Red Lobster

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Red Lobster Reviews

Updated Jul 24, 2014
All Employees Current Employees Only

3.3 470 reviews

69% Approve of the CEO

Red Lobster President Kim Lopdrup

Kim Lopdrup

(157 ratings)

66% of employees recommend this company to a friend

Review Highlights

Pros
  • Flexible schedule, it's usually easy to pick up extra shifts or to give shifts away(in 35 reviews)

  • friends for life, Benefits ,401K, opportunities for advancement(in 12 reviews)


Cons
  • If you want money you have to work long hours(in 24 reviews)

  • 4 table stations to ensure guests get what they want then 1 year later changing back to 3 table stations(in 13 reviews)

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    Restaurant Manager (Former Employee) Calgary, AB

    ProsTop-notch training for managers at Darden corporate headquarters in Florida. Excellent training for front-line employees. Pay is reasonable for management. Work-life balance is good.

    ConsNot all managers are adequate, as is often the case everywhere.

    Advice to Senior ManagementTo all GM's: Sincerely appreciate your staff (including restaurant managers) on a regular basis. Value opinions more, and don't micromanage your managers.

    Yes, I would recommend this company to a friend – I'm optimistic about the outlook for this company

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    It is a good experience but it could be better if Management will listen

    Restaurant Manager (Current Employee) Ottawa, ON

    ProsGood atmosphere and good operational support.

    Consschedule and limitations for managers to control certain functions that are centralized.

    Advice to Senior ManagementPersonal growth and training are not the priority.

    Yes, I would recommend this company to a friend – I'm not optimistic about the outlook for this company

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    Good money good hours

    Anonymous Employee (Former Employee)

    ProsGood hours - closes at 10pm, quality customers - price per plate +$20 = ok tips

    ConsLimited flexibility around working during holidays - as per any restaurant job

    Yes, I would recommend this company to a friend

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    Restaurant Manager (Former Employee)

    ProsGreat structure and great values towards customer

    ConsNo work life balance. Long hours and no room for growth

    Advice to Senior ManagementAppreciate your employees and their value

    No, I would not recommend this company to a friend – I'm not optimistic about the outlook for this company

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    Am loving it there

    Line Cook (Current Employee) Saskatoon, SK

    ProsFriendly environment and the managers are understanding

    ConsThey do not have a good benefit plan for workers

    Yes, I would recommend this company to a friend

     

    Very corporate, very set in their ways.

    Server (Current Employee) Toronto, ON

    ProsFull benefits for full time employees, flexible scheduling and good tips.

    ConsVery corporate, very set in their ways and sometimes horrible management.

    Advice to Senior ManagementIf you power trip, your employees will not respect you.

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    no growth for managers

    Anonymous Employee (Current Employee) Burlington, ON

    Prosweekly salary, good training, good company

    Consno life, no growth, life is a hell

    Advice to Senior Managementstart looking at their managers not directors

    No, I would not recommend this company to a friend

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    Great leadership, quality team, very flexible.

    Server (Former Employee) Salt Lake City, UT (US)

    ProsWork schedule is very flexible

    Management is very fair and very direct in feedback and criticism

    Team environment is very friendly.

    ConsExperience varies by location

    Management has a tendency to always side with the clientele

    Company relies on tips to finance front-of-house staff

    Advice to Senior ManagementRed Lobster was a fantastic experience while I worked to put myself through college. The management was very helpful, and frequently listened to my requests for time off to study or work on last-minute project details. As a server, the pay was quite nice for the amount of time put in, and the fellow staff members were happy and supportive. Red Lobster does a great job at balancing work and life.

    Yes, I would recommend this company to a friend

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    Great Team

    Server (Former Employee) Bronx, NY (US)

    ProsWe get paid weekly. Coworkers work very well together. it is a team effort. management was very nice and cared for their employees. did not allow employees to accept disrespect at any time from guests. they worked well with us and scheduling was very flexible

    Consmanagement could get crazy when it is busy. the training for servers could have been a little mor thorough. i feel like they just there us in and expected us to know everything.

    Yes, I would recommend this company to a friend

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    Best Company You Could Work For

    Line Cook (Current Employee) State College, PA (US)

    ProsSemiannual raise opportunities
    Advancement opportunities
    Cross-training readily available
    High starting wage
    Wonderful people
    Great policies
    Clean restaurant
    Great food

    ConsThe only con I have to mention is that whomever is assembling the meals from the line generally ends up having a lot of things thrown at them all at once. If the kitchen were set up in a straight line leading to the assembler, it would be much easier for other line members to contribute to their portion of the assembly of the meal.

    Yes, I would recommend this company to a friend – I'm optimistic about the outlook for this company

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