Cracker Barrel

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Cracker Barrel Reviews

Updated October 23, 2014
Updated October 23, 2014
525 Reviews
3.1
525 Reviews
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Cracker Barrel President & CEO Sandra B. Cochran
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Review Highlights

Pros
  • Flexible schedule, always an item of the day to promote to talk about to customers (in 31 reviews)

  • the only pros to working at this company are great people servers are great (in 15 reviews)


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

  • Do not sell your family and quality of life out for their compensation package (in 7 reviews)

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  1.  

    Awesome

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    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee in Lakeland, TN
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee in Lakeland, TN

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

    Pros

    Great pay and paid vacations,weekly pay,flexibile

    Cons

    money rate,manager are not one page

    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    Approves of CEO
  2. 1 person found this helpful  

    Great learning experience

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    Former Employee - Retail District Manager
    Former Employee - Retail District Manager

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

    Pros

    Many opportunities for self development. Promotes from within. Compensation is competitive. Opportunity to meet and work with great people. Formed many long-term friendships here.

    Cons

    No real work/life balance. No paid holidays. Lost their values of empowering and valuing people - only concern now is financial results and continued growth.

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    Return to the original philosophy of valuing people and what they can contribute to your business. Stop trying to be something for everyone and just be true to the brand!

    Recommends
    Neutral Outlook
    No opinion of CEO
  3.  

    Hope you like getting treated like a trashbag.

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    Former Employee - Associate Manager in Central City, FL
    Former Employee - Associate Manager in Central City, FL

    I worked at Cracker Barrel full-time (more than 5 years)

    Pros

    Going to Home Office for training.

    Cons

    There is always less employees than you need. You are forced to wear ties, then work like dogs to make up for labor. You are told every day the employees are more important than you. The 55-60 hour work week is totally false. early mornings and late nights. Basically it will be the worst management experience in your career...RUN!!!

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    Benes are OK. Not worth the pain and stress. Your schedule is never on time. You will never be promoted unless you finish an ACT book , that you have to complete at home... Or, be "In the Club".

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

    Worst place if you have values, family, or wanted to be treated with respect

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    Current Employee - Associate Manager in Louisville, CO
    Current Employee - Associate Manager in Louisville, CO

    I have been working at Cracker Barrel full-time (more than an year)

    Pros

    Money
    And if you work 1st shift you might only work 12 hr shift? And you still have the rest of your day to recover from the depts of hell

    Cons

    Everything besides pay, culture, everything is backwards... Even as far as salt on the left?
    Don't treat anybody with respect

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    Keep looking , money is not worth it

    Doesn't Recommend
    Disapproves of CEO
  6.  

    Bad

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    Former Employee - Hostess in Seffner, FL
    Former Employee - Hostess in Seffner, FL

    I worked at Cracker Barrel part-time (more than an year)

    Pros

    Nice working enviroment, co-workers, great guests

    Cons

    No hours, over staffed, low pay

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    Very nice people

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

    Country Fresh

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    Former Employee - Hostess/Server, Cashier and Skill Trainer
    Former Employee - Hostess/Server, Cashier and Skill Trainer

    I worked at Cracker Barrel full-time (more than 3 years)

    Pros

    This company still has the family feel to it, as it is still family owned. I loved the people I worked with, the amount of support on the bottom level was amazing.

    Cons

    There was trouble with consistancy at my store, the managers had favorites, openly. The general managers had issues with performing to standards.

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    I believe you can better connect with your employees if you;re not trying to sell this country fresh idea. If you honestly understand it, you will understand your employees and customers better.

    Recommends
    Negative Outlook
    No opinion of CEO
  8.  

    great home-cooked meal!!

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    Former Employee - Food Server in Philadelphia, PA
    Former Employee - Food Server in Philadelphia, PA

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

    Pros

    great training and the management is great to work with!!

    Cons

    Menu is quite extensive and hard to work with in a short amount of time, need to get used to menu and operating system even if you are experienced already.

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    Open communication is a must and make sure all employees are trained well before putting them on the floor.

    Recommends
    Approves of CEO
  9.  

    Great place to work while attending college

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    Current Employee - Cashier in Saint Clairsville, OH
    Current Employee - Cashier in Saint Clairsville, OH

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

    Pros

    Worked around my school schedule while in college, Got a raise every time I passed a par test, one week paid vacation after working there a year, two weeks after working there 3 years.

    Cons

    Management doesn't always take care of issues, lack of teamwork

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    You need to back up your employees more when they are having issues

  10.  

    one of the best managerial experiences

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    Former Employee - Associate Manager in Columbia, SC
    Former Employee - Associate Manager in Columbia, SC

    I worked at Cracker Barrel full-time (more than 5 years)

    Pros

    flexible job,make good money,great benefits,and a great place to learn how to muti task and govern over 120 empoyees.

    Cons

    very fast pace ,if everyone doesn't work together as a team,you will not be successful.

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    innovative ways to improve turn around numbers,(percentage increase over l/y ) great way to see where you need to make adjustments so you can meet your financial goal. Employee moral governed by a program called par,were the employee's can get pay increases by taking courses to improve there skill levels,which in return you get more productivity.

    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    Approves of CEO
  11.  

    Feels like family

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    • Career Opportunities
    Current Employee - Retail Associate in Alcoa, TN
    Current Employee - Retail Associate in Alcoa, TN

    I have been working at Cracker Barrel part-time (more than an year)

    Pros

    I work in retail. They are awesome with working around my school hours. Have a great training system. There's a wholesome family atmosphere, with all employees respecting each other and authority.

    Cons

    Almost impossible to get more than 21 hours per week in retail. After you reach Par 4 raises are next to nothing. One can advance to a trainer or eventually try to get into internship management program but other than that the pay is low with not much upgrade.

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    Management is AWESOME!!!!! Cracker Barrel knows what its doing in that arena.

    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    No opinion of CEO

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