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Brinker satisfies it's reputation as an "ok" place to work.

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Former Employee - General Manager in Denver, CO
Former Employee - General Manager in Denver, CO

I worked at Brinker

Pros

Large company with many locations. There is a significant feeling of "family" with the area you work in. With the large number of locations, it is easy to move or transfer to a different area if your personal situation requires it. You can get experience in a variety of different environments and with a number of different managements styles. Each location has it's own feel.

Cons

Too much competition for too few jobs. If you are not in a large area and near the leadership team, it is very difficult to be recognized and noticed. Often times they will loose good management to "burnout", simply from being left in the same role without any recognition for such a long time. There is definitely a bit of an "inside" group that you have to fit into to get ahead.

Advice to ManagementAdvice

Spend some time in the restaurants. Spend less time "knee-jerking". Spend more time planning and less time reacting.

Disapproves of CEO

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    Chili's - a stable job, but not a ton of growth.

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    Current Employee - Managing Partner in San Jose, CA
    Current Employee - Managing Partner in San Jose, CA

    I have been working at Brinker

    Pros

    1. Balanced Scheduling, which is hard to find in the industry.
    2. Committment to Quality of Life throughout the company.
    3. Fair salaries.
    4. Well-known concept, popular within the community.
    5. They give back to the communities that they are in through donations, fundraisers, etc.

    Cons

    1. A slow down in growth has caused there to be very few opportunities in all departments.
    2. Lack of continuity from store to store, region to region.
    3. Lots of shifts in what is important, they have a tendency not to stick to their guns.
    4. Very bottom line focused currently.
    5. Poorly trained learning managers - no ongoing development.

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    1. More focus on creating top line sales.
    2. Raises based on actual performance of the individual - everyone got the same raises last year!
    3. Create better training programs and ongoing training for managers!! Soon!!

    Recommends
    No opinion of CEO
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    Former Employee - Restaurant Manager in Concord, CA
    Former Employee - Restaurant Manager in Concord, CA

    I worked at Brinker

    Pros

    It was a great place to learn the fundamentals. At times the company was very organized and planned ahead. Some of the policies were strict and easy to follow.

    Cons

    Very little regard for amount of hours worked by salaried employees. I worked 100 hour weeks and was never given any additional time off.

    When new standards or policies were introduced there were few tools available to institute them. One year Catering was made a critical component of our job but no catering training or supplies were offered.

     In the last few years of my employment they began making rash decisions with little forethought other than, "We must do this because our competitor is doing it."

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    Area Directors can be good or bad but Brinker had several poor Area Directors who were responsible for many of the better people leaving. These same Area Directors OFTEN broke the very rules they maintained (such as fraternization) and showed poor leadership. Who is managing the mid-managers?

    Doesn't Recommend
    No opinion of CEO
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