Brinker

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Brinker Reviews

Updated October 11, 2014
Updated October 11, 2014
88 Reviews
3.5
88 Reviews
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Brinker Chairman, President, and CEO Doug Brooks
Doug Brooks
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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.  

    Long term stress for short term gains

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    • Career Opportunities
    Former Employee - Bartender in Denham Springs, LA
    Former Employee - Bartender in Denham Springs, LA

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

    Pros

    good money
    corporate stability
    opportunity for advancement
    employee benefits for full-time employees
    loyalty benefits

    Cons

    food service
    long hours
    constant management changes
    no part-time benefits
    large, detailed menu

    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    Approves of CEO
  2.  

    mediocre experience

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    • Senior Management
    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    Current Employee - Real Estate Manager in Dallas, TX
    Current Employee - Real Estate Manager in Dallas, TX

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

    Pros

    Brinker tries to achieve a good work hard, play hard atmosphere.

    Cons

    The company can be very political.

    Doesn't Recommend
    Positive Outlook
    No opinion of CEO
  3.  

    Change has hurt this company

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    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    Former Employee - Line Cook in Metairie, LA
    Former Employee - Line Cook in Metairie, LA

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

    Pros

    The company is easy to get a job, but this will also mean that other new people are constantly coming in. They have annual softball league which is always fun and after long term yearly bonus is available.

    Cons

    Yearly bonus does not add up to a real vacation. There is no vacation pay that was removed in2011. Training is virtually nonexistent. The change in company direction came after original owner died and has not gotten better. No benefits and insurance is so high it is unaffordable even by management.

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    Keep the employees you have because it is hard to find good help and with no benefits it will be even harder.

    Doesn't Recommend
    Neutral Outlook
    Disapproves of CEO
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  5.  

    A fabulous culture that's dying...

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    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee

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

    Pros

    There are many nice people and a relaxed work environment.

    Cons

    New management is trying to make Brinker better but in doing so, they loose what sets Brinker apart. Things aren't the same anymore and every decision that is made seems to make things worse.

    Doesn't Recommend
    Negative Outlook
    Approves of CEO
  6.  

    Average

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    • Career Opportunities
    Current Employee - Managing Partner/General Manager in Las Vegas, NV
    Current Employee - Managing Partner/General Manager in Las Vegas, NV

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

    Pros

    Love Chili's. Flexible work hours and schedule. Pay for performance, the bette you do, the better you make.

    Cons

    Health benefits are sub par. Used to be an industry leader in this, but have fallen way behind.

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    Think 5-10 years ahead. Unemployment will return to the lows it was 5-6 years ago, at which point you will need something to attract talent.

    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    Approves of CEO
  7.  

    Chilis

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    • Career Opportunities
    Current Employee - Assistant Manager in Houston, TX
    Current Employee - Assistant Manager in Houston, TX

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

    Pros

    Great Culture, great people, great tradition, great reputation, job security,

    Cons

    More and More is put on your plate with tighter regulations and restrictions. Recognition not what it used be for loyal and tenured employees. Doing a great job in a particular area only brings higher expectations for the next year until you are bound to fail.

    Recommends
    Neutral Outlook
    No opinion of CEO
  8.  

    Nothing new at Chili's

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    • Senior Management
    • Career Opportunities
    Current Employee - Senior Marketing Manager in Dallas, TX
    Current Employee - Senior Marketing Manager in Dallas, TX

    I have been working at Brinker

    Pros

    Mid level management and below you'll find great, smart people who are willing to help you out.

    Cons

    Cross functional team dynamics are below par. Company fosters an us vs. them mentality between teams.
    Senior management willing to rest on laurels and often finds themselves behind the curve vs. competition.
    Difficult for innovative ideas to bubble to the top...more willingness to try what competitors have had success with rather than be first out of the gate.

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    It's okay to be first...don't be afraid to step out alone. Second place is last place...and Chili's is approaching third place among it's competitive set.

    No opinion of CEO
  9. 1 person found this helpful  

    It's Fajita's and Rita's

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    • Senior Management
    • Career Opportunities
    Current Employee - General Manager in Las Vegas, NV
    Current Employee - General Manager in Las Vegas, NV

    I have been working at Brinker

    Pros

    The restaurant business is what you make of it. The great thing about being a manager is that you only need to be self motivated to achieve results on a daily basis. That being said, you need to know when and how to pat yourself on the back for a job well done, and motivate others to follow you. People think, 'How hard can it be?'. Trust me, you don't want to enter this environment with little or no knowledge about the industry.

    Cons

    Productivity is the key word… while commodity prices continue to go up, instead of passing the cost on to the consumer, Brinker has decided it would be better to do more with less. At some point being productive will break those that are working for you.

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    Brinker's Board should decided how to deal with Doug as the ultimate leader of this business. We have been through everyone else, but there sits Doug on his throne. The untouchable king. I know that Norman hand picked the guy, but I believe there is more talented leaders in our industry, that could take Brinker forward quicker. Look how long it has taken Brinker to decide to dump the BRS and got to Aloha… and we can't even do that right...

    Disapproves of CEO
  10.  

    High standard,s but a face in the crowd.

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    • Senior Management
    • Career Opportunities
    Current Employee - Liine Cook in Chicago, IL
    Current Employee - Liine Cook in Chicago, IL

    I have been working at Brinker

    Pros

    Very well organized, I was very well trained at my position. Impressed with the high quality of ingredients used and health and cleanliness standards are very high.

    Cons

    Corporate feel, rigid rules, every minute of your time spent working, no smoke breaks, sometimes you feel like a face in the crowd.

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    For the love of god, pay us more. I am a culinary professional and cooks arguably have the worst jobs in the company. It is the love, not the money that keeps us in this profession.

    Recommends
    No opinion of CEO
  11.  

    OK>

    • Comp & Benefits
    • Work/Life Balance
    • Senior Management
    • Career Opportunities
    Current Employee - L2 Analyst, Front Line in Dallas, TX
    Current Employee - L2 Analyst, Front Line in Dallas, TX

    I have been working at Brinker

    Pros

    Comp card allowing free meals at some of their restaurants, supportive coworkers, occasionally able to telecommute

    Cons

    Split days off, unusual hours, traffic in the area

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    Review your salaries and treat your employees a little better, a better work/life balance would be nice

    No opinion of CEO

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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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