Lucky Strike Lanes

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Lucky Strike Lanes Reviews

Updated September 8, 2014
Updated September 8, 2014
26 Reviews
3.0
26 Reviews
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  1.  

    Industry love

    • Comp & Benefits
    • Work/Life Balance
    • Senior Management
    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    Current Employee - Bartender
    Current Employee - Bartender

    I have been working at Lucky Strike Lanes part-time (more than an year)

    Pros

    Room for growth.
    Face paced environment.
    Great coworkers.

    Cons

    Management plays favorites.
    Way too corporate.

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    Don't play favorites.

    Approves of CEO
  2. 1 person found this helpful  

    Good money for little work

    • Comp & Benefits
    • Work/Life Balance
    • Senior Management
    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    Current Employee - Control Desk
    Current Employee - Control Desk

    I have been working at Lucky Strike Lanes part-time (more than an year)

    Pros

    Control desk is one of the few positions that is required to stay when it is slow, so you will always get your hours. Sometimes can make more money than servers. Nice management, although there is favoritism. Flexible scheduling. Freedom with appearance.

    Cons

    favoritism is obvious and is reflected in the schedule. Corporate often makes changes that hurt business. So much freedom sometimes servers give awful service because they do not take the job seriously (I mean the uniform is a tank top, fishnets and a pleated skirt, hard to take that seriously sometimes)

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    Stop jacking up prices, business has nose dived (at least at our venue). Also our new drink menu only has 10 dollar drinks? That is going to seriously limit who is going to buy off them.

    Recommends
    Neutral Outlook
    No opinion of CEO
  3. 1 person found this helpful  

    Good at First..............

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    • Senior Management
    • Career Opportunities
    Former Employee - General Manager
    Former Employee - General Manager

    I worked at Lucky Strike Lanes full-time (more than 3 years)

    Pros

    Good Big Box experience
    Fun. Met some good people who I still have relations with

    Cons

    Too much senior management turn over
    Turn over of senior management halts upward promotion
    Ownership should be less involved

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    Hire a CEO and let them him/her run the company
    Cut down on turn over

    Doesn't Recommend
    Negative Outlook
    Disapproves of CEO
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  5. 2 people found this helpful  

    Started out great. Ended on a bad note.

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    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    Former Employee - Server/Bartender in Houston, TX
    Former Employee - Server/Bartender in Houston, TX

    I worked at Lucky Strike Lanes part-time (more than an year)

    Pros

    On busy nights it was great money especially during the holiday season with so many big corporate parties. It was a fun face paced environment for the most part

    Cons

    I started working there when they first opened. In the beginning management was great and so was the clientele but after about two years everything seemed to deteriorate. Management changed and became more scattered and unprofessional. The clientele changed dramatically to a more ghetto crowd and great tips became more scarce. The Holiday season wasn't quite as good as it was previously

    Doesn't Recommend
    Neutral Outlook
    Approves of CEO
  6. 1 person found this helpful  

    Get a clue..

    • Comp & Benefits
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    • Senior Management
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    • Career Opportunities
    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee

    I worked at Lucky Strike Lanes full-time

    Pros

    None come to mind..

    Cons

    Terrible interview process, easy decisions took days sometimes weeks, management has no idea what they are doing or where the company is going. If you watch the "Undercover Boss" episode not one thing has changed since that episode aired in 2010.

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    To start, fix all the problems you found during the "Undercover Boss" episode. That's just the tip of the iceberg.

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

    I gained a sense of family working here, and it was sad to move to a location where I could not transfer.

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    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    Former Employee - Server in New York, NY
    Former Employee - Server in New York, NY

    I worked at Lucky Strike Lanes full-time (more than 3 years)

    Pros

    Atmosphere was great and if you worked hard, you would be awarded with better shifts and better sections. At the end, the management team was strong and organized.

    Cons

    A lot of management turnover in the beginning - we had like 4 GMs in 2 years. After that, it settled down. Pay was not great for any salaried or hourly position - I demoted myself back to serving at one point because I was making more money than when I was running $100k+ events.

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    Thanks for helping Lucky reach its potential as a true high-end, but fun, environment.

    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    Approves of CEO
  8. 1 person found this helpful  

    Very poorly run at the executive level and not attuned to the day to day issues within the venues. Terrible politics.

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    • Senior Management
    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    Former Employee - General Manager in Los Angeles, CA
    Former Employee - General Manager in Los Angeles, CA

    I worked at Lucky Strike Lanes full-time (more than an year)

    Pros

    A few good people are still trying to be successful in spite of a terrible culture and high turnover, decreasing sales and constant "penny-wise, pound-foolish" approach.

    Cons

    GMs turnover regularly. No training program for managers. Hand them the keys and let them go for it.

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    Many people have tried to share information with the owner to no avail.

    Doesn't Recommend
    Negative Outlook
    Disapproves of CEO
  9.  

    Great company

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    • Senior Management
    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    Current Employee - Management
    Current Employee - Management

    I have been working at Lucky Strike Lanes full-time (more than 8 years)

    Pros

    Solid management structure. Great leadership at the top. Cool place to learn and grow in the restaurant industry. Fast paced, hip culture that has a great focus on operations

    Cons

    None that I can think of

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    Keep up the great work and growth!!

    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    Approves of CEO
  10. 1 person found this helpful  

    Sad to Report, Lucky Strike is a Horribly Managed Company!

    • Comp & Benefits
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    • Senior Management
    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee in Bellevue, WA
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee in Bellevue, WA

    I have been working at Lucky Strike Lanes

    Pros

    Free bowling
    Nice venues
    Positive Environment (especially at first)
    Versatile Venue that can accommodate large groups of people. Children's birthdays, Family parties, Bachelor/ette parties, and corporate parties/even full buyout.

    Cons

    Worst "health insurance" benefit plans, read the fine print, these plans are not even legally insurance.

    Human Resources? Nonexistent. HR is your GM contacting the HR person at

    Corporate and Regional Management is understaffed, unorganized, vague, and clueless about each of the venues. They rely on venues GM and Sales team to hear anything. Store management is sneaky. They are all connected together from the past and deliberately put into the position. No checks and balance in regulating the employees and the management.

    Everyone is honestly too terrified to give FEEDBACK in fear of under cover retaliation. Starts out with scheduling, less hours, bad sections, and broken promises.

    This company DOES cares only about it's public image, hence going on Undercover boss (in reality no one has seen or heard of the supposed programs and changes the CEO promised on the show) Absolutely no follow thru on promises that were made since the tv show and it's publicity. This company has zero savings, investments , and they will do anything to avoid a lawsuit or negative publicity, even if it means to let go of the most talented and loyal employees if they are accused of anything. LUCKILY LUCKY STRIKE HAS HIGH TURNOVER! Very entertaining because this company is going no where.

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    Read above.

    Doesn't Recommend
    Negative Outlook
    Disapproves of CEO
  11. 1 person found this helpful  

    great concept, great ceo, but overall doesn't have a lot of growth opportunity

    • Comp & Benefits
    • Work/Life Balance
    • Senior Management
    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee

    I worked at Lucky Strike Lanes full-time

    Pros

    good people, fun venues, great service and food

    Cons

    no 401K, long hours, tough to maintain work/life balance

    Approves of CEO

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