Cactus Restaurants Ltd.
Management employees at Cactus Restaurants   (Photo credit: Rick Collins)

Recognized as one of BC's Top Employers (2017)

Here are some of the reasons why Cactus Restaurants Ltd. was selected as one of BC's Top Employers (2017):

  • Along with ongoing in-house training programs and generous tuition subsidies for job-related courses, 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
  • Cactus Restaurants encourages its senior personnel, including general managers, chefs and regional managers, to become owners through a share purchase plan and offers profit-sharing for some personnel
  • Cactus Restaurant provides referral bonuses as an incentive for employees to recruit candidates from their personal networks (up to $4,000 for successful hires) and offers a unique discounted dining program for employees who are on maternity leave
Cactus Restaurants kitchen employees   (Photo credit: Rick Collins)

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 1,314
Part-time employees in Canada 3,979
Average age of employees in Canada 24
Longest serving employee 28 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 3 weeks of paid vacation after their first year on the job
Outside survey period outside consultant surveys are held every 12 months
Employee performance reviews employees receive individual performance reviews 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 (2018)

Here are some of the reasons why Cactus Restaurants Ltd. was selected as one of Canada's Top Employers for Young People (2018):

  • Cactus Restaurants hosts one of Canada's largest in-house apprenticeship programs for employees pursuing the Red Seal Chef certification, with approximately 120 apprentices sponsored at present -- 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
  • Additionally, Cactus Restaurants offers opportunities for apprentices to participate in in-house classes for professional cooks at Vancouver Community College, allowing apprentices to work in conjunction with instructors to teach, mentor and develop students
  • Cactus Restaurants organizes Culinary Development Days to provide chefs and sous chefs with opportunities to work alongside product development chefs to create unique dishes not prepared on a regular basis
Kitchen staff at Cactus Restaurants   (Photo credit: Brandon BarrĂ©)

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 1,310
Student opportunities summer jobs, co-op opportunities
Related tuition subsidies employer covers up to 100% of tuition per year
Annual tuition maximum employer pays up to $5,000 in tuition subsidies for job-related courses 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 3 weeks of paid vacation after their first year on the job
Unique initiatives hosts Cactus Career Days throughout the year to create awareness of career options within the organization and identify employees for management opportunities, Cactus University Leadership Development Program

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
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 benefits 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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