Denny's Reviews

Updated September 18, 2014
Updated September 18, 2014
226 Reviews
2.8
226 Reviews
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Review Highlights

Pros
  • some of the co-workers are fun to work with (in 6 reviews)

  • Decent compensation and work/life balance (in 4 reviews)


Cons
  • Long hours being 24 hrs is rough with bar crowd (in 9 reviews)

  • Depending on your store, upper management can very greatly (in 9 reviews)

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Employee Reviews

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  1.  

    A good place to work, but hard to bring home ends meet

    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee

    I worked at Denny's

    Pros

    Great people to work with.

    Cons

    Was at a slow location so hard to make money if you weren't working mornings.

  2.  

    Long extensive training period.

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    • Career Opportunities
    Current Employee - Restaurant Manager  in  Belleville, IL
    Current Employee - Restaurant Manager in Belleville, IL

    I have been working at Denny's full-time for less than a year

    Pros

    Took time to ensure you were ready and comfortable with training.

    Cons

    Overworked, lack of respect , and no growth

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    none

    Doesn't Recommend
    Neutral Outlook
    No opinion of CEO
  3.  

    very good

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    Current Employee - Shirt Manager
    Current Employee - Shirt Manager

    I have been working at Denny's full-time for more than a year

    Pros

    willing to work with you when you are in school (college)

    Cons

    Didn't like you to take off on holidays

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    compliments your employees each day

    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    No opinion of CEO
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  5.  

    i was a waitress.

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    Former Employee - Wendys  in  Greenville, SC
    Former Employee - Wendys in Greenville, SC

    I worked at Denny's part-time for less than a year

    Pros

    its got great people and great food

    Cons

    keeping up with the speed

    Doesn't Recommend
    No opinion of CEO
  6.  

    eh....

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    Current Employee - Server
    Current Employee - Server

    I have been working at Denny's part-time

    Pros

    friendships grew between workers and between customers so much so that at times it didn't even feel like work. Tips are good if you live in your means

    Cons

    The manager is twisted and also mixes business with personal as well as chooses sides in arguements/issues when they should remain neutral. If you can handle gossip and random threats from management when they are in their moods then go ahead and work at my store.

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

    Great experience

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    • Senior Management
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    • Career Opportunities
    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee

    I worked at Denny's full-time for less than a year

    Pros

    You learn so much and improve your skill that u never imagen

    Cons

    Sometimes are not so much work

  8.  

    A good starting off point

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    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee

    I worked at Denny's part-time for less than a year

    Pros

    I worked as a waitress, but they were willing to train me on expo. Communication at my store was pretty open between staff. Generally there is good FOH/BOH cohesion. If you work in a good franchise, management is willing to listen to suggestions.

    Cons

    Depending on where your denny's is located, your tips may suffer. The work can be hard, and shift responsibilities may exceed what is written-you have to use your common sense.

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    Keep communication open, have a clear policy in case of sudden mass rushes on quiet hours.

    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    No opinion of CEO
  9.  

    cheap labor of wait staff may be exploited

    Former Employee - Server
    Former Employee - Server

    I worked at Denny's part-time for less than a year

    Pros

    I was hired with no previous experience in this industry. I got to follow around a server during my training. Co-workers were friendly to me.

    Cons

    I'm reluctant to say that my experience is typical as this was a number of years ago, and things may have changed since I was there. Maybe it varies from location to location, too. However, I was hired to wait tables and ended up spending a lot of time doing things like filling jugs of salad dressing and folding silverware into napkins, all while being paid the tipped minimum wage, which is less than minimum wage. As a server, I'd thought I would make tips to supplement this very low amount, but every hour spent not waiting tables meant that my average earnings were decreased. I ended up making half as much as I would have if I'd been waiting tables during my scheduled hours. My training hadn't informed me as to how much time would be taken up with these activities and it seems that they were exploiting the fact that servers are paid at less than minimum wage. Again, with no experience in the industry, I don't know if this type of scheduling is to be expected, but it really turned me off to this job.

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    If you need someone to do general tasks for the restaurant as opposed to waiting tables, hire someone to do that and pay them at least the legal minimum wage. Apparently, according to the law, it's fine for employers to pay less than minimum wage as long as the wage plus tips add up to at least minimum wage, but intentionally scheduling such employees for long hours where they will not be making tips can destroy morale, and it was my primary reason for leaving the position.

    Doesn't Recommend
  10.  

    Denny's

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    Current Employee - Manager
    Current Employee - Manager

    I have been working at Denny's part-time

    Pros

    Working with nice guest. I have a good General manager .

    Cons

    Personal life affects a lot of this business . Assistant managers need to out there personal opinions aside . It's food and drink giving good service . Like any business it's sales. Back to basics . Not allowing guest to know what is going on in the back of house . Watching servers and table touching as much as possible .

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    Grave shift at time can be a little hectic . People doing drugs in the bathrooms . Maybe allowing for you local law in forcemeat to check stores more often would help discourage illegal behavior .

    Doesn't Recommend
    Negative Outlook
    No opinion of CEO
  11. 1 person found this helpful  

    Okay starting job

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    Current Employee - Server  in  Monroe, MI
    Current Employee - Server in Monroe, MI

    I have been working at Denny's part-time for less than a year

    Pros

    My management is very nice and so are most of the people I work with.

    Cons

    At dennys you are required to do "Side work" you have to complete this side work before you leave or else you cant get your tips in the register. Some of the side work is easy but most of it is things that COOKS should be doing.

    Doesn't Recommend
    Negative Outlook
    No opinion of CEO

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