Houlihan's Reviews

Updated July 14, 2015
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Houlihan's CEO Bob Hartnett
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Pros
  • If you put the effort in you will be taking home a lot of money (in 3 reviews)

  • Everything is so high-priced, how could you not make good money (in 4 reviews)

Cons
  • Some locations seemed to struggle regardless of clientele (in 4 reviews)

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  1. Good for college kid

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    • Senior Management
    Former Employee - Bartender/Waiter in Champaign, IL
    Former Employee - Bartender/Waiter in Champaign, IL

    I worked at Houlihan's

    Recommends
    Recommends

    Pros

    I really liked working there. I was a barkeep as well as a waiter. Worked up from waiter to barkeep. Made decent money and they were flexible with my school schedule.

    Cons

    Management was not always very helpful but I don't think it was their fault. At my restaurant they did not have enough managers for the amount of hours they were open and managers ended up working 60ish hour weeks on pay that did not match the hours they put in. So I don't blame them for not caring.


  2. Good Money.. Bad Management

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    • Comp & Benefits
    • Senior Management
    Former Employee - Server in Manhattan, KS
    Former Employee - Server in Manhattan, KS

    I worked at Houlihan's (More than a year)

    Doesn't Recommend
    Negative Outlook
    Doesn't Recommend
    Negative Outlook

    Pros

    Good money, Easy to learn.

    Cons

    The hours suck, the management was even worse.


  3. Flexible

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    • Senior Management
    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee

    I worked at Houlihan's full-time

    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    Approves of CEO
    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    Approves of CEO

    Pros

    Management turn over was fast...if you didn't like one of the managers, chances were you would outlast them. Employees are easy to get along with and willing to cover your shifts

    Cons

    Didn't know how to split the sections equally...some sections made great money and others madelittle money during the same shift. They often had too many people scheduled so you would come in prepared to work a shift and 20 minutes later they would send you home or you and the others had to fight to figure out who was staying and who was going home

    Advice to Management

    Even though turn over is high in restaurants maybe management shouldn't be. Overall I had a great experience working there and much more pros than cons


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  5. AGM

    Former Employee - Assistant General Manager in Fairy, TX
    Former Employee - Assistant General Manager in Fairy, TX

    I worked at Houlihan's full-time

    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    Approves of CEO
    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    Approves of CEO

    Pros

    Good people to work for and the money is good. The food is excellent and makes you proud of the company

    Cons

    Really not to much bad about the place. Probably could drop the prices just a tad


  6. Waitress

    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee

    I worked at Houlihan's

    Pros

    the amount of money you make is good

    Cons

    not very understanding about availability


  7. Not a bad place if you're in between jobs

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    • Senior Management
    Former Employee - Key/Server/Bartender in Cleveland, OH
    Former Employee - Key/Server/Bartender in Cleveland, OH

    I worked at Houlihan's (More than a year)

    Recommends
    Neutral Outlook
    No opinion of CEO
    Recommends
    Neutral Outlook
    No opinion of CEO

    Pros

    I needed a job and I needed one quick. If you have any relevant experience at all, and they need help - you'll probably get hired. I was able to quickly move from the less desirable shifts to the better shifts and sections within weeks to months. From there, I started bartending and made a decent amount of money and got off early, because they closed earlier than bar time. From there, I started working as a key hourly manager and did so-so for an hourly rate. Finally I was able to get a more stable job and get back on my desired career path. The company helped me out in a time of need.

    Cons

    Like a lot of restaurants, there were a lot of second rate managers/GM's.

    Advice to Management

    Recognize your trainers, they are your best asset. Treat them well, before they leave you and use their skills elsewhere.


  8. Interesting

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    • Comp & Benefits
    • Senior Management
    Former Employee - Waitress in Baltimore, MD
    Former Employee - Waitress in Baltimore, MD

    I worked at Houlihan's full-time (More than 5 years)

    Recommends
    Neutral Outlook
    No opinion of CEO
    Recommends
    Neutral Outlook
    No opinion of CEO

    Pros

    Co workers were nice, good money, flexible schedule decent benefits corporate was easy to get along with as well as contact, constant changes to adhere to new trends

    Cons

    Poor management , too lenient on crooked employees , location in a non busy area, no advertising to promote business, nothing else comes to mind

    Advice to Management

    Don't look the other way so much


  9. Loved it

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    • Comp & Benefits
    • Senior Management
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee

    I have been working at Houlihan's full-time

    Recommends
    Recommends

    Pros

    great management and coworkers are hardworking

    Cons

    could work on cleanliness and scheduling


  10. Not the most profesional of environments

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    Current Employee - Server in Pittsburgh, PA
    Current Employee - Server in Pittsburgh, PA

    I have been working at Houlihan's part-time (More than a year)

    Doesn't Recommend
    Neutral Outlook
    No opinion of CEO
    Doesn't Recommend
    Neutral Outlook
    No opinion of CEO

    Pros

    flexible, one or two good managers

    Cons

    treated like a child there. Not a great location

    Advice to Management

    Act like a manager, not a highschoolers


  11. Server

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    • Senior Management
    Current Employee - Server in Noblesville, IN
    Current Employee - Server in Noblesville, IN

    I have been working at Houlihan's full-time (More than a year)

    Pros

    Great environment, benefits, and employee discount. I've worked there 2 years and I've loved almost every minute of working there. My bosses are amazing and I'm very happy with my employment there

    Cons

    Long shifts, not really any rewards for being a good employee. The uniforms are ridiculous and have to wear long sleeves in the summer when it is 90 outside

    Advice to Management

    Reward for good employees



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