Old chicago is a fun environment and a great place to make money. The only negative thing that i can say is that they need to trust their employees.
Cocktail (Former Employee), Colorado Springs, CO – December 21, 2014
Pros: being a part of beer fests and golf tournements, the people you were surrounded by and the opportunity for great money!
Cons: the lack of integrity with higher ups, inconsitent money and inconsistent hours.
At old Chicago i would almost always be busy from the second i got there until the second i left. The customer base was great and loved how knowledgeable the staff was about all of the different styles of beers. I never thought that i would ever know so much about beer! The management team at my store was amazing! They were like one big happy family – more... and made sure that their staff was the same way. The most difficult part about working their was making sure that you were not stepping on toes. The regulars were such a great group of people and loved everybody there, which means that one day Amanda was their favorite and the next day you were and that can be frustrating when you are trying to build up a consistent income. Despite the inconsistency in income, the best part about the job was the variety of people that you were able to encounter every day. – less
Expoditer (Current Employee), Bettendorf, IA – October 8, 2014
Pros: people, flexible scheduling, good pay
Cons: busy, not for everyone
I have worked here for almost a year. And the biggest reason is the people. I have such a good time with my co-workers, we joke around, vent to each other and I know they're there for me if I need something.
I work in several different positions and in each one I feel valued. Of course there are some downsides, as a restaurant we do have a lot of people – more... come in and out, and on weekends we are rather busy and it can be pretty hectic if you aren't prepared for that sort of thing. But the pay is good and management really works around all schedules. – less
Server (Former Employee), Killeen, TX – October 8, 2014
Pros: traveling across, meeting new people and teaching
Cons: no breaks and long hours
I enjoyed working at both places. With the economy failing Red Lobster was starting to feel the effects and that's when I went to Cheddar's where you still had the same atmosphere but it was more budget friendly towards the customers leaving a stable income to work with. The advancement is wonderful and the promote within the company by the end of my – more... time with Cheddars I had become family with people from all over the United States from Certified Training. The only reason I left was starting school and needed a more flexible schedule to work with. – less
Lead Line Cook (Former Employee), Colorado Springs, CO – September 28, 2014
I enjoy any kind of restaurant work, but typically I enjoyed OLD CHICAGO the most, and for so many different reasons. I love the idea that I was able to have so many resposibilities working in the kitchen at old chicago. And I love that they felt I was strong enough and responsible enough to work under such pressure. It Th The hardest part about my – more... job was when you have so many things to do, you want to make sure nothing goes wrong, and in the entire food industry it requires the back of house to run smoothly in order for things in front of the house to run smoothly also, so as long as things were running smooth, I was content. All the way around my experience at old chicago was amazing, because I know people would come in for good food, and when they left with smiles on their faces, I know I did my job. – less
Server Assistant Manager/Bartender (Former Employee), Ankeny, IA – July 19, 2014
Pros: money, fun, meet amazing people.
Cons: nights and weekends. no health insurance
You must work on bar side. That is where the money is made and the guest are the funnest. The regulars there genuinely care for you and will make your night everytime you walk in. Working nights and weekend get old but it is easy money and a smart person can make it go a long way.
Server (Current Employee), Mesa, AZ – July 18, 2014
Everyone who works there gives off a positive vibe to the people who come in and in turn give the same feeling right back. There is nothing there that does not give off a lively feel. You can come and enjoy everything about this place
Bartender (Former Employee), Garden City, KS – July 2, 2014
Pros: discounted food, got to meet great people, had my customers who would come back to see me
Cons: short breaks, long hours, late hours
Go into work ready hair up with a bottle opener and wine key. First counted cash drawer and assigned a drawer then checked off morning bartender and made sure all shift change duties were complete. Begin making ticket drinks for service bar and for bar top. My co workers were great except we were short handed. The hardest part of the job is carrying – more... the kegs but I always got a man to do that for me! The most enjoyable part of the job was getting to meet new people and getting to know what drinks they like so when they come back you have a good idea and they come back to see you! – less
Casual dining bar and grill with an upbeat college crowd
Service Manager (Former Employee), Conway, AR – June 23, 2014
I found this company to be a great place for advancement and opportunity. I started out as a server after retiring from military service and I felt right at home. The management staff was top notch, they made work fun for the employees and the guests by hosting seasonal events and occasionally dressing up in costumes. I was promoted to shift leader – more... and then full time manager before I was given my own store. I would still be with the company if I had not moved out of state. – less