Famous Dave's

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Famous Dave's Reviews

Updated January 27, 2015
Updated January 27, 2015
96 Reviews
3.3
96 Reviews
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Ed Rensi
14 Ratings

Review Highlights

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.  

    It was fun.

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    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee

    I worked at Famous Dave's

    Pros

    Good people. Fun. Meet friends.

    Cons

    Pay. Business flow is inconsistent.

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    Love yall

    Recommends
    Neutral Outlook
    Approves of CEO
  2.  

    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

    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 ManagementAdvice

    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.

    Recommends
    Neutral Outlook
    Disapproves of CEO
  3.  

    Once great not now

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    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee

    I worked at Famous Dave's

    Pros

    Fantastic people great food

    Cons

    Upper management turned a passion restaurant into blah

    Doesn't Recommend
    Negative Outlook
    Disapproves of CEO
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    MANAGER

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    Former Employee - Manager in Salinas, CA
    Former Employee - Manager in Salinas, CA

    I worked at Famous Dave's

    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 ManagementAdvice

    They go thru managers quickly,

    Doesn't Recommend
    Neutral Outlook
    No opinion of CEO
  6.  

    Famous Dave's

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    Former Employee - Server Trainer in Roseville, MN
    Former Employee - Server Trainer in Roseville, MN

    I worked at Famous Dave's part-time (more than 3 years)

    Pros

    If you work hard, there are many opportunities in this company to get hands on experience in the restaurant and food industry.

    Cons

    None. I had a wonderful experience working in this company. Like any job, it has it's bad days and involves hard work, but if you want to achieve you will, and it will pay off.

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    Continue to give constructive praise and understanding when mistakes are made. You don't make employees feel like failures, which is great. You make us want to work hard and try better next time.

    Recommends
    Neutral Outlook
    No opinion of CEO
  7.  

    Trainer,Hostess

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    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee

    I worked at Famous Dave's part-time

    Pros

    Fun Atmosphere, Personal Growth, Love the Food

    Cons

    Poor base pay, somewhat unprofessional management relationships

    Recommends
    Negative Outlook
    Approves of CEO
  8.  

    Specialist

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    Current Employee - Assistant Manager in Phoenix, AZ
    Current Employee - Assistant Manager in Phoenix, AZ

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

    Pros

    Great Environment to work in

    Cons

    Could not stay longer than I wanted

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    Continue doing great.

    Recommends
    Approves of CEO
  9.  

    It was a good place to work as a server.

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    Former Employee - Server in Omaha, NE
    Former Employee - Server in Omaha, NE

    I worked at Famous Dave's part-time (less than a year)

    Pros

    Good atmosphere, Nice management, Well Trained.

    Cons

    not enough customers
    over staffed
    tough to get work off

    Recommends
    Neutral Outlook
    No opinion of CEO
  10.  

    Extremely unprofessional and racist customers and staff.

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    Former Employee - Host/ToGo in Springfield, PA
    Former Employee - Host/ToGo in Springfield, PA

    I worked at Famous Dave's part-time (less than a year)

    Pros

    50% food for you and your family members.

    Cons

    Managers were extremely unprofessional and exhibited favoritism.Customers and staff exhibited racist behavior and did not make the work environment comfortable for me. Horrible retention rate between workers .Alot of customer complaints and not alot done about them.

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    Hire better management.

    Doesn't Recommend
    Negative Outlook
    No opinion of CEO
  11.  

    Great place to make good tips!

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    Current Employee - Bartender in San Jose, CA
    Current Employee - Bartender in San Jose, CA

    I have been working at Famous Dave's part-time (more than 5 years)

    Pros

    Casual, fast paced environment. easy to get shifts covered

    Cons

    Not very much teamwork happening. Lots of managment changes

    Recommends
    Neutral Outlook
    No opinion of CEO

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