The Truth About Working At Golden Corral Revealed By Workers

The Truth About Working At Golden Corral Revealed By Workers

Ever wonder what goes on behind the scenes
at Golden Corral? We found out what it’s really like to work
there, from the best aspects of the job to the worst problems the chain and its employees
face. Working with such a large volume of food and
managing so many customers can take a toll on workers, but according to employees on
Glassdoor, Golden Corral doesn’t make up for it with generous benefits. Several employees said that they were never
given enough hours to qualify for benefits. Others pointed out that their location was
one of many of their private franchises, meaning that management can choose which benefits
to offer their workers. Unfortunately, it seems that often translates
to none, especially since they can schedule employees so that they just miss the hours
cut-off for receiving benefits. One employee summed it up this way: “There is no paid vacation, no time off, no
sick leave, no health benefits, none of that is supplied by Golden Corral. This could be because it was a franchise.” Managers working for a company owned-and-operated
store have better options. But, with only 38 restaurants operating outside
of the franchise model, and with those benefits only applying to management, that means it’s
likely most of the workers at Golden Corral don’t qualify for these benefits. “If I have no insurance, I am screwed!” If you want the best buffet experience, you’ve
got to make sure you go at the right time of day, and being an employee means you know
exactly when that is. One former employee of Golden Corral has shared
the details. According to this employee, the best times
to go to Golden Corral are 11 a.m., when the restaurant opens and the food is fresh, and
3:55 p.m., right before the price changes over from lunch to dinner. Why then? So, you pay the lunch price, but get to enjoy
the dinner items. The worst time to go is in between these rush
hours, at about 2:30 p.m. According to this worker, “[Mid-afternoon is] when the cheaper lunch
foods are left exposed and unattended while the hot cooks and grill cooks begin preparing
dinner.” And that leaves diners with food that’s less
fresh. He also said that this slow time is when the
servers tend to take their breaks, meaning tables go neglected and service is lacking. Another thing to avoid? Going to the Corral on a Monday, which is
usually slow, meaning food sits in the buffet trays for longer and not as many servers are
on the clock. Did you know that certain foods, like pork,
beef, sesame seeds, and spinach, can make you happier? It seems like with the mountains of food it
serves, that means Golden Corral would have the happiest, kindest customers around. Unfortunately, according to several former
employees, it just doesn’t work like that. Some complaints are almost more than we want
to have to think about, and they have literally nothing to do with serving the food. It’s quite the opposite, in fact, and one
weary employee summed up what might be the worst part of the job like this: “Worst thing I’ve ever seen is just how they
treat the restrooms, what happens to civility when people are behind a [bathroom] stall
door?” Then there’s the face-to-face rudeness, things
like throwing money on the counter instead of handing it to the cashier like a nice,
polite person would do. Other employees have said that the guests
could get angry and unreasonable, which must be especially tiring toward the end of a long
shift. Unfortunately, the wait staff at Golden Corral
just have to grin and bear it. That’s because according to employees on Reddit,
they’re paid less than minimum wage and rely on tips for the bulk of their income, even
though it’s a buffet. It’s always a relief when an employer pays
for your training hours. After all, it’s not like you’d be there in
your free time sitting through powerpoints on OSHA regulations and HR policies, right? “Who let the lemon head into the room. You are a waste of life and you should give
up.” “Is what I want to say but I won’t.” Well, some associate managers who were training
at Golden Corral ended up being so dissatisfied with the compensation they received for the
grueling sessions that they actually sued for back pay — and won. The employees who made the claims said that
they had to work 40 to 70 hours a week during their training, but that they were paid a
lump sum which didn’t take into account the fact they were working overtime. They alleged that this was a violation of
the Fair Labor Standards Act, which says employees need to be paid at least one and a half times
the minimum wage for any hours worked over 40 hours. In the end, Golden Corral had to agree to
pay out $3.9 million to fairly compensate the employees in question. Working without many benefits can be a drag,
but what always makes us feel better? A hearty meal. Luckily, weary Golden Corral employees may
be able to get a free or reduced-price meal while working to help the edge off, depending
on their individual franchise’s policies. One employee on Glassdoor confirmed that they
did get free food while they were on the clock, while an employee at a different location,
said that their management offered a 50 percent discount to employees while they were working. Other employees say they were eligible for
reduced price breakfasts, and it’s better than nothing. When asked about their favorite part of the
job, many current and former employees of Golden Corral said that they loved their co-workers
and the clients they serve. One worker summed it up like this: “I enjoy going in to work because of all my
coworkers and the customers I interact with on a daily basis.” This refrain seems pretty common, but there’s
one glaring problem that was mentioned in several reviews of working at Golden Corral:
the management can be difficult to work with. One employee who had other good things to
say about their job criticized their managers like this: “If managers tried harder to treat employees
like human beings instead of children or were more compassionate about our needs instead
of their profit, it would make going to work a fun thing to do.” Unfortunately, this dissatisfaction with work
isn’t a problem unique to Golden Corral. More than one study has shown that restaurant
employees report a low level of job satisfaction, with up to 50 percent of workers surveyed
saying they did not like their jobs. It’s a common issue, and Golden Corral is
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100 thoughts on “The Truth About Working At Golden Corral Revealed By Workers”

  • "There is no paid vacation, no time off, no health benefits." I thought ALL jobs have those things! How can a job have no time off? Or no paid vacation? And no health benefits? And what happens when you get sick on the job? You can't leave? That's foolishness. Smh.

  • A store near me just closed their doors one day without telling employees. They showed up to work just to see the place locked up with a note on the door. A horrible thing to do to your workers.

  • This is every job, most management are terrible, out of touch, unrealistic, insensitive. But it does go both ways. Also it runs rampant in almost all business, not just restaurants.

  • Trebor Ironwolfe says:

    Most respectable companies, large or small, have a kind of symbiotic relationship with their customers. This means that if the company provides at least "adequate" products or services then the customer will generally provide the company with monetary sustenance via sales profits, recurring revenue, and free referrals (word-of-mouth advertising). I feel strongly that a similar relationship must also exist between the employers and employees for a company to truly be successful, allowing them to easily adapt and endure throughout many generations.

  • I wonder which Golden Corral they got the footage from? That place is huge and looks really clean. Every Golden Corral I've gone to here in Indiana is pretty dirty. It's been years since I've eaten at one.

  • I'm an Employee at GC and I love it there, my first job at 17 and I'm always welcomed by funny Coworkers with good attitudes. The management team at my GC mess around with the employees like we're a big group of friends. Ofcourse when it gets down to business they'll be serious but I love going to work because all the employees/management team are all together. If we cover someone shift or get called in then we eat free, other than that we get a really nice discount. $7 for dinner. Our minimum wage is $12 and it's all the same for everyone else at GC unless they've received a raise of x amount of money. We get complaints about another GC close by and that our GC is always stocked and cared for. I believe that the bathrooms need that full on care tho 😂 line attendants do bathroom checks when free or when shift is almost over. Every GC is different. This video kind of put us as all in one.

  • I avoid the buffets because, in my opinion, "why should I table-tip if I am the person required to serve myself all of the food?" At a Golden (Trough) Corral all the table attendants do is refill water and buss the tables. I mean no disrespect to GC employees because everyone has to work so, please, no one hate me.

  • Businesses that operates and treat their employees and customers this way has nothing to gain and a whole lot to lose.

  • Bro I remember when I went to a Golden Corral the fucking menus hand pink sticky notes on them with the actual food names because the actual menu was broken, the line was so long, it smelled so bad, the floors were dirty. :

  • Shiiit..7/11 does the same thing..cuts your hours off right before you qualify for benifits, they also like assistant managers to work off the clock in some cases, also there is NO "lunch break". Any thing to save a corporate buck. Of coarse not all locations are like this, but I know some are. It happened to me.

  • White people will sometimes put $ on the counter if the cashier is black. I’ve seen it more than once. The same customers would come in and depending on the color of skin the cashier, either politely had the cashier the money and take the change in their hand or not. I have experienced this in small town America. The entire work staff knew who they were. As far as I know, no one spit in the drinks of those with this bad behavior.
    It’s weird because not just the white folks handled their damn food!
    Racist are really full of ridiculous silliness and 💩.
    This was also a regular happening in retail at Belk stores. I think it’s everywhere there’s a weird racist.

  • Lawrence Redmacher says:

    I worked as a dishwasher at one a long time ago (1999). the floor in the kitchen/washing area was constantly covered in about an inch of water for some reason. there were roaches in the walls. I was fired on christmas eve because someone changed the schedule and I didn't show up for a day I wasn't scheduled for the day before. then it closed down like a month after that anyway because the owner was a huge tax cheat

  • Robert Dunning says:

    I started a week ago and it sucks.they never give you a breaks and dont give a fuck about you.Low life buffett.wont last like hometown buffet had become..over…..

  • I work for a place that treats their workers great yet so many employees take advantage of the business – coming in whenever they want, sometimes they take a few days off, they find reasons to complain, they yell at the bosses, yet they are still treated great. I personally love my job, I love the work, I have a great and giving boss, he constantly praises my work. I don't even mind doing overtime and doing the other people's jobs along with my own when they take off a few days.

  • Hey Commie, go spend 5 – 10 million dollars on a restaurant, realize that your COGS are 70% of gross profits, then explain to all of us evil business owners how you're supposed to pay all the operating costs of said restaurant, lavish benefits on employees, and still have a useful return on the original 5 – 10 million dollars with the remaining 30%. Oh wait, I forgot. You assholes think rich people should just create businesses that lose money just so you can have a job where your compensation is more than the economic value of your labor. Morons.

  • I knew someone who worked at Golden Corral, he said that employees regularly spit, urinated, defecated, and ejaculated in the food.

  • Golden Corral sucks. I went to my local Golden Corral for my birthday. The food was cold and tasteless. Nobody checked on me to see how I was doing. I'm never going back to Golden Corral. I took the survey and gave low scores. Nobody contacted me about my experience. Don't waste your time going to Golden Corral

  • Restaurant managers don't want to treat the employees like children, all they need do is stop acting like children.

  • They should do one of these on working for Trugreen! While they claim to be a fortune 500 company I can honestly say it's a complete lie!

  • This abuse should motivate employees to go back to school and get more education. Knowledge is power, and will lead to better work opportunities. Know it won't be easy, but if you can do it, definitely will pay off.

  • Well that's what happens when you $15 +/hr.. You don't get the hours and benefits. Anyways I've never seen a Golden Corral employee wash their hands after picking up dirty dishes before they refill my f**** drink…. servers don't get paid minimum wage they get servers minimum wage plus tips the average Golden Corral server make somewhere around 35 to $100 an hour…. and for crybabies work isn't supposed to be fun that's why it spelled with four letters not three. Course your a crybaby restaurant worker you probably don't know how to spell work because you don't know what work is…

  • The 50% is probably back of house workers. I heve worked boh for the last 21 years. Its bs that the servers make $2-300 per 5 hour shift, and i have to work a 16 hour shift to make any where near that much. And they dont have to claim all their tips. So at $12/hr working a 16 hour shift thats $192, before taxes. So i might make 160 that day. Now a server comes on and works 6 hours, 4 of them serving customers, and makes $250 and only claims $65. People dont go to restaurant to see the server. They go to eat the food the cooks make. Why is there such a difference? I love to cook. Hate the industry.


    She sure right about everything! and the servers have to clean the rest room that man that runs it is wrong all money goes in his pocket don't care about the employees and a lot of manergers quit!

  • When I worked at one here (lets just say spundusky) we didn't really get breaks, no free food, place was filthy. Employees wouldn't follow standard rules in bakery (handwashing,gloves,etc.) dishwasher would break and we would run out of plates so instead of being washed properly they were just sprayed off and sent back out on the floor. The worst part of all is that kids would stick their hands in that chocolate fountain but even though everyone saw it no one would clean it out because they just didn't care. Glad I quit when I did.

  • People need to be able to survive, this is the problem with our country. Most corporations only care what you can do for them, and not the other way around. Which usually leads to carelessness from employees, and the quality goes down. You can't demand excellence from people you're treating like shit.

  • The Golden Coral near me is enjoyable. I eat there frequently. It is what it is, food wise. It is not the quality of Olive Garden (which is the low end of good), but it is plentiful and if you're careful, not dangerous. I have never had a surly server at our GC. I always try to leave a decent tip. I'm much more tired of Mashed than I am of GC. I won't be back.

  • I used to worked there over 2 years ago as a dishwasher for a short period of time. They had me working back there with a dude who didnt speak any english so obviously we had lots of miscommunication going on. The only pro about working there is you get to eat free. Thats the only thing i missed about it. Other than that, the cons….the schedules sucked (couldnt get any wknds off), you hardly get any breaks, WAY too much garbage has to be taken out, snotty co-workers, etc. I was actually pretty glad when i found out i got fired.

  • I worked there and the one I worked at changed the dates on the food each night, instead of rotating and throwing out old product, they just continued to extend the dates.

  • Visited Lake Havasu location at noon-time. Hardly any items were available. Items that were available were awful. No buffet can be good unless it is part of a casino, as in Las Vegas, Nevada.

  • Golden corral is hella nasty stay away I remember when i was dishwasher when the dish cleaner broke we used trashcans to wash the dishes 🤢

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