Steak n Shake Reviews

Updated April 26, 2015
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  1. Can be chaotic but have encountered many good hard working people. enjoyed the people and co workers. will come back to

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    Current Employee - General Manager in Elizabethtown, KY
    Current Employee - General Manager in Elizabethtown, KY

    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

    benefits, salary, vacation time for management. Pretty steady work and always busy. Friendly repeat customers who are a joy to take care of.

    Cons

    can be extremely chaotic at times. can feel alot of stress from ill ran shifts creating stressful enviroment. but overall not so bad.

    Advice to Management

    corporate management is extremely clueless when it comes to store level day to day business. fix what you already have before you continue to open other stores that will fall into the same cycle.

  2. Training General Manager

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    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee

    I have been working at Steak n Shake full-time

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

    Pros

    Great people to work with! Regular guests are an added bonus

    Cons

    Above store leaders! Incompetent managers remain employed due to the points recieved for turnover

  3. Helpful (1)

    Good Experience

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    Former Employee - Server in Darien, IL
    Former Employee - Server in Darien, IL

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

    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    Recommends
    Positive Outlook

    Pros

    For a my first serving job it was good experience so that eventually I can move on to bigger and better things. While the pay wasn't the best, the tips were. If you can be a decent server and stay on your customers good side this job will just be a fun and interactive experience.

    Cons

    The pay absolutely sucked and at the steak and shake I was employed at we were the hostess, server, bust boy, and cashier. We were always tired because we had to do everything without forgetting about our customers in the process.

    Advice to Management

    Make sure you have enough employees because having 2 servers cover the entire restaurant is unacceptable.

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  5. long hours , little support

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    • Senior Management
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    Current Employee - Restaurant General Manager
    Current Employee - Restaurant General Manager

    I have been working at Steak n Shake

    Doesn't Recommend
    Neutral Outlook
    Approves of CEO
    Doesn't Recommend
    Neutral Outlook
    Approves of CEO

    Pros

    salary is good that is about it

    Cons

    long hrs, poor staffing, little support

    Advice to Management

    vist your stores more often see what is really happening

  6. Helpful (2)

    Meh

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    Former Employee - Grill Associate in Kalamazoo, MI
    Former Employee - Grill Associate in Kalamazoo, MI

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

    Doesn't Recommend
    Neutral Outlook
    Doesn't Recommend
    Neutral Outlook

    Pros

    It was a job, and I didn't have to think at all.

    Cons

    High turnover, always had to stay late, always really busy, many incompetent employees. Also it got pretty messy and smelly back in the kitchen. So much grease.

    Advice to Management

    Close the damn restaurant on holidays. Minimum wage employees already suffer enough. Christmas at a fast food restaurant all day is awful.

  7. Helpful (1)

    Loved it

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    Former Employee - Waitress in Midwest City, OK
    Former Employee - Waitress in Midwest City, OK

    I worked at Steak n Shake

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

    Pros

    You got to meet alot of new people

    Cons

    You get to meet alot of unfriendly people

    Advice to Management

    Pay the waitresses more, even though they get tips, tips sometimes isn't enough to live off of.

  8. Made awesome money,super stressful

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    Former Employee - Server in Lansing, MI
    Former Employee - Server in Lansing, MI

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

    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    Recommends
    Positive Outlook

    Pros

    Worked with good people, made great money with no tip out, met interesting people. Good starting place for serving

    Cons

    Very stressful. They expect servers to everything. Hectic work place. Overbearing corporate expectations.

    Advice to Management

    Get out there and help more. Be more involved! Also get with the times. Dress code policy is rediculous.

  9. Helpful (1)

    Horrible

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    • Senior Management
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    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee

    I worked at Steak n Shake

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

    Pros

    The food was good but just overrall bad

    Cons

    Just horrible place for work

    Advice to Management

    Not really just sucked I hated it

  10. Helpful (1)

    Productions worker

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    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee

    I have been working at Steak n Shake

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

    Pros

    Good coworkers, free food, and high wages if you're a waiter. Everybody always has something to do. Average restaurant job. If you learn everything in the kitchen and service, you'll have a high chance to become manager.

    Cons

    Gets too busy sometimes (like any restaurant), managers are inconsistent with their rules, ridiculous uniform that you have to buy with the exception of the bow and apron, really a slap in the face... Bad hours too.

    Advice to Management

    We're not slaves, at least show concern to us employees instead of constantly rushing us, and not even telling us to go to break, offering us food, or even approachable...

  11. Good money, great local leadership, CEO is a crook.

    • Comp & Benefits
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    • Senior Management
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    Current Employee - General Manager in Columbus, OH
    Current Employee - General Manager in Columbus, OH

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

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

    Pros

    Great bonus program and base salary, great support from local leadership.

    Cons

    Corporate does not hire minors any longer, which makes recruiting very difficult in an area where there are middle-upper class families. We also do not offer full-time employment, so that hurts our ability to hire further. CEO could care less, he is only concerned about money.

    Advice to Management

    Raise prices slightly, pay people better, shut down unprofitable third shifts, recruit minors and treat your people better in general.

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