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Famous Dave's Reviews

Updated January 5, 2018
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Pros
  • Good people to work with, a few great bosses to work for, good food (in 21 reviews)

  • Great work environment to work in (in 10 reviews)

Cons
  • Lack of staffing leads to long hours (in 11 reviews)

  • Bad upper management decision making leads to poor trickle down (in 9 reviews)

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  1. "Quick"

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    Former Employee - Host in Appleton, WI
    Former Employee - Host in Appleton, WI
    Recommends
    Neutral Outlook
    No opinion of CEO

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

    Pros

    Great food, and the typical 50% unlimited employee discount

    Cons

    Always going home smelling like smoke


  2. "Great Place"

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    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    Approves of CEO

    Pros

    Great company with a lot of tradition.

    Cons

    Corporate needs to oversee more franchises to see that standards are upheld

    Advice to Management

    Teach show do review

  3. "Bartender"

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    Current Employee - Bartender in Fresno, CA
    Current Employee - Bartender in Fresno, CA
    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    Approves of CEO

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

    Pros

    Excellent management staff and great location

    Cons

    Not enough hours to pay the bills

    Advice to Management

    I’m always on time and have never called off sick! I have a great personality and love to work


  4. "Host/ Server"

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    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee in Knoxville, TN
    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee in Knoxville, TN
    Doesn't Recommend

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

    Pros

    Very flexible job; Both hosting and serving were relatively easy jobs

    Cons

    Management was awful. They often picked favorites and took sides. Also, manager misconduct was often ignored. There was an extremely high turnover rate of hostesses and servers because of this.

    Advice to Management

    Pay attention to the work hierarchy. Don't pick favorites or participate in the mistreatment of workers.


  5. "Good pay, bad management, horrible turn over rates."

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    Current Employee - Certified Trainer
    Current Employee - Certified Trainer
    Doesn't Recommend
    Negative Outlook
    No opinion of CEO

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

    Pros

    Good pay (Dependent upon location),

    Cons

    No free food, benefits after one year, very wacky scheduling, corporate doesn't seem to care about the people who work their butts off. Rather high turn over rate, non existent managers.

    Advice to Management

    Be more open and willing to work with your staff. Fix broken equipment with new stuff, not continually replacing parts, that break a month later. GM's need to be more involved, make your face known, don't be the guy who closes once a month and opens every Monday through Thursday and is gone by 4 or 5 PM. See what's going on....


  6. "Fast environment, fun customer, lack of management support"

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    Former Employee - Hostess
    Former Employee - Hostess
    Doesn't Recommend
    Neutral Outlook
    No opinion of CEO

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

    Pros

    Great first job where you can develop your skills in customer service and working on a team. Very flexible schedule and some opportunity for good tips.

    Cons

    Lack of direction from management and lack of opportunities to grow. Alot of work place drama along with management and subordinate inappropriate relations.

    Advice to Management

    More professional and consistent management


  7. "Great place to work, never a dull moment"

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    Former Employee - Line Cook in Little Rock, AR
    Former Employee - Line Cook in Little Rock, AR
    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    Approves of CEO

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

    Pros

    Fun, fast pace, nonstop action.

    Cons

    Can't think of any bad things at all.

    Advice to Management

    Keep up the good work

  8. "A decent place of business"

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    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee

    I worked at Famous Dave's part-time

    Pros

    You learn how to properly barbeque

    Cons

    You have to deal with many different bosses


  9. "Bar Tender"

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    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Doesn't Recommend
    Neutral Outlook
    No opinion of CEO

    I worked at Famous Dave's full-time

    Pros

    They were very flexible with hours when I was attending school full time.

    Cons

    The environment wasn't always the friendliest

    Advice to Management

    Treat all employees fairly.


  10. "Host"

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    Current Employee - Host in Missoula, MT
    Current Employee - Host in Missoula, MT
    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    No opinion of CEO

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

    Pros

    Positive environment, competitive structure with the ability to advance quickly, passionate management, and flexible scheduling.

    Cons

    Scheduling of split shifts sometimes resulted in unnecessary travel and short shifts.

    Advice to Management

    Continue to lead with passion!


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