Brinker

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Brinker Reviews

Updated 25 November 2014
Updated 25 November 2014
90 Reviews
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Review Highlights

Pros
  • Flexible hours during down times (in 5 reviews)

  • Great culture, great work life balance (in 5 reviews)


Cons
  • long hours management can treat you like a child (in 8 reviews)

  • Work-Life balance is nonexistent (in 3 reviews)

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  1.  

    Dedicated to the development of the team and long term growth of the company

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    • Senior Management
    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee

    I worked at Brinker full-time

    Pros

    Culture of hospitality
    People Care and work hard
    Training

    Cons

    Long hours
    Lots of change
    Medical benefits

    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    Approves of CEO
  2.  

    I loved a lot of things about working for Brinker!

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    • Senior Management
    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    Former Employee - Restaurant Manager in Atlanta, GA (US)
    Former Employee - Restaurant Manager in Atlanta, GA (US)

    I worked at Brinker full-time (more than 10 years)

    Pros

    Brinker is really one big family. When a team member is in crisis, they pull together and help out with support and the Brinker Family Fund. That is what I miss most about working there, the camaraderie.
    The expectations are clear, and if you exceed them, you will be extremely successful. The bonuses are some of the best in the industry if you can exceed them (which my team always did).

    Cons

    Chili's kept making a lot of knee jerk reaction changes to keep up with the competition. I am all for change, it is good sometimes, but as a manager in operations, I was in the front lines and had a lot of apologizing to do to the guests, the loyal guests.
    My other con to working there is the 50-55 hour work week is not true, especially if you are trying to hit or exceed your target bonus.

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    The upper management was really invested in my growth.

    Recommends
    Neutral Outlook
    Disapproves of CEO
  3.  

    Great place to work!

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    • Senior Management
    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    Current Employee - Training in Dallas, TX (US)
    Current Employee - Training in Dallas, TX (US)

    I have been working at Brinker full-time (more than 10 years)

    Pros

    Great culture! Work hard, play hard is the motto. They have a casual work environment. There is a lot of diversity and development within the company to help you grow professionally (laterally or in your role).

    Cons

    Not a lot of upward movement and hard to transition into different roles. There used to be a lot less pressure to achieve such intense results which sometimes negatively impacts the great work/life balance that the company promotes.

    Recommends
    Neutral Outlook
    Approves of CEO
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    Brinker

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    • Senior Management
    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    Current Employee - Server Bar Tender in La Verne, CA (US)
    Current Employee - Server Bar Tender in La Verne, CA (US)

    I have been working at Brinker part-time (more than 5 years)

    Pros

    There is the ability to make good money with part time work without much required from you as an employee. The big gamble is getting a decent crew of managers at your location, they make the job either fun and easy or simply intolerable.

    Cons

    The big gamble is getting a decent crew of managers at your location, they make the job either fun and easy or simply intolerable.

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    Just because a person is smart and can pass the training or is bilingual, does not mean that they have the right personality or even what it takes to be a good manager for this company especially as a general manager.

    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    No opinion of CEO
  6.  

    Great Environment

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    • Senior Management
    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee

    I have been working at Brinker

    Pros

    Company provided a great environment

    Cons

    Team building needs help and management should know that

    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    Approves of CEO
  7.  

    Enjoyed working here. Great staff. Tough, but good managament

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    • Senior Management
    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    Former Employee - Server in Lubbock, TX (US)
    Former Employee - Server in Lubbock, TX (US)

    I worked at Brinker part-time (more than an year)

    Pros

    Chilis has a pretty consistent number of people coming through the restaurant which helps with the money that you will make. Most of the people are pretty chill and it is a semi relaxed atmosphere

    Cons

    The customers can sometime be very difficult to work with. You will need to have a tough skin or develop one. Pay was okay, not great.

    Recommends
    Neutral Outlook
    No opinion of CEO
  8.  

    Great company..

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    • Work/Life Balance
    • Senior Management
    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    Former Employee - Managing Partner/General Manager in Austin, TX (US)
    Former Employee - Managing Partner/General Manager in Austin, TX (US)

    I worked at Brinker full-time (more than an year)

    Pros

    Flexible schedule, focuses on people first, strong values.

    Moderate room to move up at mid-level. Not much room at the top

    Cons

    No development. Unrealistic goals and bonus structure. No development programs.

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    Consider more work life balance. True advantages to being a GM besides pay scale.

    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    Approves of CEO
  9.  

    Brinker has ongoing changes for their operations.

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    • Work/Life Balance
    • Senior Management
    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    Current Employee - Manager
    Current Employee - Manager

    I have been working at Brinker full-time (more than 10 years)

    Pros

    Brinker has ongoing training and development. They are always looking forward to better their operations.

    Cons

    Changes for the operators happen all at one time and you are expected to excel in every area of change in a short period of time.

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    Get to know all levels of your management and team members. Don't just take the word of your buddies.

    Recommends
  10.  

    Great place to work

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    • Work/Life Balance
    • Senior Management
    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee

    I have been working at Brinker as an intern

    Pros

    Great culture, great work life balance

    Cons

    Change can happen quickly, but some thungs needed for approval may take long to accomplish

    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    Approves of CEO
  11.  

    Great culture

    • Comp & Benefits
    • Work/Life Balance
    • Senior Management
    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee

    I have been working at Brinker

    Pros

    fun working atmosphere. Every day is different.

    Cons

    Ever changing rules. Management didn't follow through with their promises.

    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    Approves of CEO

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Brinker has fun company-wide meetings. This was circus themed, with senior leadership dressed as clowns.
Todd Wilbur filmed the show Top Secret Recipe on Brinker campus.
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