Working at Denny's: Company Overview and Reviews

7563 reviews
Denny's Ratings
Average rating of 7563 reviews on Indeed
3.3Work-Life Balance
2.8Pay & Benefits
3.0Job Security & Advancement
Spartanburg, SC
5,001 to 10,000
$500M to $1B (USD)
Restaurants, Travel and Leisure

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Overall Reviews at Denny's

Dishwasher | Staten Island, NY | Jun 20, 2018
Working with the coworkers
The workers keep you on point and if you need anything or don't know anything they will help you. they will take there time to help and make you a better person.
Line Cook/Prep Cook | Fairport, NY | Sep 25, 2019
I was a cook, bussed dishes, and washed dishes.
I cooked food, bussed dishes and washed dishes. Guests were usually very nice. However there wasn't much chance for advancement. There are no mentors or advocates.
ProsSome free food.
ConsBad management and work life balance.
General Manager | Virginia Beach, VA | Aug 10, 2018
A complex place to work.
Denny's is a culture that some people will thrive in and others will wonder why those employees stay there for so many years. The culture is driven by the employees and the customers that have been there since the doors opened. The ones that have never worked anyplace else and know each other by name. The idea of a chain restaurant is broken down into a small mom and pop place when both sides actually care about each other. The biggest issue that the company has is the differences in the corporate stores and the franchise stores. The consistency in upholding the brand is not there for the franchises the way that it is for the corporate stores. It really is sad because the employees are willing but the owners are in it for the money. The corporate stores are well run and hold up to the brand while the franchise stores run as they will without enough supervision.
ProsThe peopleare the biggest pro without a doubt.
ConsThe difference between the standards of the franchises and the corporate stores.
Shift Manager | Rapid City, SD | Sep 8, 2019
Working for Dennys, your better off being a bad employee as those are the ones who get to have a life. As a shift supervisor I spent more time working then anything else. I was covering shifts for people who always called in yet kept their job.
Host/Server | Baltimore, MD | Aug 7, 2018
very unorganized establishment
a typical day at work included checking the whole restaurants, comping a couple bills, checking the employees side work, and counting down register/safe. I learned management skills and what it takes to advance within a company. The workplace culture depended on the shift. Morning shift meshed good, but swing and night shift came with a lot of personality clashing. The hardest part of the job was maintaining a clear head . The most enjoyable part was the grind during a busy day.
Prosfree food
Consthe GM and Owner always cutting corners
Restaurant Manager | Greenville, SC | Sep 27, 2019
Productive and Challenging Job
Fun,full filling job with many challenges but also many benefits which make this job very special. I enjoy the training and influence i have with company and franchisee units.
Manager in Training | Battle Creek, MI | Jan 20, 2020
Great for first job or side money
I worked for Denny's from 2007-2010 in Battle Creek, MI. I gained a lot of experience in customer service, and the food service industry in general. At the time, there was little room for advancement at that store, working nights could be rough as the environment changed to a bar atmosphere after dark, and that place ALWAYS had new management.
Host/Cashier | Orange County, CA | Sep 15, 2019
Good experience
I work there for part time only but I learned a lot people are nice and it’s a seasonal job sometimes stressful when customers not paying their check and just walk out.
ConsNo benefits
Customer Service Associate / Cashier | Ukiah, CA | Jul 1, 2019
fun fast paced
Fun fast paced , cooks not consistant daytime and nighttime shifts vary by who was cooking Managements wasnt consistant with work rules and guidelines
Market Researcher | Spartanburg, SC | Apr 18, 2018
Great place with great people
I enjoyed working at Denny's due to the organization and the pace of work. Everyone knew their role and worked with other in the manner designed by the organization.

Questions And Answers about Denny's

Are managers really allowed to cut server hours and take tables because it's slow?
Asked Jan 27, 2017
As far as the response that taking a table/getting a tip brings down your salary. Completely false. I’m a gm with Denny’s and occasionaly have to take tables, due to call offs, or volume, I have given tips I made to the staff on duty that went above and beyond during that shift. Or put into a slush fund for restaurant oddities/expenses. Or to the server who couldn’t take table during volume but cleaned table and set up as I had to go back to my job.
Answered Oct 23, 2019
Yes. They allow managers to do what is best for the business.
Answered Aug 31, 2019
What tips or advice would you give to someone interviewing at Denny's?
Asked Sep 28, 2017
Previous restaurant experience is a must!
Answered Feb 29, 2020
Have a Grand Slam Day at Denny's!!
Answered Feb 17, 2020
Is a drug test required to work at Denny's?
Asked Oct 11, 2016
They say they are a drug free work place but I’ve witnessed several Denny’s employees getting high out back or being high while working.
Answered Jan 4, 2020
No it's not required but it should be beacuse some of the staff shouldn't be working there beacuse they're smoking between orders & on there breaks i seen it no acceptable.
Answered Dec 7, 2019
What is the interview process like at Denny's?
Asked Jun 16, 2016
Worked there in the 80s. Questions about work experience, education, interest in learning. Bring resume, show a little cleavage
Answered Feb 7, 2019
No interview. I just had to fill out papers.
Answered Jul 27, 2018
What is the work environment and culture like at Denny's?
Asked Jun 16, 2016
Real good I like it
Answered May 4, 2019
Worked there yrs ago.Just have fun and enjoy a few laughs. Don't take minimum wage too seriously. You are just passing through to bigger and better things. Have fun.
Answered Feb 8, 2019