Scotty's Brewhouse

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Scotty's Brewhouse Reviews

Updated February 23, 2015
Updated February 23, 2015
20 Reviews
2.7
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Scott Wise
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    Server Overview

    • Comp & Benefits
    • Work/Life Balance
    • Senior Management
    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    Current Employee - Server in West Lafayette, IN
    Current Employee - Server in West Lafayette, IN

    I have been working at Scotty's Brewhouse part-time (more than a year)

    Pros

    Scotty's has a very easy menu to learn, it is all burgers and wraps. Scotty's also brings great guests, no trashy people. The tips are awesome. Very lenient on scheduling. If you need a part time job and don't need to work often at all you will be helped out. They do have career opportunities to move up within the restaurant.

    Cons

    You tip out 3% of your sales to hosts who do nothing. The restaurant does not want to pay hosts minimum wage or anything above, so they have servers tip them out a large percentage of your tips for nothing. Literally nothing. You also have to expo, probably once a week. This would be fine if you weren't already only making $2.13 an hr plus tips because you will never see the minimum wage that this job comes with. It is pointless. They also tend to hire mostly women because that is the Scotty's environment. They do discriminate a bit on sex. They do not like to have too many guys on at a time, because pretty college girls bring guests back apparently. Males also can only wear jeans, their Scotty's T-shirt. You may purchase a pair of shorts through Scotty's for $30 though. Females can wear their jeans and Scotty's T-shirt or yoga pants, leggings, extremely short shorts, tank tops, anything that shows skin really. Yes I am being serious.

    Sidework also takes almost an hour to do and it ranges from cleaning up the drink station to cleaning bathrooms to taking out trash. There is quite a bit.

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    Think about the way this company looks to others in the way you treat workers and the special treatment given to females vs males.

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

    Slave Work

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

    I worked at Scotty's Brewhouse

    Pros

    Relaxed work environment with fun people

    Cons

    Long hours, low pay, no breaks

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    Respect employees as people and not treat them like slaves

    Doesn't Recommend
    Neutral Outlook
    No opinion of CEO
  3. 1 person found this helpful  

    Good.

    Former Employee - Server in Mishawaka, IN
    Former Employee - Server in Mishawaka, IN

    I worked at Scotty's Brewhouse part-time (less than a year)

    Pros

    The company has a good set of moral standards.

    Cons

    The serving sections were quite small when I worked there, but I hear it's gotten better.

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  5.  

    The Grass is so much greener on the otherside!

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

    I worked at Scotty's Brewhouse full-time (more than 5 years)

    Pros

    Great peers/staff to work with! Scott is a really nice person, but unfortunately his personal relationships with his leadership team has clouded his judgment in terms of finding a team who can fix the issues the company currently is dealing with in terms of sales, food, and once being the desired employer of choice just a few years ago.

    Cons

    Wrong people driving the buss at or near the top, and most are not remotely qualified to adequately perform their duties, which is why they are fading fast. Don't get me wrong, there are a few good ones, but they are not at the top. Nepotism is the underlying reason they are in the positions in the first place, and rather than find the right people to get them to the promise land, they prefer to keep their clique in tact and come up with mission statements like employees are #1. This was introduced around the same time they restructured and eventually eliminated bonus structures so they did not have to pay them, also you were expected to give your staff 6 month reviews, yet not receive one personally for over 2 years nor a raise. Also went from a great paid health insurance plan to an HSA, Yikes!

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    Quit acting like your fraternity group of leaders is the reason your company once thrived and get everyone back into serious operations. The divide between those in the "corporate" office and real operations is real and unfortunately it is as if you get a perceived "we are better than you" feel in company meetings/outings by most in your company.

    Doesn't Recommend
    Negative Outlook
  6. 1 person found this helpful  

    High expectations, low compensation.

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

    I have been working at Scotty's Brewhouse full-time

    Pros

    Great company philosophy, steady business and an awesome staff. Scotty's hires generally good people with a lot of energy who are motivated to work.

    Cons

    Mandatory 50 hour work weeks. Total disconnect between everything and everybody; Inconsistent information gets passed from managers to employees. Theories on how to run a restaurant well abound, and management puts their best foot forward, but beyond basic operations little runs well enough to keep the staff happy. I have never worked somewhere with such a disappointed and poorly paid staff. While they claim the employee is #1, truthfully, the employee is the last concern of the company. Small sections, well-below average pay for the industry in all positions and total failure from corporate to do anything in their own stores except point and make baseless recommendations on 'how to run things' so they feel like they are contributing.

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    Get it together. Don't promise potential employees things you know they won't get. If the employee obviously isn't number one, then just don't say so and it won't hurt so bad later.

    Doesn't Recommend
    Negative Outlook
    Disapproves of CEO
  7. 2 people found this helpful  

    Restaurants Run by Individuals Not Qualified to Run Restaurants

    • Comp & Benefits
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    • Senior Management
    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    Former Employee - Anonymous
    Former Employee - Anonymous

    I worked at Scotty's Brewhouse full-time (more than a year)

    Pros

    Management team I was hired into was great, but like myself the majority of them have since left the company.

    Cons

    This restaurant group is literally ran by unqualified individuals, including the owner. Business practices are shady at best. There is no sense of fiscal responsibility whatsoever and the store's management teams are undervalued and underpaid. Prior to my departure a new President came into the company. Besides his experience which was extensive he brought nothing to the company besides further reinforcing the sexist, cliquish, and altogether oblivious existing company culture. The absolute lack of understanding the fiscal reality of the company has caused its food quality, management quality, and service/staff quality to steadily diminish over the years.

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    First, be honest with yourselves (seriously, time for a reality check). Second, be honest with your store's management teams. They are the ones who can bring you back from oblivion, not clever facebook and twitter marketing and opening poorly ran store after store.

    Doesn't Recommend
    Negative Outlook
    Disapproves of CEO
  8. 1 person found this helpful  

    It is ok

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

    I have been working at Scotty's Brewhouse

    Pros

    discounts, stated company values, co-workers. There is some opportunity to move up, and the training program, if followed correctly, is awesome.

    Cons

    Upper management talks out of both sides of mouth, and example is the "Employees are #1" mantra. Big disconnect between upper management and store operations, what the reality is. Compensation is very low for the industry.

    Doesn't Recommend
    Negative Outlook
    Disapproves of CEO
  9.  

    Great place to work and create lifelong friendships!

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

    I worked at Scotty's Brewhouse full-time (more than 3 years)

    Pros

    Great smaller company that focuses on the local community. Owner is a great guy who tries to make some sort of personal connection with his staff. The community loves every location and you really get the chance to know your regulars!

    Cons

    They keep a lot of managers in place that in a normal restaurant would be let go due to lack of performance and passion. While the company is great at trying to expand sometimes they spread themselves too thin and you can tell in the quality of food and quality of management and staff they choose.

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    Keep the great employees and let go of the bad ones!! No need to keep horrible people employed when there are great people that would love to work there. Be more strict on policies.

    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    Approves of CEO
  10.  

    Former Manager

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

    I worked at Scotty's Brewhouse full-time (more than 5 years)

    Pros

    Fun atmosphere and great product. A lot of room for growth and upward movement.

    Cons

    Growing company still working out the kinks. Low Pay for Management.

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    Be managers rather than friends with staff. They will respect you more. Manage like you own the business and are driving revenue and profits instead of to be liked.

    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    Approves of CEO
  11.  

    Typical Corporate Restaurant

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

    I have been working at Scotty's Brewhouse

    Pros

    Good environment
    Good money
    Great location at Purdue

    Cons

    Penny and Dime--you have to pay a monthly fee for drinking pop in the restaurant

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    Lighten up

    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    Approves of CEO

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