Carino's Italian Grill Reviews

Updated July 11, 2014
Updated July 11, 2014
21 Reviews

3.5
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  1.  

    Great Team to be apart of.

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    Former Employee - Server  in  Waco, TX
    Former Employee - Server in Waco, TX

    I worked at Carino's Italian Grill part-time for less than a year

    Pros

    Decent tips, managment generally friendly, I really enjoyed being apart of that team.

    Cons

    Sometimes the customers could get a little snippy.

    Recommends
    Neutral Outlook
    No opinion of CEO
  2.  

    Good people, but complete lack of vision and leadership

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    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee

    I have been working at Carino's Italian Grill full-time for more than a year

    Pros

    Good people, loyal restaurant operators, decent product.

    Cons

    Zero leadership - no one is running the actual business.

    Nepotism is keeping this company from getting better.

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    Retire. Sell the company. Something. This company needs a President/leader who's actually going to come to work every day, and define and execute a vision. You need to wipe the slate clean and redefine your brand - the Johnny Carino's brand is a complete mess which is why you have been bleeding sales for the last few years. Without drastic and significant changes in leadership and brand, this restaurant will continue to decline.

    Doesn't Recommend
    Neutral Outlook
    Disapproves of CEO
  3.  

    The pay and bennies weren't bad........

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    Former Employee - Restaurant Manager  in  Fargo, ND
    Former Employee - Restaurant Manager in Fargo, ND

    I worked at Carino's Italian Grill full-time for more than a year

    Pros

    The monthly bonuses were nice perks and some of the managers were great to work with.

    Cons

    Upper management left the learning up to us, and offered little knowledge in some cases. No room for growth due to size of company.

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    Learn the job.

    Doesn't Recommend
    Positive Outlook
    No opinion of CEO
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  5.  

    Overall Good

    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee

    I have been working at Carino's Italian Grill

    Pros

    Advancement / Quality of life/ sometimes pay

    Cons

    Location, amount of management in the restaurant

  6.  

    Typical restaurant

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    Former Employee - Server  in  San Antonio, TX
    Former Employee - Server in San Antonio, TX

    I worked at Carino's Italian Grill part-time for more than 5 years

    Pros

    Freedom to make money based on your personality and work ethic (servers & bartenders), flexibility of scheduling for students.

    Cons

    Typical restaurant atmosphere: high stress for workers and management alike, lack of cohesion with employees (every man for himself), poorly trained managers.

    Doesn't Recommend
    Negative Outlook
    No opinion of CEO
  7.  

    GREAT place to work

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    Current Employee - Mid-Manager  in  Austin, TX
    Current Employee - Mid-Manager in Austin, TX

    I have been working at Carino's Italian Grill full-time for more than 10 years

    Pros

    Fun, flexible company that really cares about it's employees.

    Cons

    The Economic downturn has negatively affected sales and profits the past couple years.

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    Continue to show your employees the VALUE they provide the company!

    Recommends
    Neutral Outlook
    Approves of CEO
  8.  

    A restaurant's success is in it's employees....tho sometimes executives forget that.

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    Former Employee - Server  in  Kansas City, KS
    Former Employee - Server in Kansas City, KS

    I worked at Carino's Italian Grill part-time for more than 3 years

    Pros

    Flexible hours, transfer ease, relaxed atmosphere both for the customer and the employees, great coworkers and teamwork focused serving staff.

    Cons

    Distracted management, unapproachable superiors, lack of appreciativeness of upper management, focuses on "the numbers" and not the people.

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    Please realize that the "customer is always right" doesn't always mean comping their food, and truly focus on the customer as a whole. Don't spend so much time worrying about what the area director thinks for the three hours he's in the building, and more time focused on the customers that are the reason we remain open, and those customers will not only keep coming back, but will bring new business with them.

    Recommends
    Negative Outlook
    No opinion of CEO
  9.  

    It was a great stepping stone for me, I am glad I made the move and at the time I did.

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    Former Employee - Assistant General Manager  in  Irving, TX
    Former Employee - Assistant General Manager in Irving, TX

    I worked at Carino's Italian Grill full-time for more than 8 years

    Pros

    Great job to learn the basics, had a great learning experience with the training program and the culture used to be awesome.

    Cons

    No growth for people who are promoted from within. This used to be a huge part of the culture but this shifted to hire more outside employees.

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    N/A

    Recommends
    Neutral Outlook
    No opinion of CEO
  10.  

    Great company

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    Current Employee - Hostess  in  Missoula, MT
    Current Employee - Hostess in Missoula, MT

    I have been working at Carino's Italian Grill part-time for less than a year

    Pros

    Great people to work with. The management is outstanding and very approachable. Have had a great experience.

    Cons

    No cons for me at this point

    Doesn't Recommend
  11.  

    Great place to work part time if only it were in a better location with more customers.

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    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee  in  Sherman, TX
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee in Sherman, TX

    I have been working at Carino's Italian Grill

    Pros

    It's a laid back atmosphere where you can treat the managers like friends and make money at the same time.

    Cons

    You have to work night, weekends, and holidays as a server. This means you get left out of a lot of the fun.

    Recommends
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