Server (Former Employee), Chantilly, VA – March 2, 2015
Famous Dave's was a fun place to work with understanding management and co-workers that were easy to get along with. I enjoyed always having something to do, but as a bartender sometimes found it difficult having to juggle making drinks and taking care of my guests, but it helped me learn multitasking and talking to different people.
Standard chain restaurant with more indoctrination than usual
Lead Bartender/Trainer (Former Employee), Hayward, CA – September 28, 2015
Pros: Quick shifts, quick money, great coworkers
Cons: Company culture identity issues, disconnected upper management, management turnover rate too high
When I first started with FD's I was immediately overwhelmed by their cultish environment. There is literally an entire list of phrases that they require you to use each day in your interactions. You have – more... to refer to one another and ourselves as "Famous (Insert name here)" and instead of saying a word such as "Awesome", they encourage you to replace it with "Sauceome". It's completely ridiculous.The whole business is littered with tacky signage and the logo itself; a cartoon pig cooking it's own ribs over a fire? Perhaps only a few people actually pay attention to such details, but to me it was weird and twisted.
The job of tending bar in itself is great. Teaching new hires drink recipes and introducing them to regulars is fun and rewarding at times. It's one of the few low end jobs where you really have the opportunity to take ownership of real estate within the business itself. The bar is yours to run, as long as you keep within the standards set by the business. Shifts go by quickly because you're moving 90% of the time and when you're not completely slammed you have a bit of time to forge friendships with your patrons.
Management at the restaurant level was fine most of the time and I had a good relationship with them I believe. The District guys and upwards though were strangely pompous considering their position in life. They had an air of arrogance and self-entitled importance whenever they came around and really in no way attempted to connect with the employees to boost moral when things were really beginning to unravel. The company was bought out and the CEO is a man who used to run high up with McDonald's. The emphasis on quantity over quality was always apparent regardless of what the "culture" of FD's imposed on it's employees and patrons.
As a bit of an introvert, I was more of an observer and never really felt directly impacted by the random changes each manager brought, or the unclear direction of the company that constantly shifted with each lunar phase. I felt bad for my co-workers though. Many of them were seriously invested in the company and one another and it was difficult for them at times to find comfort and job security. – less
Host/To-Go (Former Employee), Grandville, MI – September 13, 2015
Pros: Co-workers, 50% off on most menu items
Famous Dave's is a great first job for those who are looking. The people I worked with were welcoming and able to help when I needed it. They did their best to provide a great workplace. Yes, it is a decent workplace, but there could be improvements like with any workplace. There's always room for improvement.
Server/Bartender (Former Employee), Lincoln, NE – September 12, 2015
Pros: Meeting new people
Cons: late hours
I would start my shift by reviewing our daily/nightly quotas and doing my best throughout the day/night to meet those quotas. during the shift I would keep a clean workplace, give great service, and make – more... sure my cleaning duties were kept up. At the end of the shift I would finish all of my nightly duties and give my organized cash and credit card transactions to the manager. The management was distant but kept a good workplace. My coworkers kept a positive attitude and had great teamwork. The hardest part of the job was to stay for late hours. The most enjoyable part of my job was interacting with all different kinds of people and knowing I gave great service. – less
prep cook (Current Employee), 5900 E 2nd Street – September 1, 2015
Pros: 50% discount at all john johnson restaurants.
Cons: burns and cuts
It is a fast paced place to work and takes a lot of memorization. It is difficult sometimes since we do have so many recipes but, i enjoy it because the people are fun to work with and the managers actually apply themselves to wanting to know how you are doing and how they can help you out. I've learn a lot about cooking and how to smoke meat and since I love smoked meat it's definitely a plus.
Server (Former Employee), everett, wa – August 25, 2015
Famous Daves is all about being FAMOUS! If you can work with that and you are a VERY good server or bartender this is the place for you! Follow EVERY rule to a T, and be available and willing to learn. Don't miss a holliday or call out.
Prep Cook (Current Employee), Springfield, PA – August 25, 2015
Pros: Got to taste new food that came out.
Cons: No Benefits.
Working at FD has been a great experience.Fun work place with supportive management.The job was not hard at all.The most enjoyable part was working with my coworker.There was a lot of variety in what I did each day.new projects that were challenging and exciting.
Area Catering Sale Manager (Current Employee), NJ.NY.PA – August 20, 2015
Pros: Meeting Great People
Cons: No Support
Training was not enough, just a week in Minnesota and was not enough to work on. my home office took a month to come to set up, company phone and laptop. No support at all and the stores made it even worst.
Hostess (Current Employee), Philadelphia, PA – August 12, 2015
Pros: 50% discount on all meals
Cons: get short breaks to eat. earn tips.
Greeting guest and seating them to assigned tables. Handling all incoming calls. cleaning tables, floors, and restrooms. made reservations for 20 guest. mangers are great to work with. coworkers are fun to work with great team players. fun and exciting place to work.
Host (Former Employee), North Las Vegas, NV – August 4, 2015
Pros: Sports Bar, Greeting customers, Friendly place.
Cons: Pay and hours could be better.
Great atmosphere and family oriented. Sports bar area with multiple tv's.Employees very friendly. pay and hours could have been better. Very nice and clean place to eat if you like bbq. High in company history and culture. Very enjoyable job.
Waitress (Former Employee), Davenport, IA – August 4, 2015
Pros: great place to work
Cons: no benefits
Its a fun and exciting place to work. Great management team. Guest are always nice and friendly as well as co-worker. The hardest part of the job is learning about all the sauces and whats in them and what makes them famous.
Line Cook (Current Employee), North Olmsted, OH – July 28, 2015
A typical day started with prepping the line and food for the day. I learned that teamwork is an important part of the job. My co workers make the job more enjoyable, teamwork makes a company run smoother and makes all of our jobs easier. My co workers and being able to cook is the best part of my job.
WAITRESS (Former Employee), Independence, MO – July 25, 2015
Pros: Fun work environment
I love working here, the people and atmosphere are awesome. There's always something new and exciting happening. I can always pick up shifts if I need to or if I need a day off I can get it covered. My famous family is like my second family.
Great franchise to work for. Busy environment, incredible people, area and management.
Bartender Server (Current Employee), Noblesville, IN – July 23, 2015
Id recommend this job to anyone looking to serve or bartend. Management has a wonderful team. Long term employees in which say a lot for the restaurant business. Flexible hours. Great pay and good location.