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Keep your head down and don't make any waves and you'll be ok.

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Former Employee - Anonymous Employee in Carrollton, TX
Former Employee - Anonymous Employee in Carrollton, TX

I worked at Carlson Restaurants

No opinion of CEO
No opinion of CEO

Pros

Great co-workers, who help create a fun work atmosphere

Cons

Management does not take input from employees and its either their way or the highway. Instead of cutting their own bonuses, they rather let people go to reduce costs.

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  1. Helpful (2)

    Working in the corporate office isn't a bad experience

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    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee in Carrollton, TX
    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee in Carrollton, TX

    I worked at Carlson Restaurants

    Recommends
    No opinion of CEO
    Recommends
    No opinion of CEO

    Pros

    A 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.

    Cons

    Tough 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 Management

    Continue 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.


  2. Carlson Restaurants review

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    Current Employee - General Manager in Wheeling, IL
    Current Employee - General Manager in Wheeling, IL

    I have been working at Carlson Restaurants

    Recommends
    No opinion of CEO
    Recommends
    No opinion of CEO

    Pros

    Benefits and vacation options are great

    Cons

    Quality of life can suffer at times, work all holidays

    Advice to Management

    Quality of life could improve


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