Granite City Reviews

Updated October 21, 2014
Updated October 21, 2014
28 Reviews
3.3
28 Reviews
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  1.  

    A challenging and rewarding place to work.

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    • Career Opportunities
    Former Employee - Dishwasher/Prep Cook
    Former Employee - Dishwasher/Prep Cook

    I worked at Granite City part-time (less than an year)

    Pros

    This is a place where if you work hard, have patience, and help others, you will be recognized and rewarded. The wages are definitely above market standards, and there are frequent opportunities for growth within the restaurant and the business. The benefits are also a great perk, including medical insurance, paid vacations, and employee discounts (the food and beer here is ridiculously good, you'll want to use them).

    Cons

    The work here can definitely be very challenging and physically demanding at times especially on nights and weekends. I worked with two dishwashers who claimed they were accustomed to high-volume but by the end of the night they were sorely mistaken. You will need exceptional patience, an agile body, and a bright attitude to work here.

    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    No opinion of CEO
  2.  

    Pretty Good but Ultimately Worth the Money

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    Current Employee - Host in Kansas City, MO
    Current Employee - Host in Kansas City, MO

    I have been working at Granite City part-time (more than an year)

    Pros

    You get paid above minimum wage and as a host/hostess the job is easy
    Flexible hours

    Cons

    Not a place where you can move up the ladder, you are pretty much stuck as a host until you want to become a server but that's about it

    Recommends
    Neutral Outlook
    Approves of CEO
  3.  

    Pleasant

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    • Career Opportunities
    Former Employee - Server in Fargo, ND
    Former Employee - Server in Fargo, ND

    I worked at Granite City part-time (more than 5 years)

    Pros

    Fun atmosphere and coworkers. Great Food!

    Cons

    upper management needs to listen

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    listen to what your customers and employees are saying

    Recommends
    Neutral Outlook
    Approves of CEO
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  5.  

    Not bad

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    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee

    I have been working at Granite City

    Pros

    The best thing about serving here is the quick cash you receive... Great for getting those bills payed.

    Cons

    Unfortunately as with any serving position there simply is very little growth potential.

  6.  

    Great people, not-so-great employee benefits

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    • Career Opportunities
    Former Employee - Hostess in Peoria, IL
    Former Employee - Hostess in Peoria, IL

    I worked at Granite City part-time (more than an year)

    Pros

    Great atmosphere and people to work with. Decent discounts and good pay.

    Cons

    No incentives for some employees at all when others are receiving large bonuses

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    Incentivize employees more. All of them, not just some.

    Recommends
    Neutral Outlook
    No opinion of CEO
  7.  

    Fun place to work

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    • Career Opportunities
    Former Employee - Server in Sioux Falls, SD
    Former Employee - Server in Sioux Falls, SD

    I worked at Granite City part-time (more than an year)

    Pros

    The food is awesome and very fresh. Kitchen is super clean. It's a restaurant that you can take pride in your work. It's always nice to bring friends and family in as they are always impressed with the staff, food, management, and overall atmosphere.

    Cons

    Flexibility is usually pretty good, but sometimes schedule changes are with no notice. Sometimes I don't want just the in-house brewed beers. With there was more fun weekend brunch items, specials, or promotions!

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    It was always nice to see corporate staff in the restaurant. They should visit more often. Never take away the Chicken Caesar Chalupa!

    Recommends
    Neutral Outlook
    Approves of CEO
  8.  

    people are cool; job is kinda miserable

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    • Career Opportunities
    Former Employee - Server
    Former Employee - Server

    I worked at Granite City part-time (less than an year)

    Pros

    the people are cool--*relatively* drama-free and fun to hang out with. training is intense and they expect a lot of their servers, which does prepare you to be an awesome server. you get a nice break during the day, if you're working a double, so you're not completely exhausted at the end of the day.

    Cons

    you don't make money unless you're a closer. they over-staff and rushes are extremely short. so lots of people get cut after a relatively short period of time. kinda a "take it or leave" atmosphere and that's a hard pill to swallow when you're hardly making anything. for the average server (not closer), you make about $20-$40 at lunch and $20-$60 at dinner, on average days. they have a very high turnover rate because a lot of people leave. there's a ridiculous amount of sidework to do. they don't seem to have many opportunities for promotion, so there isn't tons of incentive to do better. overall, the feeling you get when you walk in the door is "how little am i going to make today?"

    Doesn't Recommend
    Negative Outlook
    Disapproves of CEO
  9.  

    I was very miserable here

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    Former Employee - Server in Lyndhurst, OH
    Former Employee - Server in Lyndhurst, OH

    I worked at Granite City part-time (less than an year)

    Pros

    If it's busy, the pay is ok.
    The building is kind of cool and it's in a good location.
    Some of the coworkers.

    Cons

    Management is distant and aloof.
    Kitchen is very poorly ran, it's sometimes difficult for food to come out right.
    Cleveland just isn't responding well to this location and business is slow, which less money in our pockets.
    Corporate is too restrictive.
    Management treats you like children.

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    We are all adults who work here, treat us like it.
    Also, get to know us a little better. Lighten up.

    Doesn't Recommend
    Negative Outlook
    Disapproves of CEO
  10.  

    Server

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    • Senior Management
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    Current Employee - Server
    Current Employee - Server

    I have been working at Granite City full-time (more than 5 years)

    Pros

    Good Money, Causal yet "polished" in atmosphere and menu selection. Easy to sell food because it's mostly very tasty. Fun staff to work with.

    Cons

    It's a serving job so no benefits. Mangement changes frequently. Hours and money isn't always consistent. Lots of young employees so the drama can be high.

    Recommends
    Neutral Outlook
    Approves of CEO
  11.  

    not bad

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    • Work/Life Balance
    • Senior Management
    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    Current Employee - Server in Toledo, OH
    Current Employee - Server in Toledo, OH

    I have been working at Granite City part-time (more than an year)

    Pros

    money is good if you are good. Management treats us like family

    Cons

    corporate doesn't take care of the building well

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    push corporate to invest in stores

    Recommends
    Neutral Outlook
    No opinion of CEO

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