Famous Dave's Reviews

Updated June 30, 2015
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Ed Rensi
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Pros
  • It was a very fun atmosphere, all of the employees where so welcoming and helpful (in 6 reviews)

  • Fun atmosphere, laid back uniform (in 5 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)

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108 Employee Reviews

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  1. Bartender

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    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee

    I have been working at Famous Dave's

    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    Recommends
    Positive Outlook

    Pros

    Great working with staff, great discount, fast paced and always way to sell more to get more tips.

    Cons

    Management is not organized and lots of drama

    Advice to Management

    Be managers not coworkers


  2. Kitchen Manager

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    • Senior Management
    Current Employee - Kitchen Manager in Chantilly, VA
    Current Employee - Kitchen Manager in Chantilly, VA

    I have been working at Famous Dave's full-time (More than 8 years)

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

    Pros

    Friendly environment, customer oriented, scratch kitchen, resourceful

    Cons

    Need new board of directors

    Advice to Management

    Stick to your grounds, do what you know, be the best you can be! Be famous!!!


  3. fine place

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    Former Employee - Busser in Baltimore, MD
    Former Employee - Busser in Baltimore, MD

    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

    easy money, short working hours

    Cons

    not enough people on staff


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  5. Host/To-Go

    • Work/Life Balance
    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    • Comp & Benefits
    • Senior Management
    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee

    I worked at Famous Dave's part-time

    Recommends
    Neutral Outlook
    No opinion of CEO
    Recommends
    Neutral Outlook
    No opinion of CEO

    Pros

    Fun environment, keeps you busy at times, you'll meet a lot of cool people, fairly easy.

    Cons

    Down times can be boring, you don't make much in tips


  6. Average Restuarant

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    • Senior Management
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee

    I have been working at Famous Dave's

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

    Pros

    Friendly staff, friendly management, pretty easy job

    Cons

    Facility isn't able to pay bills (COD with all suppliers), corporate doesn't seem to care


  7. Helpful (1)

    Server

    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee

    I have been working at Famous Dave's

    Pros

    Very Flexible! Co-workers are pretty nice! Work is not very demanding.

    Cons

    Managers tend to put off conflicts amongst staff! Certain individuals are given many chances while others are terminated immediately.


  8. It was the best of times. It was the worst of times.

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    Current Employee - Server/Bartender in Westbury, NY
    Current Employee - Server/Bartender in Westbury, NY

    I have been working at Famous Dave's full-time

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

    Pros

    Fun atmosphere most of the time.

    Cons

    They don't put automatic gratuity for parties of 6 or more

    Advice to Management

    Put gratuity on check


  9. Helpful (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.


  10. Good experience at Famous Dave's Catering

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    • Senior Management
    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


  11. Helpful (2)

    Great to bad

    • Work/Life Balance
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    • Senior Management
    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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