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Cracker Barrel Columbia Reviews

Updated August 28, 2017
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Cracker Barrel President & CEO Sandra B. Cochran
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Pros
  • Relatively flexible schedule for students (in 141 reviews)

  • Flexible hours; family environment; restaurant does not offer alcohol (in 83 reviews)

Cons
  • The work life balance isn't ideal (in 51 reviews)

  • It takes a toll working such long hours (in 94 reviews)

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  1. "Cracker barrel former employee review"

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    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee in Columbia, SC
    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee in Columbia, SC

    I worked at Cracker Barrel part-time (More than a year)

    Pros

    discounts and stars system is cool

    Cons

    sometimes you do not get a break or get off hours later than you are supposed to

    Cracker Barrel Response

    Aug 30, 2017 – Talent Acquisition

    Thanks for sharing your experience. We're happy you enjoyed the extra perks of working at Crack Barrel. We believe it's very important to reward employees for a job well done. Thanks for always... More


  2. "My thoughts"

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    Former Employee - Back Up Chef in Orangeburg, SC
    Former Employee - Back Up Chef in Orangeburg, SC
    Doesn't Recommend
    Neutral Outlook
    No opinion of CEO

    I worked at Cracker Barrel (More than a year)

    Pros

    Nice place to work. Great benefits.

    Cons

    Bad place to work if you work with lousy and rude managers as well as lousy and rude employees.

    Advice to Management

    Try hiring managers who care about the employees working their and not to abuse them and overwork them just so such managers can look good and fill their pockets. Workers should not get hired simply because they are conniving as the managers. Finally, managers should be hired not only for what they appearance, but for their planning and preparation to business.

    Cracker Barrel Response

    Jul 25, 2017 – Talent Acquisition

    Thanks for the feedback. We are committed to hiring employees that share our belief in the importance of Pleasing People, and work hard to ensure that this transcends the culture of all of our... More

  3. "Server Aspect"

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    Former Employee - Hostess, Server in Irmo, SC
    Former Employee - Hostess, Server in Irmo, SC
    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    No opinion of CEO

    I worked at Cracker Barrel (More than 8 years)

    Pros

    Easy work, flexible hours that worked well when I was in school.

    Cons

    Very anal about minute details.

    Advice to Management

    Too much pressure to meat goals.


  4. "Review"

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    Current Employee - Cashier On Front Counter in Irmo, SC
    Current Employee - Cashier On Front Counter in Irmo, SC
    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    Approves of CEO

    I have been working at Cracker Barrel (Less than a year)

    Pros

    Great people to work for. Cracker Barrel even has a program where they raise money If you get in a crises situation and helps the employee out, fun and pleasant atmosphere, good raise program.

    Cons

    Part time, starting minimum wage.

    Advice to Management

    Should start employees according to experience.


  5. "Fast money"

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    Current Employee - Server in Orangeburg, SC
    Current Employee - Server in Orangeburg, SC

    I have been working at Cracker Barrel part-time (More than a year)

    Pros

    Quick way to earn fast money, flexible work schedules, the money you make is yours

    Cons

    Paychecks are usually zero, never get off at scheduled time, If it's busy management makes you stay.


  6. Helpful (1)

    "Educating"

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    Former Employee - Waitress in Lexington, SC
    Former Employee - Waitress in Lexington, SC
    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    No opinion of CEO

    I worked at Cracker Barrel part-time (More than 3 years)

    Pros

    Learning to be a great team player in stressful situations, and the value of customer service. Also taught me how to successfully manage more than one task at a time.

    Cons

    Having to overcome unhappy and unsatisfied customers, While also performing excellently with other employees who are not valued team players.

    Advice to Management

    Be less careless and panic quietly


  7. "Great company to start off in retail industry!"

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    Current Employee - Retail Sales Associate in Columbia, SC
    Current Employee - Retail Sales Associate in Columbia, SC
    Recommends
    Neutral Outlook

    I have been working at Cracker Barrel part-time (More than 3 years)

    Pros

    Great Retail Manager, flexible schedule, weekly pay

    Cons

    Not much room for growth after your reach PAR 4. Could lose insurance with company if full time and don't work a certain amount of hours. No holiday pay.

    Advice to Management

    Take more pride in acknowledging the staff that has been there more than 5 years.

  8. "Good job to have while you're in school, although their are some problems with management."

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

    I worked at Cracker Barrel part-time (More than a year)

    Pros

    Friendly Staff, having a 50 percent discount while you're working. Great experience if you are thinking about going into the restaurant business.

    Cons

    Corporate structured. Pay could be better. Management could use a little work on how they handle day to day task.

    Advice to Management

    Get with your employees more, discuss what you could do as a manager to make their experience a little better.


  9. "Love this place. Can't say enough great things."

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    Current Employee - Retail in Columbia, SC
    Current Employee - Retail in Columbia, SC
    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    Approves of CEO

    I have been working at Cracker Barrel part-time (Less than a year)

    Pros

    Working at 642 in Columbia, SC is wonderful. Employees are treated as well as the guests. Sandy, the Retail Manager is outstanding. She treats her employees like family. Her encouragement makes me want to be the best I can be. The training is the best. Everyone helps everyone else succeed. My coworkers are very, very, helpful to me.

    Cons

    Can't think of any cons.

    Advice to Management

    Keep up the great job of complimenting your employees. That in turn makes the employee want to succeed.


  10. "one of the best managerial experiences"

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    Former Employee - Associate Manager in Columbia, SC
    Former Employee - Associate Manager in Columbia, SC
    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    Approves of CEO

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

    Pros

    flexible job,make good money,great benefits,and a great place to learn how to muti task and govern over 120 empoyees.

    Cons

    very fast pace ,if everyone doesn't work together as a team,you will not be successful.

    Advice to Management

    innovative ways to improve turn around numbers,(percentage increase over l/y ) great way to see where you need to make adjustments so you can meet your financial goal. Employee moral governed by a program called par,were the employee's can get pay increases by taking courses to improve there skill levels,which in return you get more productivity.


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