Red Lobster Reviews

Updated September 3, 2015
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Red Lobster CEO Kim Lopdrup
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Pros
  • Flexible schedule, fun coworkers (in 33 reviews)

  • Flexible hours, easy to work during college (in 26 reviews)

Cons
  • If you want money you have to work long hours (in 28 reviews)

  • endless shrimp, terrible clientele and promos (in 12 reviews)

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  1. server

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    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Doesn't Recommend

    I worked at Red Lobster full-time

    Pros

    Family enviroment while at work, great general manager, flexible hours and great location.

    Cons

    The last few years the management selection went down the drain and the employees were not very happy at all. Customer service dropped due to uncomfortable situations presented by managers that did not click with the rest of the crew.

    Advice to Management

    Keep up the good work and don't lower your management standards because it will sure affect back of the house and front of the house.


  2. Fun staff and management

    Former Employee - Server in Denton, TX
    Former Employee - Server in Denton, TX
    Recommends

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

    Pros

    I've worked at a couple restaurants and this was one of the better ones. They follow a system and don't overload you with tables so you can do your job effectively and actually talk to your customers. Dinner shifts make good tips as most tickets are over $100. After shift work is minimal and easy. Good managers and good people to work with.

    Cons

    It's waiting tables, so there's that.

    Advice to Management

    Communicate with your staff like your one of them not above them, they respond well to that method.


  3. Basic Review

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    Current Employee - Host in Perrysville, OH
    Current Employee - Host in Perrysville, OH
    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    Approves of CEO

    I have been working at Red Lobster (Less than a year)

    Pros

    Depending on the location you can receive quick training to find a position that fits your enjoyment If you can perform well you will receive more hours

    Cons

    Depending on the location the management can be picky on what they want you to do

    Advice to Management

    When an employee asks to be trained elsewhere, do it! If the employee enjoys what he is doing he will give the customers better service and be a more friendly person


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  5. Server

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    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    Approves of CEO

    I worked at Red Lobster part-time

    Pros

    Great place to work! Delicious food! I worked for about 8 years with no regrets!

    Cons

    Management needs a little improvement. There should be put in place a guideline that all managers in all restaurant should follow.

    Advice to Management

    Other than that, managers are always there to help out when in needs of help. I met a lot of great leaders while working at Red Lobster.


  6. Culture

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    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Doesn't Recommend
    Neutral Outlook
    No opinion of CEO

    I have been working at Red Lobster part-time

    Pros

    Contribute to a team environment in an effort to provide a lasting relationship with a diverse clientele. The company provides a plethora of opportunities for career advancement.

    Cons

    Working in the food and beverage industry requires much time dedicated to holidays and weekends. This leaves little time with loved ones and friends.

    Advice to Management

    Lead by example. Employees will only work as hard as their supervisors. Continue to properly train and educate all employees .


  7. Server

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    Former Employee - Server in El Paso, TX
    Former Employee - Server in El Paso, TX
    Recommends
    Neutral Outlook
    Approves of CEO

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

    Pros

    Very easy to make money. Managers generally work with your schedule. Good job for students looking to make extra cash.

    Cons

    Have to work weekends and holidays to make enough money. Summers can get very slow and wont pick up until endless shrimp.

    Advice to Management

    Help servers and employees succeed by helping with side work when they are too busy. Don't comp meals for any small complaint.


  8. You get what you take out of it.

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    Current Employee - Server in Lincoln, NE
    Current Employee - Server in Lincoln, NE
    Recommends

    I have been working at Red Lobster full-time (More than 8 years)

    Pros

    Excellent coworkers. Management is very helpful and want to see you succeed.

    Cons

    Long hours. Guests are retarded half the time. Only 2.13/hr which doesn't even cover taxes.


  9. good company

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    Current Employee - Alley Coordinator in Bay City, MI
    Current Employee - Alley Coordinator in Bay City, MI
    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    Approves of CEO

    I have been working at Red Lobster full-time (Less than a year)

    Pros

    this is a great company to work for with lots a rom for advancement

    Cons

    i really do not have anything bad to say about theis

    Advice to Management

    promote from within instead of bringing outside managers in


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    Red Lobster

    Current Employee - Hostess in Sacramento, CA
    Current Employee - Hostess in Sacramento, CA

    I have been working at Red Lobster (Less than a year)

    Pros

    If you're a people person, you will love this job.

    Cons

    There is no sitting in this job unless you're on break, other wise you will be standing and running round the whole time.


  11. Bad management

    Current Employee - California in San Jose, CA
    Current Employee - California in San Jose, CA

    Pros

    -fun co-workers -everyone is like a family -shifts go by fast -lots of biscuits to eat

    Cons

    -managers abuse their power -politics -terrible scheduling -high turnover -too much sidework for servers



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