Grillsmith Reviews

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    Revolving door with management- Good food- Fun atmosphere- Overstaffed

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

    I have been working at Grillsmith part-time (more than a year)


    For the most part, the servers/bartenders/bar backs/bussers and hostesses all got along. Work was usually fun with plenty of banter to break up the monotony.

    The food was easy to sell, because it was genuinely good for the price point.

    I received a hourly raise twice in two years, which is definitely appreciated in this industry. They could have just kept me at $4 and change, but didn't.


    It seems that the owners blame management every year or so for low sales and clean house. Due to this, they are constantly stressed/on edge. Although I was favored, I still had some unfortunate encounters. Management was often unprofessional and petty. There was yelling and sexual harassment. Employees and management were afraid of one of the owners (they claimed he fired someone for putting too many french fries on his child's plate). They also claimed his wife would order over $150 of to-go food often and rarely tipped the to-go person. If she did tip-- only $2 or $3.

    Also, management would hire unqualified people as servers instead of promoting hardworking bussers or hostesses. Management they would become dependent on the one or two actually working hard so they'd never train them to move up. It's one thing to not have experience-- but they hired a 19 year old girl as a server who asked what "on the rocks" meant because she had worked at Applebees for a few weeks.

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    Rebuke poor behavior in private. Don't play favorites or refuse to cut people just to spite them. Make people feel appreciated. Don't put people in a box-- promote from within.

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Grillsmith Interviews

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Interview Experience


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Getting an Interview


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Interview Difficulty




    Sales & Catering Coordinator Interview

    Anonymous Interview Candidate
    Anonymous Interview Candidate
    Application Details

    I applied through an employee referral. The process took 3 daysinterviewed at Grillsmith in August 2011.

    Interview Details

    First was the phone interview and then the in person interview. It helps to know details of the position and also information about the company. Also, know information about mother company (Front Burner Brands). Just be yourself and express determination to work hard. Finally highlight all experience you have had in the past that relates to position applying for.

    Interview Questions
    • Why would you be the best candidate for this position?   Answer Question
    Accepted Offer
    Positive Experience
    Easy Interview

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Headquarters Tampa, FL
Size 50 to 149 Employees
Founded Unknown
Type Company - Private
Industry Restaurants, Bars & Food Services
Revenue Unknown / Non-Applicable per year
Competitors Unknown

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