McAlister's Reviews

Updated March 24, 2015
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Pros
  • 30% discount is food and free drinks is nice, though free food would be nicer (in 6 reviews)

  • Flexible scheduling, free tea, and close to home locations are some of the good things about working at a McAlister's Deli (in 4 reviews)

Cons
  • You get minimum wage for doing more work than the average (in 14 reviews)

  • Low pay for the amount of work you will have to do (in 5 reviews)

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  1. I was an excellent, fast-paced hard worker and everytime i put on my uniform and went to work i gave it my all.

    Former Employee - Lead Cook in Southaven, MS
    Former Employee - Lead Cook in Southaven, MS

    I worked at McAlister's (more than 3 years)

    Pros

    ability to meet new people and get the drift of a fast paced work environment also prepare you for the next challenge.

    Cons

    when other people come to work with their personal problems and take it out on the hard worker

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    they should focus on the whole staff instead of watching one persons flaws and help when needed

  2. Entry Level

    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee in Knoxville, TN
    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee in Knoxville, TN

    I worked at McAlister's

    Pros

    Easy, work with your schedule, great for teenagers in school.

    Cons

    Mindless work, repetitive, no opportunity for advancement.

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    Don't talk negatively about your job to lower level employees.

    Recommends
  3. Treated me well

    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee

    I have been working at McAlister's

    Pros

    Flexible, work with your schedule.

    Cons

    Training procedures could be better

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  5. Good people to work with.

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    • Career Opportunities
    Former Employee - Cook in Myrtle Beach, SC
    Former Employee - Cook in Myrtle Beach, SC

    I worked at McAlister's part-time (more than a year)

    Pros

    Good people and good experience

    Cons

    Poor pay, people that were there for years never made more than minimum wage.

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    Give your hard working employees that have time with the company a small raise every now and then.

    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
  6. Busy, but can be fun.

    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee

    I have been working at McAlister's

    Pros

    Flexible with student schedule, fun environment on University of Houston campus, discounted food.

    Cons

    Management always changing, no training program

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    Provide some proper training

    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    No opinion of CEO
  7. Hell's kitchen

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    Former Employee - Shift Leader in Louisville, KY
    Former Employee - Shift Leader in Louisville, KY

    I worked at McAlister's full-time (more than a year)

    Pros

    Good food and good customers. Good starting job.

    Cons

    No tips. Insane overwork (I'm talking 45-50 hour weeks as a 18-year-old student when I requested much less than that). low pay. Always shortstaffed, and what staff we did have slacked off and didn't do much of their sidework, leaving the store dirty and for others to blame.

    >During the holidays this last year, one of my jewish coworkers wanted to put up a menorah, since we had a Christmas tree up to display in the store. Management immediately denied her request and she was put down and scolded like a dog. McAlister's has *no* cultural/religious tolerance.

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    Make stores hire more workers - regular employees *cannot* keep being overworked with 10 hour shifts every weekday while others work 2-3 hour shifts every other day. Management at my store was the absolute worst I have ever dealt with. Higher pay; people have bills to pay, and they can't do that working $7.25/hour. Enforce cleaning and sidework administration.

    Doesn't Recommend
    Negative Outlook
    No opinion of CEO
  8. There was hardly any hours for the teenagers working there

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    Former Employee - Cashier in Owasso, OK
    Former Employee - Cashier in Owasso, OK

    I worked at McAlister's

    Pros

    They were nice and laid back

    Cons

    Barely any work hours, they send people home within 5 minutes and we end up needing the people

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    Don't hire more people if you can't give them hours

    Doesn't Recommend
    Neutral Outlook
    No opinion of CEO
  9. good

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    Former Employee - General Manager
    Former Employee - General Manager

    I worked at McAlister's

    Pros

    good training, good energy, professional with plenty of resource material

    Cons

    constantly changing, lower pay, poor execution on certain plans and rewards

    Recommends
    Neutral Outlook
    Approves of CEO
  10. Terrible environment.

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    Current Employee - FOH in Richmond, KY
    Current Employee - FOH in Richmond, KY

    I have been working at McAlister's part-time (less than a year)

    Pros

    Very relaxed work, management is a joke. Come and go at your own discretion.

    Cons

    Managment- The general manager is a nightmare.
    Buisness-very slow, go in to work for one or two hours to be sent home.
    Equipment- if its not broken its about to break

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    This store is a mess.

    Doesn't Recommend
    Negative Outlook
  11. Don't do it

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    Current Employee - Shift Manager
    Current Employee - Shift Manager

    I have been working at McAlister's full-time (more than 5 years)

    Pros

    Great people to work with good hours

    Cons

    Poor in store management need more employees that show up for work

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    If people don't show up for work fire them if they don't work while there fire them

    Doesn't Recommend
    Neutral Outlook
    No opinion of CEO

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