Brinker

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Brinker Reviews

Updated Jul 25, 2014
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3.3 82 reviews

74% Approve of the CEO

Brinker Chairman, President, and CEO Doug Brooks

Doug Brooks

(43 ratings)

70% of employees recommend this company to a friend

Review Highlights

Pros
  • Flexible hours during down times(in 5 reviews)

  • Compensation, structure, ability to move up and be promoted from within(in 3 reviews)


Cons
  • long hours management can treat you like a child(in 6 reviews)

82 Employee Reviews
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    Excellent management and employee support

    Server (Former Employee) Ormond Beach, FL

    ProsManagers are some of the best in the industry. In confluence with the sincere, caring work environment, it is second to none. Excellent employee training.

    ConsHard to get full time as a server. However 30 hours is considered full time in the food industry by many, so that may be why.

    Advice to Senior ManagementDelineate side work so that staff is not responsible for designating duties. This would help to ensure equity in designation of side work.

    Yes, I would recommend this company to a friend

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    Great place to develop career foundations

    Marketing Director (Former Employee) Dallas, TX

    ProsGreat culture, career developers, many professional connections

    ConsSiloed departments, needs more R&D for future growth

    Yes, I would recommend this company to a friend

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    A great opportunity to further your career.

    Area Sales Manager - Atlanta (Former Employee) Atlanta, GA

    ProsCompensation, structure, ability to move up and be promoted from within.

    ConsHuge company, small budgets, very share holder oriented.

    Advice to Senior ManagementPut more stock into employee ability to move intra-company.

    Yes, I would recommend this company to a friend

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    Excellent

    Recruiter (Former Employee) Dallas, TX

    Prosgreat culture, fun place to work

    Consdownsizing, sold brands and jobs were eliminated

    Advice to Senior Managementtake care of people

    Yes, I would recommend this company to a friend – I'm optimistic about the outlook for this company

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    Relationship-oriented company

    Anonymous Employee (Current Employee) Dallas, TX

    ProsCasual dress - flip flops, shorts, tank tops are normal
    Food/beverage connection - 100% discount at chili's, 50% at Maggiano's; there's always food around; company events often include margaritas, beer, etc.
    Work/life - flexible hours; often see kids or dogs in office; on-campus gym
    Relationship-oriented - collaboration culture; building relationships is crucial to success; CEO Doug Brooks sets great example, knows literally every employees' name

    ConsPublic company - mood of company is tied to performance; more pressure if sales are down
    Food connection - "The Brinker 20" is real
    Large company - culture sometimes feels small, but usually hierarchical and slow in making decisions because have to check off and include everybody
    Inconsistent leadership examples - Maggiano's president has great personality and very personable, Chili's president is dry, not approachable, intimidating

    Advice to Senior ManagementKeep culture and fun going even if sales are down
    Find ways to get decisions made more quickly

    Yes, I would recommend this company to a friend – I'm optimistic about the outlook for this company

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    Manager (Current Employee)

    ProsThe best restaurant concept I have worked for.

    ConsIts a restaurant it can get old.

    Yes, I would recommend this company to a friend – I'm optimistic about the outlook for this company

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    Great people and culture

    Anonymous Employee (Current Employee)

    ProsLocation,culture,business flat organization, and industry

    ConsFewer career opportunities due to the business shrinking

    Advice to Senior ManagementKeep the balanced focus between rev and costs

    Yes, I would recommend this company to a friend

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    Great place to work, but how long will it last?

    Manager (Corporate Office) (Current Employee)

    ProsBrinker has a very casual work environment, which makes it fun to work at. Employees are, by and large, nice and hard working people. Multiple office events through out the year where are you are encouraged to get out and have fun with (alcohol included) which is rare nowadays.

    ConsThe company direction is in question. We used to own a wide portfolio of restaurant chains and now we're down to just two.

    Advice to Senior ManagementWe need less restaurant folks and more business oriented people at the top of the totem poles.

    Yes, I would recommend this company to a friend

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    It has been satisfactory but not fulfilling to my expectations.

    Server (Current Employee) Raleigh, NC

    ProsFlexible hours, dynamic/energizing environment. Great working with the public. Ability to advance if you show that you want to.

    ConsHigh turnover rate, which leads to unpredictability in staff, clientele is difficult to work with and overall pay varies day to day

    Advice to Senior ManagementWe need a better solution for customer feedback

    Yes, I would recommend this company to a friend

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    its pretty good

    Server (Current Employee) Austin, TX

    ProsIt is good for a college student. I wouldnt make it a career but it was good for me through college. not bad

    ConsDepending on if you work in a big city it can be pretty slow which can be bad especially if you are trying to make this a career which i highly suggest not to.

    Advice to Senior ManagementCare more about the employees in some cases.

    Yes, I would recommend this company to a friend

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