Red Lobster

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Red Lobster Reviews

Updated January 30, 2015
Updated January 30, 2015
614 Reviews
3.4
614 Reviews
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Review Highlights

Pros
  • Flexible schedule, it's usually easy to pick up extra shifts or to give shifts away (in 33 reviews)

  • Flexible Hours, Pay Somewhat Relative to Work Ethic, Opportunity for Growth (in 26 reviews)


Cons
  • Sometimes you will have to work long hours, even if you'd rather not (in 28 reviews)

  • Endless Shrimp could be a little more organized (in 12 reviews)

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  1.  

    Not bad

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    Former Employee - Server/Bartender in Fort Wayne, IN
    Former Employee - Server/Bartender in Fort Wayne, IN

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

    Pros

    Not a bad place to work for a bartender/server. Decently priced dishes = decent tips. Didn't take any benefits at the time, but benefits nontheless

    Cons

    Can be very regimented in terms of how to approach customers to the point of being silly. You're not really free to feel out the customer and approach them based on that.

    Recommends
    Neutral Outlook
    No opinion of CEO
  2.  

    Awesome experience

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    • Career Opportunities
    Former Employee - Host in Aurora, CO
    Former Employee - Host in Aurora, CO

    I worked at Red Lobster

    Pros

    Great benefits. Awesome co-workers. Friendly management. Overall a great first job.

    Cons

    There aren't very many cons to working at red lobster. Awesome place.

    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    Approves of CEO
  3.  

    Great Environment

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    • Career Opportunities
    Current Employee - Server in Newport News, VA
    Current Employee - Server in Newport News, VA

    I have been working at Red Lobster part-time (more than 3 years)

    Pros

    Wonderful management, always supportive. Great chemistry within the crew. Very polite and lighthearted environment. Conveniently located supplies and simple POS system. With prior experience, serving can be a breeze and very enjoyable. They also like to promote and cross train their employees.

    Cons

    It's a busy restaurant so there may be 18-20 servers on at one time. A lot of bobbing and weaving in the kitchen and waiting in line to do tasks.

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    Keep up the great execution of the company's core and values.

    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    Approves of CEO
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  5. 1 person found this helpful  

    It was an ok experience.

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    Current Employee - Server
    Current Employee - Server

    I have been working at Red Lobster part-time (less than a year)

    Pros

    Descent money if you're on your game.

    Cons

    They will demote you in a heart beat at certain locations

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    You should come up with a better training program.

    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    Approves of CEO
  6. 1 person found this helpful  

    Started good then could not do the hours

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    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee

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

    Pros

    Got along with the guys in the kitchen did learn a lot more got a good pay every week.

    Cons

    the hours they put me on for a college student was not that well especially on weekends. Could not work my way up to different positions because positions were always filled sometimes showed favoritism and lack of strong managers

    Doesn't Recommend
    No opinion of CEO
  7.  

    Not a bad starting server job

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    Former Employee - Server in Gilbert, AZ
    Former Employee - Server in Gilbert, AZ

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

    Pros

    Great way to gain some experience in the industry
    pretty good tips for starting out.
    management was understanding and helpful

    Cons

    Unreliable amount of business
    too many old people eat there and are poor tippers
    there was a lot of drama at my location

    Recommends
    Neutral Outlook
    No opinion of CEO
  8.  

    Corporate company but great organization!

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    Former Employee - Service Professional in Dayton, OH
    Former Employee - Service Professional in Dayton, OH

    I worked at Red Lobster

    Pros

    Hire and promote from within
    Advancement opportunities
    Flexible hours

    Cons

    Have to work Weekends and holidays
    Clientele

  9. 1 person found this helpful  

    Room for improvement

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    Former Employee - Host in Dublin, OH
    Former Employee - Host in Dublin, OH

    I worked at Red Lobster

    Pros

    The people I worked with were fantastic! I loved going into work. Most of the managers were good. (Emphasis on most).
    The work itself wasn't too hard at all, in fact I'd say it was fairly easy.

    Cons

    One of the managers absolutely sucked. She was the reason about half our staff quit (including myself). She was disrespectful, passive aggressive, and talked about other staff members behind their back.

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    Fire the bad manager, you know who she is. I'm actually disappointed that the General manager still hasn't seen how terrible she is even after half her staff has left her. I guess the staff isn't that important after all.

    Doesn't Recommend
    Negative Outlook
    No opinion of CEO
  10.  

    Good learning experience

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    Former Employee - Culinary Professional Red Lobster in Raleigh, NC
    Former Employee - Culinary Professional Red Lobster in Raleigh, NC

    I worked at Red Lobster part-time (more than 3 years)

    Pros

    Good hours and decent pay. Meal discounts and good structure.

    Cons

    Some employees are not competent to do their jobs and the good ones have to carry the weight.

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    Pay a little more for more qualified employees.

    Recommends
    Neutral Outlook
    Approves of CEO
  11.  

    Great Company

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    Former Employee - Hostess in Lexington-Fayette, KY
    Former Employee - Hostess in Lexington-Fayette, KY

    I worked at Red Lobster

    Pros

    Fast Pace! Good Money. Meal discounts

    Cons

    Sunday's are long and brutal

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    Walk the talk

    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    Approves of CEO

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