Red Lobster Reviews

Updated 23 April 2015
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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. Helpful (1)

    Best college job!

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    Current Employee - Server
    Current Employee - Server

    I have been working at Red Lobster part-time

    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    No opinion of CEO
    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    No opinion of CEO

    Pros

    This is the best college job I could have ever had. I have been able to make way more than minimum wage and I can now talk to anyone about anything. If you like talking to people, it's a great place to work.

    Cons

    Managers are often promoted from within...I have had my fair share of AWFUL managers.

    Advice to Management

    When your employees express that there are issues with how managers treats the staff, please listen and take them seriously :)

  2. Culinary Prep & Baker

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    • Career Opportunities
    Current Employee - Cook and Culinary Pro in Colonial Heights, VA (US)
    Current Employee - Cook and Culinary Pro in Colonial Heights, VA (US)

    I have been working at Red Lobster full-time

    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    Approves of CEO
    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    Approves of CEO

    Pros

    Great benefits; Great environment for team work and great management

    Cons

    Scheduling may vary from week to week

    Advice to Management

    Listen to under-management when their suggestions are logica

  3. cleaning experience for many years

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    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee

    I have been working at Red Lobster full-time

    Recommends
    Neutral Outlook
    Recommends
    Neutral Outlook

    Pros

    gain experience, meet new people, in a positive environment

    Cons

    People attitudes, bringing negativity to work place and bringing personal life in work place

    Advice to Management

    Make sure you know what you are doing and stay positive and humble

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  5. I enjoy working for this company because the managers were very nice and acceptable.

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    Current Employee - Hostess in Jacksonville, FL (US)
    Current Employee - Hostess in Jacksonville, FL (US)

    I have been working at Red Lobster part-time (Less than a year)

    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    Recommends
    Positive Outlook

    Pros

    Good Pay
    Nice Hours
    Excellent Food

    Cons

    There are not any pros since I have been working there.

  6. Great

    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee

    I worked at Red Lobster

    Pros

    loved it, great place to work

    Cons

    no cons at all. it is great

  7. Awesome

    • Comp & Benefits
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    • Senior Management
    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    Current Employee - Director of Operations in North Sacramento, CA (US)
    Current Employee - Director of Operations in North Sacramento, CA (US)

    I have been working at Red Lobster full-time

    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    Approves of CEO
    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    Approves of CEO

    Pros

    Afforded my family a great life

    Cons

    Restaurant business can be stressful

    Advice to Management

    Be a leader, not a manager

  8. Working here was a great experience for me and working in a restaurant showed me what it was like to work quickly.

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    Former Employee - Alley Coordinator in Muskegon, MI (US)
    Former Employee - Alley Coordinator in Muskegon, MI (US)

    I worked at Red Lobster part-time

    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    Approves of CEO
    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    Approves of CEO

    Pros

    It's fun, you make friends, you plate food quickly, you move a lot. It teaches you how to get food out in under a certain amount of time. You get to make quality food for respective people.

    Cons

    It's cramped, there's always someone in your way. People yelling, people getting angry, people fighting.

  9. Great but management needs work

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

    I have been working at Red Lobster part-time (Less than a year)

    Recommends
    Negative Outlook
    Approves of CEO
    Recommends
    Negative Outlook
    Approves of CEO

    Pros

    Great enviroment
    Fun work place
    discounted meals

    Cons

    Schedules
    SLOWW if no promotions are going on

    Advice to Management

    Focus on employees who have been with company and maintain good performance other than neglecting old workers and only caring for new workers

  10. Great environment, hard hours

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

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

    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    No opinion of CEO
    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    No opinion of CEO

    Pros

    I can't speak for other red lobsters, but the one I work at tries to get everyone trained in as many places as they want. They are also willing to try to give you more hours with in restrictions of training, guest volume, and other employees getting hours. The managers are always positive towards the employees, even when they are losing money due to low guest numbers.

    Cons

    Your schedule is not predictable if you are free to work every day and hour of the week. Your hours to start are not great, but if you are good at what you do that changes. The scheduled labor does not always match the amount of work needed. You can spend 2 hours working like crazy and the pay does not reflect the amount of work done.

    Advice to Management

    Reduce the number of employees so that you can increase the hours and make the schedules more predictable. As well having more advanced notice of schedules makes things easier on the employees so they can schedule their time off more effectively and be better when they are on.

  11. General Manager

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

    I worked at Red Lobster full-time

    Doesn't Recommend
    Negative Outlook
    No opinion of CEO
    Doesn't Recommend
    Negative Outlook
    No opinion of CEO

    Pros

    great opportunity for entry level or inexperienced employees looking for leadership opportunities with great training

    Cons

    non stop false promises and carrot dangling for current managers. We all called it "drinking the Kool-Aid" and be warned now that this company uses its employees until there is nothing left in them. You will sacrifice everything you have personally and gain nothing in the long tern

    Advice to Management

    you are managing a failing concept...everyone knows it

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