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Old Country Buffet Reviews

Updated November 17, 2017
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Pros
  • Liked all the people i worked with customers were always friendly (in 4 reviews)

  • clean, family oriented, good food (in 6 reviews)

Cons
  • Everything else hours no opportunity to advance management doesn't care about employees (in 4 reviews)

  • Bad Hours - Just like the first con, gives you low hours then expects you to stay overtime (in 3 reviews)

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  1. "Beverage Bar Attendent"

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    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee

    I worked at Old Country Buffet part-time

    Pros

    Sneaking Food, Short Hours, Tips

    Cons

    It is dirty restaurant work.


  2. "I wouldn't consider working there"

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    Former Employee - Manager
    Former Employee - Manager
    Doesn't Recommend
    Negative Outlook
    No opinion of CEO

    Pros

    It was ok. The hours were better than other restaurant jobs

    Cons

    After 2 years I never even received a performance review

  3. "Dear god"

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    Former Employee - Server in Denver, CO
    Former Employee - Server in Denver, CO
    Doesn't Recommend
    Negative Outlook
    Disapproves of CEO

    I worked at Old Country Buffet part-time (More than 3 years)

    Pros

    Tips if you're a server

    Cons

    They won't let you work full time, they save all the grunt work for servers who make server wages, every thing is gross and dirty, they've gone bankrupt multiple times and are barely hanging on, they will close stores with little to no notice to employees


  4. "Do not recommend, bad company to work for."

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    Former Employee - Kitchen Manager in Elmira, NY
    Former Employee - Kitchen Manager in Elmira, NY
    Doesn't Recommend
    Negative Outlook
    Disapproves of CEO

    I worked at Old Country Buffet full-time (Less than a year)

    Pros

    The people ( employees ) that work for you. They are great people.

    Cons

    The company is sexist, always hear negative. Never anything good. Will get rid of you if you challenge them.

    Advice to Management

    Don't be sneaky, if your gonna get rid of someone be decent enough to tell them. Just because you run the company doesn't mean you are always right.


  5. "Went down hill quickly"

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    Former Employee - General Manager
    Former Employee - General Manager
    Doesn't Recommend
    Negative Outlook
    Disapproves of CEO

    I worked at Old Country Buffet full-time (More than 8 years)

    Pros

    People I worked with, the guest, good salary to begin

    Cons

    Always berated by area managers, never knew what was correct way to do things all area directors had different standard of what was right,were given certain amount of hours to use then they kept taking more and more hours away forcing managers to work position then area directors would come in and get angry with managers for working positions. Many changes that we as managers weren't smart but we were never listened to our concerns pushed to way side. All the people that really cared about company were let go and greedy money hungry people were hired. Being made to work 70 hours a week getting paid for 55 hours and never having time with family.

    Advice to Management

    They should've concentrated on what was happening in the stores rather than being "undercover" on TV. Supposedly he learned a lot from being on the show but the stores were falling apart and there was money to fix them. Don't take so much labor from the stores that they can't run properly. Don't take all incentives away from employees so they want to work for your company. Don't expect your managers to work 70 hours a week just so you can make labor.


  6. "Experience of a Great Server!! MW"

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    Current Employee - Server in Milwaukee, WI
    Current Employee - Server in Milwaukee, WI
    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    Approves of CEO

    I have been working at Old Country Buffet part-time (Less than a year)

    Pros

    Making and keeping customers happy and satisfied was the best experience i had being apart of this fun and energetic team. Not to mention me as a server there was great full of fun and joy just to be able to satisfy the customer.

    Cons

    while i had my experience as a server and working there for a year really taught me some valuable life lesson that will benefit me in the future.

    Advice to Management

    Keep up the great job from a former employee who had a great experience being apart of the team as a Server!!


  7. "manager"

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    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee

    Pros

    Good working environment and friendly coworker/

    Cons

    It is a new restaurant.

    Advice to Management

    not yet

  8. "Hard Work little help"

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

    Pros

    Meals were free and taking food home was encouraged. Coworkers were very nice.

    Cons

    Understaffed no matter what shift I took.

    Advice to Management

    Hire more people


  9. "Company Review"

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    Former Employee - Display Cook in Wilkes-Barre, PA
    Former Employee - Display Cook in Wilkes-Barre, PA
    Doesn't Recommend
    Negative Outlook
    Approves of CEO

    I worked at Old Country Buffet part-time

    Pros

    I loved my job. I was always on the move and I love the food service aspect. The managers and my co-workers were awesome. WE had fun but we got the job done.

    Cons

    WE were always getting our hours cut.

    Advice to Management

    The restaurant is now closed.


  10. "3 times bankrupt"

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    • Senior Management
    Former Employee - Kitchen Manager in Vernon Hills, IL
    Former Employee - Kitchen Manager in Vernon Hills, IL
    Doesn't Recommend
    Negative Outlook
    Approves of CEO

    I worked at Old Country Buffet full-time (More than 5 years)

    Pros

    Good place to get experience. Good was ok. Corp was mostly hands off letting the stores run themselves. Stable job for management.

    Cons

    Massive hour cuts. A lot of time spent on the line as a manager or cook instead of checking quality and service.

    Advice to Management

    Listen to your employees and guests about how the food and service have fallen. Labor cuts and staffing issues don't make for a great family dining experience.


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