Famous Dave's Reviews

Updated February 4, 2016
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Ed Rensi
30 Ratings

Pros
  • Consistent, not overly complex concept, and great food (in 11 reviews)

  • Fun Atmosphere, Personal Growth, Love the Food (in 7 reviews)

Cons
  • It is a sad day when the eponymous founder is no longer welcome; and the new CEO is from McDonald's (in 5 reviews)

  • Lack of follow through from upper management, personal growth, lack of team support, vacation/time off policies (in 4 reviews)

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139 Employee Reviews

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  1. "Manager"

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    Former Employee - Service Manager in Culpeper, VA
    Former Employee - Service Manager in Culpeper, VA
    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    No opinion of CEO

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

    Pros

    Great culture! They are going in the right direction!

    Cons

    Must love BBQ! I did


  2. "Manager"

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    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Recommends
    Neutral Outlook

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

    Pros

    Fun place that does alot of different things other than just dine in.

    Cons

    No very good pay for 50 hrs a week

    Advice to Management

    Need a better pay rate scale


  3. "Great job"

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    Current Employee - Line Cook in Mesa, AZ
    Current Employee - Line Cook in Mesa, AZ
    Recommends
    Positive Outlook

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

    Pros

    Management awesome... great atmosphere

    Cons

    Super busy lots of stand no sitting

    Advice to Management

    Keep up the great work


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    "I love the my coworkers"

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    Current Employee - Server in Hayward, CA
    Current Employee - Server in Hayward, CA
    Recommends
    Neutral Outlook
    No opinion of CEO

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

    Pros

    I've been working there since they've opened and I know everyone there it's like my work family.

    Cons

    We constantly go through new GMs so the rules and regulations constantly change so the people that have been there longer have to constantly adjust.

    Advice to Management

    I'd say just to communicate more with employees before making so many changes to the schedules to where it ends up not working for that particular employee. The availability kind of gets pushed aside even though these things have been discussed with previous GMs.


  6. "Loved serving here good company"

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    Former Employee - Food Server in Santa Ana, CA
    Former Employee - Food Server in Santa Ana, CA
    Recommends
    Neutral Outlook
    Approves of CEO

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

    Pros

    The people I get to serve... 50 percent off food friendly Co workers

    Cons

    Had like 4 different managers in 3 months.... Not a bad serving gig though

    Advice to Management

    Famous Dave from Sauce Coast is great awsome gm


  7. "Great job for a college kid"

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    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee

    Pros

    Great Management, I loved the incentives they would come up with to make us sell more of the higher tier menu items.

    Cons

    It was difficult to get as many hours as I would like. I would only get three to four shifts per week.


  8. "Customers hit and miss on tipping good, clicky, immature, unprofessional co-workers whom are partiers are untrustworthy"

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    Current Employee - Server in Janesville, WI
    Current Employee - Server in Janesville, WI
    Doesn't Recommend
    Negative Outlook
    No opinion of CEO

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

    Pros

    Sometimes make good money, some coworkers are nice manager are nice

    Cons

    Overstaffed make little money a lot, unprofessional coworkers 3 out of 4 managers dating server employees, untrustworthy, unfair scheduling and cut system,

    Advice to Management

    Don't date there employees and party with any employees either don't over staff, schedule accordingly, change cut system for day shifts, change chart sections, repremand those who are doing wrong


  9. "General Manager"

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    Former Employee - General Manager in Chester, VA
    Former Employee - General Manager in Chester, VA
    Recommends
    Neutral Outlook
    Disapproves of CEO

    I worked at Famous Dave's (More than 8 years)

    Pros

    Fun and Fast paced environment

    Cons

    Too corporate which led to our closing

    Advice to Management

    Reopen this market


  10. "Okay job"

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    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee in Idaho Falls, ID
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee in Idaho Falls, ID
    Doesn't Recommend
    Negative Outlook

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

    Pros

    Good learning experience, great management training program.

    Cons

    Sexist environment. Bonuses was promised, and achieved but never paid out.

    Advice to Management

    District management and owners should listen to all management not just the GM. Hire people that actually know management not people that are willing to work as a manager for a low salary.


  11. "Growing company who takes care of their emplyees"

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    Former Employee - Account Manager in Flint, MI
    Former Employee - Account Manager in Flint, MI
    Recommends
    Positive Outlook

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

    Pros

    I have worked there for several years and it the best run company of the handful that I have worked for. The VP and Owner have great vision for where the company is going and have used that vision to almost quadruple their revenue in the last 7 years. The people are great to work with and everyone gets along pretty well. You are allowed to do your job with no one hovering over you and looking over your shoulder. If you need help with anything, that is always available. after 7 years you get 3 weeks of vacation and 1 week of sick leave, which is better than almost any other company I have been a part of.

    Cons

    Not a ton of moral boosting things for the staff. The lack of attention can sometimes lead to complacency or sloppiness in work.



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