Steak n Shake Reviews

Updated July 29, 2015
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Steak n Shake Chairman and CEO Sardar Biglari
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. Great advancement opportunity and a decently run company

    • Work/Life Balance
    • Career Opportunities
    • Comp & Benefits
    • Senior Management
    Current Employee - Service Trainer in Columbus, OH
    Current Employee - Service Trainer in Columbus, OH

    I have been working at Steak n Shake

    Recommends
    Approves of CEO
    Recommends
    Approves of CEO

    Pros

    Easy to advance to management. In the right stores you can make big bonuses and get strong recognition. Keeping your current stuff is important, turnover is relatively low compared to most places. Most employees have a strong relationship within the store. Management and employees work together well. Managers ACTUALLY work! They are VERY understanding when it comes to time off and medical issues.

    Cons

    Sometimes you can be really slow and not make much money as a server at all. Certain managers that transfer can create problems when they try to change things. If you suck at what you do you get black booked instead of helped. On drive thru you truly don't make enough. Sometimes as a manager you work ungodly hours and make not nearly enough.

    Advice to Management

    Offer Managers bigger salaries and keep the incentives you have for your employees. They have become great with the point system and bonus system for regular employees.


  2. Great Experience

    • Work/Life Balance
    • Career Opportunities
    • Comp & Benefits
    • Senior Management
    Current Employee - Restaurant Manager in Tampa, FL
    Current Employee - Restaurant Manager in Tampa, FL

    I have been working at Steak n Shake

    Recommends
    Approves of CEO
    Recommends
    Approves of CEO

    Pros

    Full benefits on day 1. I got the salary I asked for. I have a 5 day work week and If I pick up any extra shifts I get paid for those days on top of my salary. Bonus is easily achievable. Im very pleased to be working there!

    Cons

    Insurance is ok but could be better. I have great hourly employees who have poor benefits and absolutely no raises in pay regardless of tenure.


  3. Great first job for teenagers

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

    I worked at Steak n Shake full-time (More than 5 years)

    Recommends
    Neutral Outlook
    Approves of CEO
    Recommends
    Neutral Outlook
    Approves of CEO

    Pros

    $$$, flexible schedule, coworkers, food

    Cons

    Uniform, A lot of extra little jobs

    Advice to Management

    Keep it up!


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  5. Great atmosphere, flexible hours, perfect first job.

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

    I have been working at Steak n Shake part-time (More than 5 years)

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

    Pros

    Great company to work for, positive environment, proper training. Hours flexible around school scheudle. Open 24 hours Great opportunities for advancement

    Cons

    Majority of income depends on tips. Pay could be very inconsistant from month to month. Menu and job procedures change frequently.


  6. Grill Cook

    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee

    I have been working at Steak n Shake

    Pros

    Easy,fast,job, location, good co workers

    Cons

    low pay, need advancements, need a raise

    Advice to Management

    upgrade your pay from 7.25 for grill cook


  7. I love it.

    • Work/Life Balance
    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    • Comp & Benefits
    • Senior Management
    Current Employee - Cashier/Server in Biloxi, MS
    Current Employee - Cashier/Server in Biloxi, MS

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

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

    Pros

    Very flexible schedule, close to home, paying for school, meeting new people, fair manager, customers are nice and friendly. Never a dull moment, Love the people I work with

    Cons

    With it being a new store the tips aren't that great right now, but im sure they will pick up soon. Sometimes we get the occasional drunk due to being in the Casino.


  8. Helpful (2)

    Management

    • Work/Life Balance
    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    • Comp & Benefits
    • Senior Management
    Current Employee - District Manager in Memphis, TN
    Current Employee - District Manager in Memphis, TN

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

    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    Disapproves of CEO
    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    Disapproves of CEO

    Pros

    Good salary with industry standard benefits

    Cons

    Hands on leadership styles are best and casual dinning managers have difficulty adjusting.

    Advice to Management

    Be prepared to work hard


  9. Helpful (1)

    Terrible. Just terrible. Stay away.

    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee

    I worked at Steak n Shake

    Pros

    none besides knowing not to ever eat there

    Cons

    too many to think or even begin to write

    Advice to Management

    Fire everyone. Again.


  10. Helpful (2)

    Disorganized & stressful, abusive coworkers&management does very little to accomodate schedule changes.

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

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

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

    Pros

    Discounted meals. That's about it.

    Cons

    Often forced to skip break (minor), abusive coworkers, doesn't accommodate schedule changes, no training

    Advice to Management

    Train better and get rid of coworkers deemed abusive! If you had customers leave due to the way that an associate spoke, THAT should tell you something!


  11. Server

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

    I worked at Steak n Shake

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

    Pros

    Nice management nice coworkers easy

    Cons

    Not enough money location of buissness

    Advice to Management

    Nothing I like my managment team



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