Brinker Reviews

Updated 22 September 2014
Updated 22 September 2014
84 Reviews
3.4
84 Reviews
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Brinker Chairman, President, and CEO Doug Brooks
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Review Highlights

Pros
  • Flexible hours during down times (in 5 reviews)

  • Great culture, great work life balance (in 5 reviews)


Cons
  • long hours management can treat you like a child (in 6 reviews)

  • Work-Life balance is nonexistent (in 3 reviews)

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  1. 1 person found this helpful  

    A very pleasing start with a less than stellar end.

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    Former Employee - Manager  in  Louisville, KY (US)
    Former Employee - Manager in Louisville, KY (US)

    I worked at Brinker full-time for more than a year

    Pros

    Numerous locations with substantial opportunity. Pay was competitive and benefits were above average.

    Cons

    As is the case with many jobs, the company is only as good as the individuals working within it and my experiences were with individual of below average morals and character.

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    Remember that people are the life-blood of any business.

    Doesn't Recommend
    Neutral Outlook
    Disapproves of CEO
  2.  

    Working for the Brinker company has been good

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    Current Employee - Server  in  Saskatoon, SK (Canada)
    Current Employee - Server in Saskatoon, SK (Canada)

    I have been working at Brinker part-time for more than 3 years

    Pros

    The job atmosphere at the Brinker position is great. Friendly co workers and good site set up. Pay average for the industry.

    Cons

    Some of the customers can be unpleasant at times.

    Recommends
    Neutral Outlook
    No opinion of CEO
  3.  

    Friendly, brilliant, dedicated people and forward thinking management.

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    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee  in  Dallas, TX (US)
    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee in Dallas, TX (US)

    I worked at Brinker as a contractor for more than a year

    Pros

    Fast paced but willing to dedicate the time and resources to insure success.

    Cons

    Didn't encounter any Cons worthy of mention.

    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    No opinion of CEO
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  5.  

    Jump on the chance to work for this company

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    Former Employee - Accounting  in  Dallas, TX (US)
    Former Employee - Accounting in Dallas, TX (US)

    I worked at Brinker full-time for more than 3 years

    Pros

    Really sorry I left this great company. I think you will find that you will be rewarded with wonderful benefits and fair pay. They will provide you with an excellent training program,

    Cons

    Promotions from within were a little slow forthcoming and the the only reason I left was offered another position of interest with another company first.

    Recommends
  6.  

    Great place to work!!

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    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee

    I have been working at Brinker

    Pros

    Benefits for all employees, brinker family fund, ability to move up within company, flexible with school, other jobs and family

    Cons

    Not very many cons. Overall if you are in the hospitality industry this is a great company to work for.

    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    No opinion of CEO
  7.  

    Long term stress for short term gains

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    Former Employee - Bartender  in  Denham Springs, LA (US)
    Former Employee - Bartender in Denham Springs, LA (US)

    I worked at Brinker full-time for more than 3 years

    Pros

    good money
    corporate stability
    opportunity for advancement
    employee benefits for full-time employees
    loyalty benefits

    Cons

    food service
    long hours
    constant management changes
    no part-time benefits
    large, detailed menu

    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    Approves of CEO
  8.  

    Chili's, Customer Facing

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    Current Employee - Bartender  in  Orlando, FL (US)
    Current Employee - Bartender in Orlando, FL (US)

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

    Pros

    Standard Restaurant. They often promoted from within.

    Cons

    Broke my arm in a non work accident. Offered to work with it (was fully able to work) and sign a Workers Comp Waiver, Got let go until I was able to get a doctors note. Ironic I wanted to work to pay for the doctor.

    Recommends
    No opinion of CEO
  9.  

    Great Time!

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    Former Employee - Kitchen Manager  in  West Springfield, MA (US)
    Former Employee - Kitchen Manager in West Springfield, MA (US)

    I worked at Brinker full-time for more than 8 years

    Pros

    Great Pay, Benefits, great management

    Cons

    Long hours, not enough room for advancement

    Recommends
    Neutral Outlook
    Approves of CEO
  10.  

    mediocre experience

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    Current Employee - Real Estate Manager  in  Dallas, TX (US)
    Current Employee - Real Estate Manager in Dallas, TX (US)

    I have been working at Brinker full-time for more than a year

    Pros

    Brinker tries to achieve a good work hard, play hard atmosphere.

    Cons

    The company can be very political.

    Doesn't Recommend
    Positive Outlook
    No opinion of CEO
  11.  

    Sad and disappointing

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    Former Employee - Restaurant Manager  in  Bellevue, WA (US)
    Former Employee - Restaurant Manager in Bellevue, WA (US)

    I worked at Brinker full-time for more than 5 years

    Pros

    With the right Area Director your job can be enjoyable and rewarding.

    Cons

    With this company it's not what you know, it's who you know. The General Manager should have experience in restaurant management and work their way up the ladder. Brinker used to hire from within, unfortunately that is no longer the case. Retaliation is prevalent. Micro-managing is abundant. Lying is a daily occurrence.

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    Open your eyes to what is going on in each restaurant on a daily basis. Check turnover of hourly team mates, training new people costs money. When someone calls the Whistle Blowers hotline, take their complaints seriously in a timely manner. Most employees complain about their job and move on, those with the passion to call in with an issue usually have valid complaints.

    Doesn't Recommend
    Negative Outlook
    No opinion of CEO

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Brinker has fun company-wide meetings. This was circus themed, with senior leadership dressed as clowns.
Todd Wilbur filmed the show Top Secret Recipe on Brinker campus.
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