Brinker Reviews

Updated August 19, 2015
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  1. For people very passionate about the casual dining industry.

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    • Comp & Benefits
    • Senior Management
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Doesn't Recommend
    Neutral Outlook
    No opinion of CEO

    I have been working at Brinker full-time

    Pros

    work-life balance, casual dress, location

    Cons

    leadership, not selective in hiring policies


  2. General Manager

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    • Comp & Benefits
    • Senior Management
    Current Employee - Managing Partner/General Manager in Fort Worth, TX
    Current Employee - Managing Partner/General Manager in Fort Worth, TX
    Doesn't Recommend
    Neutral Outlook
    Approves of CEO

    I have been working at Brinker full-time (More than 10 years)

    Pros

    Money was great after many years with the company. great leadership training

    Cons

    Expectations of performance outcomes were unattainable. It was always stated it was as simple as serving burgers and beer but that was 30 years ago. The dynamics of the company became very complex with entirely too many plates spinning at one time

    Advice to Management

    very stressful physically and mentally. Very difficult to balance quality of life


  3. Brinker has ongoing changes for their operations.

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    • Career Opportunities
    • Comp & Benefits
    • Senior Management
    Current Employee - Manager
    Current Employee - Manager
    Recommends

    I have been working at Brinker full-time (More than 10 years)

    Pros

    Brinker has ongoing training and development. They are always looking forward to better their operations.

    Cons

    Changes for the operators happen all at one time and you are expected to excel in every area of change in a short period of time.

    Advice to Management

    Get to know all levels of your management and team members. Don't just take the word of your buddies.


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  5. Great Coworkers, but rude customers.

    • Work/Life Balance
    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    • Comp & Benefits
    Current Employee - Server/Wait Staff in Grand Rapids, MI
    Current Employee - Server/Wait Staff in Grand Rapids, MI
    Recommends
    Neutral Outlook

    I have been working at Brinker part-time (More than a year)

    Pros

    -Coworkers make the job fun -Almost like a family with the other workers -50% off on days you work and 25% off the days you don't -Decent money being made if you work for it -Flexible hours, and others are always eager to pick up shifts you don't want or can't have -New Management already better than previous GM

    Cons

    -Customers are often rude -treated like a servant and not a server -felt like a punching bag for customers who had a bad day -Rarely acknowledged for what we did right, and always acknowledged for what we did wrong. -On some occasions, you may walk out of a lunch shift with $8 dollars for two hours of work.


  6. It's no longer the company Norman Brinker envisioned.

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    • Career Opportunities
    • Comp & Benefits
    • Senior Management
    Former Employee - Manager
    Former Employee - Manager
    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    Approves of CEO

    I worked at Brinker full-time (More than 10 years)

    Pros

    The Chili's and Maggiano's brands are strong and solid within the restaurant industry. Work hard and play hard are still part of the culture. Most everyone there is top-notch to work with. Community involvement is encouraged.

    Cons

    Team building and relationships, although "encouraged" are not always that easy unless you are "accepted" into the clique that runs your restaurant, brand or department. Benefit programs are expensive compared to other companies.

    Advice to Management

    The "in" people are not always the best in the business. You've let a lot of star players go to the benefit of your competitors.


  7. People company first with a huge emphasis on living the company culture

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    • Comp & Benefits
    • Senior Management
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee in Dallas, TX
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee in Dallas, TX
    Recommends
    Neutral Outlook
    Approves of CEO

    I have been working at Brinker full-time (Less than a year)

    Pros

    Discounts at company-owned restaurants, great office location, work-life balance

    Cons

    Lack of onboarding and formal training for new employees

    Advice to Management

    Work on hiring practices and improve selectivity


  8. Great culture

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    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    • Comp & Benefits
    • Senior Management
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    Approves of CEO

    Pros

    fun working atmosphere. Every day is different.

    Cons

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


  9. It's a server job

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    • Career Opportunities
    • Comp & Benefits
    • Senior Management
    Current Employee - Server
    Current Employee - Server
    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    Approves of CEO

    I have been working at Brinker part-time (More than a year)

    Pros

    Flexible hours during down times. Fun crew to work with. Understanding management

    Cons

    Working on holidays mandatory. Restaurant is beginning to cater more to lower class customers. Identity crisis, do we want to be fine dining or do we want to be casual?

    Advice to Management

    Quit catering to the lower class.


  10. job

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    • Career Opportunities
    • Comp & Benefits
    • Senior Management
    Current Employee - Bartender in Decatur, TX
    Current Employee - Bartender in Decatur, TX
    Recommends
    Neutral Outlook
    Approves of CEO

    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


  11. Helpful (1)

    A very pleasing start with a less than stellar end.

    • Work/Life Balance
    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    • Comp & Benefits
    • Senior Management
    Former Employee - Manager in Louisville, KY
    Former Employee - Manager in Louisville, KY
    Doesn't Recommend
    Neutral Outlook
    Disapproves of CEO

    I worked at Brinker full-time (More than a year)

    Pros

    Numerous locations with substantial opportunity. Pay was competitive and benefits were above average.

    Cons

    As is the case with many jobs, the company is only as good as the individuals working within it and my experiences were with individual of below average morals and character.

    Advice to Management

    Remember that people are the life-blood of any business.



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