Carlson Restaurants
3.1 of 5 30 reviews
www.fridays.com Carrollton, TX 5000+ Employees

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Working in the corporate office isn't a bad experience

Anonymous Employee (Former Employee)
Carrollton, TX

I worked at Carlson Restaurants

ProsA great working atmosphere in the corporate office. A fun company culture that emphasized employee interaction. Pay (at least for our group) was competitive with other restaurant companies . Many of the employees in the corporate office do a lot to make it a great place to work and inject their personalities into the culture. Many of the employees will go above & beyond to service the stores. A very good place to pick up skills and enjoy working for a company that seems to truly care about creating a great atmosphere to work in. It was great to be able to take part in sampling new menu items in the test kitchen. They even have vending machines that dispense free cans of beer after 5pm.

ConsTough industry post 9/11. Corporate parent interferes a lot in normal operations. Lots of layoffs in corporate office after a failed attempt at outsourcing many internal functions through IBM has left a lot of scars. Still fairly short-handed in several of the corporate departments. A lot of stress due to unrealistic expectations for the restaurant arm of the company from the corporate parent has led to many of the senior management to leave the company. Many times you will be left banging your head against the wall in frustration. There seems to be a lot of lost opportunities over the years to speed past competitors, many of the operations group seemed to be spinning in place due to lack of a clear vision.

Advice to Senior ManagementContinue to put effort into keeping the corporate culture fun and exciting for the employees. Keep the funky decor in the corporate office, and the access to the test kitchen. After the nightmarish disaster of the IBM outsourcing debacle, the corporate culture is what kept many people around. Also, stand up to the folks at Carlson and fight for yourselves.

Yes, I would recommend this company to a friend

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I have been working at Carlson Restaurants


Pros: Benefits and vacation options are great Cons: Quality of life can suffer at times, work all holidays Advice to Senior Management: Quality of life could improve Yes, I would recommend this company to a friend More

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I have been working at Carlson Restaurants full-time for more than 5 years


Pros: Best Benefits, Pays Well, Flexible time, Very corporate Cons: Stretch you too thin, Too Many action plans, … Advice to Senior Management: Make the place fun again, cut the coupons out, make it simple, go… Yes, I would recommend this company to a friend More

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