Bob Evans Reviews

Updated August 26, 2014
Updated August 26, 2014
312 Reviews

2.6
312 Reviews
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Review Highlights

Pros
  • They have a great training program (in 12 reviews)

  • You work with a lot of great people who really care about the place and its foundation (in 11 reviews)


Cons
  • long hours, work every weekend, poor benefits (in 16 reviews)

  • Depends on upper management and store employees: could be a horrible experience or could be a great one (in 14 reviews)

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Employee Reviews

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  1.  

    It was cool

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    Former Employee - Waitress  in  Nashville, TN
    Former Employee - Waitress in Nashville, TN

    I worked at Bob Evans part-time for less than a year

    Pros

    It was easy to work there if you were a teen.

    Cons

    If there were no people there were no tips.

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    Not sure if you have or not, but please upgrade the system for taking orders.

    Recommends
    Neutral Outlook
    No opinion of CEO
  2.  

    First management opportunity,grew with the company. Gained a lot of knowledge about restaurant operations

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    Former Employee - Assistant General Manager  in  Pigeon Forge, TN
    Former Employee - Assistant General Manager in Pigeon Forge, TN

    I worked at Bob Evans full-time for more than 8 years

    Pros

    Great benefits and hours, friendly environment

    Cons

    Learning the menu ticket markings

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    Take the time to listen to employees questions and when someone is willing to learn take the time to help them

    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    Approves of CEO
  3.  

    Great

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    Former Employee - Hostess  in  Mount Vernon, IL
    Former Employee - Hostess in Mount Vernon, IL

    I worked at Bob Evans part-time for less than a year

    Pros

    worked with great people, had some great customers, was easy and made alright money

    Cons

    didn't get enough hours, to far away from where i lived, and would have liked to be full time

    Recommends
    Neutral Outlook
    No opinion of CEO
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  5.  

    Decent people, nice environment

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    Current Employee - Shift Leader  in  Owosso, MI
    Current Employee - Shift Leader in Owosso, MI

    I have been working at Bob Evans full-time for more than 8 years

    Pros

    I love being able to have contact with the regular guest and meeting new people.

    Cons

    new management took over and now everything is falling apart!

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    I honestly think it would be beneficial for all employees to be crossed trained in more than one category. Since going to the 29 hour max for non specialist it's hard as a shift leader/manager to find a fill in that is qualified for the position needed. Another thing I don't understand is why can't shift leaders close the store? We are allowed to open the store and are trusted with bank runs, and change orders. Why aren't we trusted to close the store for the night as well???

    Recommends
    Neutral Outlook
    Disapproves of CEO
  6.  

    Bob was an amazing employer

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    Former Employee - Server  in  Columbus, OH
    Former Employee - Server in Columbus, OH

    I worked at Bob Evans full-time for more than a year

    Pros

    I enjoyed the motivational speeches and also the instructions given to complete tasks.

    Cons

    My only challenge was getting paid on time.

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    I would advise them to work on their salary payment program.

    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    Approves of CEO
  7.  

    Everything Changes

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    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee  in  Lake City, FL
    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee in Lake City, FL

    I worked at Bob Evans full-time

    Pros

    They are always trying to keep up with whats new in the industry. As soon as you get usesd to doing something one way they will change it!

    Cons

    The pay scale is lower here than at other restaurants of this type. All units are corporately owned so payscale should be more consistant, yet its based on area you are in.

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    Where have all the good managers gone? What happened to all the good ones

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

    Overall a positive experience.

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    Current Employee - Shift Leader  in  Charlotte, NC
    Current Employee - Shift Leader in Charlotte, NC

    I have been working at Bob Evans part-time for more than 5 years

    Pros

    The best reason to work here are the people. Everyone I have come in contact with are incredibly welcoming and friendly, making for a positive work day.

    Cons

    Some of the challenges working here are dealing with the upper management, poor benefits, and nonnegotiable income. If you can make it to a senior position, the company is great. However, you will sacrifice all of your time and energy to do so.

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    Give credit where it is due. Treat those below you with respect, and in turn you will gain theirs.

    Recommends
    Negative Outlook
    Approves of CEO
  9.  

    Could be better but could be worse.

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    Former Employee - Assistant Manager  in  Fairmont, WV
    Former Employee - Assistant Manager in Fairmont, WV

    I worked at Bob Evans full-time for less than a year

    Pros

    There is a lot of room for advancement. Insurance is good. Fast paced.

    Cons

    High management overturn. Bad senior management. Employee set in ways of rule breaking. Gm and agm and assistants never on the same page.

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    Check in closely on older management. Just bc everything looks good on the surface and on paper, doesn't necessarily mean they are good. There is a lot of clean up upon area coach arrival. Makes it hard to follow the rules when they are different when different people are present.

    Recommends
    Negative Outlook
    Approves of CEO
  10.  

    sales

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    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee

    I have been working at Bob Evans

    Pros

    good pay, time off policies, company values, good office moral,

    Cons

    hard work life balance, management not good, lacking leadership, office culture is tough

  11.  

    Dysfunctional Family

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    Former Employee - Assistant General Manager  in  Zanesville, OH
    Former Employee - Assistant General Manager in Zanesville, OH

    I worked at Bob Evans full-time for more than 3 years

    Pros

    Company in good financial standing

    Cons

    The hours you are expected to work, Lack of staff, pressure from the corporate ladder to produce results, Lack of appreciation for employees, bonuses cut, no employee appreciation incentives

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    You need to get back to basics and take care of your people before everyone leaves. It is quite a dysfunctional family that you have created. If something is not done to improve the way employees are treated and customer service does not pick up there will not be a Bob Evans down the line. You can't continue to operate on your skeleton staff structure that is in place. It is wearing everyone out.

    Doesn't Recommend
    Negative Outlook
    Disapproves of CEO

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