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Head for the heels. You will have no life and drive yourself crazy dealing with both workers and upper management

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Former Employee - Unit Manager Trainee  in  Atlanta, GA
Former Employee - Unit Manager Trainee in Atlanta, GA

I worked at Waffle House full-time for less than a year

Pros

-Ample advancement opportunity if you can endure.
-Decent benefits for the industry. Including health and life insurance. They also give you private stock in the company
-Stable, conservative company that will always be around. You will always have a job, and they are always hiring.

Cons

-Forget your life, just completely forget about it. 70-80 hours weeks are the norm. Weekends are mandatory. You work holidays. You will live, breathe, sleep, and eat Waffle House.
-You may think that 30000-40000 plus performance based commission sounds great, but when you actually break it down into an hourly rate, you are unlikely to surpass $11/hr. Many of the waitresses earn more than the Unit Manager, based on the hourly rate, when tips are factored in. And they don't deal with a fraction of the responsibilities and stress that you will deal with.
-You will be constantly stressed dealing with employees, and pressure from your division manager. Upper management is demanding. The company is archaic, and although sitting on a billion dollars in cash, is incredibly cheap and unwilling to update their stone age computers and cash registers.
-The work is incredibly hard. They try to break you from the get-go. During the first week, they employ every tactic they can to dehumanize you and access whether or not you can be conditioned to tolerate the position as long as possible until the next crop comes in. They had me digging up hundreds of pounds of dirt and weeds with a shovel on an old curb dangerously close to the highway. Cars were speeding by mere feet from where I was working. It certainly sent red flags when regular employees were upset about how they saw unit managers treated.

Advice to ManagementAdvice

-You need to change the entire system. It's nearly impossible for one sole manager to run a 24/7 365 store alone without burning out. Creating an assistant store manager position would be a start.
- Stop hoarding the billion dollar cash surplus and use it to make much needed renovations and improvements to your stores. Invest in a better computer system and modern registers. These investments will pay off in the long run.
-Remember that people are people. They are not machines. You need to focus on reshaping your company policy to allow for a reasonable work/life balance.

Doesn't Recommend
Neutral Outlook
No opinion of CEO

Other Reviews for Waffle House

  1.  

    It can be real work.

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    Current Employee - Salesperson  in  Columbus, OH
    Current Employee - Salesperson in Columbus, OH

    I have been working at Waffle House part-time for less than a year

    Pros

    Waffle House designs their system to always be looking out for the customer and its employees. They reward their employees on all levels based on time with the company, sales success and even personal successes. They have incentive programs during shifts, weeks, quarters or years. Their employee support policies are really quite good. They allow maternity and paternity leaves, even for adopted children.

    Cons

    Working at Waffle House can be real work, on your feet, long hours, poor attitudes from customers and coworkers alike.

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    Continue to motivate and encourage your employees especially with good attitudes.

    Recommends
    No opinion of CEO
  2.  

    Average work experience in extremely busy restaurant

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    Former Employee - Grill Operator  in  Bethlehem, PA
    Former Employee - Grill Operator in Bethlehem, PA

    I worked at Waffle House full-time for more than 5 years

    Pros

    Get paid every week and enjoy a daily food allowance. Tight knit envioronment so meeting your co-workers and regular guest isn't a problem

    Cons

    Cramped working conditions. Feels as if the customers are way too close to the cooking area. Since it is small have to keep personal life out of the workplace and try not to become too familiar with everyone else at the job (co-workers and customers alike).

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    rotate shifts among employees especially the third shift workers. Resentment for management at my restuarant arouse since employees felt shorted out on certain shifts. also employees on the third shift burn out fast if you don't rotate them or give atlest 1 weekend a month off.

    Doesn't Recommend
    Positive Outlook
    No opinion of CEO
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