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Famous Dave's Reviews

Updated May 20, 2017
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Pros
  • A majority of the employees and supervisors were fun to work with (in 9 reviews)

  • Good people to work with, a few great bosses to work for, good food (in 16 reviews)

Cons
  • Long hours put in at Famous Daves (in 10 reviews)

  • Bad upper management decision making leads to poor trickle down (in 7 reviews)

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  1. "Good eats"

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    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    • Comp & Benefits
    • Senior Management
    Current Employee - Project Coordinator in Largo, MD
    Current Employee - Project Coordinator in Largo, MD
    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    Approves of CEO

    I have been working at Famous Dave's full-time (Less than a year)

    Pros

    Go the food is good

    Cons

    Tip good when you go there

    Advice to Management

    Good management team


  2. "You win some you lose some"

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    • Work/Life Balance
    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    • Comp & Benefits
    • Senior Management
    Former Employee - Host in Maple Grove, MN
    Former Employee - Host in Maple Grove, MN
    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    No opinion of CEO

    I worked at Famous Dave's part-time (More than a year)

    Pros

    Good food, fast paced restaurant, easy standards, good money, easy to shine

    Cons

    Often has bad clientele. Management will throw food at people to make them happy

    Advice to Management

    If someone puts their hair on their food in front of you, why would you give then another meal.


  3. "Worst job I've ever had"

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    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    • Comp & Benefits
    • Senior Management
    Former Employee - Hostess in Gilbert, AZ
    Former Employee - Hostess in Gilbert, AZ
    Doesn't Recommend
    Negative Outlook
    No opinion of CEO

    I worked at Famous Dave's part-time (Less than a year)

    Pros

    Fun coworkers, enjoyed having a fun staff, discounts on food.

    Cons

    Little to no breaks, managment has the worst organization ive ever seen, takes anger out on everything and one when something goes wrong. They wont talk to eachother.

    Advice to Management

    Have a universal way of doing things instead of going around corporates back to do things.


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  5. "Greedy"

    Star Star Star Star Star
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    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    • Comp & Benefits
    • Senior Management
    Former Employee - Togo Specialist in Silverdale, WA
    Former Employee - Togo Specialist in Silverdale, WA
    Doesn't Recommend
    Negative Outlook
    Disapproves of CEO

    I worked at Famous Dave's full-time (More than 5 years)

    Pros

    Coworkers usually crazy fun.
    Food is good, if they adhere to the Dave's standard every time.

    Cons

    Favoritism by management
    Problem solving of handing out free food
    Would rather hire a server who is "attractive" and stupid than moves current employee up who actually gets the job done.
    Doesn't hire if one doesn't have previous experience.
    Only hires friends of coworkers who turn out to be terrible workers.
    Focused solely on labor percentages rather than guest satisfaction and service.
    GMs last 9 months, guaranteed.

    Advice to Management

    Don't hire based on how hot someone is.
    Don't tell an employee to "get a new personality" and work more and harder and prove yourself when you don't give them the chance to do it.
    Don't placate guests with free food and large discounts, because it breeds those kind of people.
    DO have a monthly meeting with entire staff to discuss ups and downs, things to fix or work on, keep everyone on track. It works wonders!


  6. "Management is a JOKE!!!!"

    Star Star Star Star Star
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    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    • Comp & Benefits
    • Senior Management
    Former Employee - Bartender in Noblesville, IN
    Former Employee - Bartender in Noblesville, IN
    Doesn't Recommend
    Negative Outlook
    No opinion of CEO

    I worked at Famous Dave's full-time (Less than a year)

    Pros

    I have to apparently put 20 words worth of pros on here and honestly it's not even worth that. It's weird but hey, Food smells good I think that's it.

    Cons

    Tried to work here, at the Noblesville location and the AGM literally got overwhelmed during orientation and it wasn't even busy. I've worked places in high volume and that wasn't it at ALL. He spazzed out and said to come back. Not worth it. My husband didn't even feel comfortable after that (he was with me and a server too) the Agm needs to be fired then maybe things will get better

    Advice to Management

    NEED NEW MANAGEMENT!!!!!!!!!!!!! Can't handle it being busy, gets overwhelmed to quick, was told they didn't want me there at corporate visit because they were afraid I'd say something since being "new"


  7. "Fun Place to work"

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    • Culture & Values
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    • Senior Management
    Former Employee - Server in Clarksville, IN
    Former Employee - Server in Clarksville, IN
    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    No opinion of CEO

    Pros

    Fun environment, team attitude, excellent food

    Cons

    turn over, pay isn't great, small discount on meals

    Advice to Management

    Give better discount to employees for their shift meal


  8. "Assistant General Manager"

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    • Career Opportunities
    • Comp & Benefits
    • Senior Management
    Current Employee - Assistant General Manager in Noblesville, IN
    Current Employee - Assistant General Manager in Noblesville, IN
    Doesn't Recommend
    Negative Outlook
    Disapproves of CEO

    I have been working at Famous Dave's full-time (More than 3 years)

    Pros

    Hours are not good. Pay is not good for the hours you put in.

    Cons

    Franchise owners are not bound to the same rules as corporate. Corporate does not support franchise employees when they have issues arise with franchise owners. 2

    Advice to Management

    Up pay especially for those working a lot of nights. Care more about your employees.


  9. "Job for anyone"

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    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    • Comp & Benefits
    • Senior Management
    Current Employee - Host in Mesa, AZ
    Current Employee - Host in Mesa, AZ

    I have been working at Famous Dave's part-time

    Pros

    They'll hire anyone, even people with a criminal history

    Cons

    They will tell you you'll be hired for a bunch of positions and then only give you one.
    Barely any lunch breaks, and you can't bring your own food, therefore you have to eat in the bathroom or eat their fatty food.
    They do not give the hours they say they will, no set schedule

    Advice to Management

    Give the positions you actually say you have


  10. "Management"

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    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    • Comp & Benefits
    • Senior Management
    Former Employee - Manager in Delmar, MD
    Former Employee - Manager in Delmar, MD

    I worked at Famous Dave's (More than 3 years)

    Pros

    FD's was a great place to work as a manager. Great support from our AD as well as the home office. Lifelong bonds are made with the crew that you home and mentor.

    Cons

    A fair amount of paper work to fill out at the end of the night.

    Advice to Management

    Stay true to the core values of the restaurant.


  11. "F.D."

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

    I have been working at Famous Dave's part-time (More than a year)

    Pros

    Meet some great new people
    The food is very good
    Welcoming staff
    Everyone seems to get along when they work together

    Cons

    Sometimes the customers that come in are not the best
    Some employees work harder than others
    The wacky schedule sometimes

    Advice to Management

    More structure within the stores would help things flow better as a whole. Certain managers arent engaging with the staff as much


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