Brinker
3.3 of 5 73 reviews
www.brinker.com Dallas, TX 5000+ Employees

Brinker Reviews

Updated Apr 13, 2014
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3.3 73 reviews

                             

71% Approve of the CEO

Brinker Chairman, President, and CEO Doug Brooks

Doug Brooks

(38 ratings)

68% of employees recommend this company to a friend
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Review Highlights

Pros:
  • "Flexible hours during down times"
    in 5 reviews
  • "Compensation, structure, ability to move up and be promoted from within"
    in 3 reviews
Cons:

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Great place to work

Anonymous Employee (Former Employee)

I worked at Brinker

ProsWonderful benefits programs. Excellent life work balance. Great leadership and managers focused on employee growth and retention. Great corp culture and traditions.

ConsTrouble finding their brand identity currently. Quick sweeping decisions that are not the best choices in today's hard economic environment.

Yes, I would recommend this company to a friend

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Awesome place to work

Anonymous Employee (Current Employee)

I have been working at Brinker

ProsGreat leadership and direction in where the company is headed

ConsToo many changes instead of nailing one thing down

Advice to Senior ManagementKeep up the great work

Yes, I would recommend this company to a friend

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Rewarding

Assistant Manager (Current Employee)
Sulphur Springs, TX (US)

I have been working at Brinker

Prosthey take care of their people.
Fun.
rewarding

ConsCorprate lots of changes when its working great

Advice to Senior Managementgreat job

Yes, I would recommend this company to a friend

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Great people and culture

Anonymous Employee (Current Employee)

I have been working at Brinker

ProsLocation,culture,business flat organization, and industry

ConsFewer career opportunities due to the business shrinking

Advice to Senior ManagementKeep the balanced focus between rev and costs

Yes, I would recommend this company to a friend

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Great place to work, but how long will it last?

Manager (Corporate Office) (Current Employee)

I have been working at Brinker

ProsBrinker has a very casual work environment, which makes it fun to work at. Employees are, by and large, nice and hard working people. Multiple office events through out the year where are you are encouraged to get out and have fun with (alcohol included) which is rare nowadays.

ConsThe company direction is in question. We used to own a wide portfolio of restaurant chains and now we're down to just two.

Advice to Senior ManagementWe need less restaurant folks and more business oriented people at the top of the totem poles.

Yes, I would recommend this company to a friend

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It's Fajita's and Rita's

General Manager (Current Employee)
Las Vegas, NV (US)

I have been working at Brinker

ProsThe restaurant business is what you make of it. The great thing about being a manager is that you only need to be self motivated to achieve results on a daily basis. That being said, you need to know when and how to pat yourself on the back for a job well done, and motivate others to follow you. People think, 'How hard can it be?'. Trust me, you don't want to enter this environment with little or no knowledge about the industry.

ConsProductivity is the key word… while commodity prices continue to go up, instead of passing the cost on to the consumer, Brinker has decided it would be better to do more with less. At some point being productive will break those that are working for you.

Advice to Senior ManagementBrinker's Board should decided how to deal with Doug as the ultimate leader of this business. We have been through everyone else, but there sits Doug on his throne. The untouchable king. I know that Norman hand picked the guy, but I believe there is more talented leaders in our industry, that could take Brinker forward quicker. Look how long it has taken Brinker to decide to dump the BRS and got to Aloha… and we can't even do that right...

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Transitional

Anonymous Employee (Former Employee)
Atlanta, GA (US)

I worked at Brinker

Proslarge company with growth opportunities

ConsInconsistent leadership
Inconsistent policies and procedures at store level

Advice to Senior ManagementEmpower managers and team members be to engaged in the direction of the company

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high pressure

Market Manager (Current Employee)

I have been working at Brinker

Prosthe people and the culture make this company a reat place to work all of the time. Flexibility in roles

ConsWhen times are tough, unfortunately the restaurant busy suffers and scrambles to stay afloat. That is the case with Brinker

Advice to Senior ManagementPlease listen to the folks that work in the restaurants every day. Try promoting from within and providing career counseling

No, I would not recommend this company to a friend

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It has been satisfactory but not fulfilling to my expectations.

Server (Current Employee)
Raleigh, NC (US)

I have been working at Brinker

ProsFlexible hours, dynamic/energizing environment. Great working with the public. Ability to advance if you show that you want to.

ConsHigh turnover rate, which leads to unpredictability in staff, clientele is difficult to work with and overall pay varies day to day

Advice to Senior ManagementWe need a better solution for customer feedback

Yes, I would recommend this company to a friend

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You work hard, but have fun.

Restaurant Manager (Current Employee)

I have been working at Brinker

ProsThe company seems to care about their employees, great training and job advancement but you have to work hard. It is great to interact with different people and every day is different.

ConsQuality of life is not a priority. You have to work a lot of hours and are stressed most of the time.
Your scheduale is at the discretion of your general manager.
 A lot of times your area manager will not listen to your ideas/complaints but just tell your GM that you are complaining.
Things seem to change frequently. They change for the "better", but then change again a couple months later.

Advice to Senior ManagementGive more reward and recognition to employees who work hard and are dedicated. Stick with one idea instead of changing things every few months. Don't change more than one major thing at a time. A menu change, computer system change and scheduling change all at the same time is not going to be successful.

Yes, I would recommend this company to a friend

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