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  1. "carinos"

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    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Doesn't Recommend
    Negative Outlook

    Pros

    weekend tips, friendly coworkers, easy hire

    Cons

    inconsistent management, high turnover, scheduling


  2. "Very challenging job...........as far as patience is concerned!"

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    Former Employee - Managing Partner
    Former Employee - Managing Partner
    Doesn't Recommend
    Negative Outlook

    I worked at Carino's Italian Grill full-time (More than 10 years)

    Pros

    Food, fantastic. Decor and ambiance really worked for Italian chain. Systems and IT, always on the cutting edge. Advanced my knowledge in the business by a great deal.

    Cons

    Way too many changes. Confused guests, staff and management about the concept. No one ever knew what was going on or why. Lost sight of what made us successful, stripped employees of dang near all benefits and lowered compensation guidelines as well.

    Advice to Management

    Sell the dang thing to someone who has not only a vision but the drive and passion to see it through. Too many stores that were disconnected and never stood a chance

  3. "Don't waste your time. They'll be closed soon."

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    Former Employee - Catering Coordinator in San Antonio, TX
    Former Employee - Catering Coordinator in San Antonio, TX
    Doesn't Recommend
    Negative Outlook
    No opinion of CEO

    I worked at Carino's Italian Grill full-time (Less than a year)

    Pros

    Good employees except for some of the upper management. Most of the corporate heads are under qualified and have absolutely no idea how to run a restaurant, so it's easy to stand out and look like a star.

    Cons

    It's a failing concept so doing your job is difficult because you're being cut back on hours and sufficient supplies. Management will cut down any employee about to go into overtime even if others have to pick up the load and even if customers don't receive proper service. (No wonder they're failing,) Upper management is rude and largely unprofessional. The first thing the area director said to me was "Who are you?" Not "Hi, I'm this person and I'm the area director." "It's nice to meet you, what's your name?" Bad first impression for sure. They seem to lack the understanding that the employer/employee relationship is a two way street and both parties need to feel satisfied. They seem to want to accumulate a staff that will tolerate being overworked and under-appreciated and that will be a happy slave.

    Advice to Management

    Show that you appreciate your staff. Don't lead in a fear based management style. Treat your staff like human beings instead of slaves. If you show your staff that you care about their well being, they will go the extra mile for you. If you constantly hound them about the clock and make working conditions worse by not repairing things or ordering short because you don't want to spend money, they will resent you. A little bit of compassion and politeness goes a long way.


  4. "Typical restaurant"

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    Former Employee - Server in San Antonio, TX
    Former Employee - Server in San Antonio, TX
    Doesn't Recommend
    Negative Outlook
    No opinion of CEO

    I worked at Carino's Italian Grill part-time (More than 5 years)

    Pros

    Freedom to make money based on your personality and work ethic (servers & bartenders), flexibility of scheduling for students.

    Cons

    Typical restaurant atmosphere: high stress for workers and management alike, lack of cohesion with employees (every man for himself), poorly trained managers.


  5. "Good people. No business."

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    Current Employee - Server in Missouri City, TX
    Current Employee - Server in Missouri City, TX
    Doesn't Recommend
    No opinion of CEO

    Pros

    Extremely nice and helpful people.
    Somewhat flexible hours with the hotschedule system.

    Cons

    Low base wage.
    Afternoons are dead.
    Fluctuating business, but usually pretty low

    Advice to Management

    Be friendlier to servers. Be more patient. It's your job to fix things when others can't.


  6. Helpful (1)

    "Not a place with a future"

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    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee in Austin, TX
    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee in Austin, TX
    Doesn't Recommend
    Disapproves of CEO

    Pros

    Many great people but most were pushed out

    Cons

    Wildly inconsistent management like working at a different place everyday. Isolated micromanagers at the top who believed they had all of the answers when they had none.

    Advice to Management

    Go back to school and learn something. Your skill sets stopped evolving 20 years ago. At least read a book or too. And, listen to the few good employees you have left,


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