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Famous Dave's Reviews

Updated September 18, 2017
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Pros
  • Good people to work with, a few great bosses to work for, good food (in 17 reviews)

  • A majority of the employees and supervisors were fun to work with (in 9 reviews)

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  1. "Famous daves waitress"

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    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    • Comp & Benefits
    • Senior Management
    Current Employee - Camarero
    Current Employee - Camarero

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

    Pros

    It's a family and I couldn't be happier to be a part of it it's a really fun jobs and great opportunities present themselves if you work hard enough!

    Cons

    Hours aren't very steady but they're willing to work it out with you if you're a valuable part of the team


  2. "Cook"

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    • Career Opportunities
    • Senior Management
    Former Employee - Line Cook in Maple Grove, MN
    Former Employee - Line Cook in Maple Grove, MN
    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    Approves of CEO

    Pros

    Decent Pay friendly environment to work in

    Cons

    Employee discount
    But that was about it

    Advice to Management

    Keep up the good work

  3. "Franchise chain...... ugh!"

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    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee

    I worked at Famous Dave's full-time

    Pros

    Great food and corporate culture.

    Cons

    Franchise restaurant. Upper management only cares about putting money in their pockets and building their company. No regard for employees that run the daily business


  4. "Server"

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    Current Employee - Server in Smyrna, TN
    Current Employee - Server in Smyrna, TN
    Doesn't Recommend
    Negative Outlook
    Disapproves of CEO

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

    Pros

    Flexibility when it comes to scheduling, promotes from within

    Cons

    There is no accountability for ones actions, managers spend more time in the office on their phones than doing their jobs, too many cliques, HR has no idea of how the place is ran and when it's brought to their attention they simply brush it off.

    Advice to Management

    Call for references before you hire people, stop worrying so much about food costs and more about the actual functioning of the place. Stop scheduling So many severs on a night where no one is going to make money, care about your employees.


  5. "Be careful what you wish for..."

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    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee

    I worked at Famous Dave's part-time

    Pros

    Great food and drinks here.

    Cons

    Unprofessional management at sioux City, IA

    Advice to Management

    Treat employees that go in and eat like they're a regular customer. Don't fire someone illegally!


  6. "Line cook"

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    Current Employee - Line Cook in Bloomington, IL
    Current Employee - Line Cook in Bloomington, IL

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

    Pros

    Willing to work with my schedule. Fun people

    Cons

    No money. Are not willing to give raises. No reviews for a chance to get even a 25 cent raise.

    Advice to Management

    Pay your employees. Cooks are more willing to work for you if you aren't paying industry minimum. If you can afforded good work then close the doors and stop wasting everyone's time.


  7. "True Corporate Job"

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    • Senior Management
    Current Employee - Lead Line Cook in Missoula, MT
    Current Employee - Lead Line Cook in Missoula, MT
    Doesn't Recommend
    Neutral Outlook
    No opinion of CEO

    I have been working at Famous Dave's full-time (More than 8 years)

    Pros

    Get employment easily

    Cons

    Management is only looking out for there bottom line then the customer lastly there employees

    Advice to Management

    none

  8. "Corporate office is terrible"

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    • Senior Management
    Former Employee - Server/Bartender in Richmond, VA
    Former Employee - Server/Bartender in Richmond, VA
    Doesn't Recommend
    Negative Outlook
    Disapproves of CEO

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

    Pros

    I loved working there because of the people I got to work with. Our GM was awesome and most of my coworkers quickly became family. Many of them worked there for over 10 years.

    Cons

    Corporate literally pasted a sign on our doors 6 days after New Years that we were closed!!!! Showed up for my shift as usual and BAM. Thanks for letting me spend money on my kids for Christmas when I won't be able to pay next months rent.

    Our clientele was terrible-has more to do with our location at the time.

    Advice to Management

    Have a heart and stop doing this to people. I'm sure Dave would totally approve of you all shutting doors on employees who have been dedicated to your company for nearly a decade, right? You force us to learn about how amazing he is-why not uphold the standard? I chalk it up to the new CEO. Money hungry and trying to prove himself.


  9. "Decent first serving job"

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    • Senior Management
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Neutral Outlook
    Approves of CEO

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

    Pros

    Easy money, good friends with coworkers, discounted food, relaxed environment

    Cons

    Bad clientele, restaurant is pretty dirty, rodent and bugs, really hot inside.

    Advice to Management

    Care more about the restaurant and your employees.


  10. "There's a reason they are always understaffed and it's called the kitchen manager"

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    • Culture & Values
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    • Comp & Benefits
    • Senior Management
    Former Employee - Line Cook in Henderson, NV
    Former Employee - Line Cook in Henderson, NV
    Doesn't Recommend
    Positive Outlook
    No opinion of CEO

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

    Pros

    Food is good, that's it

    Cons

    Low ball your wage, want you to work 3 peoples job, berate and criticize you to their favored employees who tolerate with their abusive behavior

    Advice to Management

    Whoever runs the Henderson Famous Daves needs to realize your kitchen manager is the reason you don't have employees. The one with the faded name badge that needs a lesson in personal grooming.


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