Outback Steakhouse Reviews

Updated June 3, 2015
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Pros
  • Good money for the hours worked (in 33 reviews)

  • flexible schedule, ability to get customer service experence (in 23 reviews)

Cons
  • Long hours for not that great of pay (in 25 reviews)

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

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  1. Overall decent but not extraordinary

    • Work/Life Balance
    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    • Comp & Benefits
    • Senior Management
    Current Employee - Server in Wesley Chapel, FL
    Current Employee - Server in Wesley Chapel, FL

    I have been working at Outback Steakhouse part-time (More than 3 years)

    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    Disapproves of CEO
    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    Disapproves of CEO

    Pros

    Busy place so server money is good
    Great location
    Flexible schedule
    Great co workers that are willing to help out when you need it

    Cons

    Lack of transparency in management
    There is no set system for basic operation
    There is always some new "rule" being put in place and you are expendable

    Advice to Management

    Listen to employee complaints


  2. Server

    • Work/Life Balance
    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    • Comp & Benefits
    • Senior Management
    Former Employee - Server/Waitress in Tampa, FL
    Former Employee - Server/Waitress in Tampa, FL

    I worked at Outback Steakhouse part-time (More than 3 years)

    Doesn't Recommend
    Neutral Outlook
    No opinion of CEO
    Doesn't Recommend
    Neutral Outlook
    No opinion of CEO

    Pros

    Most of the time, you can walk away with some cash at the end of the night

    Cons

    Seniority is huge, and favoritism is active. Long hours, not enough money.


  3. Hostess

    • Work/Life Balance
    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    • Comp & Benefits
    • Senior Management
    Former Employee - Hostess in Tampa, FL
    Former Employee - Hostess in Tampa, FL

    I worked at Outback Steakhouse part-time (More than a year)

    Recommends
    No opinion of CEO
    Recommends
    No opinion of CEO

    Pros

    Good tips, fun co-workers, easy job, 50% discount on food, pretty good and positive work environment if you are doing all the things you're suppost to be doing and doing them right

    Cons

    Rude proprietor, no dying your hair any color other then black, brown, and blonde. Only one earring per ear, no facial piercing, no nails, your uniform has to be exactly like everyone else, no personal things added to it. Hair must be tied even if its short, really hard to move up to be a server.

    Advice to Management

    Consider the feelings and thoughts of your workers not only your customers


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  5. Once was something special

    • Work/Life Balance
    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    • Comp & Benefits
    • Senior Management
    Former Employee - Multiple in Tampa, FL
    Former Employee - Multiple in Tampa, FL

    I worked at Outback Steakhouse full-time (More than 10 years)

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

    Pros

    We were a family once

    Cons

    The culture has diminished indefinitely

    Advice to Management

    Bring back employee appreciation


  6. Great job for a student.

    • Work/Life Balance
    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    • Comp & Benefits
    • Senior Management
    Former Employee - Head-Waiter in Trinity, FL
    Former Employee - Head-Waiter in Trinity, FL

    I worked at Outback Steakhouse full-time (More than 3 years)

    Doesn't Recommend
    No opinion of CEO
    Doesn't Recommend
    No opinion of CEO

    Pros

    Things are simple: you keep your tables happy and management is happy. Politics can be a bit much, but that's every restaurant.

    Cons

    Management is forced to follow corporate rules. They can be quite frustrating, such as you cannot have more than 3 tables at a time - ever. Makes it hard to make a real living with 3 tables. Management tends to overstaff because they are worried about complaints to corporate.

    Advice to Management

    Let stores have more independence in policies.


  7. Helpful (1)

    It was amazing to be a part of such an iconic brand and their marketing refocus and reorganization prior to going public

    • Work/Life Balance
    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    • Comp & Benefits
    • Senior Management
    Former Employee - Marketing Manager in Tampa, FL
    Former Employee - Marketing Manager in Tampa, FL

    I worked at Outback Steakhouse full-time (More than 3 years)

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

    Pros

    Opportunity to be a part of the bigger picture conversation and bring your own thoughts and ideas to the table. Very fair compensation along with dining allowance.

    Cons

    Real or perceived favoritism. Lack of trust with direct supervisor. Loss of true local focus which was such a part of their growth.

    Advice to Management

    Don't forget what built the brand!


  8. Former 7 year employee

    • Work/Life Balance
    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    • Comp & Benefits
    • Senior Management
    Former Employee - Server in Tampa, FL
    Former Employee - Server in Tampa, FL

    I worked at Outback Steakhouse part-time (More than 5 years)

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

    Pros

    Great attitude gives you great opportunities to have fun and make $

    Cons

    Working nights can weigh on you after a while, takes a special personality to make it work.


  9. Have helped pay my way through college and allowed me to purchase a new car.

    • Work/Life Balance
    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    • Comp & Benefits
    • Senior Management
    Current Employee - Take Away in Temple Terrace, FL
    Current Employee - Take Away in Temple Terrace, FL

    I have been working at Outback Steakhouse part-time (More than 5 years)

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

    Pros

    Great training
    Discount on all Bloomin' Brands

    Cons

    No set schedule.
    Long hours on feet.
    Rude Customers.


  10. The values of which the company was based on, are drifting away.

    • Work/Life Balance
    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    • Comp & Benefits
    • Senior Management
    Current Employee - Server in Tampa, FL
    Current Employee - Server in Tampa, FL

    I have been working at Outback Steakhouse full-time (More than 3 years)

    Doesn't Recommend
    Neutral Outlook
    Approves of CEO
    Doesn't Recommend
    Neutral Outlook
    Approves of CEO

    Pros

    Discount is ok at home store, accessibility to be able to work anywhere, flexible hours, Proprietorship is a great business building tool.

    Cons

    (Take into consideration, not all stores have this issue, although it is common) Communication between management staff and floor staff, kitchens are not staffed properly.

    Advice to Management

    Communication is critical


  11. Helpful (1)

    Wonderful Company Culture

    • Work/Life Balance
    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    • Comp & Benefits
    • Senior Management
    Former Employee - General Manager in Tampa, FL
    Former Employee - General Manager in Tampa, FL

    I worked at Outback Steakhouse full-time (More than 10 years)

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

    Pros

    Great Work Enviroment
    Very skilled upper management
    Strong Principles within company

    Cons

    Long work hours, 60+ hour work weeks
    Must work holidays

    Advice to Management

    Keep up the great culture!



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