Burger King

  www.burgerking.com
  www.burgerking.com

Burger King Reviews

Updated December 11, 2014
Updated December 11, 2014
769 Reviews
2.7
769 Reviews
Rating Trends

Recommend to a friend
Approve of CEO
(no image)
Daniel Schwartz
150 Ratings

Review Highlights

Pros
  • You meet some nice coworkers, depending on your manager you get free food when you work (in 44 reviews)

  • Opportunity to gain great experience in a fast paced environment (in 30 reviews)


Cons
  • They are very clear that there is no work life balance (in 19 reviews)

  • Long hours for managers, usually either very early morning or very late nights (in 32 reviews)

More Highlights

168 Employee Reviews Back to all reviews

Sort: Popular Rating Date
  1.  

    Everything

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

    I have been working at Burger King

    Pros

    Flexible hours and somewhat easy work.

    Cons

    They put you to work and have no say in how things are done.

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    Listen to your workers and not just higher-ups.

    Doesn't Recommend
    Negative Outlook
    Disapproves of CEO
  2.  

    Assisstant Manager

    • Comp & Benefits
    • Work/Life Balance
    • Senior Management
    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    Former Employee - Assistant Manager in Lawrence, KS
    Former Employee - Assistant Manager in Lawrence, KS

    I worked at Burger King full-time (less than an year)

    Pros

    Free food and fun coworkers.

    Cons

    Inefficiently set up kitchen, unrealistic expectations for hours worked, and low pay. Managers are essentially the only full-time employees and are expected to pick up all the slack from the high turnover rate.

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    People need some time in order to sleep in between shifts.

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

    Terrible Work-Life Balance

    • Comp & Benefits
    • Work/Life Balance
    • Senior Management
    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    Former Employee - Management Trainee in Miami, FL
    Former Employee - Management Trainee in Miami, FL

    I worked at Burger King full-time (less than an year)

    Pros

    Work with very bright people

    Cons

    They expect you to work investment bank hours but not for investment bank pay. Bonuses are incredibly hard to get. They fire/lay off people all the time.

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    Stop firing people at the drop of a hat!

    Doesn't Recommend
    Negative Outlook
  4. Is this helpful? The community relies on everyone sharing – Add Anonymous Review


  5.  

    Started off wonderful, felt like my second family, but through management changes, went downhill.

    • Comp & Benefits
    • Work/Life Balance
    • Senior Management
    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    Current Employee - Assistant Manager in Bethel Park, PA
    Current Employee - Assistant Manager in Bethel Park, PA

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

    Pros

    flexibilty, ability to move up

    Cons

    no one ever wants to solve problems or give raises

    Doesn't Recommend
    Negative Outlook
    Approves of CEO
  6.  

    Not the best

    • Comp & Benefits
    • Work/Life Balance
    • Senior Management
    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    Former Employee - Cook/Cashier in Tabor City, NC
    Former Employee - Cook/Cashier in Tabor City, NC

    I worked at Burger King full-time (less than an year)

    Pros

    Well its a job that's pretty much it really

    Cons

    Lot of stress, no work life balance, not the best. I was sick throwing up at work and was told that if I didn't perk up I'd be fired. Also told later that same day if I went to the hospital I'd be let go. They do not care about their employees at all

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    Take care of your employees, they make you look good or bad

    Doesn't Recommend
    Neutral Outlook
    No opinion of CEO
  7.  

    Shift Lead

    • Comp & Benefits
    • Work/Life Balance
    • Senior Management
    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    Current Employee - Shift Lead in Saint Louis, MO
    Current Employee - Shift Lead in Saint Louis, MO

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

    Pros

    Great free food! Great Shift options

    Cons

    Pay suxx! long time on your feet

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    Up the pay

    Doesn't Recommend
    Neutral Outlook
    No opinion of CEO
  8.  

    I have worked for BK for 3 months.

    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee

    I have been working at Burger King

    Pros

    They give you lots of hours. I'm 16 an I work 36 hours a week. Because I'm one of 3 that close the store. They are good at giving out requested days off. Super nice co-workers

    Cons

    When it's busy it's absolutely horrible. Sometimes they play favorites. And sometimes the management talks bad about you.

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    Be Nicer to employes and customers

  9.  

    Not a good picjk

    • Comp & Benefits
    • Work/Life Balance
    • Senior Management
    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    Former Employee - Cashier in Montgomery, AL
    Former Employee - Cashier in Montgomery, AL

    I worked at Burger King full-time (less than an year)

    Pros

    they offer a flexible work schedule

    Cons

    constantly harrased by male coworkers and uncomfortable work enviroment

    Doesn't Recommend
    Neutral Outlook
    Disapproves of CEO
  10.  

    Global QSR fighting to get ahead

    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee

    I worked at Burger King

    Pros

    A fun industry where you and everyone you know is familiar with the product. Multi-faceted company with deep activity in operations, site development, marketing, competitive analysis, and product development.

    Cons

    A long history of executive level turnover. A feeling of never quite being the best in the industry, chasing rather than leading.

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    Get a clear vision and believe in it...commit to a strategy and execute it. Build the brand by demographic grouping, and work closely with franchises.

  11. 2 people found this helpful  

    It's a special kind of hell

    • Comp & Benefits
    • Work/Life Balance
    • Senior Management
    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    Current Employee - Senior Analyst in Miami, FL
    Current Employee - Senior Analyst in Miami, FL

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

    Pros

    There are a lot of interesting positions. Recent college grads get experience that they wouldn't be able to get at most other companies. There is no better place to jump start your career.

    While I often get frustrated with the job and have a long list of complaints, it is difficult for me to imagine working somewhere else.

    There is a very strong and consistent culture, and management is very aware of what the culture is. If it fits you, you will thrive. The culture is not going to change as long as 3g is in control.

    If you get an offer as a management trainee or LDP, you have great opportunities to learn. Other companies recognize the caliber of recruiting at BK and take advantage of it. If you are terminated or decide to leave, you have plenty of options. I have had 2-3 companies reaching out to me each week on linkedin or calling me for the last 9 months. I interviewed with a couple and those companies offered me a 30% increase in salary.

    If you're willing to work for the long haul, you have great opportunities, but see below.

    Cons

    It is a very challenging place to work:
    * You are expected to work 70+ hour weeks. Some departments are more lenient, but some of us have been lectured for "not putting in enough time" in weeks with only 60-65 hours.
    * Starting compensation is terrible. While management trainees have the opportunity to get raises and move up quickly, it will still take 2-3 years to reach salaries of other competitors.
    * There is now a "waiting period" for management trainees to get promotions of 1 year. This makes meritocracy a joke.
    * They are very clear that there is no work life balance. Even if you go on vacation, you have to have your laptop and phone with you at all times. The company is very lean, so there is no backup if you are out of the office.
    * There are "engagement surveys" that are ignored. The magic solution to a lack of communication between departments (caused by departments competing against each other) was a newsletter that only covers HR topics and has a list of birthdays. Seriously.
    * The HR department is not on your side. If you go to them with issues, you will likely be terminated for not fitting the culture.
    * There is a great concept of ZBB (Zero Based Budgeting) where everyone has ownership for budgets and is expected to control costs for the company. This is great in theory, but there is one EVP who grants exceptions on a regular basis. This creates budget inequity between departments and devalues the efforts of those who can actually manage a budget.
    * During recruiting, BK sells how transparent and engaged the EVPs are. Unless you sit on the 7th floor, you won't ever see them.
    * BK hires people that it expects to survive. That means you get tough, analytical, intelligent, competitive people. These are great people. They are very effective at their jobs and have very high potential. With that said, do not expect to have nice coworkers. They never survive.
    * You will burn out. Everybody has limits, and BK doesn't care. Everybody is expendable.
    * As many people have mentioned on here, you need to be Brazilian, speak Portuguese, or be somehow tied in with 3G to move up quickly.
    * Most people get most or all of their target bonuses. This is done by negotiating with the people who report the metrics, not by achieving goals.
    * You may have a boss who asks you to do things that make you feel uncomfortable - modifying numbers, falsifying reports, running projects that could have severe consequences, etc. If this happens to you, RUN. You can not speak to HR about it, or you will be terminated for not being willing to take risks. If you stay and something goes wrong, which is frequent, you will be scapegoated. I have seen 6 people terminated for this in the past year, and those are only the ones i know of. There are several departments that are known for doing this. Nothing will land you in jail, but the ethics are still lacking.
    * There is no training. The benefits for tuition reimbursement were removed. There is a program called BK University, but the focus is driven on a metric of classroom seats filled rather than the content, quality of content, and relevance of the class.

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    Take your engagement surveys seriously. People who understand and believe in the culture are telling you what needs to be fixed. Listen. Please listen. We slave for you, and then you ignore us. When we give you negative feedback, it is because we want to see you develop and get better. It's the same as when you give us negative feedback.

    We want to be your slaves and move up, but you're making it difficult. Get some ethics and realize that you can make drastic improvements on morale without sacrificing the culture.

    Despite all of my negative comments above, I still work at BK and still want to work at BK. Please do something to tell me that my efforts are valued.

    Doesn't Recommend
    Positive Outlook
    Disapproves of CEO

Work at Burger King? Share Your Experiences

Burger King

 
Click to Rate
or

Your response will be removed from the review – this cannot be undone.