Cactus Restaurants Ltd.
Cactus Restaurants front-of-house managers at the Coal Harbour location in Vancouver, British Columbia

Recognized as one of BC's Top Employers (2016)

Here are some of the reasons why Cactus Restaurants Ltd. was selected as one of BC's Top Employers (2016):

  • Cactus Restaurants encourages ongoing employee development through in-house training programs, career planning services, financial bonuses for some courses (up to $3,000), leadership training, mentoring and generous tuition subsidies for job-related courses (from $300 to $5,000) -- and manages an impressive apprenticeship program for employees pursuing "Chef Red Seal" certification, providing up to three months of paid educational leave for each year of the three-year program
  • Cactus Restaurant offers referral bonuses for employees that refer a candidate successfully hired by the company, up to $3,000 for some positions
  • Cactus Restaurants encourages employees to remain active with an annual health club subsidy of up to $720 as well as an annual company-wide dodgeball tournament
Cactus Restaurants kitchen staff at work during service

Highlights

Industry Full-Service Restaurants
Established in Canada 1988
Major Canadian hiring locations Vancouver BC, Calgary AB, Edmonton AB, Kelowna BC, Saskatoon SK, Toronto ON
Full-time employees in Canada 1,008
Part-time employees in Canada 3,043
Average age of employees in Canada 31
Longest serving employee 27 years
Health plan premium as part of the health plan, the employer pays up to 100% of the premiums
Alternative work options flexible work hours, shortened work week (fewer hours with less pay), telecommuting, earned days off program
Vacation allowance new employees receive 2 weeks of paid vacation after their first year on the job
Outside survey period outside consultant surveys are held every 12 months
In-house training initiatives apprenticeship/skilled trades programs, in-house training, online training, leadership training, mentoring
Scope of charitable involvement local, national
Employee charitable involvement employees are involved in selection of charities, employees receive paid time off to volunteer

Recognized as one of Canada's Top Employers for Young People (2016)

Here are some of the reasons why Cactus Restaurants Ltd. was selected as one of Canada's Top Employers for Young People (2016):

  • Cactus Restaurants houses one of Canada's largest in-house apprenticeship programs for employees pursuing the Chef "Red Seal" certification -- the program is paid for by Cactus and employees also receive paid educational leave to accommodate the in-class portion of the program, as well as hands-on mentorship and training from Red Seal Chefs
  • Each location hosts their own in-house competitions such as the the Black Box competition, which is reminiscent of the Food Network's "Chopped" show -- up and coming kitchen partners became chefs for the day to create a 3-course meal using unknown ingredients, and are judged by in-house celebrity chefs
  • Cactus Restaurants manages a mentorship program through which participating head office staff and managers are paired with a senior manager or executive outside of their department for a 6-month period, to expose them to all areas of the business
Cactus Restaurants kitchen employees learn together through constant collaboration

Highlights

Industry Full-Service Restaurants
Major Canadian hiring locations Vancouver BC, Calgary AB, Edmonton AB, Kelowna BC, Saskatoon SK, Toronto ON
Full-time employees in Canada 1,008
Student opportunities summer jobs, co-op opportunities
Tuition subsidies (related to job) yes
Annual tuition maximum employer pays up to $5,000 in tuition subsidies per year
Career development in-house training, online training, in-house career planning services, mentoring, leadership training, apprenticeship/skilled trades programs
Vacation allowance new employees receive 2 weeks of paid vacation after their first year on the job
Unique initiatives Cactus Career Days, hosted throughout the year to create awareness of career options within the organization and identify employees for management opportunities

The Career Directory

Cactus Restaurants Ltd. has been selected for The Career Directory, our guide to entry-level recruitment for recent college and university graduates.
Cactus Restaurants employees

Highlights for New Grads

Industry Full-Service Restaurants
Major Canadian hiring locations Vancouver BC, Calgary AB, Edmonton AB, Kelowna BC, Saskatoon SK, Toronto ON
Full-time employees in Canada 1,314
Part-time employees in Canada 3,979
Student opportunities summer jobs, co-op opportunities
Training subsidies for professional accreditation, orientation program, online training, in-house training, mentoring, in-house career planning services, leadership training
Tuition subsidies (related to job) yes
Typical new grad positions Administrative Assistant, Regional Accountant, Accounts Payable Specialist, Guest Services Administrator, Human Resources Administrator, Marketing & Graphics Designer, Office Manager, Restaurant Manager, Sous Chef
Starting salary $40K to $45K
Work perks health benefits for new employees, flexible work hours, telecommuting
Vacation allowance new employees receive 3 weeks of paid vacation after their first year on the job

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