Golden Corral

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Golden Corral Reviews

Updated February 24, 2015
Updated February 24, 2015
171 Reviews
2.5
171 Reviews
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Review Highlights

Pros
  • Occasionally they gave you free food (in 9 reviews)

  • Have a lot of fun meeting new people and ensuring a good experience (in 6 reviews)


Cons
  • Working long long hours, little time for quality of life (in 7 reviews)

  • managers are bad, work a lot of hrs no breaks (in 5 reviews)

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  1.  

    None

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    Current Employee - Golden Corral in Shreveport, LA
    Current Employee - Golden Corral in Shreveport, LA

    I have been working at Golden Corral

    Pros

    Responsable, punctually, watchful, careful, organized.

    Cons

    When I worked at American Ranger could not have a beard.
    All I got were temporary jobs

    Recommends
    Neutral Outlook
  2.  

    I was cold choice prep person

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    Former Employee - Cold Choice Prep Person in Loveland, CO
    Former Employee - Cold Choice Prep Person in Loveland, CO

    I worked at Golden Corral part-time (less than a year)

    Pros

    I liked the managers and the employees and customers, I liked doing prep work, I liked the staff I worked with

    Cons

    Closing at night, parking so far away, preparing the roast beef pans, running out of product, not being able to do work faster

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    I would like to come back as a server or cashier . I am better now

    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
  3.  

    IT was a great environment to work in and I would recommend it to anyone.

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    Former Employee - Waiter in Universal City, TX
    Former Employee - Waiter in Universal City, TX

    I worked at Golden Corral

    Pros

    I loved the flexible work schedule and how friendly the managers were to me. It was definitely a good place for a part time job.

    Cons

    The tasks are often tedious and mundane. Also, quite often I would have to deal with rude customers.

    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    Approves of CEO
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  5.  

    for high school or college kids ,you can't feed a family with the hours they give you

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    Former Employee - Crew Member/Grill Cook in Palatka, FL
    Former Employee - Crew Member/Grill Cook in Palatka, FL

    I worked at Golden Corral

    Pros

    you eat good if you work over your shift

    Cons

    bad attitudes from employees who've been there awhile

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    out with the old and in with new

    Doesn't Recommend
    Negative Outlook
    Disapproves of CEO
  6.  

    They only care that there is someone with a pulse

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    Former Employee - Server/Crew Leader in Denver, CO
    Former Employee - Server/Crew Leader in Denver, CO

    I worked at Golden Corral full-time (more than 3 years)

    Pros

    Good tips, when they feel like it.

    Cons

    They don't take care of their people.

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    Don't treat us like robots

    Doesn't Recommend
    Negative Outlook
    No opinion of CEO
  7.  

    Mostly Positive

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    Former Employee - Cashier in Mesa, AZ
    Former Employee - Cashier in Mesa, AZ

    I worked at Golden Corral part-time (more than a year)

    Pros

    Great teamwork, Positive Environment, Fast-Paced, and Fun.

    Cons

    Some people don't take it seriously enough

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    Hire people for their intelligence and work ethic rather than just their smile...

    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
  8.  

    it's okay

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    Current Employee - Cashier in Houston, TX
    Current Employee - Cashier in Houston, TX

    I have been working at Golden Corral part-time (less than a year)

    Pros

    can't think of any really

    Cons

    pay and people can be a pain

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    Don't be so lazy

    Recommends
    Neutral Outlook
  9.  

    Decent place if you only have little experience and are willing to suck it up

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    Former Employee - Manager in Anderson, SC
    Former Employee - Manager in Anderson, SC

    I worked at Golden Corral full-time (more than 5 years)

    Pros

    • complimentary meal during work or off as a manager within franchise group
    • great choices of food
    • not a fast food
    • if you were an awesome kitchen staff, you could get raises until you were getting paid commensurate to line cooks at various full-service restaurants. $10-15/hr. But you had to really perform unparalleled level of excellence. I had 4 people that were making $38k as a hourly emp. Awesome

    Cons

    • zero room for advancement, you stay as a manager unless you get to be a GM, That's it.
    • punishing hours: I was told to work 5-12 hrs a day but that was minimum. It was standard practice to only get one day off or work open to close (7:30-11/12pm)
    • we used to measure the capability of a manager by how many position he/she can work and close: I used to close :salad bar, front line, help with bakery and hot bar.
    • most pay you measly base salary of $28000/yr and rest is made up by monthly/period bonus off of controllable products on P&L, generally came out to a little less or equivalent to base salary.
    • you were on call even on your days off
    • zero quality of life. Minimum 12 hr day means, you work 14 in reality.
    • we used to hire tons of illegal Hispanics but that is becoming difficult with E-verify.
    • GM truly made the business. I've worked with one whom would truly do right by everyone. I've also worked for one that would pregnate servers, purposely short orders to run only low costing food on the bar etc but he was a golfing buddy with the franchise owner, "untouchable".
    • corporate Golden Corral in Raleigh, NC had slowly been losing touch. They continue to drive high cost items that do not translate to foot traffic while forcing pricy remodels. Franchises actually had a meeting boycotting Corporate last year or so to get them to understand daily operations.
    • it's a physical and demanding "manhandling-the-business style job" not your Olive Garden or Other Casual restaurants. Be ready not to see your family.
    • lack of benefits: some franchises make you get your own and cut you a heck for 50%-75% of premium for it. Obviously there are no dental, vision, sick days, personal days, paid leave, stock options or 401K. It is almost like working a part time hourly job with Affordable Care Act.
    • most of these are franchised, you will rarely see a corporate operated restaurant.

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    While you destroyed Ryana' you have let that lead to complacency.
    Irrelevant corporate menu and programs without much marketing support has increased the operating costs which only hurts that work the restaurants daily. Tighter labor/productivity goal will only lead to more frustration.
    PR is also tricky, it had become a symbol of typical Americal Oppulancy with mediocre offerings. I am not sure how to change that without significant change to business model

    Doesn't Recommend
    Negative Outlook
    Disapproves of CEO
  10.  

    A Horrible Place To Work

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    Former Employee - Waitress
    Former Employee - Waitress

    I worked at Golden Corral

    Pros

    There are no positives to working for this company. maybe the measly paycheck you receive.

    Cons

    Disrespectful and unprofessional management is what I encountered while working at Golden Corral. You also work along side some terrible employees who dislike their job and let's the world know. The pay here is dismal at best. The cleanliness of this establishment is questionable, I am not sure how they pass inspections.

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    Not everything is about the bottom line.

    Doesn't Recommend
    Negative Outlook
    Disapproves of CEO
  11.  

    Miller Lane,Vandalia OH...Run and don't look back. This store is falling apart literally. Do not care who they hurt.

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    Former Employee - Front Line and Server in Vandalia, OH
    Former Employee - Front Line and Server in Vandalia, OH

    I worked at Golden Corral

    Pros

    Cs is outstanding and servers will go out of their way to help you.

    Cons

    Mangmnt does not care or follow up w complaints letting it fall on shoulders of servers. Also u will never see a manager smile.

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    Care about your staff and customers

    Doesn't Recommend
    Negative Outlook
    Approves of CEO

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