Red Lobster
3.3 of 5 392 reviews
www.redlobster.com 5000+ Employees

Red Lobster Reviews

Updated Apr 16, 2014
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3.3 392 reviews

                             

71% Approve of the CEO

Red Lobster President Kim Lopdrup

Kim Lopdrup

(126 ratings)

66% of employees recommend this company to a friend
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Review Highlights

Pros:
  • "Flexible schedule, it's usually easy to pick up extra shifts or to give shifts away"
    in 36 reviews
  • "Flexible hours, easy to work during college"
    in 21 reviews
Cons:
  • "Long Hours, pay is normal for a chain restaurant"
    in 19 reviews
  • "4 table stations to ensure guests get what they want then 1 year later changing back to 3 table stations"
    in 12 reviews
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Great brand

Server (Former Employee)
Sandusky, OH (US)

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

ProsIt was fast-paced, and very rewarding. On the company level it was a great company to work for. I loved the people that I worked with, we were like family. Our promotions helped keep money in my pocket and guests coming back.

ConsOn a local level, some of the management didn't always work with the employees. It made it difficult to do our job to the best of our ability.

Advice to Senior ManagementConsider your employees as part of the family, the brand.

Yes, I would recommend this company to a friend

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Certified Grill Master (Former Employee)

I worked at Red Lobster part-time for more than 3 years

ProsWorking in the kitchen teaches you the values of hard work and the importance of team-based work. Great place to work while in college.

ConsTough working conditions (hot, cramped, and standing the whole shift), and co-workers are tough on one another.

Advice to Senior ManagementExpress appreciation of the kitchen staff as they are behind the scenes and tend to get forgotten.

Yes, I would recommend this company to a friend

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Anonymous Employee (Current Employee)

I have been working at Red Lobster

Prosgood pay, friendly environment, good food

Conshectic, bad tips, long hours, stuff

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Good and flexible

Server (Current Employee)
Chattanooga, TN (US)

I have been working at Red Lobster full-time for more than 5 years

ProsFlexible schedule, cash that day, and mostly relaxed work enviroment

Consvarying income based on business, differing managers require different things from you, not consistent,

Yes, I would recommend this company to a friend – I'm not optimistic about the outlook for this company

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Growth available in the company

Server and Bartender (Current Employee)

I have been working at Red Lobster part-time for more than a year

Prosvery flexible with time off requests
easy to move up and become manager if you bring the interest to your manager's attention
Easy transfer to another restaurant

ConsSome managers can play favoritism
Long hours during the weekends

Yes, I would recommend this company to a friend

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Great company!

Server (Current Employee)
Charlotte, NC (US)

I have been working at Red Lobster part-time

ProsFlexible schedules, good pay, teamwork motivated with VIP service

ConsDue to the company being highly focused on hours, A LOT more is expected with various cleaning and setting up the entire restuarant before AND after your shift (i.e. opening and closing) and still only getting paid $2.13/hr rate

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Hit or miss

General Manager (Current Employee)

I have been working at Red Lobster full-time for more than 8 years

ProsGreat core values and culture.
Reasonable starting pay.
Great training and focus on development.
Organized operations
Focus on promoting within the company.
401-k
Diamond club rewards

ConsUnreasonable labor targets
Low overall compensation/salary
Unreasonable bonus targets
Low bonus payout
Long hours
Occasional poor supervisors
Poor decisions made by executives that result in declining guest counts

Advice to Senior ManagementMore effective evaluation of leaders in Director and above roles to prevent a poor working environment.
Higher base salary to compensate for unachievable bonus targets and low bonus payout.
More focus on effective operations and less focus on strict labor targets.

Yes, I would recommend this company to a friend – I'm not optimistic about the outlook for this company

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Would work there again

Certified Trainer (Former Employee)
Sebring, FL (US)

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

ProsGood benefits, great people to work with, Love that you can get day 1 insurance, and also liked their meetings where you got to learn the food and how to pair it with wine. Employee recognition was nice, for time served. Got to learn all positions on the front end while working there 7 years.

ConsSeemed like only men where getting promoted. This started happening when a new store manager took over, so I don't think its company specific. Uniforms where too hot for restaurant staff and white shirts working with all that cocktail sauce was ridiculous! We spent too much on new shirts. Shoe reimbursement was nice, but if you insist on those shirts you should provide them. They are too specific, and did I mention HOT!!! Nothing like serving food with sweat dripping in peoples food.

Advice to Senior ManagementChange the uniform shirts, offer promotion equally, and employee recognition should be done for quality of work not just for time served.

Yes, I would recommend this company to a friend

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Great place to work as a first part time employment opportunity.

Server (Former Employee)
El Paso, TX (US)

I worked at Red Lobster part-time for more than 3 years

ProsFlexibility in hours, overall great camaraderie atmosphere and the employee discount is not that bad as well. The recent renovations made to the majority of locations helped to give a better image to the public. Good college job.

ConsThe menu changes (cheaper items) to try and compete with applebee's, brought cheaper clients only affecting servers. Without mentioning taste and flavor of new items were not that good at the beginning.

Advice to Senior ManagementOverall management did just about the correct amount of work expected from them, although there were 2 or 3 managers that were above average that were overlooked by corporate for better opportunities or career advancement, that trait ultimately filtered to the rest of the structure. So probably recognize and take care of above average employees as a whole.

Yes, I would recommend this company to a friend

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Anonymous Employee (Current Employee)

I have been working at Red Lobster part-time

ProsFlexible hours, easy to work during college.

ConsCustomers get anything they want for free. It's disgusting!

Advice to Senior ManagementTreat employees with respect.

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