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Apr 19, 2011 04:45 PM

"Talent poaching" restaurants (split from Boston board)

[MODERATOR NOTE: This discussion was split from the following Boston thread:



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  1. Several chef/owners complaining (via Twitter and Facebook) that Del Frisco's managers were walking into restaurants and recruiting employees while they were on-shift; when challenged, they'd claim they were "just promoting the restaurant". A few got tossed on their ears.

    Some industry folks consider this a crass approach to recruitment. It's something Del Frisco has done before in other cities, notably NYC. You'll recognize some faces at Del Frisco's that you might remember from long stints at places like Prezza, whose chef/owner first outed them for doing this (they got one of his longtime sous chefs, too).

    24 Fleet St., Boston, MA 02113

    8 Replies
    1. re: MC Slim JB

      April 23? I'll be sure to clear my schedule so I can head over to Prezza for dinner that night. ;-)

      1. re: hiddenboston

        Make sure they overcharge you for your wine ;)

      2. re: MC Slim JB

        I don't think that this is immoral. If a server/bartender can get a better situation they should take it.

        1. re: postemotional1

          But doing it in the restaurants while the workers are on their shifts? I think that's totally unethical.

          1. re: postemotional1

            Recruiting isn't wrong, obviously, nor is moving between employers. The perceived transgression here is on-site, on-the-job recruiting. Not everyone has a problem with this, but there are plenty of local industry folks who have joined in a recent discussion of this issue and called foul on the practice. Probably doesn't help that it's a big national chain, new to Boston, raiding small, independently-owned local restaurants in this fashion.


            1. re: MC Slim JB

              Who is calling foul? I think that I am on pretty safe ground when I say that it is not those who are being recruited.

              1. re: postemotional1

                A lot of people are calling foul, and not just restaurant owners. I recently took a reader poll on this and "unethical/unacceptable" was the #1 vote by a good amount.

                As one restaurant owner said, the people being recruited aren't to blame if they decide to go elsewhere--it's the poachers who are coming into "their house" and luring them away while their workers are on shift.

                Read this, and at least respect the fact that there are more than a few people who find this practice unacceptable:


                1. re: hiddenboston

                  It is not 2000. That article is completely absurd. Methinks that the article was ghost written by a publicist for 1 of the establishments that have lost staff. The rise of "startenders" and niche scheduling have left many, many capable people without earning opportunities.

                  Maybe those being "poached" upon should ponder why "poachers" think that their employees night want to move on.