Brinker Reviews

Updated February 28, 2015
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  1. Solid national company

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    • Work/Life Balance
    • Senior Management
    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    Former Employee - Assistant General Manager
    Former Employee - Assistant General Manager

    I worked at Brinker full-time (more than 3 years)

    Pros

    The upper corporate management takes great care of the unit managers. They were far ahead of other national chains in compensation and benefits.

    Cons

    As with any unit level restaurant management the varying schedule and hours are rough. I had negative experiences with a poor AD but I believe this was an isolated experience.

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    Fewer management programs analyzing personality, work style, motivation basis, and on and on. In the 3 years I was there we went through 3 different programs analyzing how we could be more productive.

    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    Approves of CEO
  2. A long a happy career.

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    • Work/Life Balance
    • Senior Management
    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    Former Employee - Restaurant Manager in Orlando, FL
    Former Employee - Restaurant Manager in Orlando, FL

    I worked at Brinker full-time (more than 10 years)

    Pros

    Good salary, great benefits including 100% meal benefit, great insurance and 401k match.

    Cons

    Lots of hours. Stressful environment.

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    Be in touch with daily operations.

    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    Approves of CEO
  3. Great company that is very large, mature and focused on delivering shareholder results

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    • Senior Management
    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee

    I worked at Brinker full-time (more than 10 years)

    Pros

    Secure and stable job environment with huge resources

    Cons

    Mature company no longer growing

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    Be sure you are comfortable conforming to the language required to be spoken there and enjoy specific routines and checklists that don't change. Ability to advance based upon results is very good.

    Recommends
    Neutral Outlook
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  5. Great work life balance

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    • Work/Life Balance
    • Senior Management
    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    Former Employee - Internal Auditor in Dallas, TX
    Former Employee - Internal Auditor in Dallas, TX

    I worked at Brinker full-time (more than 10 years)

    Pros

    Great work life balance, fun culture, casual dress

    Cons

    Poor development planning and opportunities for advancement, loose direction at times

    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    No opinion of CEO
  6. Over all pretty good company to work for

    • Comp & Benefits
    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee

    I worked at Brinker

    Pros

    HAD AN EXCELLENT EXE. CHEF. He was actually italian. Had Very High Standards for how we wanted his kitchen to run

    Cons

    This store had a High GM turn over rate. The GM was lazy and was irritated when ever he had to go visit tables.. More concerned about making quotas than making guest happy

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    If you work harder than all your other managers you will move up quickly. That wont be hard because the managers there are lazy

  7. Dedicated to the development of the team and long term growth of the company

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    • Senior Management
    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee

    I worked at Brinker full-time

    Pros

    Culture of hospitality
    People Care and work hard
    Training

    Cons

    Long hours
    Lots of change
    Medical benefits

    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    Approves of CEO
  8. I loved a lot of things about working for Brinker!

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    • Senior Management
    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    Former Employee - Restaurant Manager in Atlanta, GA
    Former Employee - Restaurant Manager in Atlanta, GA

    I worked at Brinker full-time (more than 10 years)

    Pros

    Brinker is really one big family. When a team member is in crisis, they pull together and help out with support and the Brinker Family Fund. That is what I miss most about working there, the camaraderie.
    The expectations are clear, and if you exceed them, you will be extremely successful. The bonuses are some of the best in the industry if you can exceed them (which my team always did).

    Cons

    Chili's kept making a lot of knee jerk reaction changes to keep up with the competition. I am all for change, it is good sometimes, but as a manager in operations, I was in the front lines and had a lot of apologizing to do to the guests, the loyal guests.
    My other con to working there is the 50-55 hour work week is not true, especially if you are trying to hit or exceed your target bonus.

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    The upper management was really invested in my growth.

    Recommends
    Neutral Outlook
    Disapproves of CEO
  9. Great place to work!

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    • 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
  10. Brinker

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    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
  11. 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

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