Steak n Shake Reviews

Updated July 26, 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. Loved it

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    • Senior Management
    Former Employee - Team Leader in Hamilton, GA
    Former Employee - Team Leader in Hamilton, GA

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

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

    Pros

    Customers, co-workers, bosses, hours, and pay all made it wonderful!!

    Cons

    a lot of greasy stained clothes, but it could be worse

    Advice to Management

    Stay cool!


  2. Corporate bs

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    • Senior Management
    Current Employee - Waiting Staff in Saint Louis, MO
    Current Employee - Waiting Staff in Saint Louis, MO

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

    Doesn't Recommend
    Negative Outlook
    Disapproves of CEO
    Doesn't Recommend
    Negative Outlook
    Disapproves of CEO

    Pros

    No one cared what you did as long as you served your tables what they wanted without us having them complain and get something free or quit on the spot. Eat whatever you want go out to the dumpster to smoke whatever you want, whenever you want no one cared. IF you do happen to get fired its pretty easy to get rehired cause they're ussually desperate for someone who knows what theyre doing. Co workers were just about all pretty cool, we all worked together to get all the tables served when we had huge rushes (often we were right next to a theme park) half price on the food you actually pay for. Prime people watching op. Just about all classes of people end up at sns.

    Cons

    We were right down the road from a six flags, and corporate never allowed the managers to schedule more people than a normal business days need and everyone was constantly held at least and hour past your scheduled time literally every time. Everything there was really cheap and broke a lot. A lot of times during rushes while we're understaffed (always understaffed) the food would take forever and people would walk out often or not pay after getting it and servers lose the tip.

    Advice to Management

    Just do the best you can. Learn every station so you can jump in when when your employees need you. Two of my managers did and they're literally the reason a group of half of the employees didn't flat out quit.


  3. Ok

    • Work/Life Balance
    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    • Comp & Benefits
    • Senior Management
    Current Employee - Stay At Home Mom in Daytona Beach, FL
    Current Employee - Stay At Home Mom in Daytona Beach, FL

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

    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    Recommends
    Positive Outlook

    Pros

    I liked the tips and that my meal was half price

    Cons

    They never told me when milkshakes were up so they would melt.

    Advice to Management

    Don't leave ice cream coolers open maybe lower temperature.


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  5. Fun at first but you'll eventually hate it

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    Former Employee - Fountain Operator in Santa Monica, CA
    Former Employee - Fountain Operator in Santa Monica, CA

    I worked at Steak n Shake part-time

    Doesn't Recommend
    Neutral Outlook
    No opinion of CEO
    Doesn't Recommend
    Neutral Outlook
    No opinion of CEO

    Pros

    Fun job at first, teamwork atmosphere, decent amount of hours during peak season (spring- summer)

    Cons

    Low pay for amount of work, understaffed, managers didn't know what they were doing

    Advice to Management

    Reward hard work and don't just promote your friends


  6. Good Starter Job

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    • Senior Management
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee

    I have been working at Steak n Shake

    Recommends
    Neutral Outlook
    No opinion of CEO
    Recommends
    Neutral Outlook
    No opinion of CEO

    Pros

    Employee Discount, Nice Co-Workers, Positive attitude during non-busy times

    Cons

    Poor management, long hours, low pay, not much room for advancement, paid under minimum wage

    Advice to Management

    Hire more managers and raise the pay rate.


  7. Steak n sucks

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    • Comp & Benefits
    • Senior Management
    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee

    I worked at Steak n Shake

    Doesn't Recommend
    Doesn't Recommend

    Pros

    I don't think there is anything good about working at Steak 'n Shake. It is a fast food establishment that treats their employees poorly.

    Cons

    Smelling like grease. Ignorent management. Thankless. One time I was called at one in the morning about stealing a customer's wallet. I would never do something like that


  8. Server

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    • Career Opportunities
    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee

    I worked at Steak n Shake

    Pros

    Had good co-workers for the most part. Loved the shakes and food. Was my first serving job.

    Cons

    The food is not that expensive so you have to turn your tables fast to get high tips.


  9. The place is always packed, which makes my job a little hard. Despite the intensity, best job ive had so far.

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    Current Employee - Fountain Worker in Las Vegas, NV
    Current Employee - Fountain Worker in Las Vegas, NV

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

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

    Pros

    The steak n shake i work at is in the south point casino. Meaning that i work for steak n shake but also get the benefits for being an employee of the south point (i.e. Paid vacation days, discounts, edr, etc.).

    Cons

    Starting, the fountain workers (people who make the milkshakes) get paid $11.55. Not bad at all for a burger joint. But compared to all of the other positions like cooks and servers we make the least. The fountain gets just as busy as the grill if not more because theres always at least 5 or 6 cooks on the line where as fountain will be lucky to have 4 people on the line. Most of the time its just 3 workers making milkshakes. The servers get a little less than us hourly, but with all the tips they end up making more than the cooks which make like $14 or 15 something an hour. Not to mention the hostesses which make $15 an hour for just sitting people and standing there.

    Advice to Management

    Theres needs to be waaay more consideration for the shake crew. We deserve better pay rates and a bigger work area. I swear im getting clausterphobia from working so close to my coworkers everyday.


  10. Review

    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee

    I have been working at Steak n Shake full-time

    Recommends
    Recommends

    Pros

    Its a fun culinary experience

    Cons

    The hot grease burns


  11. Paid for college education

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    • Career Opportunities
    • Comp & Benefits
    • Senior Management
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee

    I have been working at Steak n Shake

    Doesn't Recommend
    Positive Outlook
    Disapproves of CEO
    Doesn't Recommend
    Positive Outlook
    Disapproves of CEO

    Pros

    Worked with me throughout sporting and college schedules

    Cons

    Under appreciated at times and non competitive pay for employees

    Advice to Management

    Negotiate



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