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Updated January 11, 2018
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Alamo Drafthouse Founder and CEO Tim League
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  • Long hours- especially for closing (in 16 reviews)

  • Managers act like 5 year olds and play favorites (in 7 reviews)

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  1. "Great money, fun wok environment"

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    Current Employee - Server in El Paso, TX
    Current Employee - Server in El Paso, TX
    Disapproves of CEO

    I have been working at Alamo Drafthouse part-time (More than a year)

    Pros

    great money, busy night you can expect 15-30 an hour

    Cons

    very late nights, youll get out anywhere from 12 to 4am as a closer

    Advice to Management

    be more consistent


  2. "Excellent team/family"

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    Former Employee - Bartender in Richardson, TX
    Former Employee - Bartender in Richardson, TX
    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    Approves of CEO

    I worked at Alamo Drafthouse full-time (More than 3 years)

    Pros

    This was one of the most fun and unique companies to work for. The company as a whole is completely passionate about movies and the arts, and it shows in their film selection and events they hold related to the movies. Their is a great focus on employees, and the only service industry job I've ever had with PTO and medical/dental benefits.

    Cons

    As it is with the film industry, income is highly flexible based on the season and which films are coming out.

  3. "Server"

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    Former Employee - Server in Ashburn, VA
    Former Employee - Server in Ashburn, VA

    I worked at Alamo Drafthouse part-time (More than a year)

    Pros

    Good money, free movies, fun environment

    Cons

    Long hours, work late nights.


  4. "Service Bartender"

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    Former Employee - Service Bartender in Austin, TX
    Former Employee - Service Bartender in Austin, TX
    Doesn't Recommend
    Negative Outlook
    No opinion of CEO

    I worked at Alamo Drafthouse full-time (Less than a year)

    Pros

    great people to work with

    Cons

    never given a review or a raise in a year
    work is pilled on with limited support
    no tips
    they work as few people as possible

    Advice to Management

    higher pay


  5. "Great Place to Work for some money $.$"

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    Former Employee - Cook in Austin, TX
    Former Employee - Cook in Austin, TX
    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    No opinion of CEO

    I worked at Alamo Drafthouse full-time (More than a year)

    Pros

    The people you work with.

    Cons

    The hours and some of the lower management


  6. "Great Perks/Hard Work"

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    Former Employee - Server/Waiter
    Former Employee - Server/Waiter
    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    Approves of CEO

    I worked at Alamo Drafthouse part-time (More than a year)

    Pros

    Free movies, discounted food, discounted merchandise

    Cons

    Extremely long hours at times, difficult to manage guests happiness with heavier work load, nonstop once you clock on


  7. "Server"

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    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Doesn't Recommend
    Positive Outlook
    No opinion of CEO

    I have been working at Alamo Drafthouse part-time

    Pros

    Fun, busy environment
    Laid back dresscode

    Cons

    inconsistent enforcement of store policies
    lack of good communication between management

    Advice to Management

    Communicate equally with employees and management staff, instead of focusing on management ideals and communication only.

  8. "Very fast-paced job with a great crew"

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    Current Employee - Line Cook in Kansas City, MO
    Current Employee - Line Cook in Kansas City, MO
    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    Approves of CEO

    I have been working at Alamo Drafthouse part-time (Less than a year)

    Pros

    Free movies are included with free popcorn and soda, 50% off food (up to $25) and if you worked a shift that day you can also get two alcoholic drinks half off.

    Cons

    No overtime or holiday pay
    When someone doesn't pull their weight, things get derailed quickly
    Not always enough people to cover shifts if you need a day off


  9. "Tips are bad"

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    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee in Springfield, MO
    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee in Springfield, MO
    Doesn't Recommend
    Negative Outlook
    Disapproves of CEO

    I worked at Alamo Drafthouse part-time

    Pros

    Free movies, discounts on food, shift meals, shift beer, fun crew.

    Cons

    The Springfield market is horrible with tipping
    They won't adjust your hourly server wage to minimum wage when you aren't making tips.
    Long hours.
    Very Stressful.
    Management is burnt out. They take stress out on crew.
    Training for crew is lacking.
    No holiday pay. Open 365.
    Punishment through bad theater scheduling, light scheduling, taking away or strongly suggesting that you don't take part in fringe benefits (seeing movies on the weekends, having a shift beer when they are busy... because everyone else is working really hard and you're not)

    Advice to Management

    Clean up your act, talk to each other, treat your employees better


  10. "Server"

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    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee in Austin, TX
    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee in Austin, TX

    Pros

    Lots of work opportunity. Large staff that becomes family. Free movies. Neat special events.

    Cons

    Lots of stairs. Can take awhile to work your way up the server ranks to get good shifts. Can spend a lot of time waiting to get cut.


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