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Red Lobster Reviews

Updated October 22, 2018
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Pros
  • "Flexible schedule, constantly moving around, meeting new people" (in 149 reviews)

  • "Good money and opportunities to grow" (in 108 reviews)

Cons
  • "long hours, but worth the money" (in 98 reviews)

  • "However I feel red lobster minimizes a lot of this due to its commitment to work life balance for its managers" (in 30 reviews)

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  1. Featured Review

    Helpful (7)

    "Amazing"

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    Former Employee - Certified Grill Master in Bay City, MI
    Former Employee - Certified Grill Master in Bay City, MI
    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    No opinion of CEO

    I worked at Red Lobster full-time (More than 5 years)

    Pros

    Great place to start if you want to move up with the company. I wouldn’t be where I am today without red lobster.

    Cons

    Nothing at all. Such a fun and inviting work place. I had a great time working for the 5 years I did.

    Advice to Management

    Literally this place jump started my career in management!

    Red Lobster Response

    Jun 13, 2018

    Thank you for your great review! We love hearing that you've had such a positive experience working at Red Lobster. It is people like you that make Red Lobster a great place to work!


  2. "Best Serving job for those looking for a flexible schedule"

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    Current Employee - Server/Waiter
    Current Employee - Server/Waiter
    Recommends
    Positive Outlook

    I have been working at Red Lobster full-time

    Pros

    Structured work environment with well trained, experienced management. Opportunities to work as much or as little as needed.

    Cons

    Work environment can be very independent at times.

  3. "Server"

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    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee

    I worked at Red Lobster full-time

    Pros

    Made good money when the economy was good. Not difficult and good training was provided.

    Cons

    Every Sunday was basically mandatory, but that comes with the service industry in general.


  4. "Experience"

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

    Pros

    Flexible Hours, Great tips and friendly service

    Cons

    Gratuity not mandatory for large parties


  5. "Strong company of restaurants"

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    Current Employee - General Manager
    Current Employee - General Manager
    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    Approves of CEO

    I have been working at Red Lobster full-time (More than 10 years)

    Pros

    Many development opportunities, strong leadership, good benefits

    Cons

    Technology needs to upgrade faster


  6. "Good money in short amount of time"

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    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee

    I have been working at Red Lobster part-time

    Pros

    Good money in short amount of time

    Cons

    Can be stressful at times


  7. "Great company to work for"

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    Current Employee - Server in Murrieta, CA
    Current Employee - Server in Murrieta, CA

    I have been working at Red Lobster part-time (More than 5 years)

    Pros

    Friendly atmosphere. Amazing culture. Great Managers

    Cons

    Summer time there is less scheduling due to slowness.

  8. "General Manager"

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    Current Employee - General Manager in Salt Lake City, UT
    Current Employee - General Manager in Salt Lake City, UT
    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    Approves of CEO

    I have been working at Red Lobster full-time (More than 10 years)

    Pros

    The number one reason I enjoy red lobster is our commitment to excellence. I have high standards and am intensely competitive. I also value red lobsters commitment to our people. We take care of each other and has been a huge reason I e stayed so long.

    Cons

    I don’t think there are cons specific to red lobster. More industry cons such as weekends and nights. However I feel red lobster minimizes a lot of this due to its commitment to work life balance for its managers.

    Advice to Management

    If you don’t have a commitment to being the best at what you do this isn’t the place for you. If you enjoy working in a high performance culture with incentives for great performance this is the place for you.


  9. "ehh"

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    Former Employee - Server/Waiter in Virginia Beach, VA
    Former Employee - Server/Waiter in Virginia Beach, VA

    I worked at Red Lobster full-time (More than a year)

    Pros

    more likely to get time off than other restaurant jobs

    Cons

    uniform, have to work most holidays, customers are rude.


  10. "General Manager"

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    Current Employee - General Manager in Roanoke, VA
    Current Employee - General Manager in Roanoke, VA
    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    Approves of CEO

    I have been working at Red Lobster full-time (More than 10 years)

    Pros

    Pay and people I work with, also corporate culture

    Cons

    Amount of time put in and more pressure coming down from corporate, things are definitely changing


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