As soon as I started, I got the general feeling that my place as a server there was not really valued. They will schedule you as they please. Often there are split shifts where we got 3-4 hour breaks and then were expected to come back to work. Scheduling was also very ineffective, sometimes there would be 5 servers too many on the floor, and management would cut some of us before our shifts were even over. They were fairly flexible though if you asked. If you wanted some time off, generally they were good about giving you the time off.
Also for the non-server/bartender positions, fellow employees would not recieve tip out for the first three months. This is the first place I have seen this, and there was a lot of animosity for it. Managers take 3.5% of your tip, and they used a portion of that amount to cover work place expenses. We were all also expected to buy our uniforms, running in around $100 each, which is unfair considering none of us are paid very well.
I got the sense that I was expendable while working there, and it felt like management expected us to just roll with whatever they threw our way. As people, the managers were nice, but they were ignorant about a lot of things. That being said, the team was really great. The servers are fun and very helpful, and I made some great friends working there.
free food, cool team mates, accommodating schedule
ineffective scheduling, low pay, undervalued workers, scattered management