Brinker

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Brinker Reviews

Updated May 15, 2014
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3.3 81 reviews

74% Approve of the CEO

Brinker Chairman, President, and CEO Doug Brooks

Doug Brooks

(42 ratings)

70% of employees recommend this company to a friend

Review Highlights

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

  • Compensation, structure, ability to move up and be promoted from within(in 3 reviews)


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

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    For people very passionate about the casual dining industry.

    Anonymous Employee (Current Employee)

    Proswork-life balance, casual dress, location

    Consleadership, not selective in hiring policies

    No, I would not recommend this company to a friend

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    It's a server job

    Server (Current Employee)

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

    ConsWorking 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 Senior ManagementQuit catering to the lower class.

    Yes, I would recommend this company to a friend – I'm optimistic about the outlook for this company

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    Sad and disappointing

    Restaurant Manager (Former Employee) Bellevue, WA

    ProsWith the right Area Director your job can be enjoyable and rewarding.

    ConsWith this company it's not what you know, it's who you know. The General Manager should have experience in restaurant management and work their way up the ladder. Brinker used to hire from within, unfortunately that is no longer the case. Retaliation is prevalent. Micro-managing is abundant. Lying is a daily occurrence.

    Advice to Senior ManagementOpen your eyes to what is going on in each restaurant on a daily basis. Check turnover of hourly team mates, training new people costs money. When someone calls the Whistle Blowers hotline, take their complaints seriously in a timely manner. Most employees complain about their job and move on, those with the passion to call in with an issue usually have valid complaints.

    No, I would not recommend this company to a friend – I'm not optimistic about the outlook for this company

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

    Server (Current Employee) Richmond, VA

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

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

    Advice to Senior ManagementUpper management should thoroughly vet lower level management before hire

    No, I would not recommend this company to a friend – I'm not optimistic about the outlook for this company

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    Not for those who care or want to succeed

    Culinary Manager (Current Employee)

    ProsYou get a paycheck, that's it.

    ConsAs 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 Senior ManagementHold 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.

    No, I would not recommend this company to a friend – I'm not optimistic about the outlook for this company

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    Server

    Chili Head (Former Employee) Orlando, FL

    ProsThere were no pros to ths job

    ConsExploitation. taking advantage of. all things they specialize in...

    Advice to Senior ManagementGet an education...then criticize your employees.

    No, I would not recommend this company to a friend

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    Disappointing

    Bar Tender (Former Employee) San Marcos, TX

    ProsFlexible schedule, ability to make good tips and meet new people.

    ConsCorporate does not value longtime employees. Management is constantly changing.

    Advice to Senior ManagementGet away from putting food into Infrared warmers. Make food fresh ready to order. Focus on building regular customers instead of turning tables.

    No, I would not recommend this company to a friend

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    Transitional

    Anonymous Employee (Former Employee) Atlanta, GA

    Proslarge company with growth opportunities

    ConsInconsistent leadership
    Inconsistent policies and procedures at store level

    Advice to Senior ManagementEmpower managers and team members be to engaged in the direction of the company

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    high pressure

    Market Manager (Current Employee)

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

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

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

    No, I would not recommend this company to a friend

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    Another waiting job that, well, is waiting.

    Server (Current Employee)

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

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

    Advice to Senior ManagementOffer more hourly since the economy has crushed tips.

    No, I would not recommend this company to a friend

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