T.G.I. Friday's Reviews

Updated March 31, 2015
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Pros
  • It was a great way to work through college and make decent money with a flexible schedule (in 26 reviews)

  • The company prioritizes the importance of having a fun environment for both the guests and the employees (in 18 reviews)

Cons
  • Long hours depending upon position but worth the money (in 18 reviews)

  • I worked long late hours all the time (in 6 reviews)

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  1. Great Company

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    Former Employee - Food Server in Hazlet, NJ
    Former Employee - Food Server in Hazlet, NJ

    I worked at T.G.I. Friday's

    Pros

    Fast paced, make good money

    Cons

    Sometimes scheduling can be rough because you have to be open to working long shifts but the benefits outweigh the negatives

    Recommends
    Neutral Outlook
    Approves of CEO
  2. Manager

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    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee

    I have been working at T.G.I. Friday's full-time (more than 10 years)

    Pros

    Family Environment and fun place to work

    Cons

    More focused on the financial side than team members

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    Look to your people

    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
  3. Server

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    Former Employee - Server
    Former Employee - Server

    I worked at T.G.I. Friday's part-time (more than a year)

    Pros

    Relatively good atmosphere. People you work with are friendly and in my experience the management is very helpful and are willing to take over a difficult table.

    Cons

    The corporation intentionally sets out to "get" employees through various programs. There isn't much room for progression, you're kind of stuck in the position you are hired in.

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    Work with the servers more to understand the rules before they introduce programs meant to test your knowledge and use of rules that have very serious impacts on employment.

    Recommends
    Neutral Outlook
    No opinion of CEO
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  5. Restaurant Manager

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    Former Employee - Manager
    Former Employee - Manager

    I worked at T.G.I. Friday's full-time (more than 10 years)

    Pros

    Great employer with stellar culture and quality of life.

    Cons

    Highly variable commitment levels from staff.

    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
  6. Great Company - horrible managers

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    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee

    I have been working at T.G.I. Friday's

    Pros

    Tips, coworkers, and customers

    Cons

    Managers not taking responsibility for their own faults.

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    If you're a manager with poor integrity, corporate will come in and remove you and your colleagues. Be honest, fair, and grateful to your staff!

    Recommends
    Neutral Outlook
    Approves of CEO
  7. 1 person found this helpful

    Loved working for Friday's!

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    Former Employee - Server in Jackson, TN
    Former Employee - Server in Jackson, TN

    I worked at T.G.I. Friday's full-time (more than a year)

    Pros

    Friday's can be a great place to work with great fun! It is an easy menu and I loved my co-workers!

    Cons

    Depending upon which Friday's that you work, it may not be the best restaurant to start. Some Friday's bring in the wrong crowd and it gets annoying.

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    Don't put up with hooligans coming in complaining about BS. Just make them pay (if it's something stupid they're whining about). If they don't like it, too bad. They probably won't come back-- which is good for your business and the happiness of your servers and bartenders.

    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    Approves of CEO
  8. It was great at times and stressful at other times. It's a hard job dealing with unpredictable people.

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    Former Employee - Host in Boston, MA
    Former Employee - Host in Boston, MA

    I worked at T.G.I. Friday's part-time (less than a year)

    Pros

    The food is great and you meet a lot of nice people while working there.

    Cons

    Whether or not you're going to have a good day depends on which manager is working. Every manager is different and has a different style of running the place.

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    Don't be so hard on employees when they make mistakes. Don't favor some employees over others.

    Doesn't Recommend
    Positive Outlook
    Approves of CEO
  9. 1 person found this helpful

    I loved it!

    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee

    I worked at T.G.I. Friday's

    Pros

    It was like working with family, which goes for almost all restaurants but this one was different. The money was really good and everyone had a great time while working. The managers connected to all employees and everyone was a team player.

    Cons

    There needs to be better communication between the managers themselves but other than that nothing!

  10. I started off as a host. Then I got "moved" up to serving. It was easy to make the money but lacked organization.

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    Former Employee - Server/Waiter
    Former Employee - Server/Waiter

    I worked at T.G.I. Friday's part-time (more than 5 years)

    Pros

    The co-workers are awesome. It's like a big family. The teamwork is exceptional and the work environment is fun. It's a positive place.

    Cons

    The management could use a lot of work. It is disorganized and unprofessional. The company is inconsistent and chaotic. They demand more than they should from servers.

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    Listen to the people working under you.

    Neutral Outlook
    No opinion of CEO
  11. Great way to start in the restaurant industry, great money, fast paced

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    Current Employee - Server in Allentown, PA
    Current Employee - Server in Allentown, PA

    I have been working at T.G.I. Friday's

    Pros

    Great money, good experience for restaurant industry

    Cons

    Too corporate for my personal liking

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    Let servers deal with server issues

    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    No opinion of CEO

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