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AMF Bowling Reviews

Updated June 17, 2018
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Pros
  • "Your regular customers (league bowlers) became somewhat like a family too" (in 16 reviews)

  • "Fun environment, lots of development and training opportunities for team members" (in 14 reviews)

Cons
  • "Upper management lacked professionalism" (in 18 reviews)

  • "Freeze on merit increases for the greater part of my 5 year tenure, low pay" (in 10 reviews)

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  1. "Management Review"

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    • Senior Management
    Current Employee - Front Desk Associate in Annandale, VA
    Current Employee - Front Desk Associate in Annandale, VA
    Recommends
    Neutral Outlook
    No opinion of CEO

    I have been working at AMF Bowling part-time (Less than a year)

    Pros

    Management is awesome. The most caring team I had, most especially Dr. Burke. I enjoy working with him, together with Mr. Vernon, Ms. Elana, and Ms. Sherley.

    Cons

    Though I know that the center is undergoing renovation, I sometimes feel sickly because of the condition inside the center. Its hot on the one half of the center, while cold on the other half, and also the odd smell may be due to the old molded carpet.


  2. "Bartender/ Event Host"

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    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    Approves of CEO

    I have been working at AMF Bowling part-time

    Pros

    I love it, they have put me in many different opportunities

    Cons

    Sometimes management can be to much, but they are enjoyable

    Advice to Management

    None

  3. "Wouldn't recommend"

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    Former Employee - Front Desk in Bakersfield, CA
    Former Employee - Front Desk in Bakersfield, CA
    Doesn't Recommend
    Negative Outlook
    No opinion of CEO

    I worked at AMF Bowling part-time (More than a year)

    Pros

    getting paid every week. league bowlers

    Cons

    high turnover rate
    bad lead management


  4. "Bowlmor"

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    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee

    I worked at AMF Bowling part-time

    Pros

    Great work experience! No complaints

    Cons

    Can't think of any when I was there.


  5. "Food and beverage attendant"

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    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    Approves of CEO

    I worked at AMF Bowling full-time

    Pros

    Good hours..overtime is available sometimes during peak seasons

    Cons

    Weekly pay isn’t my favorite
    I liked it better biweekly


  6. "Wouldn’t recommend for a long-term job."

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    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee in Asheville, NC
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee in Asheville, NC
    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    Disapproves of CEO

    I have been working at AMF Bowling part-time (More than a year)

    Pros

    Flexible hours & willing to work with you if you need to request days off.

    Cons

    No breaks. Expected to work straight through your shift.

    Advice to Management

    Constantly telling us to upsell but you’re burning out your employees. It’s no wonder the Kenilworth bowling alley has such a high turnover rate for employment.


  7. "Hire and schedule more people, so that employees can take breaks that are required by law."

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    Former Employee - Assistant Manager in Englewood, CO
    Former Employee - Assistant Manager in Englewood, CO
    Doesn't Recommend
    Negative Outlook
    No opinion of CEO

    I worked at AMF Bowling full-time

    Pros

    The pay was ok. Free bowling would be a pro if you ever had time to actually do it.

    Cons

    No time to give breaks or to take a break. This is illegal. Someone is going to sue this company (Bowlero Corp.)

    Advice to Management

    Hire more hourly employees. Schedule more employees, so that 2-3 people aren't doing the job of 7-8.

  8. Helpful (1)

    "Where professionalism goes to die"

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    Current Employee - Front Desk Associate in New York, NY
    Current Employee - Front Desk Associate in New York, NY
    Doesn't Recommend
    Negative Outlook
    Disapproves of CEO

    I have been working at AMF Bowling part-time (More than a year)

    Pros

    - Pays well (for a college student)

    - Flexible scheduling (a plus for college students)

    - Free games and shoe rentals

    - Most customers are there to have fun; they aren't miserable

    Cons

    - Highly unprofessional management

    - Little to no breaks although they are required by law. Being "understaffed" shouldn't be an excuse.

    - High levels of stress

    - Employees constantly staying past scheduled time (not good when you have to rely on family for rides to and from your workplace)

    - Failure to properly notify employees if "mystery shoppers" are coming in (I was told by a manager that I personally "failed the company" by failing to ask a certain question (keep in mind, I was a brand new employee). I was humiliated and had my job threatened in front of coworkers and customers, which adds to the unprofessionalism that is rampant at my location).

    - Rewarding bad employees for bad behavior/lambasting employees who do their jobs well

    - Favoritism (can be found at any job, but the "buddy-buddy" culture here is pretty disgusting)

    - High prices (constant source of complaints, which I can understand. Who wants to spend $20+ for two games and shoes?)

    Advice to Management

    Get your act together. It's not okay to goof off with your employees and berate customers within earshot, then get all uptight when corporate sends in "mystery shoppers". It's okay to joke with your employees, but sitting at the bar/behind the desk and gossiping on the clock is unacceptable.

    Get people out on time; it's not fair to your employees who have things to take care of outside of work.

    Stress the importance of policy changes; don't leave your associates in the dark. Don't mention it in passing like it's not a big deal, then blow up at your associates for not adhering to the change.

    Only one of the managers at my location takes his job seriously. He's running around the center making sure things are running smoothly, and he knows how to get people out on time. The other managers should learn from him.


  9. "Lane Captain"

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    Former Employee - Lane Captain in San Jose, CA
    Former Employee - Lane Captain in San Jose, CA
    Doesn't Recommend
    Positive Outlook
    No opinion of CEO

    I worked at AMF Bowling full-time (More than 5 years)

    Pros

    No shortage of hours
    Tips were pretty solid
    Coworkers were good to work with

    Cons

    Forced to stay longer than scheduled off-time
    Terrible Management
    Minimum wage
    Prices are crazy high, resulting in complaints often
    Always blew up my phone on off day due to someone not showing up

    Advice to Management

    Lower prices, the bowling lanes, machines, balls, and shoes have paid for themselves 1000x over already.


  10. "Lane server"

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    Former Employee - Lane Server in Stafford, TX
    Former Employee - Lane Server in Stafford, TX
    Doesn't Recommend
    Negative Outlook
    Disapproves of CEO

    I worked at AMF Bowling part-time

    Pros

    2 free games of bowling, although you never have time for it. So really useless. Discount on food.

    Cons

    A lot of cons. Don’t even know where to begin. Guess I’ll start at they are ALWAYS understaffed. Always threatening you with a write up. Always hovering over your shoulder & harassing you. Managers are perverts. They allow all the male employees to treat the female employees with disrespect. They simply do not care. Never ever had a break once at this company & if you do ask for one they look at you confused. I was the only lane server every single weekend. Managers are so unprofessional it’s ridiculous. Special treatment is a huge problem at this job. They definitely do not treat people the same whatsoever. If you want a job where you’re stressed out, treated unfairly & harassed all day, then this is the perfect job for you!

    Advice to Management

    Get new management


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