Winking Lizard Tavern

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Winking Lizard Tavern Reviews

Updated July 29, 2014
Updated July 29, 2014
10 Reviews

2.9
10 Reviews
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  1.  

    They treat managers like hourly staff

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    Former Employee - Kitchen Manager  in  Avon, OH
    Former Employee - Kitchen Manager in Avon, OH

    I worked at Winking Lizard Tavern full-time for more than 3 years

    Pros

    Learned a lot but had to on my own. Training was a joke.

    Cons

    Had to work an hourly position while managing at the same time.

    Doesn't Recommend
    Neutral Outlook
    Approves of CEO
  2.  

    This job is a mixed bag.

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    Former Employee - Server  in  Cleveland, OH
    Former Employee - Server in Cleveland, OH

    I worked at Winking Lizard Tavern full-time for more than a year

    Pros

    Great owners who recognize employees and praise hard work. Very hands-on owners. Holidays off; or at very least minimal hours. They are really amazing at developing their employees with special industry classes and informative meetings.

    Cons

    Store Management is petty and immature. If you are in the "inner-circle" you are golden; if not beware. Questioning the favouritism and game playing (such as hiding CC slips with big tips on them) and general unfairness is highly discouraged as certain management doesn't like being called out. Double standards for female staff and male staff, definitely in favour of the females, especially the ones friendly with management.
    Hard work and going above and beyond may be recognized by the owners, but management only abuses it. Refuse to put people in positions they are better suited for because lack of "popularity" skill and knowledge are completely disregarded.

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    Advice to Owners. Listen to all the complaints that are called in by hourly employees. They aren't wasting their breathe; they are calling to help you better your company by informing you of poor management in your restraunts.

    Doesn't Recommend
    Neutral Outlook
    Approves of CEO
  3.  

    Terrible place to work would not suggest it to anyone

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    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee

    I worked at Winking Lizard Tavern

    Pros

    The pay, holidays off, bonuses

    Cons

    Long hours, Childish management, Upper management was very hard to work with.

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    Pay more attention to your lower managers because they run your buisness.

    Doesn't Recommend
    Positive Outlook
    Approves of CEO
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  5.  

    Good place to work but the managers make it so stressful that it makes it not even worth it.

    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee

    I worked at Winking Lizard Tavern

    Pros

    Co-workers are great, you become really close and are like a family.

    Cons

    Management is terrible. They are very unprofessional and are very immature when handling situations with their employees. The treat people very unfairly. They favorite people and treat others horribly. They take advantage of good employees.

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    Stop being so childish and learn how to be professional.

  6.  

    Typical serving/ bartending job

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    Former Employee - Front of the House  in  Lakewood, OH
    Former Employee - Front of the House in Lakewood, OH

    I worked at Winking Lizard Tavern part-time for more than 5 years

    Pros

    Good money during sports seasons. Flexible schedule. The president of the company is a great person. Most of the staff is fun to work with.

    Cons

    It used to be a cool, trendier place. Now, it's becoming much more corporate; I'm not certain it will continue to compete with the more eclectic gastropubs such as Melt, Deagan's, etc.

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    Treat employees well and with respect. Stop making their jobs more difficult by bringing large parties in and running servers ragged and making all the other guests suffer. You work for the company, know how it functions, yet, fail to always conduct yourselves in a civilized manner when visiting as a guest. Set an example. Also, reward good work. Don't give someone a good schedule or promote them because they're "hot".

    Recommends
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  7.  

    Learned a great deal

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    Former Employee - Manager  in  Cleveland, OH
    Former Employee - Manager in Cleveland, OH

    I worked at Winking Lizard Tavern full-time for more than 3 years

    Pros

    On going training
    great atmosphere
    work/life balance

    Cons

    GGR, spend too much time doing admin work, documenting and leaving paper trails

    Recommends
    Neutral Outlook
  8.  

    This company is grate to work for?

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    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee

    I have been working at Winking Lizard Tavern

    Pros

    Good work environment well orginized

    Cons

    I have no cons i enjoy working for this company

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    Keep up the good work, remember what it is like to work in the kitchen.

    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
  9.  

    Not Good

    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee

    I worked at Winking Lizard Tavern

    Pros

    People are nice but expect too much at first for the type of job offering.

    Cons

    Expect too much from a mediocre job.

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    Ease up on testing!

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    consistent business,poor communication between managers.

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    Former Employee - Bartender  in  Avon, OH
    Former Employee - Bartender in Avon, OH

    I worked at Winking Lizard Tavern

    Pros

    You can make great money!
    The company provides great tools to help you make money.
    Co workers are some of the best around.

    Cons

    Management does not seem to communicate well with each other.
    The store regularly runs out of required products due to management trying to have better numbers.

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    Try harder to be on the same page as one another.
    Don't short ordering!

  11.  

    Flexible, friendly, environment

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    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee

    I have been working at Winking Lizard Tavern part-time for more than 5 years

    Pros

    -Flexible schedule (i.e. school, other commitments)
    -Fun, fast-paced workplace (stays interesting)
    -Decent starting wages ($8-9/hr)
    -Detailed training program (department focus)
    -Managers and employees are for the most part treated as equals (i.e. no down talk or harassment)

    Cons

    -Depending on what shift you're working and whether you're working in the dining room or the kitchen you could be the last guy walking out at the end of a shift.
    -Meal rushes can be a little frantic to the uninitiated, but most of the time everyone pulls together to achieve the task at hand.

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    Talk to us!! You don't need to be our best friends but it sure makes work a little bit easier and fun when you get to know us and get inside of our thought process a little bit.

    Recommends
    Neutral Outlook

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