Carlson Restaurants Reviews

Updated November 2, 2015
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Carlson Restaurants President and CEO Nick Shepherd
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Pros
  • Fun atmosphere, amazing crowd, and loving managers (in 4 reviews)

  • Great benefits, generous paid time off, lots of extra perks that I think are taken for granted (in 4 reviews)

Cons
  • The new items that are available on the menu don't always work in each market but the concept of getting guests to return is happening (in 5 reviews)

  • Everybody has a coupon of some sort and it's impossible for management to tell them they can't use it (in 3 reviews)

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  1. "Server"

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    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Recommends

    Pros

    Fun atmosphere, always evolving, decent corporate structure and organization

    Cons

    The clientèle and management accountability.


  2. "TGI Fridays Bartender"

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    Current Employee - Server/Bartender in Jersey City, NJ
    Current Employee - Server/Bartender in Jersey City, NJ
    Doesn't Recommend
    Neutral Outlook
    No opinion of CEO

    I have been working at Carlson Restaurants full-time (More than 10 years)

    Pros

    Cash daily, relaxed work environment, potential to make great money

    Cons

    constant change in culture, and specials, stressed out managers, if no one comes to the bar you don't make any money.

    Advice to Management

    Relax


  3. Helpful (1)

    "Waaaaay to many discounts"

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    Former Employee - Server in Geneva, IA
    Former Employee - Server in Geneva, IA
    Doesn't Recommend
    Neutral Outlook
    No opinion of CEO

    I worked at Carlson Restaurants (More than 5 years)

    Pros

    Good people and atmosphere most days

    Cons

    Everybody has a coupon of some sort and it's impossible for management to tell them they can't use it

    Advice to Management

    Too much money spent on advertising, not enough on


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  5. "Manager"

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    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee in Novi, MI
    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee in Novi, MI
    Doesn't Recommend
    Negative Outlook

    I worked at Carlson Restaurants full-time (More than a year)

    Pros

    Free food if you can find time to eat

    Cons

    Long hours way too long

    Advice to Management

    Listen to what we are telling you


  6. "General Manager"

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    Former Employee - Restaurant General Manager in Heflin, LA
    Former Employee - Restaurant General Manager in Heflin, LA
    Recommends

    I worked at Carlson Restaurants (Less than a year)

    Pros

    I enjoyed the employees I worked with, the upbeat atmosphere, good food selection and quality. The company offered a decent benefit pkg.

    Cons

    I haven't any negative remarks.


  7. "Server"

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    Current Employee - Server in Worcester, MA
    Current Employee - Server in Worcester, MA

    I have been working at Carlson Restaurants part-time (More than 3 years)

    Pros

    tips are good, co workers make the job worth it

    Cons

    don't treat employees the best unless they are management.


  8. "nothing"

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    Former Employee - Kitchen Shift Leader in Dallas, TX
    Former Employee - Kitchen Shift Leader in Dallas, TX
    Doesn't Recommend
    Negative Outlook
    Disapproves of CEO

    I worked at Carlson Restaurants (More than 5 years)

    Pros

    systematical work, salary on time. Basis knowledge and training part is so strong for new employee.

    Cons

    salary not according to work

    Advice to Management

    retain old employee they r asset .


  9. "General manager"

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    Current Employee - General Manager (Gerente General) of Tgi Friday's in Springfield, IL
    Current Employee - General Manager (Gerente General) of Tgi Friday's in Springfield, IL
    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    No opinion of CEO

    I have been working at Carlson Restaurants full-time (More than 8 years)

    Pros

    It's a great company with lots of potential for growth with a firm hold on the restaurant industry. The atmosphere of its always friday's shines through.

    Cons

    The new items that are available on the menu don't always work in each market but the concept of getting guests to return is happening. The endless apps are driving traffic but not always the best traffic when it comes to the type of guests in our market.

    Advice to Management

    Just know that it is always friday's in the restaurant, always use your product support. Have a outgoing attitude and the potential of moving up in the company will be there.


  10. "okay"

    Star Star Star Star Star
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    Current Employee - Produce Buyer in Union, NJ
    Current Employee - Produce Buyer in Union, NJ

    I have been working at Carlson Restaurants (More than a year)

    Pros

    have great food there to eat

    Cons

    managers need to car alot more about employees

    Advice to Management

    care more


  11. "Great Company"

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    Current Employee - Bartender and Waiter in Carrollton, TX
    Current Employee - Bartender and Waiter in Carrollton, TX
    Recommends
    Neutral Outlook
    No opinion of CEO

    I have been working at Carlson Restaurants full-time (Less than a year)

    Pros

    Really enjoyed my time with TGI Fridays under the ownership of carlson restaurants.

    Cons

    Got out of the restaurant business.



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