J. Alexander's Reviews

Updated April 23, 2015
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J. Alexander's Chairman, President, and CEO Lonnie J. Stout II
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Pros
  • A fast paced environment that allows for advancement to various position within the restaurant (in 4 reviews)

  • Good money, they use a matrix schedule (in 3 reviews)

Cons
  • Some of the poorest, immature managers or "coaches" I have ever worked with try to "manage" this restaurant (in 5 reviews)

  • That is the incentive of being a bartender (in 4 reviews)

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  1. Hostess

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    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee

    I worked at J. Alexander's

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

    Pros

    Learned more about fine dining, worked with amazing servers and other hosts.

    Cons

    Management, side work duties, strict uniform

  2. Pubkeeper

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    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee

    I worked at J. Alexander's

    Doesn't Recommend
    Doesn't Recommend

    Pros

    Flexible shifts, fast atmosphere, great money

    Cons

    Terrible management, high turnovers, and rude guests

    Advice to Management

    Treat staff like adults and not children

  3. Good place!

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    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee

    I have been working at J. Alexander's

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

    Pros

    Good money and set schdules

    Cons

    None that's I can really think of!

    Advice to Management

    Good

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  5. Houston's replica

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    Former Employee - Server in Houston, TX
    Former Employee - Server in Houston, TX

    I worked at J. Alexander's part-time (More than a year)

    Doesn't Recommend
    Negative Outlook
    Disapproves of CEO
    Doesn't Recommend
    Negative Outlook
    Disapproves of CEO

    Pros

    I enjoyed the people who I worked with. I am still friends with a lot of those individuals who have all taken different paths.

    Cons

    Managers make you feel like you should be lucky to have a job there.

    Advice to Management

    Empower your people.

  6. Good overall company, strict company standards.

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    Former Employee - Server/Bartender in Boca Raton, FL
    Former Employee - Server/Bartender in Boca Raton, FL

    I worked at J. Alexander's full-time (More than 5 years)

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

    Pros

    It's a great job for people who like to work in the biz. Good, easy money. You can make $600-$800 a week with 3 days off and short easy 6 hour shifts. You're always entitled a break with delicious food options for half off. You get paid vacation which is awesome (no places do that for servers) and they have insurance benefits as well as 401 K options.

    Cons

    Its very professional, you must have your uniform dry cleaned, tie perfectly tied with a perfect dimple, steamed apron, hair pulled back, clean shaven face (for men), only light colored nail polish. Like i said strict company standards. They'll do write ups for being late, definitely fire you for a no call no show. Strict rules with menus you must memorize. You have to attend wine classes occasionally. Feature your guests table side and have complete knowledge of the menu incase someone outside the restaurant comes in and tests you on your knowledge because they have "secret shoppers"

    Advice to Management

    Stop micromanaging so much, you're gonna drive everyone crazy!

  7. Good money

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    Former Employee - Server/Bartender in Denver, CO
    Former Employee - Server/Bartender in Denver, CO

    I worked at J. Alexander's full-time (More than a year)

    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    No opinion of CEO
    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    No opinion of CEO

    Pros

    set schedules, good tips, friendly coworkers. The training is very intense but pays off in the end, you will know everything you need to know to be on the floor. You will get worked a lot, in a normal restaurant as a server you will probably do about 30-40 hours a week. Here is was doing about 45-50 a week.

    Cons

    not really any cons, just long hours and the management can be over barring at times. There is really no benefits package that is worth talking about or perks for the job.

  8. Helpful (1)

    Good transition to working in higher end restaurants

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    Former Employee - Server/Bartender
    Former Employee - Server/Bartender

    I worked at J. Alexander's

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

    Pros

    Opportunity to make decent money, reasonable tip out percentage, good clientele

    Cons

    Poor management, no support staff, high turnover

    Advice to Management

    Offer more support to your staff since you do not hire bussers or food runners. Appreciate those who work hard for you.

  9. Fun

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    Former Employee - Server
    Former Employee - Server

    I worked at J. Alexander's

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

    Pros

    Great People and Great Clients

    Cons

    None really. You have to be ready to work.

    Advice to Management

    Thanks for your help.

  10. Hostess

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    Current Employee - Hostess in Englewood, CO
    Current Employee - Hostess in Englewood, CO

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

    Recommends
    Neutral Outlook
    Recommends
    Neutral Outlook

    Pros

    The pay is good for a restaurant

    Cons

    It's becoming to relaxed and the servers could carless.

    Advice to Management

    Get back to the basics and be tougher on awful servers, hosts

  11. Helpful (1)

    Absolutely horrendous!

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    Current Employee - Server in Denver, CO
    Current Employee - Server in Denver, CO

    I have been working at J. Alexander's

    Doesn't Recommend
    Negative Outlook
    Disapproves of CEO
    Doesn't Recommend
    Negative Outlook
    Disapproves of CEO

    Pros

    Nothing positive to say. A huge waste of time and energy to get through their BS corporate training.

    Cons

    The company does not care about the guest just how much they will spend and how quickly they leave. Atrocious management. Extremely rude coworkers!

    Advice to Management

    Grow up and hire experienced good people. Not immature recent 4 year graduates on power trips. Treat people the way you would like to be treated!

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