T.G.I. Friday's Reviews

Updated October 22, 2014
Updated October 22, 2014
325 Reviews
2.9
325 Reviews
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T.G.I. Friday's President & CEO Nick Shepherd
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Review Highlights

Pros
  • Flexible schedule, great co-workers, fun lively environment (in 24 reviews)

  • I needed a job with flexible hours while in school (in 15 reviews)


Cons
  • Long hours depending upon position but worth the money (in 17 reviews)

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

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Employee Reviews

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  1.  

    A great and valuable experience.

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    • Career Opportunities
    Former Employee - Head Bartender in Southfield, MI
    Former Employee - Head Bartender in Southfield, MI

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

    Pros

    Great people, great atmosphere, always fun and exciting, quality food and entertainment!

    Cons

    Need to hire more from within.

    Recommends
    Negative Outlook
    Approves of CEO
  2.  

    Great company with minimal flaws!

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    • Career Opportunities
    Current Employee - Talent Acquisition in Dallas, TX
    Current Employee - Talent Acquisition in Dallas, TX

    I have been working at T.G.I. Friday's full-time (more than 3 years)

    Pros

    Very casual work environment with a fun atmosphere. A very real open door policy with everyone. Executives are smart and inviting. Lots of opportunity for growth inside the company.

    Cons

    Vacation time and benefits could be better, but they're not bad. Pay is generally very good.

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    Increase flexible hours and vacation. Generally, everything seems to be on the right track though.

    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    Approves of CEO
  3.  

    long

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    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee

    I have been working at T.G.I. Friday's full-time

    Pros

    had fun with the team

    Cons

    good ol boy company, doesn't listen. kept changing the rules

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    listen - really listen. Stop pretending and hiding. This Company encourages cheating.

    Doesn't Recommend
    Negative Outlook
    Disapproves of CEO
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  5.  

    Line cook

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    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee

    I have been working at T.G.I. Friday's part-time

    Pros

    Training was efficient on all 'stations' in the kitchen

    Cons

    I worked for the company for 6 years, never once did I receive any PTO, benefits (which I was told were offered just not to myself) and after 5 years I was told that due to health care reform I would not be allotted more than 28 hours a week. Management, although sometimes friendly, were always to worried about the front of the house reviews and not caring about the back.

    Doesn't Recommend
    Negative Outlook
    No opinion of CEO
  6.  

    Good money, slave work

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    • Career Opportunities
    Current Employee - Bartender in Miami, FL
    Current Employee - Bartender in Miami, FL

    I have been working at T.G.I. Friday's full-time (more than 3 years)

    Pros

    Great money, good location, fun environment, opportunities

    Cons

    unorganized at times , going through a lot of company changes that is really changing the brand and i don't believe for the better, late and long hours, demanding, management docent mind taking advantage of you…… if your willing to work REALLY HARD, hustle, shark or whatever you have to do…. you will make great money for casual dinning.

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    Get it together, learn the expo, and hire more reliable and accountable employees.

    Recommends
    Negative Outlook
    No opinion of CEO
  7.  

    Horrible Company to work for

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    • Career Opportunities
    Former Employee - Server in Jackson, TN
    Former Employee - Server in Jackson, TN

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

    Pros

    It.'s a nice looking restaurant. That's it.

    Cons

    Management was always changing, co workers tried everything to get new people fired, food is disgusting, bad pay, rude customers, if you're sick they still make you stay and work around the customers

    Doesn't Recommend
    Negative Outlook
    Disapproves of CEO
  8. 2 people found this helpful  

    Disturbing

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    Current Employee - Hostess in Bridgewater, NJ
    Current Employee - Hostess in Bridgewater, NJ

    I have been working at T.G.I. Friday's part-time (more than an year)

    Pros

    Great to work around people in my age group.

    Cons

    Horrible pay unless you work a billion hours a week. Scheduling is not reliable, therefore it's hard to pay bills and meet deadlines. Management will tell you they will move you up as a server or bartender, and you end up being led on for months, maybe even a year or so. Then, once they finally tell you they'll move you up (for real, this time), they take weeks and weeks to get you there. Customers are rude and inconsiderate, and there is so much drama. Coworkers leave on a busy Friday or Saturday night to have sex in the employee bathroom. The place is filthy. No one takes responsibility for their own problems. Drama, drama, drama. Management is horrible. They think they're high and mighty when they have no idea what in the world they're doing. It's scary that they let some of these people run a restaurant. I currently work here, but I'm looking for a new job. I can't stand this place.

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    Get new management, treat employees with respect (were human beings too, after all), and increase pay/regulate hours!

    Doesn't Recommend
    Negative Outlook
    Disapproves of CEO
  9.  

    Long, Late Hours

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    • Career Opportunities
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee

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

    Pros

    The closeness developed between employees. Being able to become friends with customers, Bonus is good if able to attain the goals that are set. Except when stores start to bonus it seems that the bonus structure is changed,.
    Number of vacation weeks is very generous

    Cons

    Long late hours, General Managers are able to leave early, Quality of life as it probably is in many restaurants is non-existent

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    Spend more time in your units.

    Doesn't Recommend
    Negative Outlook
    No opinion of CEO
  10.  

    daily duties

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    Current Employee - Dishwasher in Paterson, NJ
    Current Employee - Dishwasher in Paterson, NJ

    I have been working at T.G.I. Friday's full-time (more than 3 years)

    Pros

    clean place to work and local.

    Cons

    hours are awful as is pay

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    be more lenient on hours.

    Doesn't Recommend
    Positive Outlook
    Disapproves of CEO
  11.  

    Great part-time or summer job to make some extra money

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    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee

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

    Pros

    Managers and co-workers were friendly and mostly helpful, so it's a pretty good work environment. Pretty good way to make money, especially as a part time job

    Cons

    Hours as a server can be rough. Won't get off until 1:30-2am if you work closing shifts. Also, some days it's pretty slow so there isn't much money to be made.

    Recommends
    Neutral Outlook
    No opinion of CEO

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