pay

    Do Mitchells & Butlers pay sous chefs sick pay?

    No. Most people don’t get proper sick pay.

    How we know this

    86% of people say they wouldn’t get paid if they were sick but scheduled to work.

    Based on data from 29 people who took the Breakroom Quiz between February 2022 and December 2023.

    Why this matters

    Everyone gets sick sometimes. You should be able to take time off without worrying.

    At a good job you should still get paid if you’re scheduled to work but can’t due to sickness. Your contract should say how many sick days you can take each year.

    This is more than the legal minimum, which says you should only get paid if you are unwell for 4 full days. See Citizens Advice for more details.

  • Okay
  • Some people do unpaid extra work

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

    Sometimes. Some people do unpaid extra work.

    How we know this

    48% of people report that they do extra work that they don’t get paid for.

    Based on data from 29 people who took the Breakroom Quiz between February 2022 and December 2023.

    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.

Hours and flexibility

    Needs improving
  • Less than 4 weeks notice of shifts

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

    Most people don’t get 4 weeks notice of when they’re working.

    How we know this

    • 47% of people with changing schedules report getting one week notice or less.
    • 50% of people with changing schedules report getting two weeks notice.
    • 3% of people with changing schedules report getting three weeks notice.
    • 0% of people with changing schedules report getting four weeks notice or more.

    Based on data from 30 people who took the Breakroom Quiz between February 2022 and December 2023.

    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.

  • Good
  • Most people don’t worry about their hours

    Do sous chefs at Mitchells & Butlers worry about hours?

    Most people don’t worry about getting enough hours.

    How we know this

    67% of people report they don’t worry about getting enough hours.

    Based on data from 24 people who took the Breakroom Quiz between February 2022 and December 2023.

    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.

  • Okay
  • Only some people get a choice of shifts

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

    Some people don’t get enough choice over which shifts they work.

    How we know this

    43% report that their manager doesn’t give them enough choice over which shifts they work.

    Based on data from 30 people who took the Breakroom Quiz between February 2022 and December 2023.

    Why this matters

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

  • Needs improving
  • Hard to change shifts

    How easy is it for sous chefs at Mitchells & Butlers to change shifts?

    Most people find it hard to change shifts.

    How we know this

    73% of people report that it’s hard to change shifts if they need to.

    Based on data from 22 people who took the Breakroom Quiz between February 2022 and December 2023.

    Why this matters

    A good job is flexible around your personal life. It should be easy to change a shift if you need to, whether that’s in an emergency or for planning ahead.

  • Good
  • Easy to book holiday

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

    Most people find it easy to book holiday.

    How we know this

    76% of people report it’s easy to book holidays.

    Based on data from 25 people who took the Breakroom Quiz between February 2022 and December 2023.

    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.

  • Okay
  • Shifts can get changed at short notice

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

    Some managers change people’s shifts at short notice.

    How we know this

    61% of people say their manager changes their shifts at the last minute.

    Based on data from 28 people who took the Breakroom Quiz between February 2022 and December 2023.

    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.

  • Okay
  • Some people find it hard to take sick leave

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

    Some people find it hard to take sick leave.

    How we know this

    50% of people report that it’s hard to take time off if they are sick.

    Based on data from 24 people who took the Breakroom Quiz between February 2022 and December 2023.

    Why this matters

    Everyone gets sick sometimes. You should be able to take time off when you need to.

    A good job should support you when you’re unwell and have systems in place that will allow you to take time off to recover when you need it.

Workplace

    Good
  • Most people feel treated with respect

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

    Most people feel treated with respect by their managers.

    How we know this

    74% of people say they’re treated with respect by their managers.

    Based on data from 27 people who took the Breakroom Quiz between February 2022 and December 2023.

    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.

  • Okay
  • Only some people get proper breaks

    Do sous chefs at Mitchells & Butlers get proper breaks?

    Some people don’t get proper breaks.

    How we know this

    35% of people report that they don’t get to take proper breaks.

    Based on data from 26 people who took the Breakroom Quiz between February 2022 and December 2023.

    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.

  • Needs improving
  • Most people are stressed

    Is it stressful for sous chefs to work at Mitchells & Butlers?

    Most people feel stressed here.

    How we know this

    83% of people say they often feel stressed at work.

    Based on data from 29 people who took the Breakroom Quiz between March 2022 and December 2023.

    Why this matters

    Work isn’t always easy, but if you’re frequently feel stressed, that’s not good.

    Your employer should support you with enough people and resources to get your job done without feeling overwhelmed.

  • Okay
  • Only some people enjoy their job

    Do sous chefs at Mitchells & Butlers enjoy their jobs?

    Only some people enjoy their job.

    How we know this

    41% of people report they don’t enjoy their job.

    Based on data from 22 people who took the Breakroom Quiz between February 2022 and October 2023.

  • Okay
  • Only some people recommend their team

    Do sous chefs at Mitchells & Butlers recommend working with their team?

    Only some people recommend working with their team.

    How we know this

    63% of people report that they wouldn’t recommend working with their immediate team to a friend.

    Based on data from 30 people who took the Breakroom Quiz between February 2022 and December 2023.

    Why this matters

    A good job means enjoying the place where you work.

    The people you work with every day really matter. They can be the difference between a terrible day and a great one.

    If you’d recommend your team to a friend, this shows that something’s going right.

  • Okay
  • Only some people get enough training

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

    Some people did’t get enough training when they started.

    How we know this

    43% of people report they didn’t get enough training when they started working here.

    Based on data from 30 people who took the Breakroom Quiz between February 2022 and December 2023.

    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.

  • Okay
  • Only some people get support to progress

    Are sous chefs given support to progress at Mitchells & Butlers?

    Only some people are given support to progress here.

    How we know this

    In the last year, 37% of people report not 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 data from 27 people who took the Breakroom Quiz between February 2022 and December 2023.

    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.

  • Needs improving
  • Head office doesn’t understand what’s happening

    Do sous chefs think Mitchells & Butlers 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

    93% 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 data from 28 people who took the Breakroom Quiz between February 2022 and December 2023.

    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.

  • Okay
  • Only some people feel well informed by head office

    Do sous chefs feel well informed about how Mitchells & Butlers is doing?

    Only some people feel well informed about how the company is doing.

    How we know this

    50% of people feel that they aren’t kept well informed about how the company is doing as a whole.

    Based on data from 26 people who took the Breakroom Quiz between February 2022 and December 2023.

    Why this matters

    At a good job, there should be a supportive relationship between the people working on the frontline serving customers and the people who own the company or work in head office.

    You should be kept informed about how the company is doing as a whole, both in good times and when things get tough for the business.

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What Mitchells & Butlers employees say about their job

  • Best thing

    Staff. the hours you get

    Worst thing

    Too many hours sometimes longer shifts and the customers

    3.6

    Mitchells & Butlers Bartender, February 2024

  • Best thing

    The tips tbh. My colleagues are also really nice and we have quite a supportive team environment.

    Worst thing

    We are definitely expected to do too much on the rate of pay we're given.
    Restaurant environment can be particularly stressful.
    It's difficult to plan ahead for things with the last minute rota.

    3.5

    Mitchells & Butlers FOH team member, February 2024

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  • Best thing

    The team I work with daily are brilliant - fun, helpful and a good bunch of people. Some of the managers are great too and always help and get stuck in. Discount is great especially as a student!

    Worst thing

    The management are difficult about silly things. For example I’m a full time student doing 5days a week/35 hours and then then expect me to work every Saturday and Sunday on top of that meaning I wouldn’t get a day off for weeks. I’ve made it clean my studies come first but that means nothing to them. I have never worked with anyone as lazy, poorly mannered or unhelpful as one of my managers is but the manager above her is worse. In a review session about my work ethic I was never told a single positive, only negatives and after discussing this with my team they were disappointed and ashamed as they all feel I’m a brilliant team member who takes on the tasks others don’t want and cracks on with work. In general- management hugely lets the side down, we don’t get paid enough to get treated so badly by them and frankly the turn over of staff js so high mainly due to management not being flexible when there is definitely the ability to be. I’ve been there 6 months and I’ve seen multiple staff come and go in that short space of time.

    3.9

    Mitchells & Butlers Server, January 2024

  • Best thing

    Learning

    Worst thing

    Telling your manger when you have holiday and then they say its fine then put you on a shift so you have to tell them to take you off

    5.0

    Mitchells & Butlers Kitchen assistant, December 2023

  • Best thing

    Occasionally the people

    Worst thing

    Stress, long hours, inadequate rest between shifts

    3.9

    Mitchells & Butlers Team leader, December 2023

  • Best thing

    Getting to serve nice customer and build a rapport with them

    Worst thing

    When the kitchen messes up and I have to sort it

    4.2

    Mitchells & Butlers Front of house staff, December 2023

  • Best thing

    Shifts, team work is decent

    Worst thing

    Management and the understanding of services with certain staff

    5.0

    Mitchells & Butlers Kitchen assistant, October 2023

  • Best thing

    Can eat boh only

    Worst thing

    To much expected from junior staff whilst seniors do very little, bonus culture

    3.9

    Mitchells & Butlers Chef, August 2023

  • Best thing

    If you work with a good team it makes a world of difference

    Worst thing

    Low pay

    5.0

    Mitchells & Butlers Supervisor, August 2023

  • Best thing

    Benefits and flexibility

    Worst thing

    Lack of training

    5.5

    Mitchells & Butlers Employee, August 2023

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