Clyde's Restaurant Group
3.7 of 5 15 reviews
www.clydes.com Washington, DC 1000 to 5000 Employees

Clyde's Restaurant Group Reviews

Updated Mar 31, 2014
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3.7 15 reviews

                             

80% Approve of the CEO

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John Laytham

(5 ratings)

100% of employees recommend this company to a friend
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    Great company

    Front Waiter (Former Employee)
    Reston, VA

    ProsWell-established company with great training. The managers allow you to work without them constantly interfering.

    ConsThe management tends to play favorites.

    Advice to Senior ManagementDont buddy up with employees.

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    Server Experience

    Anonymous Employee (Former Employee)

    ProsThe teamwork can be good and the comradery is also nice

    ConsA lot of favorite servers who get the best shifts and best sections.

    Advice to Senior ManagementTrust your staff more it should not take so long to break in.

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    I had a solid experience working with Clydes - the training was fantastic and it's a great community of people.

    Host (Former Employee)
    Washington, DC

    ProsExtensive training makes sure that you are ready for anything. As a host the pay was good and all my coworkers were great people and enjoyable to be with. All the staff are hard working and for a restaurant the turnover is not as fast as one would expect. The customers are generally great to the employees as well.

    ConsThe hours are tough but given the nature of the business to be expected.

    Advice to Senior ManagementThe management was great and I never had any problems working with my bosses.

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

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    Great training experience, decent management, irritating coworkers

    Anonymous Employee (Former Employee)

    ProsGreat training experience as a waiter. Clyde's is truly the best in customer service--whatever the customers ask for, they get. After your shift, you can get a discount off anything on the menu.

    ConsWaiters only look out for themselves, don't believe in teamwork. Managers played favorites; they gave the best shifts/tables to their favorite waiters (usually brown-nosers).

    Advice to Senior ManagementRecognize employees for their quality of work/ work ethic

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    A good experience working with professionals

    Bartender (Former Employee)
    Washington, DC

    ProsThorough training, professional environment, many coworkers from different walks of life, restaurants are pretty beautiful...they dont cut corners, if you are serious about being in the industry you have an opportunity for real growth here. Can be flexible with your schedule. A great network to be connected to, especially in the Washington, DC area.

    ConsThere is a substantial income gap between employees working lunch (typically newer) vs. those who work nights. A higher hourly pay might make sense for those working lunches and help to retain new staff instead of spending the money training folks who wont be there for the longer haul.

    Advice to Senior ManagementA higher hourly pay might make sense for those working lunches and help to retain new staff instead of spending the money training folks who wont be there for the longer haul.

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

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    A Good Place To Start.

    Anonymous Employee (Former Employee)
    Washington, DC

    ProsCompany likes to hire from within rather than outside, so lack of experience in a position you're after is not a big issue. Company also has human resources department just for training employees & management and improving the work environment via annual surveys. Management seems to genuinely care about employee well-being.

    ConsLack of female leadership. Profit still prevails overall as this is a corporation. "Managerial strategies" used keep employees complacent (i.e. perpetual praising , encouraging everyone to "work" hard, particularly when one hard working employee can do the job of two without an increase in compensation, etc.)

    Advice to Senior ManagementReward employees with compensation as well as words and awards.

    Yes, I would recommend this company to a friend

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    Best Bar to Work at

    Bartender (Current Employee)
    Washington, DC

    ProsGreat reputation. No problem selling food, or specialty drinks--as they're good. Sophisticated clientele, big checks--lots of regulars, and generally 18%-20%+ tips.

    ConsLong hours, obviously. Early in-times are a drag

    Advice to Senior ManagementDelay/stagger in-times. Let day bartenders work a bit longer.

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

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    Decent

    Anonymous Employee (Former Employee)

    ProsGreat social environment - everybody was friendly and willing to give advice or offer a helping hand in a situation. People were very approachable.

    ConsA *lot* of competition to move up to positions above waiter / waitress, and it feels like management overlooks a lot of factors when selecting who to promote.

    Advice to Senior ManagementTake the time to get to know your employees more! It's really frustrating when you see someone who doesn't work as hard / long as you do move up in the hierarchy before you get a chance to.

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    It has been a great way to save money

    Waitress (Current Employee)
    Columbia, MD

    ProsGreat people to work with

    ConsTakes a while to work your way up to good shifts

    Yes, I would recommend this company to a friend

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    Good experience, management needs re-education

    Server (Current Employee)
    Washington, DC

    ProsGreat training to begin with- they take almost anybody with a positive attitude and a desire to work hard. A week of corporate training makes it very clear what type of service they want you to provide. Good money if you work hard and prove to management you have the energy and knowledge to provide excellent customer service. Great clients

    ConsEasily the worst part is the management- there are four managers who rotate, however, two of the managers while I worked there were awful. They seemed to take great pleasure in the small amount of power and seniority they possessed to lecture and micromanage servers constantly. Manager's time is also very unstructured so they enjoyed observing and recording our behaviors/interactions. Very off-putting..

    Advice to Senior ManagementManagement needs to be focused on supporting servers.

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