Famous Dave's
3.2 of 5 67 reviews
www.famousdaves.com Minnetonka, MN 1000 to 5000 Employees

Famous Dave's Reviews

Updated Mar 27, 2014
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John F. Gilbert III

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47% of employees recommend this company to a friend
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Review Highlights

Pros:
  • "Family Oriented and fun to work at"
    in 4 reviews
  • "Good money, feels like you are getting paid to hang out with you friends, very fun, opportunities to grow within company"
    in 4 reviews
Cons:
  • "Franchise versus corporate mentality seems detrimental to positive results"
    in 4 reviews
  • "Home Office, Area Directors, General Managers, Guests & Menus"
    in 3 reviews
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great time

Waiter (Former Employee)
Duluth, MN

I worked at Famous Dave's part-time for more than a year

Prosgood manegers. great service. lots of benifets and as my first job i got many great experiances. plus really hot waitresses :)

ConsI really did not like the fact that there was a clear seperation between management and others. lots of the managers were not very nice

Advice to Senior Managementmore management training

Yes, I would recommend this company to a friend

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Interesting at best

Assistant General Manager (Former Employee)
San Jose, CA

I worked at Famous Dave's full-time for more than 3 years

ProsI really enjoyed the people I worked with there.

ConsThe work-life balance was not what was portrayed during the interview/hiring process.

Advice to Senior ManagementNeed to be more sensitive to people with special needs

No, I would not recommend this company to a friend

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Ran like a circus

Bartender (Current Employee)
Springfield, MO

I have been working at Famous Dave's part-time for more than a year

ProsWas able to pay my bills.

ConsCould not hold managers for more than 1 year.
Training staff was a joke, half-a** performance from employees.
No consistency shown.
Disrespectful staff.

Advice to Senior ManagementDo not show favoritism towards employees.

No, I would not recommend this company to a friend – I'm not optimistic about the outlook for this company

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It was fun

Hostess (Former Employee)
Overland Park, KS

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

Prosdiscounts on food, fun environment

Conslazy workers, not paid enough

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Used to be "Famous"

Server (Former Employee)
Kansas City, KS

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

ProsGood food, fun atmosphere, and a usually busy

ConsCorporate slowly took over and eliminated everything personal about this company

Advice to Senior ManagementAllow each store the independence it needs to retain that personal feel

No, I would not recommend this company to a friend – I'm not optimistic about the outlook for this company

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I worked part-time for multiple summers at Famous Dave's doing hosting, catering, to-go cashier, and the inventory truck

Anonymous Employee (Current Employee)

I have been working at Famous Dave's

ProsManagement was pretty good. They are lenient and try to help you get the schedule you want. There was a very flexible working environment and I worked with many easygoing people.

ConsMany of the servers that I worked with tended to complain a lot. Also, management would often over staff in which case everyone suffered in making money

Advice to Senior Managementdon't hire idiots

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Means to an end for students.

Waitress (Current Employee)

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

Pros-Servers for the most part were fun and engaging.
-Managers were flexible with hours and it was easy to pick up extra shifts when needed.
-Usually got out when your shift ended, with exception to very slow or very busy days.

Cons-Management based on who liked who, not who was competent.
- A lot of gossip.
-Company did not place a required tip for tables of 8 or more. This continuously meant that servers were under tipped for large bills.

Advice to Senior ManagementChange the tipping requirement. I understand it means slightly higher taxes, but you are a large chain restaurant and it makes it easier for customers and servers. (Especially since servers depend on tips due to the extremely small server base pay)

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Great experience

Kitchen Manager (Former Employee)
Reno, NV

I worked at Famous Dave's full-time for more than 3 years

ProsVery fast pace, catering must have own department.

ConsNot enough training for catering and running the front of house.

Advice to Senior ManagementNot to have one Manager run every thing .

Yes, I would recommend this company to a friend

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No respect for employees' life.

Server (Former Employee)
Portland, OR

I worked at Famous Dave's part-time for more than a year

ProsGreat people to work with. Other than a couple managers with pompous attitudes.

ConsNo respect for work/life balance. The only restaurant I ever worked for that didn't respect your availability and requested time off.

Advice to Senior ManagementRealize that your employees have lives outside of work. Learn to speak with respect.

No, I would not recommend this company to a friend

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Corporate Level great, Franchisee Not

Anonymous Employee (Current Employee)

I have been working at Famous Dave's full-time for more than a year

ProsBrisk Business at that time, great crew. Corporate training was impressive along with corporate values

ConsPoor upper management by franchise company

No, I would not recommend this company to a friend – I'm not optimistic about the outlook for this company

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