Pros: flexible scheduling, interactions with team members and guest, discounts at other darden restaurants and various retailers.
Cons: work/life balance, long hours
At Longhorn, I learned to be a better leader. Working each day shows you how to manage your time wisely from shift to shift. A typical day as a opening manager starts at 7:30am ensuring the store is clean and ready for inspection, we call it being "TQ Ready". After that doing a daily count of certain products including beef, poultry, and seafood. After – more... getting the prep sheets out for the team members, that's when you start cutting and prepping steaks and seafood for the day (usually start at 8:30am). Then at 10:30am start your line check to make sure the kitchen members have the product for the day on the line, then by 11am you are in the expo window ready to send out great food to the guests. After 2pm, that's when you prep any items left to do, and do any food orders that are to be done that day.
As a mid shift manager, you typically start about 10:30am and you are managing the floor during the first half of your day, looking to make sure guests are being served and making sure servers, bartenders, and service assistants have everything they need to make sure the guests needs are being met. At about 5:30pm, you transition to expo manager making sure the kitchen team members are pushing out great food, fast.
As a closer, your day starts at 3pm. You coming do a effective line check to help the opening manager know what items you will need for the night. You get the bar bank ready for the bartender that night, and then you stay in the dining room and manage the floor doing figure 8's to ensure not only the front of the house is working well but making sure the back of the house is running smoothly. about 30 min to close, you start doing a nightly inventory to count product accurately to make sure the morning prep team, will prep the right amount of product. You ensure each team member is checked out making sure the store is "TQ Ready". – less