From Kingston, NY — 08/30/2008
I've been working for Ruby Tuesday for just over a year. I can easily say it is one of the best companies I've ever worked for. Though it's true you're not always going to see eye to eye with management, you're going to get that wherever you work. I started off as a hostess. After a few months I trained to be a server. Shortly after I became a trainer and now I'm a shift leader. I have never been disrespected by anyone I work with. It is really the kind of company where, if you do your job well, there is room to grow. Though I don't see myself staying with the company forever, it is a great job to have while in college and during that in-between phase. As far as pay goes, it's not always the best. Unfortunately, no matter how good you think you do, some people just don't have the money to leave a reasonable tip. The way the economy is lately, it's sometimes difficult to do. I understand that. With that being said, a guest can tell when you're being fake or genuine. Ultimately, as a server you determine what your tip is going to be. The better the service, the better the tip. Hostesses originally made minumum wage, however the hourly wage is going to drop down to considerably less than that. I don't think that it's necessarily fair, because the hostesses where I work are excellent. They really help you out. Although I don't have benefits with Ruby Tuesday, I hear they are fairly reasonable. It is rather inexpensive with decent coverage. I am confident that I will be with Ruby Tuesday until I am ready to leave them. I really do consider myself to be an asset to the restaurant I work for, and feel like others would agree. The Ruby Tuesday I work for is very flexible with scheduling. They do a great job at working with you, especially during school. The location of the restaurant isn't the greatest. We are on a stretch that includes an Applebees, 99's, Red Lobster, and newly added Texas Roadhouse. Not to mention we also have a McDonalds, Burger King, Panera Bread, Friendly's, soon to be White Castle and Sonic, as well as a mall up the road with a few places to eat. This is all within a mile stretch. Although business does suffer sometimes, we still do rather well considering the amount of competition. I sometimes get frustrated with co-workers because they don't take the job seriously sometimes. Most of the staff is between 18 and 25 and are just there to make a quick buck and friends. I, on the other hand, take my job seriously (probably too seriously at times). It's easy for me to walk out of a day shift with almost $100. Not bad for 4 hours. It is unfortunate that so many people have had such negative experiences while employed at Ruby Tuesday, but give it a try.. you might surprisingly like it!