Red Lobster Reviews

Updated 22 October 2014
Updated 22 October 2014
533 Reviews
3.3
533 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 36 reviews)

  • friends for life, Benefits ,401K, opportunities for advancement (in 12 reviews)


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

  • Can be strenuous at times, especially during periods such as Lobster Fest or Endless Shrimp (in 11 reviews)

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  1.  

    Great pay, hard work.

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    • Senior Management
    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    Current Employee - Server in Columbus, OH (US)
    Current Employee - Server in Columbus, OH (US)

    I have been working at Red Lobster part-time (less than an year)

    Pros

    Short hours and flexible. If you are a salesperson you can make great money.

    Cons

    Long term employees can be a bit bitter.

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    Feedback is essential and must be handled professionally. Please take employees into the office and consider that individual.

    Recommends
    Neutral Outlook
    No opinion of CEO
  2.  

    Great team leadership.

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    • Work/Life Balance
    • Senior Management
    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    Current Employee - Line Cook in North Miami, FL (US)
    Current Employee - Line Cook in North Miami, FL (US)

    I have been working at Red Lobster full-time (more than 3 years)

    Pros

    Meal discount and staff is overall friendly.

    Cons

    Stress, scheduling conflicts with management.

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    Communication.

    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    No opinion of CEO
  3.  

    Great job

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    • Work/Life Balance
    • Senior Management
    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    Current Employee - Hostess in Richmond, VA (US)
    Current Employee - Hostess in Richmond, VA (US)

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

    Pros

    great job for students, friendly managers and coworkers, good pay

    Cons

    not really a con but when they are busy you are moving non stop

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    none

    Recommends
    Neutral Outlook
    No opinion of CEO
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  5.  

    Pretty cool

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

    I have been working at Red Lobster part-time (less than an year)

    Pros

    Many jobs to learn
    Cool people(location may vary)
    Easy work
    Good pay
    Management works with you

    Cons

    When it gets busy you'll slave

    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    No opinion of CEO
  6.  

    Great way to get your feet wet!

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    • Senior Management
    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    Former Employee - Staffing and Training Manager in Brownsville, TX (US)
    Former Employee - Staffing and Training Manager in Brownsville, TX (US)

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

    Pros

    I worked when Red Lobster was a part of Darden. Matched 401k, tuition reimbursement, and fair salary. Bonuses are given quarterly and are based on sales, Guest count growth, and other factors. Great management team and a great way to meet new people.

    Cons

    If you enjoy weekends and nights off, this is not a career for you. Sometimes have to deal with some difficult guests that just want to get food for free and will have to give them their way.

    Recommends
    Neutral Outlook
  7.  

    What a great place to work!

    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee

    I worked at Red Lobster

    Pros

    Very hard working upper management, who cares about their company.

    Cons

    Nothing I can really think of.

  8.  

    great opportunites for those without families!

    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee

    I have been working at Red Lobster

    Pros

    great opportunities to grow with the company. all goals and competencies are carefully laid out. job expectation is very clear

    Cons

    inconsistent schedule, late nights, lots of weekends, fast pace, high stress. constantly being compared to other restaurants, very little time to tend to your projects at work, spend lots of time at home writing reviews and schedules. hard schedule to manage if you have a family.

  9.  

    great place to work soon

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    Former Employee - General Manager
    Former Employee - General Manager

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

    Pros

    lost of advancement easy to get promoted

    Cons

    There are none its a great place to work

    Doesn't Recommend
    No opinion of CEO
  10.  

    Great opportunities

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

    I have been working at Red Lobster part-time (more than an year)

    Pros

    I grew from a busser to a bartender in less than a year. pay was about $250 a week tips included as a busser than reached almost $800 a week with tips as a bartender during promotional events. huge leap !!!! Family like enviorment

    Cons

    Managers were degrading and disrespectful. ive seen the restaurant managers sexually harass and humiliate employees. Very ghetto staff and customers. May have been just the location I worked in but in a year I've been through more disrespect and saw so much vile and wrong doings than any other job I ever had. But I did make a lot of money, I just quite because money wasn't worth me loosing my sanity

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    Do investigations when employees call corperate because its usually worse than you think

    Recommends
    Neutral Outlook
    No opinion of CEO
  11.  

    Great job for teenagers

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    • Senior Management
    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    Former Employee - Hostess, Assistant Cook, Server, Trainer
    Former Employee - Hostess, Assistant Cook, Server, Trainer

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

    Pros

    -Great Benefits
    -Easy to move up in industry
    -team is usually very helpful

    Cons

    -asked to serve multiple large parities at once
    -a lot of guests tried to dine and dash
    -hard to get requested days off
    -originally asked to work max of 15 hours suddenly I was at 35

    Doesn't Recommend
    Negative Outlook
    No opinion of CEO

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