Red Lobster

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Red Lobster Reviews

Updated 26 February 2015
Updated 26 February 2015
637 Reviews
3.4
637 Reviews
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Review Highlights

Pros
  • Flexible schedule, it's usually easy to pick up extra shifts or to give shifts away (in 33 reviews)

  • Flexible Hours, Pay Somewhat Relative to Work Ethic, Opportunity for Growth (in 26 reviews)


Cons
  • Sometimes you will have to work long hours, even if you'd rather not (in 28 reviews)

  • Endless Shrimp could be a little more organized (in 12 reviews)

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  1. 7 people found this helpful  

    Great job for a person that is socially active and can work at a fast pace.

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    Former Employee - Server in Duluth, GA (US)
    Former Employee - Server in Duluth, GA (US)

    I worked at Red Lobster full-time (more than a year)

    Pros

    Since the food is expensive the tips tend to be really good.
    Leave with money in your pocket every shift.
    Can make up to $200 a day if you really work for it and are not lazy.

    Cons

    Very little hours.
    Very strict rules every server has to abide by.

    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
  2.  

    positive

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    Current Employee - Server Professional in Saint Clairsville, OH (US)
    Current Employee - Server Professional in Saint Clairsville, OH (US)

    I have been working at Red Lobster full-time (more than a year)

    Pros

    flexible schedule and excellent high quality product to serve.

    Cons

    health benefits for non management isn't so great.

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    Ask the employees what they like and don't like.

    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
  3.  

    Waitress

    Former Employee - Food Server in Wichita Falls, TX (US)
    Former Employee - Food Server in Wichita Falls, TX (US)

    I worked at Red Lobster full-time (more than 3 years)

    Pros

    I love working with people I'm a people person

    Cons

    I don't have any cons

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  5.  

    Nice place to work if you need a part time job

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    Former Employee - Service Assistant in San Diego, CA (US)
    Former Employee - Service Assistant in San Diego, CA (US)

    I worked at Red Lobster part-time (less than a year)

    Pros

    Employees were nice and helpful. No drama in the work place.

    Cons

    Can get a little slow at time, and a bit repetitive. Also the uniform rules are very strict.

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    Keep up the good work! Continue being nice to both employees and customers.

    Recommends
    Neutral Outlook
    Approves of CEO
  6.  

    Good and bad

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    Current Employee - Restaurant Manager in Houston, TX (US)
    Current Employee - Restaurant Manager in Houston, TX (US)

    I have been working at Red Lobster

    Pros

    Fun the team members are fun to work with.

    Cons

    Cannot have any communication with employees out side of work...can't even donate to charity or but kids things being sold.

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    Pray you have other managers that will help to develop you. If not your stuck.

    Doesn't Recommend
    Negative Outlook
    Approves of CEO
  7.  

    Good Experience

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    Current Employee - Server Assistant
    Current Employee - Server Assistant

    I have been working at Red Lobster

    Pros

    It is a really good job option if you are currently studying because they tend to adapt to your schedule. Also you improve your team work skills.

    Cons

    If you are studying prepare to spend your weekend in the restaurant. They are always going to require you to work on weekends.

    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    No opinion of CEO
  8. 1 person found this helpful  

    Served me well over the years...perfect part-time position

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    Current Employee - Server
    Current Employee - Server

    I have been working at Red Lobster (more than 5 years)

    Pros

    If you're looking to work part time...ie as a server, bartender, kitchen staff...then this is one of the best opportunities. I have worked part-time as a server for the last 5 years, and I paid my way through school. Have worked in multiple locations...naturally the team environment varied widely from one area to another, but found if you're willing to work hard you'll be compensated accordingly, especially as a server you'll make decent tips. Relatively consistent hours...worked about 25/week...and if you're a strong, passionate employee, management has no problem giving you "better" (meaning more profitable) shifts. Very flexible in terms of scheduling, but the industry demands late, weekend, and holiday hours, which much be taken into consideration. Benefits are available to those working consistently 30+ "full time", however in hourly positions this is generally discouraged by corporate and as such is difficult to obtain. There are a few perks, such as discounts for food and beverage available to all employees which is nice.

    Cons

    Quality of management was again very different from one to another, as some locations naturally have stronger staff than others. Since the company is corporately owned, there are strict rules all employees must abide by which can be frustrating at times. Clientele isn't great compared with others in a similar-tier price range, although check averages are high.
    I personally explored advancement within the company and although the company appears to support this, the reality is that it was a dead-end. I worked as a "professional" from time-to-time (the red lobster term to training for management) but found that for myself and many others it rarely translates into real, full-time opportunities.

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    Over the five years I have had with the company, there were clear and consistent sacrifices made company-wide at the expense of employees...one example being the cutting of vacation pay. Used to be number #1 in terms of taking care of employees, but as the years have gone on the loss of that focus will translate to lesser-quality work force...re-commit to your many employees and not higher-ups in corporate

    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    No opinion of CEO
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    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee

    I have been working at Red Lobster

    Pros

    good flexible fun etc job

    Cons

    takes time stress long shifts

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

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  10.  

    Certified Grill Master

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    Former Employee - Line Cook
    Former Employee - Line Cook

    I worked at Red Lobster full-time (more than 5 years)

    Pros

    Fast pase fun envirment. Very flexible on their schedule and a great place to work at.

    Cons

    Management is having a hard time adjusting to the change of ownership.

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    Increase raises

    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    Approves of CEO

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