Cook Out Reviews

Updated April 9, 2015
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  1. Co Manager

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    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee

    I have been working at Cook Out (more than a year)

    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    Recommends
    Positive Outlook

    Pros

    Great pay for managers, fun environment

    Cons

    Terrible hours, disorganized company, no freedom to customize your store

  2. Upper Managment Tyranny

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    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee

    I worked at Cook Out full-time (more than a year)

    Doesn't Recommend
    Negative Outlook
    Disapproves of CEO
    Doesn't Recommend
    Negative Outlook
    Disapproves of CEO

    Pros

    You make a lot of money. Benefits are really great. The food tastes good. If upper management likes you, you are good to go.

    Cons

    Minimum 52.5 hours a week.
    Unethical firing practices.- firing "salaried managers" for "stealing time"
    Turning blind eye to district managers smoking weed with employees.
    Your life will be hell if upper management doesn't like you.
    Human Resource department is a joke- all they do is hire managers. No action taken again sexual harassment complaints.

    Advice to Management

    What goes around, comes around.

  3. MIT= crazy hours. Great for a single person.

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    Former Employee - MIT in Greensboro, NC
    Former Employee - MIT in Greensboro, NC

    I worked at Cook Out full-time (less than a year)

    Doesn't Recommend
    Neutral Outlook
    Disapproves of CEO
    Doesn't Recommend
    Neutral Outlook
    Disapproves of CEO

    Pros

    Free food for management. Learned how to work in a fast paced environment while maintaining good food quality. Great, if you don't like sleep.

    Cons

    Couldn't leave the restaurant doors after 945PM, if you did, you couldn't come back in! Every one would smoke cigarettes in the bathroom, which was located IN THE REAR OF THE RESTAURANT. Gross.. On their breaks, crew members would sit on crates and line the rear perimeter of the restaurant.. MIT's work 12-13 hour shifts with no breaks. This job really tests your well-being.

    Advice to Management

    Learn how to treat your hard-working employees with respect.

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  5. Nice building

    • Career Opportunities
    Current Employee - Assistant Manager in Sanford, NC
    Current Employee - Assistant Manager in Sanford, NC

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

    Recommends
    Approves of CEO
    Recommends
    Approves of CEO

    Pros

    Fresh food fresh people fresh building

    Cons

    Should be a little nicer

  6. You will never work so hard for so little

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    Former Employee - CO GM
    Former Employee - CO GM

    I worked at Cook Out full-time (more than a year)

    Doesn't Recommend
    Neutral Outlook
    Disapproves of CEO
    Doesn't Recommend
    Neutral Outlook
    Disapproves of CEO

    Pros

    Good food, employee discount on food

    Cons

    NO work life balance. Brutal hours, 70+ a week. Low starting salary and promises of bonuses that don't come. After two years with the company NO RAISE, but they were starting new hires at a higher salary and refused to give us at least matching. Turn over is outrageous due to these working conditions which means more work for those who stay. Days off and vacation are a battle. You will never work so hard for so little.

    Advice to Management

    Your employee's are people, not paper towels.

  7. Overworks and under-appreciates staff

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    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee

    I worked at Cook Out part-time

    Doesn't Recommend
    Doesn't Recommend

    Pros

    Great to bond with other stressed out people just trying to maintain some kind of income.

    Cons

    Management enjoys pushing new staff, offers no constructive criticism, and will overload your schedule even though you signed on with an understood "part-time" status

  8. Its a good place for teenagers to start out at.

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    • Career Opportunities
    Current Employee - Cook, Cashier in Denver, NC
    Current Employee - Cook, Cashier in Denver, NC

    I have been working at Cook Out part-time (more than a year)

    Doesn't Recommend
    Neutral Outlook
    Approves of CEO
    Doesn't Recommend
    Neutral Outlook
    Approves of CEO

    Pros

    its fast pace and a fun place to work at.. if you stay long enough you can become manager but the chances of that is very low.., its a good job for teenagers to start off.. they start you off at minimum wage and do not like to give raises.

    Cons

    they do not like to give you raises... but they will work you long hours and not care about what time you have to work the next day.. they expect your world to revolve around cook out.. but yet still give you no raises no matter how hard you work

  9. Great company love it like family

    Current Employee - Cashier
    Current Employee - Cashier

    I have been working at Cook Out full-time

    Pros

    You get to travel, very very very good pay, if work hard raises, the food is always fresh and hot, you can actually turn this into a career,

    Cons

    very very very long hours and you only get a 30min break that sucks, GM's and DM's care more about food than there own employees,

    Advice to Management

    starting caring about the people who work for you guys for once and not so much about fries spilling on the floor or a milkshake dropping gosh its just food, were human when have a heartbeat onion rings don't so act like it

  10. Never paid overtime and took advantage of my hard work.

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    • Career Opportunities
    Former Employee - Cook-out in Anderson, SC
    Former Employee - Cook-out in Anderson, SC

    I worked at Cook Out full-time (more than a year)

    Doesn't Recommend
    Neutral Outlook
    Disapproves of CEO
    Doesn't Recommend
    Neutral Outlook
    Disapproves of CEO

    Pros

    You can move up in the company to become a manager or general manager.

    Cons

    When you are working on drive through you have to call out food to the kitchen because they do not have head sets. For an example: If a customer ordered a Chesseburger Tray with onion rings and a beef quesodilla, you call out "Tray ring and Tray beef, so the kitchen knows that the order on the ticket is a combo/tray, and goes with the cheeseburger.

    Advice to Management

    Pay overtime before someone sues.

  11. worst experience i have ever had with management

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    • Senior Management
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    • Career Opportunities
    Former Employee - Grill Cook in Durham, NC
    Former Employee - Grill Cook in Durham, NC

    I worked at Cook Out full-time (less than a year)

    Doesn't Recommend
    Neutral Outlook
    No opinion of CEO
    Doesn't Recommend
    Neutral Outlook
    No opinion of CEO

    Pros

    easy to connect and bond with co workers

    Cons

    schedules were not flexible at all, the district manager was very rude, always talked down to his employees. tried to pressure you into working more than your availability and would make you feel guilty if you couldn't. district manager treats all of his employees very poorly, i was shocked that nothing had been done about it. he cares more about food than the people making it. i was told by the district manager verbatim that the welfare of his managers "wasnt his problem" .

    Advice to Management

    pray that you keep your job, because at this rate, you wont for long. learn how to take care of your employees, at the end of the day, they are the ones making you money, they are the reason people keep coming back and buying the product. be more personable at interviews, viciously interrogating someone about their non existent criminal record does not form very good first impressions and makes you look a little foolish when the criminal record comes up clean.

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