Red Lobster Reviews

Updated April 27, 2015
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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. Great first job with lots of opportunity to move up.

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    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee

    I worked at Red Lobster

    Pros

    great money if working in a tipped position
    easy to move up from being a host, to tipped positions like bussers and servers
    opportunity to advance from a job like hosting to management

    Cons

    extremely hectic work
    always very busy
    customers could be mean but that's just how the service industry is
    usually required that you work on weekends

    Advice to Management

    I thought that management was very good, but while working as a host, they made changes that made our jobs more difficult than they needed to be and did not listen when we tried to tell them that.

  2. Server

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    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee

    I worked at Red Lobster

    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    Recommends
    Positive Outlook

    Pros

    Environment is fun, meeting people to work on networking skills

    Cons

    A little I organized

    Advice to Management

    Organization and motivation

  3. Helpful (1)

    Best college job!

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    Current Employee - Server
    Current Employee - Server

    I have been working at Red Lobster part-time

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

    Pros

    This is the best college job I could have ever had. I have been able to make way more than minimum wage and I can now talk to anyone about anything. If you like talking to people, it's a great place to work.

    Cons

    Managers are often promoted from within...I have had my fair share of AWFUL managers.

    Advice to Management

    When your employees express that there are issues with how managers treats the staff, please listen and take them seriously :)

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  5. Culinary Prep & Baker

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    Current Employee - Cook and Culinary Pro in Colonial Heights, VA
    Current Employee - Cook and Culinary Pro in Colonial Heights, VA

    I have been working at Red Lobster full-time

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

    Pros

    Great benefits; Great environment for team work and great management

    Cons

    Scheduling may vary from week to week

    Advice to Management

    Listen to under-management when their suggestions are logica

  6. cleaning experience for many years

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    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee

    I have been working at Red Lobster full-time

    Recommends
    Neutral Outlook
    Recommends
    Neutral Outlook

    Pros

    gain experience, meet new people, in a positive environment

    Cons

    People attitudes, bringing negativity to work place and bringing personal life in work place

    Advice to Management

    Make sure you know what you are doing and stay positive and humble

  7. I enjoy working for this company because the managers were very nice and acceptable.

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    Current Employee - Hostess in Jacksonville, FL
    Current Employee - Hostess in Jacksonville, FL

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

    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    Recommends
    Positive Outlook

    Pros

    Good Pay
    Nice Hours
    Excellent Food

    Cons

    There are not any pros since I have been working there.

  8. Great

    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee

    I worked at Red Lobster

    Pros

    loved it, great place to work

    Cons

    no cons at all. it is great

  9. Awesome

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    Current Employee - Director of Operations in North Sacramento, CA
    Current Employee - Director of Operations in North Sacramento, CA

    I have been working at Red Lobster full-time

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

    Pros

    Afforded my family a great life

    Cons

    Restaurant business can be stressful

    Advice to Management

    Be a leader, not a manager

  10. Server

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    Current Employee - Server in Marion, IL
    Current Employee - Server in Marion, IL

    I have been working at Red Lobster part-time

    Recommends
    Negative Outlook
    Approves of CEO
    Recommends
    Negative Outlook
    Approves of CEO

    Pros

    50% discount on food when you're working, 25% for you and up to 6 others when you're not working

    Cons

    no incentive to move up. I am a certified trainer, and you don't get paid more for training, unless you're book training. The problem is: You spend 85% of your time training on the floor, making measly server wages.

    Advice to Management

    PAY YOUR TRAINERS BETTER. or something....

  11. Working here was a great experience for me and working in a restaurant showed me what it was like to work quickly.

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    Former Employee - Alley Coordinator in Muskegon, MI
    Former Employee - Alley Coordinator in Muskegon, MI

    I worked at Red Lobster part-time

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

    Pros

    It's fun, you make friends, you plate food quickly, you move a lot. It teaches you how to get food out in under a certain amount of time. You get to make quality food for respective people.

    Cons

    It's cramped, there's always someone in your way. People yelling, people getting angry, people fighting.

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