Red Lobster Reviews

Updated April 14, 2015
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  1. Host

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    Former Employee - Host in West Hills, CA
    Former Employee - Host in West Hills, CA

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

    Doesn't Recommend
    Negative Outlook
    No opinion of CEO
    Doesn't Recommend
    Negative Outlook
    No opinion of CEO

    Pros

    The food is half off when you work.

    Cons

    Mostly management and guests, but the job is awful overall.

    Advice to Management

    Respect your employees and don't treat them like children.

  2. terrible

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    Former Employee - Every Kitchen Position Possible in Strongsville, OH
    Former Employee - Every Kitchen Position Possible in Strongsville, OH

    I worked at Red Lobster full-time (more than a year)

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

    Pros

    food and the people you work with. i loved my co workers.

    Cons

    everything else. terrible management from the top all the way through to your individual store. hours are terrible and they treat you like a slave. no knowledge of how to keep their employees happy.

    Advice to Management

    go back to school. learn how to manage properly. you make plenty of money to spare.

  3. Stay away.

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    Current Employee - Fry Cook in Marquette, MI
    Current Employee - Fry Cook in Marquette, MI

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

    Doesn't Recommend
    Negative Outlook
    No opinion of CEO
    Doesn't Recommend
    Negative Outlook
    No opinion of CEO

    Pros

    We don't really prep or cook with it all coming premise and frozen which makes the job easy.

    Cons

    Dishonest supervisor that promises the world but delivers nothing.

    Advice to Management

    Be honest to your team. Don't train and use employees and then do nothing.

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  5. One of the worst jobs to ever work at.

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    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee in Parma, OH
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee in Parma, OH

    I have been working at Red Lobster part-time (less than a year)

    Doesn't Recommend
    Neutral Outlook
    Approves of CEO
    Doesn't Recommend
    Neutral Outlook
    Approves of CEO

    Pros

    - The Tips
    - The managers
    - The discount on food

    Cons

    - Unprofessionalism (No one is professional, ever.)
    - Training (You get trained for a day and barely a day. You get told how everything works in literally 2 minutes and you're expected to know the entire company front and back by the next day. If this is your first job, try to find a job that actually has time to train you so you won't get fired.)
    - The Pay
    - The Lying
    - The lack of communication
    - The crappy staff

    Advice to Management

    Pay more attention to your staff and who you allow to work for your company because they reflect on you. Also, give your new employees better training so they can actually know how to do their job. Also, make sure you discuss your employee's actual job pay with them.

  6. Server Assistant

    Former Employee - Busser in Chandler, AZ
    Former Employee - Busser in Chandler, AZ

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

    Pros

    Easy work, Easy training, Flexible schedule

    Cons

    Terrible management, Unorganized, Co-workers sucked

    Advice to Management

    Be more organized

  7. Coworkers and Managers were like family, the restaurant itself though...

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    Former Employee - Server in Orlando, FL
    Former Employee - Server in Orlando, FL

    I worked at Red Lobster part-time (more than 5 years)

    Doesn't Recommend
    Negative Outlook
    Doesn't Recommend
    Negative Outlook

    Pros

    you'll grow to love everyone you work with. if it was not about the money, i would have worked there forever just for those people

    Cons

    the location: right smack dab in the middle of the haves and the have nots, both in money and sensibilities. You could run your butt off and will get nothing more than five dollars from MANY GUESTS. there is no gratuity anymore, so you could be on a large party for hours and walk out with nothing, or bank, but the latter is not common. its a hit or miss in this place. There tends to be a sense of disorganization when things get busy. It could be better,and the managers work hard but there seems to be a dark cloud over that place.

    Advice to Management

    i dont even know where to start. Tell the regional manager to stop swooping around like an eagle all the time, to stop speaking to his employees like they're stupid at times.

  8. There are better part time jobs than Red Lobster.

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    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee

    I worked at Red Lobster

    Doesn't Recommend
    Doesn't Recommend

    Pros

    Lobsters are cute and you can show them off to the kids that come in.

    Cons

    I received little to no training, and was pushed aside whenever it got very busy because the managers would take over and do my job for me. I didn't feel like I could ever learn my job, or figure out what my managers wanted. Some employees seemed to enjoy their job, but the management made this job impossible to become a part of the team at this specific Red Lobster until you worked there for a few years.

    Advice to Management

    Give your employees chances to fail, and succeed every day.

  9. Complete and total nightmare

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    Former Employee - Bartender in Scarsdale, NY
    Former Employee - Bartender in Scarsdale, NY

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

    Doesn't Recommend
    Negative Outlook
    Disapproves of CEO
    Doesn't Recommend
    Negative Outlook
    Disapproves of CEO

    Pros

    Made temporary friends. Great food discount. Got paid everyday.

    Cons

    Not enough volume. The servers were making much more than i was. The uniforms were nearly impossible to keep clean.

    Advice to Management

    Give bartenders more serving shifts. Reconsider uniform

  10. Stay away

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    Current Employee - Server
    Current Employee - Server

    I have been working at Red Lobster

    Doesn't Recommend
    Negative Outlook
    Disapproves of CEO
    Doesn't Recommend
    Negative Outlook
    Disapproves of CEO

    Pros

    Ability to transfer after 6months

    Cons

    Poor working conditions. Low pay. Low hours. High turnover. Lack of benefits. No bonuses. No breaks.

    Advice to Management

    Treat your employees with the respect they deserve. Offer incentives for guest satisfaction surveys, we do all the work. You get all the pay.

  11. Overall great serving experience, you can make decent money here, but not for a living.

    Former Employee - Server in Milpitas, CA
    Former Employee - Server in Milpitas, CA

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

    Pros

    Worked with a great group of staff, can make good money during weekends when its busy.

    Cons

    Can be really slow at times especially during the weekdays shifts.

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