Brinker Reviews

Updated October 15, 2014
Updated October 15, 2014
87 Reviews
3.4
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Brinker Chairman, President, and CEO Doug Brooks
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Review Highlights

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

  • Great culture, great work life balance (in 5 reviews)


Cons
  • long hours management can treat you like a child (in 7 reviews)

  • Work-Life balance is nonexistent (in 3 reviews)

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  1.  

    Great culture

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    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee

    I have been working at Brinker

    Pros

    fun working atmosphere. Every day is different.

    Cons

    Ever changing rules. Management didn't follow through with their promises.

    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    Approves of CEO
  2.  

    job

    • Comp & Benefits
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    • Senior Management
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    Current Employee - Bartender in Decatur, TX
    Current Employee - Bartender in Decatur, TX

    I have been working at Brinker full-time (more than 3 years)

    Pros

    very flexable easy money always changint

    Cons

    long hours management can treat you like a child

    Recommends
    Neutral Outlook
    Approves of CEO
  3.  

    Friendly, brilliant, dedicated people and forward thinking management.

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    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee in Dallas, TX
    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee in Dallas, TX

    I worked at Brinker as a contractor (more than an year)

    Pros

    Fast paced but willing to dedicate the time and resources to insure success.

    Cons

    Didn't encounter any Cons worthy of mention.

    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    No opinion of CEO
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  5.  

    Chili's, Customer Facing

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    • Career Opportunities
    Current Employee - Bartender in Orlando, FL
    Current Employee - Bartender in Orlando, FL

    I have been working at Brinker full-time (more than 8 years)

    Pros

    Standard Restaurant. They often promoted from within.

    Cons

    Broke my arm in a non work accident. Offered to work with it (was fully able to work) and sign a Workers Comp Waiver, Got let go until I was able to get a doctors note. Ironic I wanted to work to pay for the doctor.

    Recommends
    No opinion of CEO
  6.  

    Excellent management and employee support

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    • Senior Management
    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    Former Employee - Server in Ormond Beach, FL
    Former Employee - Server in Ormond Beach, FL

    I worked at Brinker part-time (less than an year)

    Pros

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

    Cons

    Hard 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 ManagementAdvice

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

    Recommends
    Neutral Outlook
    Approves of CEO
  7.  

    Great place to develop career foundations

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    • Work/Life Balance
    • Senior Management
    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    Former Employee - Marketing Director in Dallas, TX
    Former Employee - Marketing Director in Dallas, TX

    I worked at Brinker full-time (more than 5 years)

    Pros

    Great culture, career developers, many professional connections

    Cons

    Siloed departments, needs more R&D for future growth

    Recommends
    Neutral Outlook
    No opinion of CEO
  8.  

    A great opportunity to further your career.

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    • Career Opportunities
    Former Employee - Area Sales Manager - Atlanta in Atlanta, GA
    Former Employee - Area Sales Manager - Atlanta in Atlanta, GA

    I worked at Brinker full-time (more than 8 years)

    Pros

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

    Cons

    Huge company, small budgets, very share holder oriented.

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    Put more stock into employee ability to move intra-company.

    Recommends
    Neutral Outlook
    No opinion of CEO
  9.  

    Excellent

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    • Work/Life Balance
    • Senior Management
    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    Former Employee - Recruiter in Dallas, TX
    Former Employee - Recruiter in Dallas, TX

    I worked at Brinker full-time (more than 8 years)

    Pros

    great culture, fun place to work

    Cons

    downsizing, sold brands and jobs were eliminated

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    take care of people

    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    Approves of CEO
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    Relationship-oriented company

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    • Senior Management
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    • Career Opportunities
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee in Dallas, TX
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee in Dallas, TX

    I have been working at Brinker full-time (more than 3 years)

    Pros

    Casual 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

    Cons

    Public 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 ManagementAdvice

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

    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    Approves of CEO
  11.  

    Manager

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    Current Employee - Manager
    Current Employee - Manager

    I have been working at Brinker full-time (more than 5 years)

    Pros

    The best restaurant concept I have worked for.

    Cons

    Its a restaurant it can get old.

    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    Approves of CEO

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Brinker has fun company-wide meetings. This was circus themed, with senior leadership dressed as clowns.
Todd Wilbur filmed the show Top Secret Recipe on Brinker campus.
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