Carlson Restaurants
3.1 of 5 34 reviews
www.fridays.com Carrollton, TX 5000+ Employees

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Updated Jun 17, 2014

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Carlson Restaurants President and CEO Nick Shepherd

Nick Shepherd

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60% of employees recommend this company to a friend
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    Very Unprofessional

    Anonymous Employee (Former Employee)

    ProsBasic Insurance, 401k and benefits.

    ConsNo help from any management to gain success. Very corrupt team of managers. You need to already know everything to work here, and don't trust anyone.

    Advice to Senior ManagementLook into the corruption and poor treatment in Great Lakes Dinning Franchise. They give Fridays a bad name.

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

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    Overall a pretty average company but terrible when it comes to clientele.

    Bartender (Former Employee)
    New York, NY

    ProsEasy work, fantastic managers, great coworkers

    ConsTerrible customers, horrible tips, dirty store, no support for employees

    Advice to Senior ManagementTreat your managers better and they'll respect the hell out of you and it will spread to their employees as well. Work on attracting a different type of customer so that your employees are encouraged to upsell and increase sales and productivity because of an incentive.

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

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    Closed doors in Mesa Az with no notice to employees

    Bartender (Former Employee)
    Mesa, AZ

    ProsNone that I can think of

    ConsLeft over 40 people unemployed, closed the doors.

    Advice to Senior ManagementShould have shown better mangement skills

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

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    The biggest let down and misconception of my professional career.

    Anonymous Employee (Current Employee)

    ProsThey have restaurants all over the world. They were the leader in the restaurant industry, setting the stage for social dining and getting together after work to share a drink, relax and have fun.

    ConsYou will have no voice, you will be micromanaged, you will feel disconnected and mis-led. You will not be recognized for hard work or initiative. The top leadership changes often - each one coming in with the next GRAND idea, and a big ego. They have lost what they are all about.

    Advice to Senior Managementeliminate the people that have been there too long, and that are self serving. Recognize people who are loyal, honest, and who work hard. Take the time to really look into someone's job performance.

    No, I would not recommend this company to a friend

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    Be afraid, be very afriad!

    Waitress, Bartender (Former Employee)
    Edinburgh, Scotland (UK)

    Pros50% discount on food bills helped you appreciate the job at times, but it's mainly the banter and the friendships you have with other employees that get you throught a shift. I found that the job is also fairly similar from TGI Friday stores across the UK so it was easy for me to transfer from store to store if I needed to. If you are able to plan you life 3 weeks in advance with no room for spur of the moment days off or any illness then the rota system may work out for you. Also if you really want to make a lot of money and you're a happy friendly person then the tips are fabulous and go into your pocket at the end of every night.

    ConsManagers have very little respect for their employees. They demand a lot from you even as a part time employee and forget any help or support you've given them in an instant if you do something remotely wrong or clumsy. The smell of food is a constant problem as you always feel hungry, and you end up spending half your wages on meals there. In TGI's there is a definite mindset you need to have to work there so if you are not open minded you ma find it hard to deal with the dirty minds the huge array of personalities and the cliques.

    Advice to Senior ManagementLearn to appreciate your employees! If you are finding it hard to cover enough shifts and you're using the same 5 people over and over again, employee more people. Then train the correctly, as there is nothing worse than having to your job as well as someone elses.

    No, I would not recommend this company to a friend

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