Cracker Barrel Reviews

Updated March 30, 2015
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Cracker Barrel President & CEO Sandra B. Cochran
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Pros
  • Flexible schedule, always an item of the day to promote to talk about to customers (in 32 reviews)

  • the only pros to working at this company are great people servers are great (in 16 reviews)

Cons
  • having to work long hours on your feet with no break, disappointing paychecks (in 26 reviews)

  • Getting anything close to full time is fairly difficult unless you are a grill cook (in 13 reviews)

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  1. cracker barrel

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    Current Employee - Hostess in Downingtown, PA
    Current Employee - Hostess in Downingtown, PA

    I have been working at Cracker Barrel

    Pros

    good promotions, and great training

    Cons

    atmosphere, yelling, and intoxicated coworkers

    Doesn't Recommend
    Neutral Outlook
  2. 3 people found this helpful

    the managers actually respect you and care about your well being and the company.

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    Current Employee - Server Par II in East Fishkill, NY
    Current Employee - Server Par II in East Fishkill, NY

    I have been working at Cracker Barrel

    Pros

    Your shifts can get covered, you have flexibility and in emergency situations your coworkers pick shifts up.

    Cons

    I don't like how you get 2 table sections I honestly think if your a par 2 you should get 3-4 tables regardless of the day of the week.

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    No complaints here

    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    Approves of CEO
  3. really hard work but the fellow employees are very easy to work with

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    Current Employee - Line Cook
    Current Employee - Line Cook

    I have been working at Cracker Barrel full-time (less than a year)

    Pros

    The job is set up very efficiantely

    Cons

    on weekends we just get overwelmed by the amount of business

    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
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  5. Great place to work

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    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee

    I have been working at Cracker Barrel part-time (less than a year)

    Pros

    Our management team is very good at making me feel valued, and my coworkers are all fantastic - a good indicator of how employment will go is the type of people that have been hired around you. Pay is fine, and you quickly are eligible for promotions and feedback on your performance. They are also very good at scheduling you when you can work and not when you can't.

    Cons

    Cracker Barrel has the perception at times of being a more rustic, old-timey place than other restaurants or stores, and some stores can make you feel like that when you're working. It's hard to balance innovation and old-fashioned, so if you're looking for chrome and glamor, you might want to consider work elsewhere.

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    Continue to balance innovation with your culture and values, and you'll continue to hold your market!

    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    No opinion of CEO
  6. Good Starting Job

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    Current Employee - Hostess in Naples, FL
    Current Employee - Hostess in Naples, FL

    I have been working at Cracker Barrel part-time (less than a year)

    Pros

    -Flexible hours (most likely because there are 20 other people who can take your place)
    -Friendly managers
    -Good introduction to the restaurant industry

    Cons

    -If you are hoping to get a lot of hours, this is definitely not the place to work.
    -Ridiculously strict on uniform. For example, a coworker almost got sent home for having the wrong type of back pockets on her pants.
    -Very low overall employee morale, no one ever wants to be working there.
    -If you are a minor, don't expect to ever get more than 4 hour shifts because they are too cheap to pay for breaks

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    Hire less people, we all are more than willing to accept more hours!

    Doesn't Recommend
    Neutral Outlook
    No opinion of CEO
  7. 1 person found this helpful

    Great place to work

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    Former Employee - Retail Sales Associate in Foley, AL
    Former Employee - Retail Sales Associate in Foley, AL

    I worked at Cracker Barrel part-time (less than a year)

    Pros

    The pros of working at Cracker Barrel are; home style atmosphere, friendly co workers, management is hands on and customers are the best. I loved being there and helping guests to feel at home. Hours are flexible and pay is decent for retail. Good training and good feedback from management.

    Cons

    The only con that I saw was that there were too many part time employees which limited the amount of hours that were available to work. I worked there during the Christmas season and would have liked to work more hours but because of staffing the hours just were not available.

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    Consider giving more hours to employees that have proven themselves and that want the hours.

    Recommends
    Neutral Outlook
    No opinion of CEO
  8. Working

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    Current Employee - Cashier
    Current Employee - Cashier

    I have been working at Cracker Barrel

    Pros

    Great job to work for if driven then you could easily move up in the company

    Cons

    As long as your happy then you shouldn't have problems

    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    Approves of CEO
  9. 1 person found this helpful

    Loved it there

    Former Employee - Retail Sales Associate/Cashier in Williamsburg, VA
    Former Employee - Retail Sales Associate/Cashier in Williamsburg, VA

    I worked at Cracker Barrel

    Pros

    They're very flexible with schedules, very understanding if you have more than one job, very kind, and very helpful. I loved working there.

    Cons

    The only slight challenge I had had nothing to do with the company itself and that was the distance from my house to the job. Definitely worth it though.

    Recommends
    Neutral Outlook
  10. Best Retail Management job out there!

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    Current Employee - Retail Manager
    Current Employee - Retail Manager

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

    Pros

    The merchandise is unique and sells itself! it's a fun place to work for both management & staff. You are supplied with all the training and tools to set you up for success! You get a free meal!! 45 hour work week with one weekend day off every week & a weekend off every month. Great Bonus program. This company cares for their people and I am honored to be a part of the Brand. If you are considering a career change you need to check us out!!

    Cons

    We are open every Holiday except Christmas.

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    Keep up the great work in being the Best Restaurant Company!

    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    Approves of CEO
  11. Good company

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    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee

    I have been working at Cracker Barrel

    Pros

    Lots of room for growth

    Cons

    pay need more money for employees

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    More pay for employees

    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    No opinion of CEO

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