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Famous Dave's Reviews

Updated January 23, 2017
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Pros
  • A majority of the employees and supervisors were fun to work with (in 9 reviews)

  • Nice co-workers , nice environment to work in Good Food (in 8 reviews)

Cons
  • Long hours, on your feet all day, heavy lifting (in 10 reviews)

  • Upper management turned a passion restaurant into blah (in 6 reviews)

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  1. "Fun Place to work"

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    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


  2. "Assistant General Manager"

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    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.


  3. "Job for anyone"

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    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


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  5. "Management"

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    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.


  6. "F.D."

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    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


  7. "Restaurant Manager"

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    Former Employee - Restaurant Manager in Apple Valley, MN
    Former Employee - Restaurant Manager in Apple Valley, MN
    No opinion of CEO

    Pros

    Working at the shack. Closing hours are nice. No late nights.

    Cons

    Ran by a corporation


  8. "Catering Specialist"

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    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee in Chicago, IL
    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee in Chicago, IL
    Doesn't Recommend
    Neutral Outlook

    Pros

    Active and engaging job. Constantly doing different things.

    Cons

    Very unorganized direct supervisior. Unclear, inconsistent, and unreliable line of communication with tasks and duties.

    Advice to Management

    Maintain more consistent form of communication from catering manager to catering specialists. Refrain from gossiping about other employees(as management to CS)


  9. "horrible place to work"

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    Former Employee - Hostess in Waldorf, MD
    Former Employee - Hostess in Waldorf, MD
    Doesn't Recommend
    Neutral Outlook
    No opinion of CEO

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

    Pros

    smells good, fun environment, lack of busy hours

    Cons

    no hours, bad management, horrible workers

    Advice to Management

    FIX IT.


  10. "Manager"

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    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee

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

    Pros

    Great values within the company. Many different experiences available.

    Cons

    Restaurant industry - not much of a home/family/friends life.


  11. "Great food terrible managers"

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    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Recommends
    Neutral Outlook
    No opinion of CEO

    I worked at Famous Dave's full-time

    Pros

    The waiters and waitresses were nice and helpful. You got a good discount on the food!

    Cons

    Managers never stuck with the days you required to have off. They had major favoritism going on.



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