Mexico pavilion restaurant operator Palmas Restaurant Group offering $1000 sign on bonus in recruitment drive

May 12, 2021 in "San Angel Inn Restaurant"

Posted: Wednesday May 12, 2021 8:43am ET by WDWMAGIC Staff

Palmas Restaurant Group is aiming to fill more than 60 job positions at its Walt Disney World restaurants in a recruitment drive that is offering up to $1000 sign on bonuses.

Positions are available at EPCOT including at San Angel Inn, La Cantina de San Angel, and La Hacienda de San Angel. Jobs are also on offer at Coronado Springs El Mercado, Rix Sports Bar, Laguna Bar and finally at Frontera Cocina in Disney Springs.

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Palmas is not the first operating participant to offer sign on bonuses, with Patina restaurant Group offering up to $500 bonuses in a recent recruitment drive. Orlando area restaurants are struggling to fill positions after mass layoffs at the start of the pandemic. Many of the former restaurant workers have relocated or moved to other industries resulting in a massive shortage of cooks and servers.

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DCBakerMay 13, 2021

Splitsville also having a job fair tomorrow, Thursday May 13th.

denyuntilcaughtMay 12, 2021

I agree with you. I think a realistic solution, however, is that a company with billions in profits can pay their employees a decent wage.

havoc315May 12, 2021

Now expand that.. how many tables during a shift? I assume they share their tips with bussers, etc. Possibly even pooling their tips. But it can still be a decent wage at the end of the day.

Goofnut1980May 12, 2021

so 6 people at $50 for a buffet (which its usually more than $50 plus booze) you could see $54 for just one table. Not amazing but not terrible like a Dennys server who could get at $2-5 per table of 4.

Mr. ModerateMay 12, 2021

It's a mixed bag and more than just one thing at play here. I do agree with you that employers at these places need to pay more and start treating their staff better, thus able to retain them. Some of the examples your link provided was never meant to be a long term career though and most fast food jobs are transitional and geared towards those starting out in the job market or those needing to supplement their income by working a second job, etc. Still those employers need to do better, these places are needed, and the pandemic has shown that. There is problems though with the extended, higher unemployment benefits and I don't blame some for not wanting to return to a depressing and at times, toxic environment when they can make more at home. However the current situation is not a sustainable one and there needs to be a realistic and fair solution to the employment shortages that the country faces. As I get older I've learned to look at both sides of the equation and see where they are coming from. I don't believe everything has to be black and white, strictly one side or the other.

TikibirdLandMay 12, 2021

Yeah, let's blame the workers. If employers will improve the work environment (pay, benefits, conditions), maybe they'd get more employees than they could possibly need. There's a good Bored Panda Thread on this.

havoc315May 12, 2021

Remember, WDW automatically adds 18% gratuity to parties over 6. (I forget if they also automatically add it to buffets).

Goofnut1980May 12, 2021

I wonder how well it pays to be a server at Disney. I now people suck sometimes with tipping, but I would also think based on the per person price, the tips would be decent. Just curious.

havoc315May 12, 2021

That likely contributes. Doesn't appear to be the only factor.

cmwade77May 12, 2021

Well, the real problem comes down to unemployment paying more than people can make by going back to work with the additional money being added.any states are already stopping the pandemic assistance portions of unemployment, meaning the extra money and in some cases the extended time has ended. It is looking like Florida needs to do the same.

havoc315May 12, 2021

Dang…. If there is that much desperation for restaurant labor, could be a long time before WDW dining can return to anything approaching regular capacity.

DCBakerMay 12, 2021

Palmas Restaurant Group is also hiring for 60+ positions (San Angel Inn, Coronado Springs Resort and Frontera Cocina at Disney Springs) - some select positions have a $1000 sign-on bonus.

rle4lunchApr 21, 2021

well, to be fair, it was announced 5 years ago. gag.

LilofanApr 21, 2021

Hence the allowance of tattoos for staff to attract applicants to fill positions.