Red Lobster Reviews

Updated 28 August, 2014
Updated 28 August, 2014
494 Reviews

3.4
494 Reviews
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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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Employee Reviews

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  1.  

    Management

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    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee

    I worked at Red Lobster full-time for more than 3 years

    Pros

    All system in placed. very well organized. They were too much in genuine caring. work life balance good for servers as they earn easy cash money.

    Cons

    They dont understand ground level people. GM was always under pressure.

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    Should have faith in your team.

    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    Approves of CEO
  2.  

    Restaurant Manager

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    Former Employee - Restaurant Manager  in  Calgary, AB
    Former Employee - Restaurant Manager in Calgary, AB

    I worked at Red Lobster full-time for more than a year

    Pros

    Top-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.

    Cons

    Not all managers are adequate, as is often the case everywhere.

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

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

    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    Approves of CEO
  3.  

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

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    Current Employee - Restaurant Manager  in  Ottawa, ON
    Current Employee - Restaurant Manager in Ottawa, ON

    I have been working at Red Lobster full-time for more than 5 years

    Pros

    Good atmosphere and good operational support.

    Cons

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

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    Personal growth and training are not the priority.

    Recommends
    Negative Outlook
    No opinion of CEO
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    Good money good hours

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    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee

    I worked at Red Lobster part-time for more than 3 years

    Pros

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

    Cons

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

    Recommends
    Neutral Outlook
    No opinion of CEO
  6.  

    Manager

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    Former Employee - Restaurant Manager
    Former Employee - Restaurant Manager

    I worked at Red Lobster for more than 10 years

    Pros

    Great structure and great values towards customer

    Cons

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

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    Appreciate your employees and their value

    Doesn't Recommend
    Negative Outlook
    Disapproves of CEO
  7.  

    Am loving it there

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    Current Employee - Line Cook  in  Saskatoon, SK
    Current Employee - Line Cook in Saskatoon, SK

    I have been working at Red Lobster part-time for more than a year

    Pros

    Friendly environment and the managers are understanding

    Cons

    They do not have a good benefit plan for workers

    Recommends
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    Very corporate, very set in their ways.

    Current Employee - Server  in  Toronto, ON
    Current Employee - Server in Toronto, ON

    I have been working at Red Lobster full-time for more than 5 years

    Pros

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

    Cons

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

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    If you power trip, your employees will not respect you.

  9. 1 person found this helpful  

    no growth for managers

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    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee  in  Burlington, ON
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee in Burlington, ON

    I have been working at Red Lobster

    Pros

    weekly salary, good training, good company

    Cons

    no life, no growth, life is a hell

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    start looking at their managers not directors

    Doesn't Recommend
    No opinion of CEO
  10.  

    My favorite restaurant to work for

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    Current Employee - Alley Coordinator  in  Harrisburg, PA (US)
    Current Employee - Alley Coordinator in Harrisburg, PA (US)

    I have been working at Red Lobster part-time for more than a year

    Pros

    Great culture, good management and professional atmosphere

    Cons

    Getting cut before working a full shift is always disappointing.

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    Keep bringing in better technology and uniforms

    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    No opinion of CEO
  11.  

    Great place to work!

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    Current Employee - Server  in  Saint Louis, MO (US)
    Current Employee - Server in Saint Louis, MO (US)

    I have been working at Red Lobster full-time for more than 3 years

    Pros

    Great work environment
    can make lots of money if you work hard

    Cons

    some customers can be hard to deal with

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    Keep it up!

    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    Approves of CEO

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