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Productive
Server/Supervisor (Former Employee) –  Muskogee, OKFebruary 18, 2018
Has great food and has awesome team members. Work is fast pace but yet you still can keep up. Interacting with the new/same customers everyday is very enjoyable.
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Great fast-paced work environment
SERVER (Former Employee) –  Houston, TXFebruary 17, 2018
It is an absolute MUST that you keep up. The seafood business is thriving. This restaurants stays busy. All of those wonderful entrees that are advertised on TV becomes your reality. You have to know what each promotion and entree entails to its entirety.
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It was ok
Server (Current Employee) –  Decatur, GAFebruary 17, 2018
It was good for something temporary, but the location was very stressful. If you really want to get a job serving either get a job at a better restaurant or at a better location.
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If you like seafood, then this may be the place for you
Host/Busboy (Former Employee) –  Nottingham, MDFebruary 17, 2018
The work environment is pretty casual, really professional. Teamwork is HUGE here so you're never alone. Coworkers are friendly. In Red Lobster though, there's never a dull moment. So you'll be on your feet 110% of the time.
Pros
compensation
Cons
rush hour and really big birthday parties
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awful management, very uncomfortable enviroment
SERVER (Former Employee) –  Strongsville, OHFebruary 17, 2018
I worked at the red lobster in Strongsville, OH and the managers there are vicious and mean and unequiped to do their job. I was physically threatened by a shift manager and harassed by another manager. The other servers were rude and unprofessional not just behind the scenes but to the guests! The hosts were too dumb to seat correctly and the entire enviroment working there was toxic and awful. I would never set foot in there again, even as a customer. Awful, awful, awful.
Pros
Nothing really
Cons
pay, poor management, rude coworkers, no benefits
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Fast paced
Host/Server's Assistant/Ally Coordinator (Former Employee) –  Federal Way, WAFebruary 17, 2018
Its good for making tips if you are a server. It is hard work if you are in the kitchen and the hours can be long. But the people are very friendly and you get dicsounts
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A great place to work, sometimes
Server, Hostess, Baker, Service Professional (Former Employee) –  Shawnee, OKFebruary 16, 2018
Managers come and go constantly. I worked at Red Lobster for 5 years and had 20 managers. Under certain managers, work was fairly distributed and things were ran professionally. Under others, there was little structure, unpredictable behavior, and no professionalism. Many managers seem to get on a power trip and talk to and treat their staff like idiots, like trash who are easily replaceable. With management as a revolving door, expect to feel like you're starting a new job every few months. You could have worked for the company for 10+ years, the moment a new manager comes through the door, you suddenly need to prove something to them. It's ridiculous. BUT, if you're okay with putting away your dignity and being a whipping post for the customers, managers, and company- you may be just fine! (Oh, that's another thing, don't expect your managers to have your back, ever!)
Pros
Occasional great managers
Cons
New manager all the time
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productive and fun work place
Server (Former Employee) –  St. Louis, MOFebruary 16, 2018
Getting to meet new people every day was one of the best things about working at red lobster unhappy guest was one of the worst thing about working at red lobster
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Fast paced work competitive
lead line Cook (Former Employee) –  Fort Lauderdale, FLFebruary 14, 2018
Fast paced working environment always have to be consistent and to be sure the food is cooked all the way thru , make sure your work area is clan and stocked for the next person coming in to work
Pros
free lunch
Cons
no consistent schedule
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Service Manager (Former Employee) –  Liverpool, NYFebruary 14, 2018
Was working over 60 hours per week. Was asked to give up my family vacations / change schedules constantly. Was expected to take care of other managers jobs. Set goals and achieved them, but the company would rather hire new managers from outside the company instead of the talent that have worked hard for them for years. Company is lacking the drive it needs, as it is failing to reclaim it's guests do to rising price points. Over hiring to make sure that they are not having "full time" employees that may claim insurance benefits. This location has a great team but lacks managers with any experience. One negative "accusation" from a counter part will stick with upper management, even when proven false.
Pros
Work "family"
Cons
Lack of Respect from upper management
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Customer Service Based
Host/Server/Certified Trainer (Former Employee) –  Manassas, VA 20109February 14, 2018
This job is a good choice, if you have great customer service skills. Pay is tip based, so it can be a hit or miss. Team work is important, and everyone begins to feel like family. Managers were reasonable, and worked with you, not against you.
Pros
Flexible scheduling, great environment
Cons
Pay fluctuates
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They only pay well.
CGM (Current Employee) –  Dublin, OHFebruary 14, 2018
This place is a great place to work if you don't want a life. It doesn't matter if you set your availability, they will still scheduled, and if you call off they write you up. Management wise they are all talk, but never get around to doing anything. They have their employees do counts and run the restaurant while they chill in the office. They do not train you at all, they do not enforce rules or have any structure. They will give you a tour let you meat one employee and say good luck and walk straight to the office.
Pros
Great pay.
Cons
Horrible management, and lack of experience in the management.
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Wonderful Benefits but comes at a high work price
Daily recording of time/temp of all products (Former Employee) –  Paducah, KYFebruary 14, 2018
On a average day would have to clean and stock before the shift
Lunch hours varied on different days, but the dinnertime hours were CRAZY!!!
Would sometimes run out of product, and if our prep person was gone for the day, would have to rush around and put things together during the rush hours!!
Line communication could be stressful, especially with certain people who were not cooperative
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Fun and exciting place to work
Line Cook (Former Employee) –  Tampa, FLFebruary 14, 2018
Was a great experience to work in a fast-paced environment. Had a lot of opportunities to advance in the company. Wishing I worked more hours to accommodate my needs.
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Great food
Waitress (Former Employee) –  Riverside, CAFebruary 13, 2018
This company because it is widely known played more of the longer you were there the better perks, not so much warranted just a fact.I found that the element of serving did not take top priority as I believe all food industry work, should be first and foremost top notch.
Pros
Great food
Cons
Hours given not enough
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Positive and fun working environment
Hostess (Former Employee) –  Arlington, TXFebruary 12, 2018
Loved working with my coworkers and managers. The workplace culture is very inviting and family-oriented. Management is very involved and had a great time working with others as a team.
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Great Working Environment
Server (Current Employee) –  Christiansburg, VAFebruary 12, 2018
My peers are great to work with. Great interacting with guest that come into the establishment. Loved working with Red Lobster. Management was very understanding and it's a pleasure working for them.
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productive and positive place
Prep Cook (Former Employee) –  Terre Haute, INFebruary 12, 2018
faced paced hard working environment. absolute customer satisfaction. attention to detail in preparing of items, presentation matters, family oriented.
Pros
management
Cons
no lunch
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Great place
Line Cook (Former Employee) –  Grand Junction, COFebruary 11, 2018
I really enjoyed working for Red Lobster the people were amazing and taught me a lot. I only left due to lack of hours, but would return if given more hours.
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Fun workplace
Server Assistant (Current Employee) –  Canton, GAFebruary 10, 2018
For the most part, I love the management and the people I work with. We are like a family. A typical weekend night at work consists of fast-paced working.
Pros
half off of food
Cons
time goes by slow when you host by yourself during the week days
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