Outback Steakhouse

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Outback Steakhouse Reviews

Updated September 26, 2014
Updated September 26, 2014
451 Reviews
3.5
451 Reviews
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Review Highlights

Pros
  • It use to be night hours only and could work 4-6 and make good money (in 29 reviews)

  • Flexible schedule most of the time, decent pay for those willing to work hard (in 21 reviews)


Cons
  • Low starting salaries, long hours with no breaks (in 23 reviews)

  • Can be rough shifts and late nights, but still a great starting job1 (in 10 reviews)

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  1.  

    Good job to have in college

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    Former Employee - Bartender, Key Manager  in  Atlanta, GA
    Former Employee - Bartender, Key Manager in Atlanta, GA

    I worked at Outback Steakhouse full-time for more than 5 years

    Pros

    Good money for the hours worked. Always room to grow if you decide to pursue a career in a restaurant.

    Cons

    As in every restaurant late nights can really mess up your overall sleep schedule.

    Neutral Outlook
    Approves of CEO
  2.  

    Awesome place for a first job to gain restaurant experience.

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    Former Employee - Server  in  Memphis, TN
    Former Employee - Server in Memphis, TN

    I worked at Outback Steakhouse full-time for more than 3 years

    Pros

    Great management, good people to work with, flexible hours and schedule.

    Cons

    Long hours, sometimes more work than you get paid for, customers can be challenging.

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    Upper management could spend more time getting to know who is working for them.

    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    No opinion of CEO
  3.  

    Really not bad as far as restaurants go.

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    Current Employee - Server
    Current Employee - Server

    I have been working at Outback Steakhouse part-time for more than a year

    Pros

    The managers care about guests and about employees. It's a good restaurant to hit if you are looking to work your way up in food service. Even though it's a nicer place than Chili's and the like, they don't seem to mind hiring good workers with no restaurant experience. Managers seem to really like the idea of games on shift ex. sales games for a free dinner or sports tickets, which can make the shifts fun. If you express interest in advancing in the company and are a good worker, entering management is very easy. The computers are always updated with menu changes and ringing in modifications is very easy.

    Cons

    Scheduling flexibility is a joke compared to other restaurants. They are very goal oriented when it comes to sales and it gets old fast. There is an annual unlimited shrimp special and it is the worst.

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    From the point of view of a server, upper management seems to nag the managers regularly. Even though JVPs have worked in stores and know what it's like, they seem to have a lot of distance from the store management (ex. making certain promotions be comp 2ed and then complaining about comp 2s being high).

    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    No opinion of CEO
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  5.  

    good work for someone just starting out

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    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee

    I worked at Outback Steakhouse part-time

    Pros

    fun people and great discounts on food

    Cons

    lazy coworkers and poor management

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    make all employees work the same

    Recommends
    Negative Outlook
    No opinion of CEO
  6.  

    Fun Positive teamwork!

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    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee

    I have been working at Outback Steakhouse part-time

    Pros

    Lots of fun dont have any regrets!

    Cons

    Server job / management dealing with unpleasant customers

    Recommends
    Neutral Outlook
    Approves of CEO
  7.  

    Outback has been a very flexible company that I have relied on to get me through college!

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    Current Employee - Waitress  in  Daly City, CA
    Current Employee - Waitress in Daly City, CA

    I have been working at Outback Steakhouse part-time for more than 5 years

    Pros

    I have worked at two separate Outbacks and have gained life long friends from each. One thing I love is that the company makes it very easy for you to transfer to different locations if you plan to move. Another Pro would be the flexibility. Being a student that is balancing education, work, and an internship I have been able to work around my school/intern schedule in order for me to afford all of my bills! Very thankful.

    Cons

    A con for me would have to be the fact that you are required to work all holidays. I understand that the company is open on these days and that I knew what I was signing up for when I took the job but sometimes it would be nice to get a holiday off aside from Thanksgiving (only day they are closed).

    Recommends
    Neutral Outlook
    No opinion of CEO
  8.  

    Server

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    Former Employee - Server  in  Richmond, VA
    Former Employee - Server in Richmond, VA

    I worked at Outback Steakhouse part-time for less than a year

    Pros

    Good support team, good training, reasonable schedule and work load

    Cons

    Corporate structure was too rigid

    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    No opinion of CEO
  9.  

    Very Good experience, has become more corporate minded over the years

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    Former Employee - Assistant General Manager  in  Meridian, MS
    Former Employee - Assistant General Manager in Meridian, MS

    I worked at Outback Steakhouse full-time for more than 5 years

    Pros

    Ownership mentality, great bonus program, hands on.

    Cons

    No room to think outside the box

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    Go back to the basics that got you to the top. Stop discounting and trying to play the same game as the applebees and chilis out there.

    Recommends
    Neutral Outlook
    Approves of CEO
  10.  

    Outback will take care of you if you work hard.

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    Current Employee - Manager  in  Baltimore, MD
    Current Employee - Manager in Baltimore, MD

    I have been working at Outback Steakhouse full-time for more than 3 years

    Pros

    Everyday is different, lots of room for career advancement if you want to move up, money for servers and bartenders was great. Salary for management is fair.
    They always take care of me, whether its professional or personal, everyone I have worked for has taken the time out to lend me a hand if I needed it.

    Cons

    Dealing with guests can really suck sometimes.
    Management hours can be really long.
    Corporate wants to keep making money by cutting corners and making nearly impossible goals for people working in the field.

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    Corporate needs to realize that Outback was the best casual dining restaurant at one time because they didnt care about pinching pennies. Food cost may have been a little high and labor may have been a little gluttonous but thats why people kept coming back. When you lower standards of excellence to save money you lose quality patrons. There are ways to save money but lowering standards is not the best.

    Recommends
    Neutral Outlook
    Approves of CEO
  11.  

    Great part-time job!

    Current Employee - Server/Bartender  in  Dublin, CA
    Current Employee - Server/Bartender in Dublin, CA

    I have been working at Outback Steakhouse part-time

    Pros

    I've worked for Outback throughout college and they have always accommodated my crazy schedules. Management is very flexible, coworkers are great, and you can't beat the money. They are usually good about promoting from within and schedules are performance based.

    Cons

    Long shifts and late hours, but pretty standard for most restaurant jobs.

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