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Former Employee - Server  in  Burlington, NC
Former Employee - Server in Burlington, NC

I worked at Cracker Barrel full-time for more than a year

Pros

The company is structured very well, with a fairly lengthy training program to ensure employee competence and preparedness. Managers are very flexible and willing to work with employees. The staff for the most part was very helpful and willing to help fellow employees

Cons

There is little room for growth, but that is understood going into the company. Far too many unreliable employees in the front of the house. The management stresses "server walk" too much, to the point where it can interfere with personal obligations while on the floor.

Advice to ManagementAdvice

Hire better qualified employees.

Recommends
Neutral Outlook
No opinion of CEO

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    Not for the meek

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    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee

    I worked at Cracker Barrel

    Pros

    I did make some very good friends while working there.

    Cons

    90% of them time, they would not let you take a break. Even if you worked a full shift, you had to stand there and smile and smell all the food. You are treated like a criminal, and have to get searched at the end of every shift. They claim that they're flexible with your schedule, but that's not true. Management takes advantage of their title.

    Doesn't Recommend
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    Always sending someone home early leaving you short staffed.

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    Former Employee - Server  in  Grove City, OH
    Former Employee - Server in Grove City, OH

    I worked at Cracker Barrel full-time for more than 3 years

    Pros

    Good training, offers full time employees benefits, not so hard to request days off or vacation time.

    Cons

    Must work average of 32 hr week to qualify for insurance and even if you've been there for years, they will send you home often resulting in loosing insurance. Locks up things like maple syrup, honey, chemicals, and you have to find manager to get needed items. Makes you carry clear plastic purses so they can make sure you are not taking steaks. Locks the door after closing, and then holds you hostage while they lock themselves in office to count drawers getting angry if you sit on clock until they allow you to leave. Gives you endless side work and daily cleaning responsibilities, but makes you clock out on time when you try to finish them all. And if they send you home early, your unfinished work gets left for remaining employee. If there is a party of 10 but 5 are kids or babies, you still have to split the table with another server. No matter what!

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    This is my advice to any person thinking on becoming a manager. You will never have any kind of job security , not one of you lasted at the same store more than one year. They will wait until you buy a house near your new store, put your kids in school and than transfer you for no reason. And if it is policy to look through employee's purses, make them open up their coats, before walking them out the door , then the message you are sending is "you have to be checked out because you will steal from us, even if you have been there for years, " this brings low moral, and causes resentment . I never saw a employee steal, but I saw managers steal out the back door once.

    Recommends
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