Red Lobster Reviews

Updated March 14, 2015
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  1. Restaurant manager Red Lobster

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    Current Employee - Restaurant Manager in Fairview Heights, IL
    Current Employee - Restaurant Manager in Fairview Heights, IL

    I have been working at Red Lobster

    Pros

    Free food for managers and fresh fish option.

    Cons

    Poor management. Huge employee and management turnover. No future with this job. Ok for high school graduates. No work-life balance.

    Doesn't Recommend
    Negative Outlook
  2. started great but...

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    Former Employee - Certified Grill Master in Hixson, TN
    Former Employee - Certified Grill Master in Hixson, TN

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

    Pros

    people that work there are fantastic, theyre like family. food is amazing. great employee discount. week paid vacation for full time employees after a year. kitchen has a low turnover rate, usually...

    Cons

    you cant get to full time status. as soon as you hit 30-32 hours they start cutting people off the schedule and cutting hours down. managers talk down to everyone and yell at people in front of the customers. managers pick and choose their favorite employees and the GM gives them the most hours. not the best, or hardest workers. that persons friends. managers hang out with employees outside of work when they arent suppose to. and i know, for a fact, that the GM of a certain Red Lobster is allowing her employees to drink alcohol and do illegal drugs while on the clock, getting paid.

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    you cant pick favorites. and the fact that you allow people to drink alcohol and do illegal drugs while on the clock is morally wrong and illegal.

    Doesn't Recommend
    Negative Outlook
    Approves of CEO
  3. this company is under a lawsuit for making servers work off the clock to finish up their end of day duties

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    Former Employee - Server in Irving, TX
    Former Employee - Server in Irving, TX

    I worked at Red Lobster part-time (more than 3 years)

    Pros

    This was a fast pace job that was great while I was a college student

    Cons

    there is very minimal chance for advancement in this job

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    consider higher company values

    Doesn't Recommend
    Negative Outlook
    Disapproves of CEO
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  5. stresssful job

    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee

    I worked at Red Lobster

    Pros

    fast pace money
    easy to get hired

    Cons

    terrible customers
    inexperience managers
    unstable job for employees and manager

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    Very low rate chain

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    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee

    I have been working at Red Lobster

    Pros

    Good food at times. Expensive entrées.

    Cons

    Poor management not connected to employees needs.

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    Listen to crew members concerns.

    Doesn't Recommend
    Negative Outlook
  7. Worst Company I Have Ever Worked For

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    Former Employee - Server in Downers Grove, IL
    Former Employee - Server in Downers Grove, IL

    I worked at Red Lobster part-time (less than a year)

    Pros

    Nobody cares about you or the guests, so you can do whatever you want. You will find yourself resorting to underhanded tactics just to survive; and no one will ever catch you, because management is incompetent.

    Cons

    Management is so oblivious, it almost feels like someone is playing a prank on you.

    Everything about this place is backwards. You are doomed to fail because you simply cannot ever have the tools you need to do your job.

    All of your co-workers are miserable, so no one will help you.

    Most of your guests will be terrible human beings. I used to have to just walk away from people because they would be so rude and so dense that they were impossible to communicate with. They are in the building for free cheddar biscuits and free salad with practically every meal.

    The server is responsible for an impossible amount of things; and once again, NO ONE WILL HELP YOU.

    If you have ever been a server, you have likely had "serving nightmares". This place is those nightmares come true. I am not exaggerating.

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    Red Lobster has so many problems, I don't think it is reparable. Do yourself a favor and find another company to work for.

    Doesn't Recommend
    Negative Outlook
    Disapproves of CEO
  8. Great opportunity if you don't have children or want a life

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    Current Employee - Service Manager in Chicago, IL
    Current Employee - Service Manager in Chicago, IL

    I have been working at Red Lobster

    Pros

    OK pay, great health and dental benefits

    Cons

    No work/life balance, long hours, no opportunity for growth

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    Life up to your core values

    Doesn't Recommend
    Negative Outlook
    Approves of CEO
  9. Its been 8/15/2013 when I was hired to work as an alley coordinator part time .

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    Current Employee - Alley Coordinator/Prep/Cook Fry Baker in Hattiesburg, MS
    Current Employee - Alley Coordinator/Prep/Cook Fry Baker in Hattiesburg, MS

    I have been working at Red Lobster

    Pros

    Honestly when first hired it was a whole different GM ,CM and BOH/FOH crew that's when I loved working RL.

    Cons

    New management who are unprofessional,lack of respect and part time been there since 8/15/13 still part time I'm make less then when I started .

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    To all management all over the U S to run a excellent restraunt rules need to be followed respect, open door, rotation of schedules to be fair for all employees only if earned them hours due to proving work ethics.support encourage and listen.

    Doesn't Recommend
    Negative Outlook
    Disapproves of CEO
  10. Good for a first job, not reliable

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    Current Employee - Server Assistant in Woodbridge, VA
    Current Employee - Server Assistant in Woodbridge, VA

    I have been working at Red Lobster full-time (more than a year)

    Pros

    Free biscuits while on the clock, 50% off meals, free drinks while working, 25% off friends and family.

    Cons

    Selfish servers, managing is poor, unorganized

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    Your employees shouldn't be afraid to ask questions. Should be available more, don't hire just anybody because that's the type of service people receive... People don't tip poor service

    Doesn't Recommend
    Neutral Outlook
    No opinion of CEO
  11. Disappointing Experience

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    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee in Ann Arbor, MI
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee in Ann Arbor, MI

    I have been working at Red Lobster part-time (more than 3 years)

    Pros

    -Half off food after working
    -Unlimited biscuits for staff
    -Pay is above minimum wage
    -Semi-flexible scheduling
    -Most jobs are easy

    Cons

    -Huge Lack of Communication
    -Unorganized
    -Bias management
    -Poor Scheduling
    -Nasty Co-workers
    -Management uses you if you have been trained in different jobs
    -Management does not consider your school life
    -Rules are rarely followed, only to benefit Management
    -Unsanitary
    -Staff is very sexual, making for a very uncomfortable place to work
    -Supervisors lie to your face all the time
    -Supervisors are extremely rude
    -Co workers will steal from you!!
    -Co workers will break something and not clean up after themselves

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    -Make sure good employees have ability to advance
    -Enforce rules
    -Implement sticker penalties for people who sexually harass

    Doesn't Recommend
    Neutral Outlook
    No opinion of CEO

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