Steak n Shake Reviews

Updated August 29, 2015
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Steak n Shake Chairman and CEO Sardar Biglari
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Pros
  • It was a good first job: flexible schedule and mostly great co-workers (in 22 reviews)

  • Flexible schedule, nice employees, discounted food when on the clock, make good tips (in 8 reviews)

Cons
  • Long long hours No personal life what so ever (in 25 reviews)

  • The back of the house staff works very hard for not much more than minimum wage, the hourly workers max out at 9 (in 19 reviews)

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  1. It's OK for what it is.

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    Current Employee - Production Associate in Carbondale, IL
    Current Employee - Production Associate in Carbondale, IL
    Doesn't Recommend
    Negative Outlook
    Disapproves of CEO

    I have been working at Steak n Shake full-time (More than a year)

    Pros

    I enjoy most of my co-workers and SOME of the management team. The work is fast paced, but relaxed and usually fun at the same time. Really this depends on which shift you are working. Pay is tied to experience and work but you can max out pretty quickly. The food is good.

    Cons

    Restaurant regularly gets bad marks from health inspectors, terrible understaffing and inconsistent training practices. If you work late nights be advised this job can be dangerous and you are subject to violence from guests and sometimes co-workers. Is it worth it? That's up to you.

    Advice to Management

    Get a grip! Start enforcing policies and stop playing favorites with your smoke and F@&% buddies.


  2. Stressful

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    Current Employee - Server in Rosemont, IL
    Current Employee - Server in Rosemont, IL
    Doesn't Recommend
    Neutral Outlook
    No opinion of CEO

    I have been working at Steak n Shake part-time (Less than a year)

    Pros

    The best thing about it, is working and going home with cash in hand instead of waiting for the paycheck to go through.

    Cons

    The absolutely worst thing about working is that we are always understaffed and not just that only. We don't leave on time.

    Advice to Management

    Hire more people


  3. Steak n shake management

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    Former Employee - Manager in South Bend, IN
    Former Employee - Manager in South Bend, IN
    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    Approves of CEO

    Pros

    Great pay! Good hours it was a great place to work

    Cons

    No vacation time which sucked


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  5. Great experience

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    • Senior Management
    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee in San Antonio, TX
    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee in San Antonio, TX

    I worked at Steak n Shake (More than a year)

    Pros

    Plenty of room to grow

    Cons

    Internal promotions lead to minimal salaries

    Advice to Management

    Continue to encourage growth


  6. Steak n Shizz

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    Former Employee - Production Associate in Centerville, OH
    Former Employee - Production Associate in Centerville, OH
    Doesn't Recommend
    Neutral Outlook
    Disapproves of CEO

    I worked at Steak n Shake part-time

    Pros

    (1) Several coworkers were friendly and upbeat. (2) This is a great job for people that are still in high school or college. The managers were flexible when it came to scheduling. Although, don't ever expect to leave directly after your scheduled shift ends. (3) There is a 40% employee discount . (4) At this store, the production area is sanitary and cleaned regularly. (5) Fast-paced

    Cons

    (1) It's not uncommon to leave anywhere from 0.5 hours to 1.5 hours after your scheduled shift is supposed to end. You will never leave on time. (2) The wages paid are extremely low for all the duties SNS expects employees to perform. Production staff should be paid at least between $10.00 to $12.00 a hour when they start the job. (3) The store was usually understaffed. (4) There is potential for injury. A coworker spilled chili that was approximately 200 degrees Fahrenheit on their arm -- they are permanently scarred for life. This was mainly due to the poorly planned layout of the production area.

    Advice to Management

    I don't have time in my schedule to be leaving a hour after my shift is supposed to end. Expecting employees to stay after their scheduled shift is over shows that you do not respect your employees' time. The wages you pay your employees are insultingly low for the duties you expect them to perform.


  7. Fast food

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    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee in Saint Louis, MO
    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee in Saint Louis, MO
    Recommends
    Positive Outlook

    I worked at Steak n Shake part-time (More than a year)

    Pros

    Quality taste cleanliness variety speed are the fine attributes of this corporation.

    Cons

    Busy tipped wages constant standing are likely unchangeable

    Advice to Management

    Correction of changeable factors. Introduce dietary menus with greater nutrition.


  8. grill

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    Current Employee - Grill Cook in Leesburg, FL
    Current Employee - Grill Cook in Leesburg, FL
    Recommends
    Negative Outlook
    No opinion of CEO

    I have been working at Steak n Shake full-time (More than 3 years)

    Pros

    Always hiring. If your full-time you have option to get insurance

    Cons

    Always end up doing a lot of other peoples work. Not enough employees to cover shifts. Getting a raise is like pulling teeth.

    Advice to Management

    Pay attention to who your good workers are and compensate.


  9. Okay job

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    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee

    I worked at Steak n Shake full-time

    Pros

    Benefits for management position, easy to move up in the company. Flexible schedule for employees.

    Cons

    No flexible scheque for nagement, little quality of life, too harsh about the drive through times, making it difficult to provide good customer service to all customers.


  10. sns

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    Current Employee - General Manager in Nashville, TN
    Current Employee - General Manager in Nashville, TN
    Recommends
    Neutral Outlook
    Disapproves of CEO

    I have been working at Steak n Shake (More than a year)

    Pros

    the company its self is fine the attiude from the top is bad

    Cons

    great food and people, the lower team member and managers work great together

    Advice to Management

    be ready to work


  11. Server

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

    Pros

    The Discounts were great!

    Cons

    Poor management, lots of moving

    Advice to Management

    Less micro managing and more helping out



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