Cracker Barrel Reviews

Updated July 4, 2015
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  1. great teamwork

    • Work/Life Balance
    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    • Comp & Benefits
    • Senior Management
    Former Employee - Food Server in Shiloh, IL
    Former Employee - Food Server in Shiloh, IL

    I worked at Cracker Barrel (Less than a year)

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

    Pros

    never worked in a resturarant where so many people help each other

    Cons

    you could be running someone elses food and their table will keep having you run and get things for them and you end up neglected your own tables and then they tip someone else

    Advice to Management

    explain sidework better in training


  2. Typical serving job

    • Work/Life Balance
    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    • Comp & Benefits
    • Senior Management
    Former Employee - Par IV Server in Spanish Fort, AL
    Former Employee - Par IV Server in Spanish Fort, AL

    I worked at Cracker Barrel part-time (More than 5 years)

    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    No opinion of CEO
    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    No opinion of CEO

    Pros

    There's always tons of opportunity to pick up shifts if you're looking to make quick cash. Breakfast and Dinner are typically pretty busy. Menu is large but easy to learn. They have great benefits if you're looking for a long-term opportunity.

    Cons

    The additional work can be a bit over-bearing at times. Along with your core server duties, you typically wrap up a shift doing some pretty intensive side work. That's followed by rolling a pre-determind amount of silverware.

    Advice to Management

    Keep your staff happy! The money is good but if you rule with an iron-fist, you're going to have some turn-over. Also, have the hosts/hostess's role silverware as well!


  3. Great Part-Time Environment

    • Work/Life Balance
    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    • Comp & Benefits
    • Senior Management
    Former Employee - Par IV Server in Harriman, TN
    Former Employee - Par IV Server in Harriman, TN

    I worked at Cracker Barrel part-time (More than 3 years)

    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    No opinion of CEO
    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    No opinion of CEO

    Pros

    The managers were understanding, friendly, and flexible. They offer a great employee discount and benefits package. Stores that incorporate teamwork tend to have easier working environments.

    Cons

    Your pay is not guaranteed and traffic through the store is undependable. Interstate road work has made business fluctuate through out the past couple of years.


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  5. Hostess/Cashier

    • Work/Life Balance
    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee

    I worked at Cracker Barrel part-time

    Pros

    flexibility
    good hours
    welcoming environment
    lots of business
    lots of regular guests

    Cons

    rare breaks/short breaks
    not much room to advance


  6. grill cook

    • Work/Life Balance
    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    • Comp & Benefits
    • Senior Management
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee in East Greenbush, NY
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee in East Greenbush, NY

    I have been working at Cracker Barrel full-time (More than 8 years)

    Doesn't Recommend
    Negative Outlook
    Doesn't Recommend
    Negative Outlook

    Pros

    good hours close to home

    Cons

    low pay heavy workload very high expectations

    Advice to Management

    work


  7. Solid company, diminishing culture

    • Work/Life Balance
    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    • Comp & Benefits
    • Senior Management
    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee in Lebanon, TN
    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee in Lebanon, TN

    I worked at Cracker Barrel full-time (More than 8 years)

    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    Disapproves of CEO
    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    Disapproves of CEO

    Pros

    Strong sense of history and being on a winning team. All company owned locations, so whatever direction leadership decides to go, the whole battleship turns. Fought off an aggressive activist investor that would have made the company culture much more toxic, as he had other organizations. Stayed true to the organization instead of caving.

    Cons

    Much less people friendly than historically, very numbers driven which lowered loyalty of employee base. Brand has evolved and in some cases, devolved. Has become much more political, but you cannot argue the share price from a financial standpoint. Dining experience has become very average and vanilla.

    Advice to Management

    Remember where the brand came from and find innovative, relevant ways not to just become another trend following casual dining brand.


  8. Hostess

    Former Employee - Hostess in Richmond, VA
    Former Employee - Hostess in Richmond, VA

    I worked at Cracker Barrel (Less than a year)

    Pros

    Learned how to work in a fast pace and sometimes stressful environments in a calm manner, communication skills, learned how work and cooperate as part of a team.

    Cons

    Management was constantly being replaced, no study manager.


  9. Server

    • Work/Life Balance
    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    • Comp & Benefits
    • Senior Management
    Former Employee - Server in Dublin, GA
    Former Employee - Server in Dublin, GA

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

    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    Recommends
    Positive Outlook

    Pros

    great supervisors, great pay, friendly staff and a productive structured environment to start a career.

    Cons

    Rolling silverware and long fast paced shifts walking nonstop

    Advice to Management

    five stars to you guys


  10. Meet people from all over

    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee

    I worked at Cracker Barrel

    Pros

    Family oriented and a great place to work

    Cons

    Scheduling conflicts could arise and you may not work the shift or times you went for.


  11. Very judgmental

    • Work/Life Balance
    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    • Comp & Benefits
    • Senior Management
    Former Employee - PAR III Server in Stevensville, MI
    Former Employee - PAR III Server in Stevensville, MI

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

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

    Pros

    If you work at a year round busy store the tips and pay you make as a waitress are phenomenal.

    Cons

    Specific managers are highly judgmental and are quick to hold grudges. Not to mention the company itself is highly anti lgbt though they try to keep it on the down low.

    Advice to Management

    Try to focus on how hard an individual works and not how they look. A lot of bullying is easily identifiable in management.



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