Brinker Reviews

Updated October 15, 2014
Updated October 15, 2014
87 Reviews
3.4
87 Reviews
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Review Highlights

Pros
  • Flexible hours during down times (in 5 reviews)

  • Great culture, great work life balance (in 5 reviews)


Cons
  • long hours management can treat you like a child (in 6 reviews)

  • Work-Life balance is nonexistent (in 3 reviews)

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  1.  

    Brinker is a very good company to work for.

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    • Work/Life Balance
    • Senior Management
    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    Current Employee - General Manager in Denver, CO
    Current Employee - General Manager in Denver, CO

    I have been working at Brinker full-time (more than 5 years)

    Pros

    Brinker has a long history in the full service restaurant industry. When company takes care the people that takes care of the guests. Has a great winning culture.

    Cons

    The restuarant industry is not easy. It takes hard work, long hours and sometimes feels thankless. I feel that sometimes leaders lose that in the pursuit of success.

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    Work hard and be proud do what you do!

    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    Approves of CEO
  2.  

    Great place to work!

    • Comp & Benefits
    • Work/Life Balance
    • Senior Management
    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    Current Employee - Training in Dallas, TX
    Current Employee - Training in Dallas, TX

    I have been working at Brinker full-time (more than 10 years)

    Pros

    Great culture! Work hard, play hard is the motto. They have a casual work environment. There is a lot of diversity and development within the company to help you grow professionally (laterally or in your role).

    Cons

    Not a lot of upward movement and hard to transition into different roles. There used to be a lot less pressure to achieve such intense results which sometimes negatively impacts the great work/life balance that the company promotes.

    Recommends
    Neutral Outlook
    Approves of CEO
  3.  

    boh expo and grill cook

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    • Work/Life Balance
    • Senior Management
    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee

    I have been working at Brinker full-time (more than 3 years)

    Pros

    co workers are great and will be your friends

    Cons

    management does not appreciate what you do for them

    Doesn't Recommend
    No opinion of CEO
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    Brinker

    • Comp & Benefits
    • Work/Life Balance
    • Senior Management
    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    Current Employee - Server Bar Tender in La Verne, CA
    Current Employee - Server Bar Tender in La Verne, CA

    I have been working at Brinker part-time (more than 5 years)

    Pros

    There is the ability to make good money with part time work without much required from you as an employee. The big gamble is getting a decent crew of managers at your location, they make the job either fun and easy or simply intolerable.

    Cons

    The big gamble is getting a decent crew of managers at your location, they make the job either fun and easy or simply intolerable.

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    Just because a person is smart and can pass the training or is bilingual, does not mean that they have the right personality or even what it takes to be a good manager for this company especially as a general manager.

    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    No opinion of CEO
  6.  

    Great Environment

    • Comp & Benefits
    • Work/Life Balance
    • Senior Management
    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee

    I have been working at Brinker

    Pros

    Company provided a great environment

    Cons

    Team building needs help and management should know that

    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    Approves of CEO
  7.  

    Strongly recommend! Great culture! Professional development opportunities!

    • Comp & Benefits
    • Work/Life Balance
    • Senior Management
    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    Current Employee - Talent Acquisition in Dallas, TX
    Current Employee - Talent Acquisition in Dallas, TX

    I have been working at Brinker full-time (more than 8 years)

    Pros

    Brinker is a great company to work for! The company offers a flexible work schedule, has a warm and inviting environment and truly cares about its team members. Also, I love how the company is committed to giving back to the community. From a professional standpoint, Brinker offers team members the opportunity to grow professionally and continue to advance their careers!!

    Cons

    Brinker has more of an unstructured environment. This is great, but the only downfall is that there are moments when expectations become a little fuzzy. However, on the upside, Brinker has tools in place that help us work through these communication challenges.

    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    Approves of CEO
  8.  

    For people very passionate about the casual dining industry.

    • Comp & Benefits
    • Work/Life Balance
    • Senior Management
    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee

    I have been working at Brinker full-time

    Pros

    work-life balance, casual dress, location

    Cons

    leadership, not selective in hiring policies

    Doesn't Recommend
    Neutral Outlook
    No opinion of CEO
  9.  

    General Manager

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    • Senior Management
    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    Current Employee - Managing Partner/General Manager in Fort Worth, TX
    Current Employee - Managing Partner/General Manager in Fort Worth, TX

    I have been working at Brinker full-time (more than 10 years)

    Pros

    Money was great after many years with the company. great leadership training

    Cons

    Expectations of performance outcomes were unattainable. It was always stated it was as simple as serving burgers and beer but that was 30 years ago. The dynamics of the company became very complex with entirely too many plates spinning at one time

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    very stressful physically and mentally. Very difficult to balance quality of life

    Doesn't Recommend
    Neutral Outlook
    Approves of CEO
  10.  

    Great place to work

    • Comp & Benefits
    • Work/Life Balance
    • Senior Management
    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee

    I have been working at Brinker as an intern

    Pros

    Great culture, great work life balance

    Cons

    Change can happen quickly, but some thungs needed for approval may take long to accomplish

    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    Approves of CEO
  11.  

    Brinker has ongoing changes for their operations.

    • Comp & Benefits
    • Work/Life Balance
    • Senior Management
    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    Current Employee - Manager
    Current Employee - Manager

    I have been working at Brinker full-time (more than 10 years)

    Pros

    Brinker has ongoing training and development. They are always looking forward to better their operations.

    Cons

    Changes for the operators happen all at one time and you are expected to excel in every area of change in a short period of time.

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    Get to know all levels of your management and team members. Don't just take the word of your buddies.

    Recommends

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Brinker has fun company-wide meetings. This was circus themed, with senior leadership dressed as clowns.
Todd Wilbur filmed the show Top Secret Recipe on Brinker campus.
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