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Brinker Reviews

Updated May 19, 2017
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  • Good work life balance where family is important (in 18 reviews)

  • Great culture, people are awesome (in 10 reviews)

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  1. "Great Company Culture"

    Star Star Star Star Star
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    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    • Comp & Benefits
    • Senior Management
    Former Employee - Buyer in Dallas, TX
    Former Employee - Buyer in Dallas, TX
    Recommends
    No opinion of CEO

    I worked at Brinker (Less than a year)

    Pros

    Great culture and atmosphere, professional and caring colleagues.
    Good work-life balance
    Great department leader

    Cons

    Diversity's relatively weak compare to other big companies


  2. Helpful (1)

    "7 years wasted here"

    Star Star Star Star Star
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    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    • Comp & Benefits
    • Senior Management
    Former Employee - BOH Team Leader in Coconut Grove, FL
    Former Employee - BOH Team Leader in Coconut Grove, FL
    Doesn't Recommend
    Neutral Outlook
    Disapproves of CEO

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

    Pros

    Usually great staff, tuition reimbursement program

    Cons

    Generally Horrific Frontline management, overuse of analytics

    Advice to Management

    Have management that knows how to utilize the strengths of their team members


  3. "Love Brinker"

    Star Star Star Star Star
    • Work/Life Balance
    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    • Comp & Benefits
    • Senior Management
    Former Employee - Manager in Dallas, TX
    Former Employee - Manager in Dallas, TX
    Recommends
    Positive Outlook

    I worked at Brinker full-time (More than 10 years)

    Pros

    Best company I've ever worked for. Very family oriented, and always looks out for their people. Hope to return someday.

    Cons

    No more discount at On the Border... If that counts

    Advice to Management

    Stop the buddy buddy system and promote from within for those who have earned it


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  5. "Server"

    Star Star Star Star Star
    • Work/Life Balance
    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    • Comp & Benefits
    • Senior Management
    Current Employee - Server and Trainer in Las Vegas, NV
    Current Employee - Server and Trainer in Las Vegas, NV

    I have been working at Brinker (More than 5 years)

    Pros

    Flexible schedule, chance for growth, and good location

    Cons

    I have no negative things to say.

    Advice to Management

    They give you the tools to help improvement


  6. "Work experience"

    Star Star Star Star Star
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    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    • Comp & Benefits
    • Senior Management
    Former Employee - Host/Hostess in Dallas, TX
    Former Employee - Host/Hostess in Dallas, TX
    Approves of CEO

    Pros

    Great company to work for lots of opportunity to move up!

    Cons

    Long hours be ready to work!


  7. "Manager"

    Star Star Star Star Star
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    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    • Comp & Benefits
    • Senior Management
    Former Employee - Restaurant Manager in Hemet, CA
    Former Employee - Restaurant Manager in Hemet, CA
    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    Approves of CEO

    Pros

    Great company to work, you will learn a lot about the culture and how take care of the team members and guests

    Cons

    You will work very hard but you will be treated very fair, you are front and back of the house manager, from ordering food,liquor, produce, make management decision on the spot

    Advice to Management

    Continue to have a open mind to new ideas on how to improve the day to day operations, from marketing, to training,


  8. "Managing Partner"

    Star Star Star Star Star
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    • Culture & Values
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    • Comp & Benefits
    • Senior Management
    Current Employee - Managing Partner in Austin, TX
    Current Employee - Managing Partner in Austin, TX
    Recommends
    Neutral Outlook
    Approves of CEO

    Pros

    Great culture, people are awesome. Leadership training is second to none.

    Cons

    Work life balance and quality of life is tough. Restaurant industry in general is a tough environment in Austin...high turnover, poor labor pool and increase in competition.

    Advice to Management

    Simplify


  9. "Bartender"

    Star Star Star Star Star
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    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    • Comp & Benefits
    • Senior Management
    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee in Tampa, FL
    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee in Tampa, FL
    Recommends
    Neutral Outlook
    No opinion of CEO

    Pros

    Great money when you work on the busy nights. Most of your managers are awesome.

    Cons

    Management at the time was not very helpful

    Advice to Management

    If you want to keep your employees that loved it there happy put your foot down on the managers that are not good to the employees. Happy employees happy guest.


  10. "Maggiano's little italy"

    Star Star Star Star Star
    • Work/Life Balance
    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    • Comp & Benefits
    • Senior Management
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee in Tampa, FL
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee in Tampa, FL
    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    Approves of CEO

    I have been working at Brinker full-time (More than a year)

    Pros

    Great work benefits and a great management team. always supporting you and helping you around and making sure that you are doing ok through out your shift. besides that you get to eat all that good italian food for half off and also other brand restaurants.

    Cons

    there is nothing on the down side really.

    Advice to Management

    keep doing it the same way


  11. Helpful (4)

    "The Goodship turned into The Titanic"

    Star Star Star Star Star
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    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    • Comp & Benefits
    • Senior Management
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee in Dallas, TX
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee in Dallas, TX
    Doesn't Recommend
    Negative Outlook
    No opinion of CEO

    Pros

    The benefits (minus the healthcare) are decent; covered parking; central location; work-life balance (depending on your manager); Kool-Aid drinkers can move up the ladder pretty fast

    Cons

    This company culture (fun, family-oriented, customer-centric) are long gone. There have been almost annual layoffs since Wyman took over. The cliques/favoritism in the I.T. department is rampant and groups are loaded with incompetent people (who keep getting promoted/awarded). Drink the Kool-aid and you'll survive for awhile. Outsourcing and "Managed Services" has decimated the different departments. Some leaders are extreme micro-managers (on permanent employees only). Contractors don't seem to have enough work to do and just hang out in the stairwells and parking garages. No legitimate career growth or training.

    Advice to Management

    Give employees more money for training/getting their skills up to par with contractors; stop playing favorites; stop micro-managing the few employees who are left; focusing on good-tasting food and not reducing labor costs might actually increase sales!


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