Famous Dave's Reviews

Updated April 15, 2015
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Ed Rensi
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Pros
  • Family Oriented and fun to work at (in 4 reviews)

  • Being "Famous", working in a great team environment, fun atmosphere (in 6 reviews)

Cons
  • Wouldn't be surprised if him and the other rich old men running the board put the company up for sale soon (in 4 reviews)

  • Franchise versus corporate mentality seems detrimental to positive results (in 4 reviews)

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  1. Good experience at Famous Dave's Catering

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    • Career Opportunities
    Former Employee - Catering Coordinator in Mesa, AZ
    Former Employee - Catering Coordinator in Mesa, AZ

    I worked at Famous Dave's full-time (More than a year)

    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    Recommends
    Positive Outlook

    Pros

    The pros to working for Famous Dave's is the flexibility and support from the management. Flexible PTO, Time off for Dr. appointments, Dentist, Etc.

    Cons

    The company was ever changing you could work there without a raise in 2 years. The office culture was competitive and distracting.

    Advice to Management

    I have no comments in this area....very sales and income driven as it should be. I think they are on their way to being more consistent with the corporate office

  2. Administrative

    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee

    I worked at Famous Dave's full-time (More than 5 years)

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

    Pros

    Free food, but that was about it. And given the fat and salt content, maybe not such a pro.

    Cons

    Management shake ups at the top saw a lot of good talent either be shown the door, or be seen fleeing out of it. It is a sad day when the eponymous founder is no longer welcome; and the new CEO is from McDonald's. Sales are not going to recover with that strategy.

    Advice to Management

    Listen to your franchisees, they know what is going on and you, clearly, do not.

  3. Helpful (1)

    Great to bad

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    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee

    I have been working at Famous Dave's

    Doesn't Recommend
    Negative Outlook
    No opinion of CEO
    Doesn't Recommend
    Negative Outlook
    No opinion of CEO

    Pros

    Started Fun that changed quickly

    Cons

    All about $$, not the people

    Advice to Management

    Get the culture back

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  5. A good company

    Current Employee - Cashier/FOH in New York, NY
    Current Employee - Cashier/FOH in New York, NY

    I have been working at Famous Dave's

    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    Approves of CEO
    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    Approves of CEO

    Pros

    Great Company they really are the best at what they do they keep the employees happy and help to ensure that our community is full and happy and healthy. Treat employees.well.

    Cons

    They need to be more organized with the store maintenance and timeliness of orders. They are late often on giving people orders and hat can be a problem especially in the long run.

    Advice to Management

    Better maintenance projects and brainstorming is a must.

  6. Helpful (1)

    Amazing culture and motivating career path!

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    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    Former Employee - Catering and Marketing Manager
    Former Employee - Catering and Marketing Manager

    I worked at Famous Dave's full-time (More than 3 years)

    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    No opinion of CEO
    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    No opinion of CEO

    Pros

    Flexibility, family friendly atmosphere, constructive criticism aimed at growth, unique opportunities and amazing customer service, work from home, promotes from within

    Cons

    Lack of follow through from upper management, personal growth, lack of team support, vacation/time off policies

    Advice to Management

    Continue to support and grow those employees you currently have - making them always feel needed, that they are making a difference. Offer better support in team settings and project management too.

  7. It was fun.

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    • Career Opportunities
    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee

    I worked at Famous Dave's

    Recommends
    Neutral Outlook
    Approves of CEO
    Recommends
    Neutral Outlook
    Approves of CEO

    Pros

    Good people. Fun. Meet friends.

    Cons

    Pay. Business flow is inconsistent.

    Advice to Management

    Love yall

  8. Once great not now

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    • Senior Management
    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee

    I worked at Famous Dave's

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

    Pros

    Fantastic people great food

    Cons

    Upper management turned a passion restaurant into blah

  9. Upper Management is crippling the true meaning to Famous Daves

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    Current Employee - Server Trainer
    Current Employee - Server Trainer

    I have been working at Famous Dave's

    Recommends
    Neutral Outlook
    Disapproves of CEO
    Recommends
    Neutral Outlook
    Disapproves of CEO

    Pros

    Great work atmosphere, fun, flexibility, great food, guest service is superb, go above and beyond for their guests

    Cons

    Changes to the menu through price and portion has really caused problem, upper management are making ridiculous changes to the overall look of Famous Daves, losing its passion for "backyard BBQ", becoming average BBQ

    Advice to Management

    Remember when wearing blue jeans and t-shirts was fun? Upper management needs to realize the demographics of some Famous Daves in that creating a fun relaxed feel will drive guests back for more BBQ business. Stop making unnecessary changes- If it isn't broken, don't fix it, talking to you, new CEO.

  10. MANAGER

    • Comp & Benefits
    • Work/Life Balance
    • Senior Management
    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    Former Employee - Manager in Salinas, CA
    Former Employee - Manager in Salinas, CA

    I worked at Famous Dave's

    Doesn't Recommend
    Neutral Outlook
    No opinion of CEO
    Doesn't Recommend
    Neutral Outlook
    No opinion of CEO

    Pros

    fun work, good food, great staff,

    Cons

    some franchise's should not be granted a franchise., lack of up front honesty, and communication skills of what is expected.

    Advice to Management

    They go thru managers quickly,

  11. Trainer,Hostess

    • Comp & Benefits
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    • Senior Management
    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee

    I worked at Famous Dave's part-time

    Recommends
    Negative Outlook
    Approves of CEO
    Recommends
    Negative Outlook
    Approves of CEO

    Pros

    Fun Atmosphere, Personal Growth, Love the Food

    Cons

    Poor base pay, somewhat unprofessional management relationships

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