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Former Employee - Host in New York, NY
Former Employee - Host in New York, NY

I worked at Carrabba's Italian Grill part-time (less than a year)

Doesn't Recommend
Positive Outlook
Disapproves of CEO
Doesn't Recommend
Positive Outlook
Disapproves of CEO

Pros

Good pay, flexible schedules, nice managers, neat atmosphere, room for advancement, meal compensation benefits, nice coworkers.

Cons

You have to pass a menu test in order to work here (which you have to cheat on in order to pass).

Advice to Management

Perhaps upper management should take the menu test without proper training. It's impossible to pass. Corporate officials are always out-of-touch with reality and you should not need to know every single ingredient in every single thing in order to just he a hostess or host. I'm pretty sure you can have good hosts who simply don't know EVERY single thing off of the ingredients list.

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  1. Server while in college.

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    Former Employee - Server in Hunt Valley, MD
    Former Employee - Server in Hunt Valley, MD

    I worked at Carrabba's Italian Grill part-time (more than a year)

    Doesn't Recommend
    Neutral Outlook
    Approves of CEO
    Doesn't Recommend
    Neutral Outlook
    Approves of CEO

    Pros

    Fun, energetic atmosphere; attractive career advancement opportunities-even for those without college degrees; diversified company (Bloomin Brands). You have the option of transferring to other restaurants natiowide or other opportunites within the company that involve travel, which can be pretty exciting. Performance bonuses as well. Comfortable uniforms. Good food and wine. Knowlegeable staff, adequate training. Flexible schedule. Managers will usually work around class schedule. Uses Hotschedules.

    Cons

    Inexperienced, and sometimes immature, managers burden staff by making the restaurant susceptible to chaos. (This is not true for all regions and not every manager) Favoritism at times. Fluctuating income; some nights/weeks are super-busy and others are super-slow. There is a ton of pressure on management to maintain numbers which can be stressful. Normal everyday restaurant drama.

    Advice to Management

    Train your staff well so you don't have to micromanage them. This only leads to poor overall performance as you end up neglecting your own responsibilities. LEAD BY EXAMPLE.

  2. LOVE!

    Former Employee - Server in Palm Harbor, FL
    Former Employee - Server in Palm Harbor, FL

    I worked at Carrabba's Italian Grill part-time (more than 3 years)

    Pros

    Great management and team! If you're determined to move up, don't give up. Keep inquiring about it everyday if you must.

    Cons

    Industry sucks you in and its hard to get out of getting immediate rewards for your hard work.

    Advice to Management

    Keep it up!!!!

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