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Brinker Overview

Dallas, TX
10000+ employees
1975
Company - Public (EAT)
Restaurants, Bars & Food Services
$2 to $5 billion (USD) per year
Dallas-based Brinker International, Inc. is one of the world’s leading casual dining restaurant companies. Founded in 1975, Brinker produces $2.9 billion in sales and owns, operates, or franchises more than 1,600 restaurants across 30 countries and two territories ... Read more

Mission: Our passion is making people feel special.

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Brinker – Why Work For Us?


THE LINE FOR HAPPY STARTS HERE

Here at Brinker we pride ourselves on hiring the best people in the business and then helping them go on to great things. Whether you work for Chili’s® Grill & Bar, Maggiano’s Little Italy® or as part of our Restaurant Support Team you’re part of our family and we will do everything we can to help you succeed.

It doesn’t matter if you think of your job as a stepping-stone on your path to glory or an investment in your long-term professional development, we’ve got great opportunities that are perfect for you! Yes, you’ll work hard. But more important, you’ll work happy. We have been playing restaurant for over 40 years and having just as much fun as day one!




 

Dallas-based Brinker International, Inc. is one of the world’s leading casual dining restaurant companies. Founded in 1975, Brinker produces $2.9 billion in sales and owns, operates, or franchises more than 1,600 restaurants across 30 countries and two territories under the names Chili’s® Grill & Bar and Maggiano’s Little Italy®.

Our Restaurant Support Center supports both our national and international business. We are nestled in the wooded North Dallas community, conveniently located minutes from the highway, shopping and local restaurants. Our multi- building campus boast vibrant and colorful walls while the main lobby welcomes Guests and Team Members from around the world with a wall of history, a basketball hoop and a 1,700 pound ruby-red Chili pepper.

While the campus is beautiful, Brinker’s true pride is in our People. In fact, the Restaurant Support Center is honored to have a retention rate of 87% percent and is a proud winner of the 2016 Best Places to Work award! Perhaps what we love most about our business is our open-arms culture; it’s exciting to see our forward-thinking BrinkerHeads challenge themselves daily in order to better serve each other, our communities and our Guests to create the best life.

MAKING PEOPLE FEEL SPECIAL

At the Restaurant Support Center in our hometown of Dallas, Texas, our number one priority is to make the lives of our restaurant teams the very best they can be. The future of every BrinkerHead is in our hands. That’s why we challenge ourselves to push harder and further every day. To see how we can better serve each other, our communities and our Guests … and make everyone feel special.

Grow Your BrinkerHead.

We provide hundreds of virtual, online, in-person and on-the-job learning activities to help you grow in your role and advance along your desired career path. Your development can also include mentoring, taking on stretch assignments and working with cross functional groups to broaden your skill set. When you’re ready to move ahead in your career, or sharpen the skills you already have, we’ll make sure you get the right training to meet your goals.

Work hard. Play hard.

Our campus is nestled in a wooded North Dallas community, where we’ve been able to create an atmosphere that supports working happy and embracing your best life. That can mean playing hoops in the lobby, helping to grow vegetables in the Norman Brinker Community Garden or playing outside on Bring Your Dog to Work Day. You can also have fun at the many family festivals, cookouts, field days and other events we host each year.

Meet your Bff.

The Brinker Family Fund (BFF) was created to help Team Members dealing with serious illnesses, death and natural disasters. Many BrinkerHeads choose to make a small paycheck deduction to help finance the BFF. To date, we’ve donated over $15 million to 5,000+ Team Members and families who needed our help to make it through a tough time.

Passion with a Purpose.

We support Team Members who donate time and money to causes about which they are truly passionate. Our Passion Points program matches up to 40 unpaid volunteer hours with a donation of $500 per Team Member per year. We also have Passion Bucks, which matches a Team Member donation of at least $100 with a company donation of $500 per year. Team Members can participate in both programs for a maximum match of $1,000 per fiscal year.

Best YOU. Best US. Best LIFE.

As a company, we continually seek out new ways to live our purpose. BrinkerHeads believe that achieving our best selves has a lot to do with finding the right balance of CAREER, SOCIAL, FINANCIAL, PHYSICAL and COMMUNITY wellbeing. What this means is:

  • Liking what you do each day and being motivated to achieve your goals
  • Having strong relationships and love in your life
  • Effectively managing your economic life
  • Having good health and enough energy to get things done on a daily basis
  • Having a sense of engagement with the area where you live


WE’VE GOT THE GOOD STUFF

When you join us, you’ll be rewarded with some seriously awesome perks. It’s just our way of ensuring that our BrinkerHeads are well taken care of, and that there’s no better place to work (and play) than with us.

Every team member working at the Restaurant Support Center enjoys:

  • Competitive Salary
  • Annual Bonus Potential
  • Generous Discounts @ Brinker-Owned Brands
  • 401(K) Savings Plan with Company Match
  • Paid Holidays & Personal Time Off
  • Onsite Gym, Plus Yoga & Boot Camp Programs
  • Work/Life/Fun Balance
  • Casual & Collaborative Work Environment
  • Company-Wide Events & Celebrations
  • Volunteer Opportunities with Our Community Give Back Programs

More benefits for BrinkerHeads:

  • Domestic Partner Benefits
  • Medical, Dental & Vision Plans
  • Prescription Drug Coverage (With Some Plans)
  • Prescription Discount Program
  • Short-Term Disability
  • Basic & Supplemental Life Insurance
  • Supplemental Accidental Death & Dismemberment (AD&D)
  • Health Care & Dependent Care Flexible Spending Accounts
  • Legal Plan
  • Pre-Tax Commuter Program
  • Employee Assistance Program

Extra discounts you'll really like:

  • Vehicle purchases or leases
  • AT&T, Sprint, Verizon or T-Mobile cell phone service
  • Dell, Lenovo & Apple computers
  • Purchases at Target, Bed Bath and Beyond & Best Buy
  • SeaWorld, LEGOLAND & Universal Studios
  • Hotels, flights & vacation packages and more...

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    "The best company and culture I have ever worked for!"

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    Current Employee - Manager in Dallas, TX
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    I have been working at Brinker full-time (More than 3 years)

    Pros

    I have loved my time here at Brinker! It has by far been the best organization to work for and I have been able to grow with the company. They focus on people first, culture and accountability, your wellbeing and that of our guests and communities, and flexibility with work/life balance. I genuinely enjoy coming into work everyday and the people I work with.

    Cons

    Not really a con. We are lean and mighty. Get ready to work hard, but you also get to play hard.

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Brinker Interviews

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    Graphic Designer Interview

    Anonymous Interview Candidate in Dallas, TX
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    Application

    I applied online. I interviewed at Brinker (Dallas, TX) in April 2017.

    Interview

    After a phone interview and personality assessment, I was asked to come in and interview with 4 people over a 2.5 hour period. I went over my design work with each one of them and answered questions about culture, scenarios, my current responsibilities and future goals. I was told I had room for growth with 2 design managers in house, as I had expressed wanting to be somewhere where I could advance my career in time, but was in no rush. I was looking for change, as my current job was high stress and compromising my creativity and I wanted somewhere where the stress levels weren't so high and the people and culture are the highlight. I didn't mention this because I had no intention of speaking negatively about my current job and focused on more legitimate issues that are reasonable for wanting change. I was also told by the Marketing director his desire to not outsource customer facing collateral design to large expensive agencies (like they currently do) when they could more efficiently save by building a strong internal creative team. I took that to mean that I could bring additonal value outside of the position to this company and hopefully spark the idea to use me for more than the position required, as I had essentially helped create value for my current employer (small design agency) who had been passed over by clients for big agencies, only to realize we were just as good and a whole lot cheaper. Long story short, I was told I was too advanced in skill and they were afraid I would be understimulated in this position. I had planned to take initiative when I could, and offer more than the job required. I am perplexed why they wouldn't someone with more value (with a moderate salary requirement). I was upfront in my cover letter about my current responsibilities and they saw my portfolio early on, and to be told after the fact that I was overqualified seemed to be a waste of my time. I was thinking outside the box, ready to bring ideas, solutions and better my workplace. I was ready for collaboration and being a game changer in the creative team. I can't say they were of the same mindset. Unfortunately I found out I was not chosen over voicemail, and therefore had no opportunity to rebuttal or ask for clarification. I highly disagreed with the conclusion.

    Interview Questions

    • I was asked about my ability to communicate and embrace feedback from higher ups regarding designing presentations.   1 Answer
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Brinker Awards & Accolades

  • Global Best Practices Award, TDn2K, 2016
  • 100 Best Companies to work for Women (Chili's), Great Place to Work® and Fortune, 2015
  • 100 Great Places to Work for Millennials (Chili's), Fortune and Great Place to Work, 2015
  • Best Places to Work, Dallas Business Journal, 2014
  • Best Places to Work for LGBT Equality, Human Rights Campaign, 2010
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