Brinker

  www.brinker.com
  www.brinker.com

Brinker Reviews

Updated 27 November, 2014
Updated 27 November, 2014
90 Reviews
3.5
90 Reviews
Rating Trends

Recommend to a friend
Approve of CEO
Brinker CEO & President Wyman Roberts
Wyman Roberts
0 Ratings

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 8 reviews)

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

More Highlights

Employee Reviews

Sort: Popular Rating Date
  1.  

    A fabulous culture that's dying...

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

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

    Pros

    There are many nice people and a relaxed work environment.

    Cons

    New management is trying to make Brinker better but in doing so, they loose what sets Brinker apart. Things aren't the same anymore and every decision that is made seems to make things worse.

    Doesn't Recommend
    Negative Outlook
    Approves of CEO
  2.  

    Average

    • Comp & Benefits
    • Work/Life Balance
    • Senior Management
    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    Current Employee - Managing Partner/General Manager in Las Vegas, NV (US)
    Current Employee - Managing Partner/General Manager in Las Vegas, NV (US)

    I have been working at Brinker full-time (more than 8 years)

    Pros

    Love Chili's. Flexible work hours and schedule. Pay for performance, the bette you do, the better you make.

    Cons

    Health benefits are sub par. Used to be an industry leader in this, but have fallen way behind.

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    Think 5-10 years ahead. Unemployment will return to the lows it was 5-6 years ago, at which point you will need something to attract talent.

    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    Approves of CEO
  3.  

    Great place to develop career foundations

    • Comp & Benefits
    • Work/Life Balance
    • Senior Management
    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    Former Employee - Marketing Director in Dallas, TX (US)
    Former Employee - Marketing Director in Dallas, TX (US)

    I worked at Brinker full-time (more than 5 years)

    Pros

    Great culture, career developers, many professional connections

    Cons

    Siloed departments, needs more R&D for future growth

    Recommends
    Neutral Outlook
    No opinion of CEO
  4. Is this helpful? The community relies on everyone sharing – Add Anonymous Review


  5.  

    A great opportunity to further your career.

    • Comp & Benefits
    • Work/Life Balance
    • Senior Management
    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    Former Employee - Area Sales Manager - Atlanta in Atlanta, GA (US)
    Former Employee - Area Sales Manager - Atlanta in Atlanta, GA (US)

    I worked at Brinker full-time (more than 8 years)

    Pros

    Compensation, structure, ability to move up and be promoted from within.

    Cons

    Huge company, small budgets, very share holder oriented.

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    Put more stock into employee ability to move intra-company.

    Recommends
    Neutral Outlook
    No opinion of CEO
  6. 1 person found this helpful  

    Merciless and completely unsupportive management. No job security for even the most loyal workers.

    • Comp & Benefits
    • Work/Life Balance
    • Senior Management
    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    Former Employee - Takeout/Deliveries in Bellevue, WA (US)
    Former Employee - Takeout/Deliveries in Bellevue, WA (US)

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

    Pros

    -Occasionally good tips
    - Nice coworkers

    Cons

    - Management will throw any employee "under the bus" and/or terminate them for any minor reason (if you're not randomly on their good side) without any counseling or correction first.
    - Unreasonable work conditions due to firing people without hiring/cross training additional employees to fill the positions.
    - Cannot speak your mind/voice reasonable opinions without repercussions.
    - Management (as well as the employee New Hire booklet) is unknowledgeable of employee rights and laws.
    - Empty promises of cross-training and promotions, cannot ask for any without getting shot down with no explanation. Only put where they want you without given the chance to prove yourself in other areas they still need someone.

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    Try supporting your employees for once. At least give them a chance instead of always siding with every dissatisfied customer you encounter.

    Doesn't Recommend
    Negative Outlook
    No opinion of CEO
  7.  

    Worked for the company for ten years...

    • Comp & Benefits
    • Work/Life Balance
    • Senior Management
    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    Former Employee - Bartender in Denver, CO (US)
    Former Employee - Bartender in Denver, CO (US)

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

    Pros

    I don't have to work there anymore

    Cons

    New upper management are the same people that destroyed Macaroni Grill (when was the last time yo ate there?)
    All grills have been taken out (it still says grill above the door though... not too honest) and replaced with infared convection microwaves. But staff is trained to LIE to guests about this...SHADY!!!
    Tenured employees are shown the door because they want to "change the culture" every six months
    Bartenders are required to WATERDOWN drinks!!!!

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    Go back to fast food where you belong!

    Doesn't Recommend
    Negative Outlook
    Disapproves of CEO
  8.  

    Great place to work!

    • Comp & Benefits
    • Work/Life Balance
    • Senior Management
    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    Former Employee - Financial Analyst in Dallas, TX (US)
    Former Employee - Financial Analyst in Dallas, TX (US)

    I worked at Brinker as an intern (less than an year)

    Pros

    Very friendly yet professional environment. Most employees have been at the company for long-long time. Says a lot about the company culture.

    Cons

    Low attrition makes it difficult to create new positions.

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    Great leadership team.

    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    Approves of CEO
  9.  

    Excellent

    • Comp & Benefits
    • Work/Life Balance
    • Senior Management
    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    Former Employee - Recruiter in Dallas, TX (US)
    Former Employee - Recruiter in Dallas, TX (US)

    I worked at Brinker full-time (more than 8 years)

    Pros

    great culture, fun place to work

    Cons

    downsizing, sold brands and jobs were eliminated

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    take care of people

    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    Approves of CEO
  10.  

    Has gone from "work hard, play hard" to just "work hard". No one "Play's Restaurant" any more.

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

    I have been working at Brinker full-time (more than 8 years)

    Pros

    Although there has been a lot of turnover, there are still phenomenal people at Brinker. I very much enjoy working with them every day and moving the business forward.

    Cons

    More and more of the new people in the company embody the "what have you done for me lately" mentality. While driving for some monthly result, they drive over coworkers. Several months of this sort of behavior has taken its toll, creating more and more of an "us vs. them" attitude. Brinker is losing its family unity.

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    The focus on listening to the managers and flattening communication with the field has been great. There is no reason that we had to stop doing the same at the Home Office. The Home Office is smaller than ever, yet the casual face-to-face with leadership is at an all-time low.

    Doesn't Recommend
    Neutral Outlook
    Disapproves of CEO
  11.  

    They were very impersonal with "lower level" employees

    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee

    I have been working at Brinker

    Pros

    They have sporting events for all employees to participate in.

    Cons

    They're a huge corporation who can't remember someone's name.

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    Let server's wear better clothes.

Brinker Photos

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.
Chili

+ Add Photo

Work at Brinker? Share Your Experiences

Brinker

 
Click to Rate
or

Your response will be removed from the review – this cannot be undone.