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Red Lobster Reviews

Updated August 20, 2014
Updated August 20, 2014
488 Reviews

3.4
488 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 35 reviews)

  • friends for life, Benefits ,401K, opportunities for advancement (in 12 reviews)


Cons
  • If you want money you have to work long hours (in 24 reviews)

  • 4 table stations to ensure guests get what they want then 1 year later changing back to 3 table stations (in 13 reviews)

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Employee Reviews

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  1.  

    TERRIBLE EXPERIENCE- Lubbock

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    Former Employee - Server  in  Lubbock, TX
    Former Employee - Server in Lubbock, TX

    Pros

    None. By far the worst place I have ever worked

    Cons

    No challenges I can think of. Relatively easy job despite dealing with obnoxious and snobby managers. The GM is sarcastic and rude. Made
    sexual remarks often. Made me feel extremely uncomfortable and unwelcome at work. An employee should not dread going to work because of awful employers.

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    The GM needs to watch what he says to employees and customers. Has an awful personality to be a General Manager of a company. The rest of the managers are just as rude and all treat employees with little to no respect what so ever.

    Doesn't Recommend
    Negative Outlook
    No opinion of CEO
  2.  

    Discrimination

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    Former Employee - Line Cook  in  Jonesboro, AR
    Former Employee - Line Cook in Jonesboro, AR

    Pros

    None......The leadership is lacking and never around when you need them unless you are getting yelled at

    Cons

    No chain of command follow up, poor training

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    Get new jobs

    Doesn't Recommend
    Negative Outlook
  3.  

    awful FOH manager

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    Former Employee - Hostess  in  North Little Rock, AR
    Former Employee - Hostess in North Little Rock, AR

    Pros

    paid weekly was nice
    the GM and kitchen mananger were the best

    Cons

    the FOH manager was always rude and so was the head host, they loved getting others in trouble
    I had a family emergency and the FOH would not let me come back and has told potentional employers not to hire me

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    none

    Doesn't Recommend
    Negative Outlook
    Disapproves of CEO
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  5.  

    Company doesn't care about you!!

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    Former Employee - Server  in  McDonough, GA
    Former Employee - Server in McDonough, GA

    Pros

    Met some great people and networked a lot. Darden also had some good benefits like weekly pay and discount Sprint cell service.

    Cons

    No loyalty to good employees. When Darden wanted to change the game up from buss boys to service assistants many people were laid off and long time servers (including myself) were taken off the floor for three months to be an SA. My income was cut in half and I struggled to pay bills. I had been serving with them for over a year with little to no guest complaints.

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    Have a heart and remember real people work for the company. Every decision affects people's lives.

    Doesn't Recommend
    Negative Outlook
    Disapproves of CEO
  6.  

    Server

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    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee

    Pros

    great food, pretty busy and steady

    Cons

    horrible hourly, too many duties not involved with actual serving

    Doesn't Recommend
    Neutral Outlook
  7.  

    No plan. No vision. No Strategy. No Future

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    • Career Opportunities
    Current Employee - General Manager  in  New York, NY
    Current Employee - General Manager in New York, NY

    Pros

    Good base salary and benefits.

    Cons

    Director level and above are a clueless boys club.

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    Eliminate RVPs and DOs. Run restaurants and not large scale organizations

    Doesn't Recommend
    Negative Outlook
    No opinion of CEO
  8.  

    "Server"

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    Former Employee - "Server"  in  Greenville, NC
    Former Employee - "Server" in Greenville, NC

    Pros

    NONE!!! They hire you for one position and then train you for something else.

    Cons

    I was hired as a server and was always a server assistant

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    CLOSE THE DOORS

    Doesn't Recommend
    Negative Outlook
    Disapproves of CEO
  9.  

    They think they control your life.

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    Former Employee - Sever  in  Toms River, NJ
    Former Employee - Sever in Toms River, NJ

    Pros

    Decent money, friendly coworkers, minimal benefits.

    Cons

    Terrible management, don't let you take vacations, only take care of their "favorites".

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    Loosen up, let the employees take care of their respected jobs and success will follow

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

    Not the best

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    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee

    Pros

    corporate benefits food coworkers atmosphere

    Cons

    corporate management uniform customers fatty food

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    delegate

  11.  

    not good

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    Current Employee - Server/Bartender  in  Coeur d'Alene, ID
    Current Employee - Server/Bartender in Coeur d'Alene, ID

    Pros

    there is nothing good to say

    Cons

    all downsides to working at red lobster

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    Hire better management

    Doesn't Recommend
    Negative Outlook
    Disapproves of CEO

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