Brinker Reviews

Updated 28 October, 2014
Updated 28 October, 2014
88 Reviews
3.5
88 Reviews
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Review Highlights

Pros
  • Flexible hours during down times (in 5 reviews)

  • Great culture, great work life balance (in 5 reviews)


Cons
  • long hours management can treat you like a child (in 7 reviews)

  • Work-Life balance is nonexistent (in 3 reviews)

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  1.  

    It's no longer the company Norman Brinker envisioned.

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    • Senior Management
    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    Former Employee - Manager
    Former Employee - Manager

    I worked at Brinker full-time (more than 10 years)

    Pros

    The Chili's and Maggiano's brands are strong and solid within the restaurant industry. Work hard and play hard are still part of the culture. Most everyone there is top-notch to work with. Community involvement is encouraged.

    Cons

    Team building and relationships, although "encouraged" are not always that easy unless you are "accepted" into the clique that runs your restaurant, brand or department. Benefit programs are expensive compared to other companies.

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    The "in" people are not always the best in the business. You've let a lot of star players go to the benefit of your competitors.

    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    Approves of CEO
  2.  

    People company first with a huge emphasis on living the company culture

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    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee in Dallas, TX (US)
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee in Dallas, TX (US)

    I have been working at Brinker full-time (less than an year)

    Pros

    Discounts at company-owned restaurants, great office location, work-life balance

    Cons

    Lack of onboarding and formal training for new employees

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    Work on hiring practices and improve selectivity

    Recommends
    Neutral Outlook
    Approves of CEO
  3.  

    Great culture

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    • Work/Life Balance
    • Senior Management
    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee

    I have been working at Brinker

    Pros

    fun working atmosphere. Every day is different.

    Cons

    Ever changing rules. Management didn't follow through with their promises.

    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    Approves of CEO
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  5.  

    job

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    • Senior Management
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    • Career Opportunities
    Current Employee - Bartender in Decatur, TX (US)
    Current Employee - Bartender in Decatur, TX (US)

    I have been working at Brinker full-time (more than 3 years)

    Pros

    very flexable easy money always changint

    Cons

    long hours management can treat you like a child

    Recommends
    Neutral Outlook
    Approves of CEO
  6.  

    It's a server job

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    • Senior Management
    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    Current Employee - Server
    Current Employee - Server

    I have been working at Brinker part-time (more than an year)

    Pros

    Flexible hours during down times. Fun crew to work with. Understanding management

    Cons

    Working on holidays mandatory. Restaurant is beginning to cater more to lower class customers. Identity crisis, do we want to be fine dining or do we want to be casual?

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    Quit catering to the lower class.

    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    Approves of CEO
  7. 1 person found this helpful  

    A very pleasing start with a less than stellar end.

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    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    Former Employee - Manager in Louisville, KY (US)
    Former Employee - Manager in Louisville, KY (US)

    I worked at Brinker full-time (more than an year)

    Pros

    Numerous locations with substantial opportunity. Pay was competitive and benefits were above average.

    Cons

    As is the case with many jobs, the company is only as good as the individuals working within it and my experiences were with individual of below average morals and character.

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    Remember that people are the life-blood of any business.

    Doesn't Recommend
    Neutral Outlook
    Disapproves of CEO
  8.  

    Friendly, brilliant, dedicated people and forward thinking management.

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    • Senior Management
    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee in Dallas, TX (US)
    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee in Dallas, TX (US)

    I worked at Brinker as a contractor (more than an year)

    Pros

    Fast paced but willing to dedicate the time and resources to insure success.

    Cons

    Didn't encounter any Cons worthy of mention.

    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    No opinion of CEO
  9.  

    Jump on the chance to work for this company

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    • Senior Management
    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    Former Employee - Accounting in Dallas, TX (US)
    Former Employee - Accounting in Dallas, TX (US)

    I worked at Brinker full-time (more than 3 years)

    Pros

    Really sorry I left this great company. I think you will find that you will be rewarded with wonderful benefits and fair pay. They will provide you with an excellent training program,

    Cons

    Promotions from within were a little slow forthcoming and the the only reason I left was offered another position of interest with another company first.

    Recommends
  10.  

    Great place to work!!

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    • Senior Management
    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee

    I have been working at Brinker

    Pros

    Benefits for all employees, brinker family fund, ability to move up within company, flexible with school, other jobs and family

    Cons

    Not very many cons. Overall if you are in the hospitality industry this is a great company to work for.

    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    No opinion of CEO
  11.  

    Long term stress for short term gains

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    • Senior Management
    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    Former Employee - Bartender in Denham Springs, LA (US)
    Former Employee - Bartender in Denham Springs, LA (US)

    I worked at Brinker full-time (more than 3 years)

    Pros

    good money
    corporate stability
    opportunity for advancement
    employee benefits for full-time employees
    loyalty benefits

    Cons

    food service
    long hours
    constant management changes
    no part-time benefits
    large, detailed menu

    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    Approves of CEO

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Brinker has fun company-wide meetings. This was circus themed, with senior leadership dressed as clowns.
Todd Wilbur filmed the show Top Secret Recipe on Brinker campus.
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