Great place to grow in a traditional restaurant setting. High burn-out rate for young managers or people with families.
Pros: From-scratch kitchen quality, traditional restaurant-setting, great chances for advancement, free meals, good salary and benefits, chances to transfer are there if you want.
Cons: Bad work/life balance, corporate bureaucracy runs deep, jaded managers, and impossible guests
Great place to chase advancement. Very hard work- it's a place where you will be tested mentally, physically, and emotionally every day. Corporate bureaucracy is pretty difficult to deal with many times. Guest recovery is something that you deal with VERY often- and unruly, mean guests double the difficulty of the job. Fellow managers ranged from truly amazing and hard-working, to lazy and jaded. Overall, it was a great place to grow and if you're looking to be classically trained in a genuine, every-changing restaurant, Maggiano's will give you all of that. Quality of life is the big downfall though.