Brinker

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88 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 7 reviews)

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

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  1.  

    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
  2.  

    It's a server job

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

    I have been working at Brinker part-time (more than an year)

    Pros

    Flexible hours during down times. Fun crew to work with. Understanding management

    Cons

    Working on holidays mandatory. Restaurant is beginning to cater more to lower class customers. Identity crisis, do we want to be fine dining or do we want to be casual?

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    Quit catering to the lower class.

    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    Approves of CEO
  3.  

    It will serve a purpose...for a time.

    • Comp & Benefits
    • Work/Life Balance
    • Senior Management
    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    Current Employee - Server in Richmond, VA
    Current Employee - Server in Richmond, VA

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

    Pros

    Flexibility of schedule especially for those pursuing college degrees or other education

    Cons

    Built upon a strong foundation some managers fail to carry through on values of the culture

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    Upper management should thoroughly vet lower level management before hire

    Doesn't Recommend
    Negative Outlook
    No opinion of CEO
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  5.  

    Not for those who care or want to succeed

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

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

    Pros

    You get a paycheck, that's it.

    Cons

    As a manager, you are constantly required to cut hours to make your budget/plan. By doing this, you are required to cook, be a dishwasher, be a server, be a host, run the window, etc. we put in 70 hour work weeks and then get the "you need to cut more hours" from the schedule.

    Your GM is not held accountable. You will work your butt off to get ahead but at the end of the day, it's just to make them look good. I was recently told to "figure out the solution" for a problem we've had for a year. My GM doesn't care about it. Rather than hold him accountable, it's left to me. It's easier to tell me to do something rather than my boss who is ultimately the one who should be making those decisions

    Work life balance is absolutely non existent. They talk a big game but there's no follow through.

    I've been promotable for 2 years and have been passed over twice. They don't like promoting women. It's only happened once in my career (almost 8 years).

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    Hold GMs accountable for their location, not only their managers. Very few of us are getting the development we need and deserve. You are constantly telling us to. "Look in the mirror". May I suggest you do the same???

    We can cut all the hours you want but that work is still there to do. Your managers aren't leaders, they are highly paid hourly workers.

    Doesn't Recommend
    Negative Outlook
    Disapproves of CEO
  6.  

    Another waiting job that, well, is waiting.

    • Comp & Benefits
    • Work/Life Balance
    • Senior Management
    • Career Opportunities
    Current Employee - Server
    Current Employee - Server

    I have been working at Brinker

    Pros

    Flexibility and quick money. Not bad for a part-time worker, full-time college student.

    Cons

    Customers are demanding since its a chain restaurant. There is a significantly high amount of turnover. Its a rather dirty industry as well.

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    Offer more hourly since the economy has crushed tips.

    Doesn't Recommend
  7.  

    high pressure

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

    I have been working at Brinker

    Pros

    the people and the culture make this company a reat place to work all of the time. Flexibility in roles

    Cons

    When times are tough, unfortunately the restaurant busy suffers and scrambles to stay afloat. That is the case with Brinker

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    Please listen to the folks that work in the restaurants every day. Try promoting from within and providing career counseling

    Doesn't Recommend

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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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