Golden Corral

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Golden Corral Reviews

Updated October 27, 2014
Updated October 27, 2014
148 Reviews
2.6
148 Reviews
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Golden Corral President and CEO Ted Fowler
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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.  

    Great option for student employment

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    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee in Cookeville, TN
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee in Cookeville, TN

    I have been working at Golden Corral part-time

    Pros

    Allows employees to have lives outside of the company. I was able to attend classes full time with very minimal difficulties. Managers try to build friendly atmosphere.

    Cons

    Management definitely plays favorites. They seem to base placement in company and hours scheduled on gender and on age.

    Recommends
    Neutral Outlook
    No opinion of CEO
  2.  

    Lots of work

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    Former Employee - Grill Cook in Cincinnati, OH
    Former Employee - Grill Cook in Cincinnati, OH

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

    Pros

    Get to meet and work with a lot of great people

    Cons

    Pay stinks for the amount of work expected of you

    Doesn't Recommend
    No opinion of CEO
  3.  

    Not enough hours

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    Current Employee - Front Line in Saratoga Springs, NY
    Current Employee - Front Line in Saratoga Springs, NY

    I have been working at Golden Corral part-time (more than 3 years)

    Pros

    Co-workers were really nice and supportive.

    Cons

    Instead of giving current employees more hours, they would hire more people reducing everyone's hours.

    Doesn't Recommend
    Negative Outlook
    Disapproves of CEO
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  5.  

    Ok for part time

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    Current Employee - Hot Line Cook in Cleveland, OH
    Current Employee - Hot Line Cook in Cleveland, OH

    I have been working at Golden Corral part-time (more than an year)

    Pros

    Easy for anyone with volume cooking experience.

    Cons

    Pushy .they knew the hours I could work and always pushed me to work more.easy

    Recommends
    Neutral Outlook
    No opinion of CEO
  6.  

    It was very busy. you had to work in a fast pace.

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    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee in Margate, FL
    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee in Margate, FL

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

    Pros

    Handling drinks, cashier and Bakery was good.

    Cons

    The angry Consumers you have to do deal with and make them happy.

    Doesn't Recommend
    No opinion of CEO
  7.  

    It is what you make it.

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    Former Employee - Crewleader/Trainer in Panama City, FL
    Former Employee - Crewleader/Trainer in Panama City, FL

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

    Pros

    I was promoted quickly and frequently, as I cross-trained in every available position in the store. As I made myself available to be plugged into any position at any time, I received all the hours, and responsibility that I could handle. Then when I had a family crisis, I was given time off, and the other employees took a collection to help me cover the expenses.

    Cons

    The pace and intensity is not for everyone.

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    Profit sharing would go a long way with having your team members invest themselves in the success of daily operations.

    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    Approves of CEO
  8.  

    I couldn't take it

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    Former Employee - Baker
    Former Employee - Baker

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

    Pros

    You'll learn to cook things, which is kind of rewarding.

    They'll work with you if you have school or other commitments.

    You can eat there cheaper than everyone else.

    Solid vacation policy.

    Pretty easy to get hired.

    Cons

    Oh boy:

    Hourly rate does not reflect the level of responsibility expected of you at ALL. Upper management has some unrealistic expectations from store management/hourly employees. They're constantly pushed to see who can do the exact same job for less money. This leads to people not taking pride in the intense level of work expected of them, which leads to bad customer service, which is why this company is falling apart

    The restaurants are often, if not always, unsanitary. You may have heard of GC's recent PR disaster in 2013. This is not an isolated incident. Nor are the viral pictures of the filthy dishroom. This was an every day thing for most of us. Changing expiration dates on old food was very common to avoid penalization on our quarterly inspections.

    And finally, the work load was unreal. We were expected to keep the bar area filled to the brim with new product, meet our daily prep and production needs, and assist customers as needed. That was hard enough on its own, but then they rolled out a single serve display which we would run back and forth trying to keep full, sometimes for hours on end. All for 7.50/hr.

    I would not recommend this job to my worst enemy. Don't consider working for them unless you do not have any other (legal) options. I myself would consider government assistance before I returned to golden corral

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    Seriously? Get it together, or your company is going to collapse.

    Doesn't Recommend
    Negative Outlook
    No opinion of CEO
  9.  

    Horrible

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    Former Employee - Cashier in Cary, NC
    Former Employee - Cashier in Cary, NC

    I worked at Golden Corral full-time (less than an year)

    Pros

    Eat any day you work for $3 a week.

    Cons

    Poor managemenr. No one got along. Wasn't high school again, high schoolers have more dignity and respect.

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    At leazf act like you guys get along and stop listening ti tbe snitches who are just making things worse.

    Doesn't Recommend
    Negative Outlook
    No opinion of CEO
  10.  

    Not a great place to work

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    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee

    I have been working at Golden Corral

    Pros

    Cool people to work with. Had a lot of fun meeting new people.

    Cons

    Manager are not great. Had asked to get my schedule fixed for school and they never did.

  11.  

    Not a place to work long term.

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    Former Employee - Front Line in Colerain, OH
    Former Employee - Front Line in Colerain, OH

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

    Pros

    Not a lot to do.

    Cons

    Short hours, over-staffed, rude managers, awful customers, dirty environment.

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    Stop hiring so many people.

    Doesn't Recommend
    Neutral Outlook
    No opinion of CEO

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