Famous Dave's

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Famous Dave's Reviews

Updated December 9, 2014
Updated December 9, 2014
92 Reviews
3.2
92 Reviews
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Ed Rensi
10 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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Employee Reviews

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    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
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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
  3.  

    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
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    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
  6.  

    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 an 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
  7.  

    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 an 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
  8.  

    Amazing Co-Workers, Horrible Management

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    Former Employee - Line Cook in La Crosse, WI
    Former Employee - Line Cook in La Crosse, WI

    I worked at Famous Dave's part-time (more than an year)

    Pros

    First thing I noticed when I walked into the kitchen at the La Crosse WI, Famous Dave's was the camaraderie among the workers. It's a great, fun work environment with awesome people that I still keep in contact with. It is very easy to move up in position at this company. I started as a disher with no prior experience in the food industry, and within a few months moved up to a cook position which included a pay raise. Training covers everything you need to know on the job, and is fairly painless.

    Cons

    Management is not accommodating whatsoever for other time commitments, especially when it comes to working holidays. I also found the hours to be a bit demanding, especially as a high school student.

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    School always comes first, please, please, please try to be more understanding when scheduling around availability issues.

    Doesn't Recommend
    No opinion of CEO
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    Fun atmosphere!

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    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee

    I have been working at Famous Dave's part-time (more than 3 years)

    Pros

    Fun, comfortable uniform, good food

    Cons

    Typical server job, nothing else

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    Value the employees more

    Recommends
    Neutral Outlook
    No opinion of CEO
  10.  

    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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    Manager

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    Current Employee - Server in Greensboro, NC
    Current Employee - Server in Greensboro, NC

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

    Pros

    Great work environment to work in.

    Cons

    Low wage for management team.

    Recommends
    Neutral Outlook
    Approves of CEO

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