Red Lobster Reviews

Updated June 26, 2015
782 reviews filtered by
  • Any Location
  • Any Job Title
  • Full-time
  • Part-time
Employment Status

Reset
3.3
Rating Trends
Recommend to a friend
Approve of CEO
Red Lobster CEO Kim Lopdrup
Kim Lopdrup
253 Ratings

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)

More Pros and Cons

782 Employee Reviews

Sort: Popular Rating Date
  1. Manager

    • Work/Life Balance
    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    • Comp & Benefits
    • Senior Management
    Current Employee - Service Manager in Mechanicsburg, PA
    Current Employee - Service Manager in Mechanicsburg, PA

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

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

    Pros

    It has givin my family and I a secure foundation financially. I can usually alter my schedule around family activities and appointments.

    Cons

    You work a minimum of 50 hours per week. You schedule is pretty inconsistent and can run more than 7 days in a row at 10 hours a day on your feet.

    Advice to Management

    A great career for anyone with a hospitality background or culinary. The company is based on some great values and supports quality of life.


  2. Culinary manager

    • Work/Life Balance
    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    • Comp & Benefits
    • Senior Management
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee

    I have been working at Red Lobster full-time

    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    Recommends
    Positive Outlook

    Pros

    -The loyal guests.
    - lots of change right now, exciting to be a part of Red Lobster as it has transitioned away from Darden and watch it take on the life of its own -which the brand deserves.

    Cons

    Always having to explain to people that Red Lobster is not closing.

    Advice to Management

    If you are not passionate about the industry that you are in, then management is not for you. It is a balancing act of industry specific challenges and PEOPLE, which can get stressful.


  3. Waitress

    • Work/Life Balance
    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    • Comp & Benefits
    • Senior Management
    Current Employee - Seafood Expert in San Antonio, TX
    Current Employee - Seafood Expert in San Antonio, TX

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

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

    Pros

    Flexible scheduling, Enjoyable work environment, friendly staff who have the potential to become friends

    Cons

    Management is slightly disorganized, need more communication overall


  4. Is this helpful? The community relies on everyone sharing – Add Anonymous Review


  5. Server

    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee

    I worked at Red Lobster

    Pros

    Able to make a very good salary with just tips.

    Cons

    Too much side work at end of shift. After a long shift just want to go home.

    Advice to Management

    No side work


  6. manager

    • Work/Life Balance
    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    • Comp & Benefits
    • Senior Management
    Former Employee - Manager in Wilkes-Barre, PA
    Former Employee - Manager in Wilkes-Barre, PA

    I worked at Red Lobster full-time (More than 10 years)

    Pros

    The bonus was a pro. Job security if you would do your job correctly . I worked with some very good managers.

    Cons

    The shifts you would work and when. Close, mid and open shifts. I worked with some bad managers. If you work hard for years and aren't promoted due to prefect and not based on your performance .

    Advice to Management

    I was in management. So no advice.


  7. Great Company to work for

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

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

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

    Pros

    I have been with Red Lobster for more than 3 years now and have loved it. The money is great and the management treats their employees great! Also great benefits available.

    Cons

    In order to move forward with the company it takes alot of work in order to get through MTI (at least in my area), which could be a downside to those looking to progress in to management sooner


  8. Hostess

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

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

    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    Recommends
    Positive Outlook

    Pros

    Good Pay, Good Bosses, Clean, Easy

    Cons

    Bad Hours
    Dinner rushes are stressful


  9. Great company

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

    I worked at Red Lobster full-time (More than 5 years)

    Recommends
    Neutral Outlook
    Approves of CEO
    Recommends
    Neutral Outlook
    Approves of CEO

    Pros

    great company to work for, offers insurance to part time employees

    Cons

    management brought morale down. no communication within management, constantly on a power trip.

    Advice to Management

    comunicate


  10. Bartender/Server

    • Work/Life Balance
    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    • Comp & Benefits
    • Senior Management
    Former Employee - Server/Bartender in College Station, TX
    Former Employee - Server/Bartender in College Station, TX

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

    Recommends
    Neutral Outlook
    Approves of CEO
    Recommends
    Neutral Outlook
    Approves of CEO

    Pros

    If you weren't making money then they let you go home. Great people, very much a family atmosphere. Lots of hands on help from co-workers and management. Easy to get regulars.

    Cons

    Definitely a seniority aspect, like many restaurants, the co-workers who worked there the longest always got what they wanted and easily used new people to their advantage. In the slower months you definitely need to be the only person working or find another part-time job. Side-work was either extremely easy or insanely difficult. Very poor spiel.

    Advice to Management

    We all know they have more accountability now, but since most management are former team members, they should be more understanding.


  11. Server; Great College Job

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

    I worked at Red Lobster (More than a year)

    Negative Outlook
    Negative Outlook

    Pros

    Good way for college students to make a modest income while pursuing their degrees.

    Cons

    No room to promote or advance from within. If you're a server, you're a server. That's that. Go to college.



Showing 782 of 785 reviews
Reset Filters
RSS Feed </> Embed

Your response will be removed from the review – this cannot be undone.