Margaritaville Reviews

Updated February 22, 2015
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  1. Fun atmosphere to work in, but poor management

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    Current Employee - Cocktail Waitress in Shreveport, LA
    Current Employee - Cocktail Waitress in Shreveport, LA

    I have been working at Margaritaville full-time (less than a year)

    Pros

    -Fun atmosphere to work in
    -Good benefits
    -Flexible schedule
    -Great work community

    Cons

    -Poor management in food & beverage
    -Not much consistency
    -Pay fluctuates
    -Mandatory that you work every holiday
    -Not much opportunity for career growth
    -Entertainment targets older population

    Recommends
    Neutral Outlook
    No opinion of CEO
  2. Security

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    Former Employee - Security Officer in Bossier City, LA
    Former Employee - Security Officer in Bossier City, LA

    I worked at Margaritaville full-time (more than a year)

    Pros

    Fun dealing with happy guests

    Cons

    Management has no regard for employees

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    Take care of your employees

    Doesn't Recommend
    Negative Outlook
    No opinion of CEO
  3. Dissatisfied doesn't even cover it..

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    Former Employee - Bartender in Destin, FL
    Former Employee - Bartender in Destin, FL

    I worked at Margaritaville part-time (less than a year)

    Pros

    The only pro I observed while working at Margaritaville in Destin, Fl was the overall attitude of the customers. Your customers' attitudes can really make or break your night in the service industry, and for the most part, the bar guests at Margaritaville were happy to be there enjoying the view and overpaying for a sugary margarita.

    Cons

    The cons behind the bar stem from management. The first problem are the several managers on staff as well as the "bar trainers and bar supervisors." Of these people placed in upper management, I only encountered one who had any experience working behind a bar outside of Margaritaville. Therefore, the bartenders are messy, inefficient, and excruciatingly slow. They simply don't have the experience to properly work volume.

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    Promoting from within is great for a company. However, I would advise Margaritaville to be more selective of their management (including "bar trainers") and prevent the inflated ego of your managers from driving off staff. I personally really enjoyed the customers and the location of the bar/restaurant, but you won't find many experienced bartenders (or employees in general) who are willing to be physically grabbed, berated, and snapped at like an animal.

    Doesn't Recommend
    Negative Outlook
    No opinion of CEO
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  5. Really fun company to work for (when you get to go in).

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    Current Employee - Server in Pigeon Forge, TN
    Current Employee - Server in Pigeon Forge, TN

    I have been working at Margaritaville full-time (less than a year)

    Pros

    The atmosphere inside the restaurant is fun and the music is definitely a plus! The managers are nice and when it is busy, servers have the potential to make amazing money! And they use online scheduling which can be text directly to your cell when posted.

    Cons

    They only hire part-time to begin with and then move you up into full time employment. This seems a little odd for just a serving job. There is favoritism (as there is in any restaurant). When it is slow... it is so so slow because of the location.

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    I love my job but I think the sections should be rotated more fairly. Being upstairs all the time and told not to come in at all or being first cut all the time is unreasonable to ask anyone to do financially.

    Doesn't Recommend
    Neutral Outlook
  6. 2 people found this helpful

    Restaurant Manager

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    Current Employee - Restaurant Manager
    Current Employee - Restaurant Manager

    I have been working at Margaritaville

    Pros

    They say it's a fun place to work and the benefits are great!

    Cons

    They promise you the world and then you read the fine print. This is a dying company and management has no idea how to turn it around. Case and point. It took them 10 years to revamp their outdated menu and when they did, they missed what their core customers were looking for...i.e.Good Food with a Great Value. Instead they raised prices and produced and inferior product that our competitors are putting out.

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    Fire your regional managers who are producing! You guys run off any manager that cares about the place and tries to make a difference.

    Doesn't Recommend
    Approves of CEO
  7. What a fantastic place to work.

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    Current Employee - Executive Chef in Honolulu, HI
    Current Employee - Executive Chef in Honolulu, HI

    I have been working at Margaritaville full-time (more than a year)

    Pros

    Great hourly supervisor and kitchen team!

    Cons

    General manager and AGM sat in the office for 8-10 hours a day and didn't manage the floor.

    Recommends
    Negative Outlook
  8. No ladders to climb

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    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee

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

    Pros

    I learned quite a bit about management while working as a supervisor in this job, and it's easy to hold a position once you've got it.

    Cons

    The company keeps managers and hourly staff around that can't handle their jobs, leading to no open spaces for anyone to move up... as well as undue stress and extra work put on the rest of the crew.

    Doesn't Recommend
    Neutral Outlook
    No opinion of CEO
  9. 1 person found this helpful

    Good Experience

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    Current Employee - Bartender
    Current Employee - Bartender

    I have been working at Margaritaville full-time

    Pros

    This company provides a work and lifestyle that is comfortable and flexible. The benefits are good.

    Cons

    Little to no movement for advancement within the company. Unstable management leads to chaotic work environment.

    Recommends
    Neutral Outlook
  10. Best restaurant have worked for but crazy and understaffed

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    • Senior Management
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    • Career Opportunities
    Former Employee - Manager in Honolulu, HI
    Former Employee - Manager in Honolulu, HI

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

    Pros

    *open to ideas and try new things
    *senior management know everyone's name in regular management and senior staff members not just numbers to company
    *willing to teach managers and staff new things
    * competitive company
    *recognizes success

    Cons

    mildly disorganized due to expanding too quickly
    chaotic at times

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    slow down but keep up the individuality of the styles of each venue and re-diversify the menus people dont really want to eat the same thing in every city that they go and retail (more location specific would make items sale faster stores might make sales goals each year then) of each location. I believe it will pay off in the long run loved the company and hope I see it for many more years to come.

    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    Approves of CEO
  11. Great place lots of potential

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    Former Employee - Casino Marketing in Bossier City, LA
    Former Employee - Casino Marketing in Bossier City, LA

    I worked at Margaritaville full-time (less than a year)

    Pros

    New to the area
    great benefits
    awesome potential

    Cons

    small place
    parking is not friendly
    most managers are rejects from other properties

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    Learn from your old mistakes.

    Recommends
    Neutral Outlook

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